Tired For No Reason? It's Likely From Adrenal Fatigue.
You may be thinking, what in the world are adrenals?
Don’t worry—the adrenal glands simply do not get as much spotlight as they deserve. But, this is an extremely important topic for everyone to get familiar with.
Adrenal glands are tiny glands located right above the kidneys. They are part of the endocrine system, meaning they produce and regulate hormones. When you think adrenals, think stress hormones.
The adrenals are vital to the body’s ability to deal with stress and survive. When adrenals become fatigued, it affects the entire body, including: digestion, sleep, energy, mood, and hormonal balance. Because hormones are the key to maintaining and regulating our physiology, with hormonal imbalance we will find ourselves in a mess of symptoms.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms:
- Feeling tired for no reason (especially during the day, energy tends to kick in at night)
- Trouble waking up in the mornings
- Easily overwhelmed
- mild to severe depression
- Weak immune system
- Chronic infections like UTI or Yeast Infections
- Crave salty and sweet snacks
- Poor blood circulation (e.g. numbness in fingers)
- Weight gain
- Frequent urination
- And more…
Many health professionals/experts believe adrenal fatigue to be more common than generally thought, affecting a majority of Americans.
Now you may be wondering, how does adrenal fatigue occur?
- Chronic stress
- Not eating on time throughout the day, particularly breakfast
- Not getting enough sleep, particularly during the necessary hours
- A diet high in sugars, refined carbs & processed foods
For the above reasons, adrenal fatigue has become prevalent; people are overly stressed, busy, not eating or sleeping on time, skipping breakfast, etc.
What you can do:
- Eat breakfast everyday between the hours of 8-10am
- Be in bed by 10pm
- Add Maca Root to your diet. You can purchase it in powder form and add to green smoothies or protein shakes.
- Less stress! Take some pressure off. Make sure to appreciate yourself and grant yourself the time to unwind everyday. Engage in stress reducing exercises like deep breathing techniques, yoga, take a warm bath with calming lavender aromas, or get a massage.
- Reduce caffeine intake (caffeine stresses the adrenal glands). If you’re a coffee addict, it’s very likely that your adrenals are fatigued and you need coffee to fuel you throughout the day. So, I understand that reducing coffee can seem like a difficult task. However, there are solutions. You can contact me for help or stay tuned, as I will have a blog post discussing methods to reducing coffee intake in a manageable way.
- Get your daily dose of vitamin C and B vitamins.
- Make sure to get 8 hours of sleep a night!
- When things become too much, learn to say no to others and put self-care first.
- Substitute sugar and salt cravings with healthier alternatives (I will have a blog post on awesome alternatives soon!)
- Don’t engage in strenuous exercise. When you have exhausted adrenal glands it is advised to go easy on your body. Thirty minutes of low to moderate intensity workout per day is enough.
- Replace table salt with Himalayan Sea Salt.
Happy and healthy regards to you!