Although it affects millions of people around the world, Adrenal Fatigue is not yet recognised by conventional medicine as a distinct condition needing treatment.
Adrenal fatigue symptoms develop as a result of the Adrenal glands functioning at sub optimal levels . This is usually directly caused by prolonged stress - your adrenal glands can't meet the demands of that stress. The adrenal glands regulate your body's responses to every kind of stress (whether it's physical, emotional, or psychological) through hormones that control core functions -flow and storage of energy, immune system, heart rate, muscle tone, enabling you to cope with everyday life. Whether you have an emotional trauma such as the loss of loved one, a physical trauma such as major surgery, or any type of severe repeated or constant stress in your life, your adrenals have to respond optimally to those stressors to maintain homeostasis. If they cannot respond effectively, you are likely to experience some degree of the typical adrenal fatigue symptoms.
Examples of triggers include - long term over exercising, or other chronic physical stress, repetitive consumption of certain foods your body perceives as a threat, inability to have fun/relax, post trauma - surgery, giving birth to child, a severe loss or sickness.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include one or many of the following: chronic fatigue, feels difficult to get out of bed in the morning, sudden slump in tiredness in afternoon, weight gain especially around belly and difficult to shift, craving of sugar or salt, moodiness, irritibility, puffiness in face, heart palpatations, memory issues, absent mindedness, sinus congestion, feeling awake after 6pm..etc.
How to Resolve.
1. Take out the stressor You need to identify what could be possible stressors in your life and focus on developing balance or you may realise that the symptoms did start after a trauma or significant event that could have triggered the condition.
2. Reduce exercise to more relaxing level. Exercise that relaxes you rather than pushes you, - walking, yoga
3. Get more sleep Try to get to bed before 10pm - and at least get 8 hours of sleep.
4. Modify Diet Eat a protein-rich breakfast before 10am. Avoid alcohol, sugar, refined grains, gluten and dairy. Eliminate or limit caffeine intake to 1 cup per day before 12noon.
5. Focused Relaxation/Fun Do something you know is relaxing or fun for you every day -that includes allowing your mind to rest! (eg warm bath, , focused breathing, having a laugh with friends, any interest you have that you find relaxing/fun, etc)
6. Supplements An Adaptogenic herbal complex is profoundly effective in reversing these hormonal imbalances together with particular nutrients that are essential to transforming the status of this condition. The Muscle Joint recommend 3 -4 supplements that target the body's requirements to reversing this condition. These along with the above strategies will transform your health back to optimal functioning.