Updated: Jul 6, 2020
There are many glands throughout your body that respond to different things. Of those glands, you may have heard of the adrenal glands which are for responding to stress. You know, the old “fight or flight” is all about your adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands send out hormones in our bodies to enact our flight or fight response, whichever one we care to choose in a given situation.
However, because stress in today’s world is much different than the stresses of our ancestors, we have something called chronic stress that lingers about for periods of time from months to years. It could be work, marriage, kids, and the fate of the world riding upon your shoulders but whatever it is, it’s causing you ongoing stress that never quits.
So what are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue? Some symptoms could include: Fatigue that doesn’t go away even after adequate sleep, trouble falling asleep as well as waking up, excessive cravings for salt and sugar, weight loss without trying, dizzy spells, skin discoloration, rashes, or inflammation, allergies that you didn’t have before, and lack of focus.
But like many conditions, these symptoms are very vague. How do you know if you have adrenal fatigue? That’s the tricky part. There are no medical screenings to determine it as of yet. Your doctor can look for a condition called adrenal insufficiency which is a bit similar, or you can speak to a Registered Nutritional Therapist about saliva hormone testing. The best course of action is to speak to a healthcare provider and make a few changes to your lifestyle to see if that makes a positive impact.
What can you start doing right away?
Start by eating better. Swap out processed foods for whole foods and ditch the sugars. Start incorporating supplements like fish oil, probiotics, and other vitamins that you might not be getting currently. For example, many people are magnesium deficient, and that can cause a slew of problems. Take steps to reduce your stress, and you should begin feeling better. Whatever you do, listen to your body. You know you and if you don’t feel like yourself, you should make sure you get checked out to eliminate the possibility that it’s something more serious.