Sometimes it’s hard to just get through the day. Your body aches, you have trouble concentrating, and you experience moodiness and constant tiredness. These are all symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Other symptoms to look for are racing thoughts, irritability, feeling overwhelmed, hormonal imbalance, cravings for sweet and salty food, trouble with sleep and longer recovery time from an illness. Individually, these symptoms could point to a few different disorders but combined together, these symptoms lead to adrenal fatigue.
The adrenal glands are two thumb-sized organs that sit above your kidneys and are a part of the endocrine system. They produce over 50 hormones that are the driving forces behind almost every bodily function! Your glands are largely involved in your stress response or fight-or-flight response. What happens is that your brain registers a threat, whether it be emotional, physical or mental. Then your adrenal medulla releases adrenaline hormones into your body to help you respond to the threat. This might be why after all those bad breakups you just wanted to key your ex’s car or break his window. Adrenaline is rushing through your system forcing you to want to act against the “threat.” This makes blood rush to your brain, heart and muscles. Your adrenal cortex releases corticosteroids to suppress processes like digestion, immune system response, and other functions that are unnecessary for immediate survival.
Your adrenal glands also help to balance all your hormones. It sends out glucocorticoids help to balance your body’s blood sugar, energy and food metabolism. There’s also mineralocorticoids that help to maintain healthy blood pressure and manage your blood hydration level. Your adrenal glands do so much to maintain your body, it’s no wonder that over 80 percent of people are affected by adrenal fatigue worldwide!
Your body can become worn out easily especially with daily stress. According to Dr. Axe, adrenal fatigue can be caused by:
- stressful experiences like death of a loved one, divorce or surgery
- exposure to environmental toxins and pollution
- prolonged stress due to financial hardship, bad relationships or work environment and other conditions that entail feelings of helplessness
- negative thinking and emotional trauma
- lack of sleep
- poor diet and lack of exercise
Now, don’t worry, because there are a few easy ways to help heal adrenal fatigue.