Is Your Slump Really
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms?
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Over 500,000 Americans suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome and millions more suffer from severe exhaustion or adrenal dysfunction. Many people depend on a continuous IV of caffeine to launch them through a busy week of hauling kids, laundry, housework, dinner, work and running errands. Weekends used to be a time to rest and recoup, but sadly the weekends tend to be equally as busy. We are constantly burning the candle at both ends. Trying to manage our time while getting little to no sleep, yet we can’t figure out why we are always getting sick. If this sounds like your typical day, you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue. This type of fatigue results in a variety of adrenal fatigue symptoms including anxiety attacks, shortness of breath, chronic fatigue syndrome, difficulty sleeping, muscle aches, increased irritability, craving salty or fatty foods, weight disorders, fibromyalgia and arthritis. People who get fatigued also develop digestive problems, hormonal disruptions, sleep problems and many other health issues when the adrenals are weak. Their bodies simply can’t handle what they used to and become more sensitive and less tolerant.
Hormones are literally the juice that keeps you feeling young, energetic, happy and healthy. There are many hormones produced throughout the endocrine system, however, the adrenal glands produce cortisol, epinephrine, adrenaline, DHEA and other hormones that control stress. Specifically, adrenaline increases bloods flow and heart activity, making the body ready to take action and gives you extra energy. This amazing hormone is essential when your body needs to use its reserved energy to say, run from a saber-tooth cat or jump out of an airplane, however, when it is used too often from everyday stressors it can become unbalanced and cause undue stress to the body. Because the endocrine system is very complex, however, issues that arise rarely stem from just one hormone. A disturbance in one can and often does cause an imbalance in other hormones as well.
Testing your Adrenal Hormones
It is difficult to know what your hormone levels are with symptoms alone, therefore, it is important to do a test to determine an optimal treatment plan. The best and most specific way to test your adrenal hormone levels is through saliva testing. This type of testing is easy and painless. After completing the test, the results are sent back to the doctor’s office where they will then set up a time to go over them with you. If hormonal imbalances are indicated through saliva testing and causing your adrenal fatigue symptoms, the doctor will then recommend natural and effective supplements or herbs to treat your condition.
Avoiding Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
There are many ways to avoid adrenal fatigue symptoms even before they start. Decrease everyday stressors by incorporating deep breathing and yoga as a form of relaxation. Exercise at least 5 days per week for at least 30 minutes. Receive regular chiropractic wellness checkups and adjustments. Get fresh air and sunlight as often as possible. Take Vitamin D, Probiotics, Vitamin C, Zinc and Minerals to keep your immune system protected. Reduce and eliminate sugary processed foods, avoid MSG, aspartame as well as chemicals and preservatives in foods/drinks. Quit smoking! Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water per day. Eliminate or reduce alcohol, caffeine and pop.
Healing your Adrenal Glands
Once the body is dealing with adrenal fatigue symptoms, it is essential to support the adrenal glands. Be aware that it may take six months to one year to fix and heal your adrenals. Supporting the body’s adrenals with herbal/nutritional supplementation will give the body fuel as well as reduce stress. Balancing your hormones is another key factor as other important hormones can be affected. Detoxifying the body to remove extra stress as well as regular chiropractic adjustments to stimulate the nerves to the adrenals will accelerate healing.