Adrenal Fatigue: Do You Have It? What Are the Signs? How to Treat Them?

Adrenal Fatigue: Do You Have It? What Are the Signs? How to Treat Them?

Waking up and feeling no incentive, no inspiration to get out of bed and start the day may sound like a normal everyday occurrence; but, what you may not know is that it could be a sign of issues in the inter-workings of your body. You may think you just have sleep issues or that you are worn out and tired. You suddenly feel tired in the middle of the day and just pass it off as too much accumulated stress.

No! This way of life shouldn’t be the case and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

Women everywhere tend to overlook these signs. When in reality, they may be symptoms to a budding medical condition. A medical condition that feeds on lack of motivation, overwhelming stress, and chronic fatigue: I’m talking about Adrenal Fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue is a much more common condition than you might think. The idea is that exhaustion within the adrenal glands causes a lack of cortisol hormone production in the bloodstream, which in turn causes extreme fatigue.

Let’s take a look at what exactly adrenal fatigue is; and, why is it so important for women to know the signs today!

Taking A Look at Adrenal Fatigue as A Medical Condition

Now, Adrenal Fatigue is not officially recognized as a medical condition or disease. It is observed as a pseudo-condition which is wildly educated upon, but cannot be further proved at this point in time. However, many medical professionals still advise patients on how to deal with its very real symptoms and reactions.

Much like any other ailments, there are notable symptoms, causations/correlations, and treatment methods. All of these we will talk about later…

Some professionals tend to believe that adrenal fatigue runs hand in hand with post-menopause stress and accommodation; while others believe that it is a condition simply caused by a malfunction in hormone production in the liver and various glands. Either way, it is obvious in the medical world and the everyday woman’s world that adrenal fatigue causes real problems for real people; and, it needs a proper solution.

Spotting the Symptoms

The symptoms of adrenal fatigue range between a variety of physical and mental aspects; however, there are a few more common signs. These are the items that have been seen constantly throughout the recorded cases of patients with adrenal fatigue:

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Inability to sleep / insomnia
  • Trouble finishing tasks
  • Lingering Stress (Physical, Emotional, and/or Mental)

 

Each of these symptoms can have a heavy effect on the production of cortisol, as it slows the progression of chemical trade-off. The proper chemical hormones in the body does not recognize or differentiate the need for cortisol in the adrenal glands; thus, it stops sending and producing it efficiently. This leads to constant bouts of fatigue, which then leads to the inability to fall asleep and a lack of motivation to get up and be active in the morning.

As this fatigue begins to spiral downward, it becomes harder for the person to properly finish tasks and goals. With a lack of motivation and lack of proper rest, the body begins to slowly give out and become heavy and tired all the time. And sadly, all of these symptoms and physical reaction connect back to the leading symptom of adrenal fatigue, stress.

 

Dealing with Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

As the body encounters everyday bouts of stress and anxiety, the adrenal glands let out a healthy dose of the hormone, cortisol. Women who have adrenal fatigue, however, have a lack in release of this hormone, causing stress to build to intolerable levels until it cannot be dealt with at all.

In this situation, it is positive for women to understand that their bodies produce lower levels of cortisol on a daily basis. Sufferers can usually aide in relieving a part of this stress by adding mediation, deep breathing, and/or mild exercise to their daily routines. Having a time set aside of clearing the mind and destressing the body, gives off a happy feeling in the brain that releases serotonin. This hormone counteracts the cortisol not being distributed in the body by leaving them happy and content, so there is no focus on unwarranted stress.

Some other methods include surrounding oneself with essential oils and a peaceful environment. Both seem to also do the trick of shutting of stressful thinking in the brain while also relaxing the tense buildups in the body from lack of good sleep.

Lesser Known Symptoms

Although, it is rather unanimous that the leading cause of adrenal fatigue is stress, there are a few lesser known symptoms to also look out for.

Here is a quick list of signs to look out for:

  • Body aches (particularly in the back and chest)
  • Lightheadness
  • Low blood pressure
  • Low blood sugar
  • Craving salty snacks constantly
  • Sudden lowered immune system health
  • Joint and muscle pains
  • Newly formed allergies
  • Anxiety / Anxiety attacks and episodes
  • Depression

 

Seeking Treatment

Sadly, adrenal fatigue can be a little hard to treat nowadays. More often than not, destressing methods are used to cope with the condition rather than cure it.

Here are some successful methods of treating adrenal fatigue:

  • Practicing meditation / yoga / deep breathing daily
  • Planning your days and tasking by top productivity/prority
  • Creating obstacle situations which force you to get out of bed (such as setting an alarm without snooze and placing it far out of reach)
  • Walking outside during the day for minimum 30 minutes a day

These methods have been shown to work with many other women living with adrenal fatigue; however, it is important to choose a treatment method that not only makes you happy and healthy, but one that is also safe for your body and your mentality overall.

I’ve been working with women with this condition for years.  I’ve recently been incorporating a very potent medicinal mushroom formula into my client’s lives and this has made a tremendous difference in how they feel.  They report feeling like their brain fog is gone, they can get up in the morning without difficulty and have sustained energy during the day. And the sleep, oh, the ability to sleep is the big one!

If you’re interested in learning more, please leave a comment or reach out to me directly.

Staying Aware

Knowing the signs of adrenal fatigue and how to try and decreases your levels of stress, is only the beginning of the process. This condition may not be medical proven yet, but there is an obvious correlation that keeps it being researched and trialed today. This condition is rather common among women from ages 30 to 60, so it is important to know what you can do to prevent it.

 

References:

Body Logic M.D. – Adrenal Fatigue in Women

Web M.D. – Adrenal Fatigue

Mayo Clinic – Adrenal Fatigue: What causes it?

Hormones.com – Adrenal Fatigue: Myth vs. Fact

Adrenal Fatigue Solutions in Women’s Health

 

Healthy Fats for Fast Hormone Balance

Healthy Fats for Fast Hormone Balance

Increasing good quality healthy fats in your diet increases your chances of balancing hormones.

This means clearer skin, weight loss, regulated menstrual cycles and less PMS.

There are 4 foods that should be included in your daily diet if you seek a balanced hormone production.

They are:
Coconut contains lauric acid, which is incredibly healing to the skin and exceptionally beneficial for hormonal production.

I include this in the form of cooking with coconut oil.
Avocados. They’re rich in healthy fat that helps our body absorb and use nutrients They are also full of fiber, potassium, magnesium vitamin E, B-vitamins, and Folic acid which all aid in balancing hormones.

I add these to salads, spread on sandwiches and eat whole with a bit of olive oil dripped on top.
Raw butter/ghee provide a rich source of vitamins A, D, E and K2.

These nutrients are key building blocks for hormonal production.
Egg yolks contain choline and which are crucial for creating healthy thyroid hormones.

Eat the whole egg!! No whites only if you want good hormone balance!!

Hopefully you have fun incorporating these healthy fats into your daily diet! See how your mood, skin, and hormones shift for the positive!!

Winning the PMS Battle: Five Strategies for Beating PMS Before It Beats You

Winning the PMS Battle: Five Strategies for Beating PMS Before It Beats You

Did you know that a question often asked in the medical field is: “Is PMS real?”

Some MD’s say yes, some say no, and some still say it’s all in our heads. Medical professionals who recognize PMS as a syndrome say that approximately 80% of menstruating women have suffered PMS symptoms.

PMS stands for “Premenstrual syndrome.” The syndrome manifests itself in a mix of physical and emotional symptoms during the one or two weeks before menstruation that can make you feel like violent world revolutions are taking place within your mind and body.

One of the first steps to making sure PMS doesn’t pull you under on your worst days, is understanding it.

 

#1 Strategy: Understand and Record

The symptoms of PMS vary from woman to woman, and even from cycle to cycle, but they tend to occur in somewhat predictable patterns.

Keeping track of the symptoms you experience over several cycles will help you to identify the patterns of your personal battle and equip you to identify triggers and anticipate the timing of your symptoms. Once you know what to expect, you will be more prepared implement further strategies to deal with and lesson your symptoms.

  • Understand

PMS symptoms generally start to show up 6 to 10 days before menstruation and disappear once a woman’s period begins. They may be barely noticeable one month and intensely severe the next.

It’s important to understand that at least half of these symptoms are mental and emotional, as this will help you to view them from a distance, giving you greater power in controlling them.

  • Symptoms include:
  • Tension/anxiety
  • Depression
  • Crying (that you can’t really explain)
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability/anger
  • Changes in appetite/food cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Social withdrawal
  • Poor concentration/memory, trouble thinking clearly
  • Joint/muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Fatigue
  • Weight gain because of fluid retention
  • Abdominal bloating/cramps
  • Breast tenderness
  • Acne flare-ups
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Nausea

 

Yes, the list is long, and you could probably add to it (for example, get specific with those “mood swings;” and does anyone else just feel like they have someone else’s brain for a few days and that “trouble thinking clearly” comes right on the heels of some of your sharpest ideas?).

  • Record

 

Keep track of the symptoms you recognize for at least two months. Note when

they appear, how severe they are, how long they last, when you ovulate and when menstruation begins.

Record triggers you can identify and activities, foods, etc. that seem to aggravate or alleviate symptoms. You should eventually be expecting certain symptoms and have a plan in place to deal with them. Now let’s move on to a few strategies that have been proven and suggested by other PMS sufferers and medical professionals.

 

#2 Strategy: Eat, Drink and Be Wary

 

One strategy to help you deal with some of the physical discomfort associated with PMS, is to be wary of what and how much you eat and drink while your symptoms are present.

Eating small amounts several times a day, rather than two or three large meals, can reduce bloating, cramps, and nausea. Limiting your salt intake can help reduce fluid retention.

Try not to give into the crazy food cravings that may hit you—especially if they involve salty or sugary snacks, coffee, or chocolate (Argh!). Caffeine can increase your insomnia and headaches and further scramble your brain and emotions. Also try to avoid alcohol where possible.

Choose instead to eat wholesome foods such as:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (especially leafy green) and whole grains.
  • Calcium-rich foods like sardines, yogurt, cooked kale and broccoli
  • Foods high in vitamin E, such as wheat germ, almonds, sunflower seeds and spinach
  • Fish high in omega 3 fatty acids, such as salmon, sardines and anchovies.
  • Avocado: balances hormones and is high in good fat, fiber, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6

 

#3 Strategy: Exercise (Naturally)

Staying active is one of the best strategies for increasing your overall health. While you may not feel like jogging around the block once PMS has hit full force, a brief walk, swim, or other aerobic form of exercise can lift your mood, eradicate some fatigue, ease irritability—and give you a chance to just enjoy your social withdrawal.

Making 30 minutes a day of medium to brisk exercise a regular part of your lifestyle will benefit your entire body, mind and spirit, leaving you ready and able to deal with PMS and lessening the affect it has on you.

 

#4 Strategy: Work at Relaxing

Stress just makes everything worse, so work at relaxing.

It’s an unfortunate truth that most of us are unable to fling ourselves on our bed or hide out in a dark corner whenever our inner life become especially painful or bewildering, so you will need to find other ways to relieve tension and ease anxiety. Turn to an activity or thought that brings you peace.

 

You may also wish to try some of these tips:

  • Improve your posture to release stress. Sit up straight. Stand up and stretch. If you have the opportunity, lie flat on the floor, stretch out to your full length and then relax. Concentrate on each muscle one at a time, making sure none of them remain tight.
  • Breathing deeply and steadily can also help you relax and destress. It’s helpful in pushing you toward sleep when you’re lying bed wide awake. Lie still, tune out your tumbling thoughts, and just breathe.
  • Some people find that journaling or writing poetry, even if it doesn’t end up making any sense, can help them relax and release tension, confusion and anger.

#5 Strategy: Search for Alternatives

There are various herbal remedies and vitamin/mineral supplements recommended for dealing with PMS. Care is always recommended when it comes supplements as you will need to educate yourself as to their use and dosage.

I offer individualized consultations for PMS for women of all ages. Email me for more information at: becca@beccasarich.com.

Massage and acupuncture may also relieve PMS symptoms. For continuing severe cases, you may wish to consult your doctor for further help.

If you have ever struggled with PMS, you know it is real, and it can be powerful. You can beat it before it beats you, though. Just remember that by taking control and implementing these key measures, you’ll be able to beat it rather than letting it defeat you month after month.

 

 

References:

Mayo Clinic Staff: www.mayoclinic.org

www.womenshealth.gov

Stacy Baker: www.womenshealthmag.com

Josh Axe, MD: www.draxe.com

Joseph Mercola, DO: www.articles.mercola.com

Madeline Vann, MPH and Lindsey Marcellin, MD: www.everydayhealth.com