Do you ever feel like there is a constant battle going on inside you between where you are and where you want to be? You dream and yearn for a better life for yourself, for your family, for your community, maybe even the world. However, a lack of energy, overwhelm, apathy, and/or sadness get in your way. Your dreams come to fruition only in your mind, not in reality.
Our bodies are in an energy crises. We are doing more, demanding more, wanting more. We are constantly stressed and constantly reaching for coffee or energy drinks to keep up with our life. At the end of the day, we don’t have as much as we would like left to give to our family, friends or hobbies.
Adrenal fatigue is one of the biggest contributors to loss of energy, feelings of not being able to cope with even the smallest stressors, anxiety and even depression and unexplained weight gain. Unfortunately, not many in the medical profession know much about this condition, let alone know how to properly diagnose it. This is where a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, such as myself can help.
Without getting too technical on the biology, the adrenals are directly responsible for helping our body deal with stress. They are responsible for our “flight or fight” response. The adrenals release cortisol, epinephrine and adrenal into our body during times of stress.
So then, what is Adrenal Fatigue? It is a collection of signs and symptoms that occur when our adrenals are under functioning. It is a chronic exhaustion that does not seem to get better with sleep, and in its worst form, the body becomes unable to deal with even minor stresses and can completely full apart from even the tiniest mishap. It occurs when we are facing chronic or prolonged stress which weakens our adrenals.
According to James Wilson (author of “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome”) Adrenal fatigue effects 80% off the world to varying degrees.
Some symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- Feeling tired for no reason.
- Having trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour.
- Feeling constantly rundown or overwhelmed.
- Difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
- Cravings for salty and sweet snacks.
- Feeling more awake, alert and energetic after 6pm than you do all day.
- Trouble Thinking or finishing a task
- Low sex drive
- Poor digestion
- Muscle weakness
- Feelings of helplessness and despair
- Sleep disturbances
- Low blood pressure
- Easily irritated by people or situations
- Blood sugar swings and imbalance
- Thyroid and hormonal imbalances
- You “suddenly” run out of energy
- Feeling tired but wired
- If you stay up past 11:00 pm you get a second burst of energy
- You bruise easily
- You have developed allergies, or your allergic reactions have worsen
- Respiratory Infections
I believe that it is important to talk to a trusted professional if you suspect that you have even a mild degrees of adrenal fatigue. We can take a closer look at your symptoms, vitamin/mineral deficiencies, stress levels, toxin exposure, and lifestyle and emotional concerns that may be contributing factors. From there, we can put together a comprehensive individualized plan for healing.
Meanwhile, there are specific nutrients that can be incorporated immediately into you eating plan while you are waiting to be assessed.
Vitamin C: This nutrient is the adrenals best friend
All your B vitamins:– Especially B5 ( which is considered the anti-stress vitamin) and B12 to provides a boost of energy
Magnesium: To help calm the nervous system
Omega 3– This powerful nutrient helps with brain health including cognition and mood, and helps to boost immunity and to aid in digestion to insure proper nutrient assimilation.
Zinc– responsible for numerous biological processes including mood and energy regulation
Vitamin D: A key nutrient in mood regulation.