Are you like a lot of people who feels tired for no reasons, feeling overwhelmed, have difficulties getting up in the morning, and crave sweets and salty foods.snacks? Well you are not alone on this, these are symptoms of over-taxing our adrenal glad which is called adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal glands sits next to our kidneys and produces adrenaline (epinephrine) when you are “fight-or-flight” mode. It produces hormones including the “stress” hormone called cortisol, dopamine (happiness hormones) , estrogen…etc. Adrenal fatigue is the result from it not working properly and efficiently as it supposed to. Addision’s disease is the medical condition associated with function shut down of adrenal glads completely, which from what I have been reading is a very rare medical condition.
Our stressed lifestyles and hyper-connected society is definitely part of the adrenal burnout. Below are some of causes I have compiled for you to raise awareness :
- Over use of Caffeine : caffeine is good for you but when we start abusing it, we are definitely hurting our adrenals, in a society where we are over-caffeinated with energy drinks and unlimited shots of espressos. According to Mayo Clinic, we should limit our caffeine intake between 200-300mg per day.
- Excessive Sugar consumption : this includes consuming carbohydrates, When we over consume carbs and sugar, we spike our blood sugar level, which an emergency for our body, so our adrenal has to release a lot adrenaline since it’s an emergency, that’s what the whole “sugar rush” came from.
- Lack of Sleep: that’s another obvious one. Our body repair itself at night, the liver and adrenals work to clean up our body from toxins at night, staying awake or having a very unstable sleep schedule will totally contribute to adrenal fatigue. So sleeping 7-8 hours a night is highly recommended for a healthy lifestyle
- Nutritional deficiencies: unfortunately we live in society that’s over fed and under nurtured, most of us don’t get enough nutrients from our diet, eat poor quality foods, have digestive issues which completely further contribute to adrenal fatigue. Try to eat organic nutrient dense foods, if that’s a challenge, try at least supplementing with it (Zinc, Magnesium, C and B Vitamins…etc).
- Psychological Stressors: if you are the type of person who worries a lot, have frequent mood swings, always thinking, thinking, thinking, your adrenals are probably burned out. If you can’t
- Drugs & Alcohol : very self explanatory, alcohol and drugs which includes diet pills and stimulant over-tax your adrenals. Alcohol is poison for the adrenals, if you suffer from the symptoms I mentioned above, you should not consume alcohol at all or drugs for that matter. Temporarily, alcohol compensates for the symptoms but after the effects it leads to further adrenal fatigue.
The list of things can go on and on, but I wanted to point out the very obvious basic elements that contributes to the adrenal fatigue. If you look closely to all them, and fix them you are going to not only help you adrenals but overall get into the path of a healthy lifestyle since.