Fatigue – there’s a few reasons for constant tiredness, but today I want to talk about adrenal fatigue.
Your adrenals are small organs that sit near your kidneys and one of their jobs is to manage your stress. Such busy little organs, pumping out stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol when needed, managing other hormones, keeping you alert and focused, overseeing your daily biorhythms so you wake up and go off to sleep on time. Phew! No wonder they get tired!
On the downside, they could be the real problem behind how you’re feeling, your relentless fatigue, foggy brain, weight gain, anxiousness, digestive complaints and more.
I’ve been there and I can remember that bone weary fatigue that never goes away, even after 12 hours of sleep, the anxiousness for no apparent reason, the lethargy and brain fog. It’s there, day after day.
I’ve lived with the frustration and fear of not being able to get answers to why I feel so low from the GP, why blood test results show I’m “normal”, why nothing I do makes any difference.
If this is you, I can help.
I talk a lot about stress with clients and the impact it’s having on their health. I also explain how long term stress will eventually cause adrenal issues that simmer quietly under the surface, causing all manner of symptoms and health conditions.
Could your overworked adrenals be behind the way you are feeling?
I’ve put together a checklist for you to see if your adrenals could be behind your health struggles, your fatigue or draining your vitality.
Read through this list and if you are experiencing even as little as a quarter of these symptoms, it’s time to have a close look at your adrenals. I can do this using pathology testing to be sure but this is a guide to get you thinking.
- feeling anxious for no reason
- overwhelmed at normal tasks
- tired all the time
- feeling “wired” and can’t get to sleep
- getting a second wind at night after being exhausted during the day
- finding it hard to get up and going in the morning
- sleeping too much but still exhausted
- carrying around stubbon belly fat
- dealing with an auto immune condition
- craving salty foods
- finding an increased effort just to get through the day
- experiencing low blood pressure
- or high blood pressure
- dealing with hormone issues
- noticing a lack of sex drive
- putting up with a poor immune system
- experiencing low moods
- not handling stress like you used to
- dealing with digestive issues like ongoing diarrhoea or constipation
- having trouble with concentration
- less productive at work
- finding it difficult to make decisions
- feeling that life just feels so hard
Do any of these sound familiar?
Adrenal fatigue is a condition that is becoming more recognised these days. Did you know that it comes in 3 stages:
Stage 1 – the alarm stage which should last a few hours/days or a couple of months and then everything settles back to normal
Stage 2 – the resistance stage where your body is trying hard to adapt to ongoing stress. This can last months/years and cause all sorts of symptoms
Stage 3 – the exhaustion stage where your adrenals really give up and health conditions get considerably worse.
It’s so much easier to recover from adrenal fatigue in the earlier stages. If you wait until exhaustion really sets in, then recovery is a long road back.
If you’re experiencing some or many of the above symptoms, now’s the time to act. Contact me today so you can take back control of your health, your energy and your life.
With your health in mind,