Invisible adrenal fatigue
Updated: Jan 27, 2022
Whereas an elimination issue is easily identified as there are visible signs such as acne, eczema, bloating, IBS, constipation or diarrhea… Adrenal fatigue isn't that easily diagnosed.
First because fatigue has become our new “normal”. Second, blood tests don't reveal adrenal dysfunction. And most conventional medicine doctors won't run any additional tests for it such as adrenal saliva or urinary stress hormone panels because adrenal dysfunction isn't considered as a real condition.
Dramatically 2/3 of the population suffers from ADRENAL FATIGUE!!!
However, the symptoms of adrenal dysfunction are real
-low blood pressure
-low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
-cravings salty or sweet foods
-dark circles under the eyes
-sleep problems (either falling asleep or staying asleep)
-nonrestorative sleep (waking up tired, don't feel energized)
-poor tolerance to stimulants
-feel the need to start the day with caffeine
-sweaty palms and feet when nervous
-anxiety or feeling stressed all the time
-frequent infections (catch cold easily)
Adrenals are the source of several sexual hormones. So they are important if you want a healthy menstrual cycle and hormonal balance.
There are 3 stages of adrenal fatigue
1. stressed (edgy, difficulty falling asleep, mental function fast)
2. wired (overwhelmed, difficulty falling asleep, erratic mental function)
3. crashed (exhausted, unrefreshing sleep, unable to generate ideas)
Recommendations to support adrenals
Taking this time for yourself will help you create long-term and even permanent recovery.
Work on your internal stressors (hypoglycemia, irregular sleep patterns, physical activity) and external factors.
Reduce dairy, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol, sugar, gluten...
🍆 balance blood sugar.
Food to stabilise blood sugar: avocados, chia seeds, chicken, coconut oil, coconut milk, eggs, nuts, olives, pea protein, salmon, sardines, seeds, white fish.
🍃replenish nutrients and add adaptogens
Eat nutrient-dense food and you can find some supplement