Lightheaded? Irritable? Lacking in energy?
Adrenal fatigue (sometimes called adrenal stress) may be the cause. The symptoms can be severe and debilitating but are often misdiagnosed for other health concerns such as depression or slow metabolism.
The adrenal glands form part of the body’s hormone system, controlling blood pressure, metabolism and your response to stress. Adrenal fatigue happens as a result of chronic stress – you know, when your life is under constant pressure, day after day, week after week. The constant physical and emotional pressure builds up, forcing the adrenal glands to work overtime, pumping out hormones at emergency levels.
And just like when you’re under the pump at home or at work, it’s only a matter of time before the adrenal glands can’t keep up. That’s when hormone levels drop causing even more symptoms… especially if you’re in pre-menopause or menopause.
The Women’s Health Network says current testing is limited, but the solution is pretty straightforward. Address your stress symptoms so you feel calmer and more energized.
The three most important things you should be looking at:
1. Where is the stress coming from?
You may not be able to change the pressure of your work environment, family, finances and relationships, but you can respond to them differently. Make small changes to your daily planning, some light exercise, breathing or even relaxing music can help.
2. Getting the right foods
Getting the right food and supplements is crucial to adrenal health. Eat a protein-based breakfast and good quality snacks throughout the day (think fruit rather than something sugary). You can also get supplements with adrenal-supporting herb extracts to help you relax or provide natural energy.
3. Exercise and sleep
Not everyone has time for the gym, but light exercise or gentle movement will get rid of tension and give you more energy. Try to get a little extra sleep, even if it’s just an hour. When your resting, the body repairs itself as well as takes the time to clear the mind.
Article by Karina Eastway