Do you ever feel tired, sluggish, or just in a gray mood for reasons you can’t explain? You may be experiencing adrenal fatigue, which occurs when your adrenal glands aren’t functioning at optimal levels.
Not surprisingly, adrenal fatigue is associated with prolonged stress and it can also be brought about after chronic infections, such as the flu, pneumonia or bronchitis. The primary symptom is fatigue and most people self treat this symptom with coffee, sodas, or other stimulants to help them get through the day.
Adrenal fatigue has been known throughout the years as non-Addison’s hypoadrenia, sub-clinical hypoadrenia, neurasthenia, adrenal neurasthenia, and adrenal apathy. It affects millions of people but conventional medicine has yet to recognize it as a distinct illness.
In more serious cases, adrenal fatigue can make it difficult to people to get out of bed. Because the adrenal glands aren’t functioning optimally, this illness can also have damaging effects on other organs.
What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?
Stress is a key factor in adrenal fatigue and adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands inadequately meet the demands of stress. Adrenal glands are responsible for your body’s responses to stress (physical, emotion, or psychological) through hormones that regulate your body’s ability to handle stress.
Adrenal fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands have been exposed to over-stimulation. This could occur by very intense single stress or chronic or repeated stresses.
How Can I Tell if I Have Adrenal Fatigue?
Pinpointing adrenal fatigue can be somewhat difficult based upon the symptoms. Many of these symptoms are often associated with other illnesses, such as the flu. The symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- Feeling tired for no reason
- Trouble getting up in the morning
- Feeling overwhelmed or run down
- Difficulty recovering from stress or illness
- Craving salty and sweet snacks
- Feeling more awake and alert after 6 pm
Because the medical community doesn’t recognize adrenal fatigue as an illness, treatment options are minimal. However, there are some options available. You should speak with your primary care doctor and insist upon seeing an endocrinologist to check your hormone levels. In the meantime, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eating properly, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep are crucial in treating adrenal fatigue.
If you’ve been experiencing tiredness and can’t explain why, you should speak with your doctor about adrenal fatigue.
If you are experiencing fatigue or pain in your body please feel free to reach out to Dr. Sahoury and his staff at Above and Beyond Holistic Wellness. Our approach is holistic and we offer a wide variety of treatments options for you.