These Are The Early Signs Of Adrenal Fatigue
When the adrenal glands are overwhelmed, they can disrupt your hormonal balance which will lead to adrenal fatigue and a variety of other problems. Adrenal fatigue can only be diagnosed by a doctor and is not a hoax as some people believe.
Although not exactly recognized by modern science, adrenal fatigue is very real. Medically, it is known as hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunction, which means that the loop between the brain and these important glands is disrupted. The adrenal glands are positioned on the top of the kidneys and produce a variety of sex hormones including cortisol. The HPA axis and the adrenals are responsible for numerous bodily functions including the way you manage stress, your libido and thyroid function as well, which is important for other body functions itself. If your hormones are in proper balance, you won’t experience any problems. However, under chronic stress, your cortisol levels can stay high for a longer period, resulting in hormone disruption and symptoms such as brain fog, anxiety, fatigue, insomnia and other problems.
Here are the 14 early signs of adrenal fatigue:
- Brain fog;
- Digestive problems;
- Low libido;
- Loss of focus;
- Hot flashes and PMS symptoms in women;
- Sugar and salt cravings;
- Increased susceptibility to infections;
- The so-called “3PM crash”
- Reduced ability to handle stress;
- Weight gain
In general, adrenal fatigue and failure is brought on by a poor diet, lack of sleep, pain and inflammation, high levels of emotional stress, autoimmune diseases and microbiome imbalance. The balance of hormones in your body can be restored in many ways. In general, you’ll need to start consuming adaptogenic herbs, eat a healthy diet, reduce your stress, stop drinking so much coffee, avoid sugar, include vitamin C in your diet and get proper rest overnight. Furthermore, the following 4 steps can prevent adrenal burnout:
Saliva tests are required if you’re suspecting adrenal burnout. The test requires 4 samples which will show the exact level of cortisol in your body. If your cortisol levels are low in the morning, you’ll be exhausted; if they’re low at night, you won’t be able to fall asleep. Our body is adapted to the natural light and dark rhythm, so the better you synchronize with it, the better your health will be.
During the second phase, you will need to start eating a nutrient-rich diet which includes vegetables, protein, healthy fats and superfoods as well. Eat more eggs, grass-fed meat, probiotic foods and bone broth in order to restore your hormonal balance and help the adrenals heal.
Start taking vitamin and mineral supplements every day in order to support your adrenals and help them heal.
Finally, restoring your proper circadian rhythm is very important for reducing adrenal burnout. Eat every 4 hours, go to bed at 10 PM and get at 7 or 8 AM in order to regulate your sleep cycle and prevent any problem with your adrenals.