Adrenal Fatigue refers to the overstimulation of the adrenal glands, typically caused by chronic stress. There has been much debate concerning whether Adrenal Fatigue is or is not a medical condition, however there is now more evidence than ever that highlights it’s increased presence in society. It’s something many of my clients suffer with, but it’s easy to see why it goes unnoticed so often!
Distinguishing the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue has been the primary cause for the delay in medical recognition of the syndrome. Suffers are fatigued, experience brain fog, and weight gain, the list could go on. As these symptoms are also frequently linked to poor lifestyle habits, recognition of the syndrome previously proved challenging as treatment for the condition mainly consists of diet and routine adjustments. For those that actually suffer with Adrenal Fatigue, there is no such speculation.
Adrenal Fatigue is a condition that is associated with a number of complications if left untreated. It can be brought about as a consequence of many things, primarily prolonged stress, surgery, poor diet or lack of sleep, which helps to explain why those most at risk of Adrenal Fatigue include new parents, students or those that work in intense conditions. The symptoms further include:
- Autoimmune condition
- Chronic fatigue
- Brain fog
- Hair loss
- Decreased libido
- Moodiness and irritability
- Skin ailments
As many medical practitioners still dispute the condition, and while it is still advised that you visit your local GP should you find yourself experiencing any extreme side effects, you may be left to overcome these symptoms on your own. Should this be the case, here are the first three things I advise my clients suffering from the condition to do at home:
1. Get some gentle exercise everyday.
This doesn’t mean you’re expected to run a marathon or that you’re expected to go to your local gym five times a week. It is simply advised that you go for a short walk in the morning, or start doing some light yoga at home. Don’t exhaust yourself, but get moving. When you have adrenal fatigue, you don’t want to be pounding the gym as this will cause your adrenal glands to over stimulate further!
2. Go to sleep and wake up at the same each day.
This can be challenging when you have children, or a busy life schedule but it will help to align your body clock! Aim for at eight hours of sleep a night, and try not to toss and turn even when you are restless. Lie still, and take deep, calming breaths known as 7/11 breathing – so breathe in for the count of 7 and out for the count of 11. At the same time make sure you put your hands on your abdomen with the middle fingers touching so as you breathe in, your fingers should separate and as you breathe out, they should come back together. This technique allows for the Vegus Nerve to be massaged which calms down the parasympathetic nervous system that allows the body to unwind, lowers your heart rate and blood pressure.
3. Do something relaxing before you go to bed.
Again this can prove challenging when you’re juggling all the balls that life seems to throw at us, but self-care is vital to recovery. Read a book, listen to music, or take a bath. This will also help to lower your heart rate, put distance between you and what is going on around you and increase your chances of a good nights sleep!
There are many more remedies that can be offered to sufferers of this condition, however this requires insight into current lifestyle and dietary habits which makes generic solutions more complex. First and foremost, look at what you’re putting into your body, listen to what your body is asking you for, and put energy into taking care of yourself.
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