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Adrenal Fatigue | Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Reverse Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment.  For years doctors told women that there was no such thing as chronic fatigue. It is frustrating when some trying to tell you something you are experiencing is all in your head!  Many women suffer from adrenal fatigue. The complaint usually is, they do not have enough energy or are always tired.

There are many causes of low energy and one of the reasons could be chronic or adrenal fatigue. A disorder where the adrenals are overworked and unable to produce sufficient amounts of cortisol (a hormone). Adrenal fatigue is very common and many undiagnosed medical complaints may be caused by it.

It can cause hypotension, chronic stress, depression, nervousness, weight loss, hair loss, obesity, compromised immune system, skin discoloration, and food craving. When a person is in a constant state of anxiety, this will cause the medulla to produce more of these hormones.

What is the Adrenal Gland?

The adrenal gland is a small organ located on the top of each kidney. It consists of the adrenal cortex and medulla, which are responsible for the production of hormones. The cortex produces cortisol, aldosterone, and androgens while the medulla produces epinephrine and norepinephrine.

The adrenal medulla is responsible for the circulation of epinephrine and noradrenaline. These hormones which ignite the flight-or-flight response, causing blood pressure to elevate, blood sugar to rise and focus to intensity.

What are the Causes of Adrenal Fatigue

Stress: The condition can be exasperated by chronic daily life stress; such as politics, your job, financial problems, divorce, marriage, children, or loss of work. Under extreme stress, the adrenal glands will produce an abundance of cortisol.

Your Diet: If you do not take time to prepare or eat healthy food, this will put extra pressure on adrenal glands. Processed foods, too much sugar and sugar filled foods.  It is in almost everything!

Water Intake: Many people drink too much soda, coffee and fructose filled drinks and not enough water. Water is necessary to help the body, flush out toxins, hydrated the cells and generally run effectively.

Prescription Drugs: Steroid drugs like, prednisone, triamcinolone, decadron, prednisolone, which are used to treat asthma, arthritis, skin diseases, lupus, and colitis, are all hormones.

These when taking over a long period can suppress the immune system can cause other medical problems, including adrenal fatigue and adrenal failure which is a much more serious condition, which can lead to heart disease, cataracts.

How to Reverse Adrenal Fatigue

Manage Stress: In order to reverse your symptoms, you will need to learn how to manage stress. One of the best stress relievers if the word “no”.  Some of the nicest people are some of the most exhausted. The reason for this is, many nice people do not know how to tell people “no”. Do not push past your physical or emotional abilities. Listen to your body when it tells you, it is tired.

Use meditation, yoga, or prayer:   These days we are living under more stress. Use any of these methods as a way to de-stress and bring more peace to your life and quiet your mind. Treat yourself to a by-weekly sauna or and massage. These are great, for detoxifying and relaxing the body.

Cut out Caffeine:  Coffee can be very stressing to adrenal glands.  Consider switching to green tea. (caffeine free also has a small amount of caffeine.

Sleep:  Sleep is the period when the body is repairing itself. It is important to get enough sleep to restoring health. Melatonin is an excellent, non-narcotic supplement to help you fall asleep and sleep more soundly.  Magnesium and Melatonin are great sleep aids.  Talk to you doctor before taking to make sure it is safe with any medications you take.

Exercise:  Exercise is an excellent way to build up the body and reduce stress. take time to exercise a few times each week. There is no need to spend money on a gym membership, brisk walking is fine.

Improve Diet:  Eliminate processed foods from your diet and eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. If possible cut sugar out of your diet. Use healthy substitutes for such as honey, molasses or some of the other sugar substitutes.

Kangen Water:  Kangen water, is the highest quality of ionized alkaline water. It super hydrates the cells, detoxifies, and creates a healthy pH balance, helping the body to heal itself.  You don’t have to purchase an expensive alkaline water machine, many health food stores see this water.  You can also find an Enagic distributor who will give you a free gallon or a half gallon of this water to try.

Laughter for Adrenal Fatigue

I wanted to give this topic it’s own heading because it is so important for healing on many levels!  Proverbs 17:22 says A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.’  For Christmas, my family gave toys to the Toys for Tots program.  While shopping I picked up a doll that laughed like a baby.  I could not help but laugh every time I squeezed that little pink doll.  Don’t tell anyone, but I bought one for myself.  I call her my therapy doll.  Every time I feel stressed I give her a little squeeze and I smile.

Why You Should Laugh More

Laughter can help you improve adrenal fatigue.  Take time every day to laugh.  Here is why:

  • It increases immune cells and decreases stress hormones
  • It increases blood flow to the heart and circulatory system.
  • It burns calories – Every time you laugh for an extended period you can lose 30 or more calories.
  • It causes you to relax- After a good belly laugh you can help but let out a whooooo, as your whole body relaxes.
  • It releases endorphins and decreases pain. Endorphins are chemicals that your body and gives you a sense of well-being.
  • Laughter makes you forget you are angry – Laughter is a great distraction.  The next time you are angry, water your favorite comedy show or more and see how much better you feel.

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