5 Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue
With our complex lives in the 21st century, more and more people are suffering from stress-related conditions. The negative impact of stress can affect many areas of health. One area in particular that can be adversely affected is the adrenal glands.
The adrenal glands are located near the kidneys and produce the hormones that are needed for the body to function properly.
Stress adversely affects these glands because, when the body is under severe stress the glands start producing more hormones to help the body cope (this is the classic ‘fight or flight’ response).
The main hormone is cortisol, which regulates metabolism and is a response to stress.
Of course, in some circumstances a stress response is needed, however, when stress is experienced over a long period of time, these glands weaken and this negatively affects the body and results in adrenal fatigue. So, what are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?
5 Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
1. Excessive, unexplained tiredness.
Adrenal fatigue makes a person very tired. This is because under stress the hormone levels are elevated, thus making it harder to sleep.
Over time, the body’s cortisol levels are affected and this leads to the body being in an almost permanent state of alertness.
All of this can affect the ability for a person to fall asleep or get a good night’s sleep.
It could be that a person thinks he is getting enough sleep (the recommended 8 to 10 hours) but still wakes up feeling tired and fatigued.
2. Cravings for salty or sugary foods.
One way that adrenal fatigue affects the body is to lower the blood sugar level.
When this happens cravings for energy foods increase and therefore a sufferer will eat more sugary foods.
Foods high in sugar are also comfort foods and stress can cause a person to increase the intake of sugar-high foods.
Adrenal fatigue can also result in cravings for salty foods. This is because the adrenal glands affect how the kidneys regulate mineral fluctuations.
When we suffer from fatigue, the body releases more minerals in the urine. This in turn can increase the desire for salty snacks.
3. Heightened energy in the evenings.
An adrenal fatigue sufferer could find that he/she is tired all day but then in the late evening experience a surge of energy.
Usually cortisol reaches a peak in late morning and then reduces during the day.
4. Difficulty in handling stress.
The normal body’s response to stress is to release specific hormones so that stress can be handled effectively.
The three specific hormones are cortisol, adrenaline, norepinephrine, and knowing how these affect the body helps us understand the relationship to stress.
Gives the body extra energy to cope with the stress, it increases memory function and lowers sensitivity to pain.
However, the body needs a rest period after cortisol has been released in a stress-related situation.
If a person is suffering, from adrenal fatigue rarely gets to have the ‘rest period’, over time less and less cortisol is produced.
Probably the most well-known stress response hormone. This gives us the initial burst of energy needed to respond to stress.
Once again, adrenal fatigue will affect the amount of this hormone and therefore the response to stress is reduced.
This hormone helps the brain to focus on the stress. Without this active hormone, the response to stress could be described as lethargic.
5. More infections.
Cortisol helps to regulate the immune system in the body and cortisol works as an anti-inflammatory.
Too much cortisol over an extended period of time hinders the response of the immune system and this results in having more infections.
On the other hand if the adrenal glands are so weakened that they produce too little cortisol then the body’s response is to over react to infections resulting in certain autoimmune disorders.
I have outlined some of the most straightforward steps in my CFS section on this site, and I have also detailed every good form of treatment in my book
Learn more about the CFS causes, symptoms and natural fatigue remedies when you read the rest of my information here about: How to treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome CFS.
CFS IS MISUNDERSTOOD - ARE YOU?
Friends and family don't understand chronic fatigue syndrome but we do. We can help you BEAT CFS and give you your life back. Feel normal again!
I have dealt with severe CFS for over 30 years, and I would love to be able to help you do the same.
I have co-authored a book with all the best proven therapies for coping with CFS.
Learn more here about my book available on Amazon in Printed book or Kindle download; "How to Beat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome...and get your life back!"
Do you have questions or comments to add about the treatments briefly discussed here?
Would you like to share your story and success strategies for beating CFS?
Then please click the COMMENTS link below and put your story in the submission box that opens up - THANKS!
Click here to post comments
Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Health.
"Power Tips" weekly magazine is back!
You Get A Free Complete Self Help Report delivered to your email box every week, plus you get a free PLR article and other great gifts!
SUBSCRIBE BELOW ... I promise you will want to USE what you learn every week!
I really want to know what you think of this site, this page, and to hear your tips or suggestions about it.
So please share your story or simply add a Comment in the comment box.
If you feel that the information on this page has been useful to you please give it a Like or share it with your friends - thanks!!
"You are a life Saver!!
I recently discovered this site and I can tell you that my life
has not been the same. I now come here EVERYDAY and spend at least 1
I used to spend that time browsing online fashion and beauty
magazine which just means that I spend more. Now I have replaced that
habit with coming here.
In future I will think about contributing articles as well. Thank you! Thank you!! Thank you!!! and God bless"