One of the most common health concerns I hear from my clients is that of fatigue and lack of energy. It seems as if fatigue/exhaustion have reached a new high; no doubt in large part to the busy and stressful lives we lead. Is it possible that you suffer from adrenal fatigue? If so, how do you boost your energy levels when you are suffering from adrenal fatigue?
I’m sure you’ve experienced this at some time or another. You wake up craving cups of coffee or other types of caffeinated beverage. You crave salty or sugary foods, and despite diet and exercise, you don’t seem to be able to lose weight. Then, your energy levels crash in the middle of the afternoon, and while you might have an energy spike before bedtime, you then find you have trouble winding down, causing yet another restless night of sleep. You may see people around you who have the same type of problems, and so you have even begun to think this is a normal way of life. However, this is not normal. This could be an issue with adrenal fatigue.
Put simply, your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidney, and have the job of regulating hormonal workings in your body, such as the release of cortisol (the main stress hormone). Cortisol brings on problems when there is an imbalance. Cortisol actually originates in the brain. Basically, your brain tells your adrenal glands what to do. So adrenal fatigue is really a dysfunction of your brain’s communication with your adrenals. This can be caused by a lack of good stress response in your body.If that is what is going on in your life, you may experience some of these symptoms:
- You crave sugary or salty foods
- You are slow to get going in the morning
- Low libido
- Chronic fatigue in the afternoon
- You can’t stay asleep
- You are often dizzy upon standing
- You are moody
- You have difficulty losing weight
- Afternoon headaches
- Chronic inflammation
How do you improve this type of fatigue?
- Improve your chronic stressors
- Eat calming foods (like avocado and oysters)
- Use breathing exercises to reduce stress
- Take up yoga or some other similar type of exercise for maximum relaxation
- Try natural medicines (such as magnesium, GABA support, activated forms of B12 and folate or herbs)
- Get enough sleep (consistent bedtime and awake time)
If you think you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue, consult with a functional medicine doctor or a qualified health coach. When I was suffering from adrenal fatigue years ago, I found a coach who helped me through that time with natural supplements, which quickly changed my adrenal function around.
I can help you. To learn more, contact me for a free video or phone evaluation – http://www.holistic-healthandwellness.com.