Understanding Adrenal Fatigue, aka “Tired but Wired”

Did you know that two tiny glands, no bigger than a grape are responsible for your energy levels, your endurance, and your vitality? You cannot live without your adrenal hormones and how well you live depends a great deal on how well your adrenal glands function.

Adrenals and Weight: Stress has detrimental effects on the body regardless of the source; emotions, inflammation, infection, worry, anxiety, food allergies, poor diet. The body responds the same.

  • Stress causes the body to go into survival mode resulting in digestive system shut down. Therefore, the body isn’t able to proper assimilate and utilize nutrients confusing the body into feeling malnourished. This depletes vital vitamins and minerals contributing to the body’s confusion and heightened hunger leading to cravings and overeating. This survival mode flips the switch into conservation mode. The body protects itself by hanging onto weight, to use as a fuel source if needed later.
  • Cortisol, via the adrenal glands, is the fight or flight hormone that causes an increase in sugar and an increase in insulin. This inhibits weight loss and puts the body in fat storage mode, causing fat gain in the belly specifically
  • Stress triggers an increase in appetite and cravings for sugar/refined carbs as the body thinks it needs energy.
  • High cortisol depletes serotonin leading to anxiety, depression, trouble sleeping and cravings.

Stress overall disrupts the delicate balance of hormones which can make losing weight an impossible feat. Adrenal fatigue will lead to eventual thyroid and sex hormone imbalances further complicating the situation.

Symptoms:

  • excessive sweating or perspiration with little activity
  • lower back pain and/or knee weakness or pain, especially on the side
  • dark circles under the eyes
  • weight gain, especially around waist and belly
  • dizziness
  • digestive issues/IBS
  • muscle twitches
  • low blood sugar
  • heart palpitations
  • sensitivity to light, difficulty seeing at night
  • a craving for salt
  • low stamina for stress, easy irritability
  • excess mood responses after eating carbohydrates such as pasta, breads, and sugar
  • chronic illness or infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast)
  • low blood pressure
  • lightheadedness upon standing up
  • tired but wired feeling, poor sleep
  • cravings for sweets/carbs, intolerance to alcohol
  • premature aging
  • dry, unhealthy skin with excess pigmentation
  • lack of libido
  • cystic breasts
  • tendency to startle easily
  • negative response to thyroid hormone

What to do….up next!!!

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