9 Signs That Adrenal Fatigue Is Behind Your Anxiety, Sleep Problems And Joint Pain
When the adrenal glands fight with stress and very busy schedule them you are facing adrenal fatigue where you feel dull all over, overworked, and burned out. This is not a diagnosis that you will get from a doctor, but if you feel these symptoms then you will need to make some changes in your lifestyle. If you suppress them then you might enter an adrenal insufficiency that your medical doctor can diagnose. The body will send you signs you must not ignore.
When the stress does not go away, then we get elevated cortisol levels and the rest of the systems weaken as the adrenal glands can only handle so much.
These are the signs of adrenal fatigue:
-You are feeling overwhelmed by life – most of us do not pay much attention to self-care, but all work and no play can lead to a burnout. The key to your success resides in self-care practices. Take a step back from some commitments that do no serve you, adding some self-care into your routine. Take a step back and relax. You need time for yourself.
-You cannot sleep – we have to get 8-10 hours of interrupted sleep for the body needs to recover, rest, and recharge for the following day. You should wake up in the morning energized and refreshed. There are people who give up sleep and continue working, rushing from one to another thing, throwing you off of balance, making it hard to fall or stay asleep. You need to improve your rhythm and introduce a new healthy habit. Try to be in bed by 10:30 PM, and even if you cannot fall asleep, being in the dark will help your body produce melatonin, the sleep hormone. Practice some guided meditation or take a warm bath with guided meditation to help you relax if your mind is racing before bed.
-You feel exhausted after working out – work out should make you feel energized and not make you exhausted. The physical stress is a stressor for the adrenal glands, thus too much of exercise can do the opposite way, negatively affecting them as they ass stress to your body. You should switch to walking, stretching, or yoga if you feel that working out does not help you achieve your goals and if you still struggle with belly fat. 80% of your results will come from a proper nutrition if you want to lose weight.
-Your hormones feel wacky – the thyroid gets affected in stage 2 of adrenal fatigue and this can create unfavorable symptoms pf hypothyroidism (poor circulation, dry skin and hair, weight gain, and fatigue). When the adrenals can’t keep the stress levels, the hormone precursor material is redirected in order to produce cortisol, and this causes hormonal imbalance. A long-term period of stress can cause your cycle be off and PMS symptoms increase. It is not pleasant to experience hormone imbalance, thus you have to eliminate caffeine, incorporate a nourishing diet, get adequate sleep, use adaptogenic herbs, and increase water intake.
-You feel depressed and overly anxious – anxiety kicks in when you have too much going on, including the deadlines and busy schedule. This can cause adrenaline rush, making changes in your mood. The adrenal hormones are involved in your mood, mental state, and cognitive function. Depression and anxiety are directly linked with stress. We became less tolerant than we normally are and are easily frustrated. Thus, you have to take some time for you as your health and well-being are more important than a clean kitchen and a work function that you do not want to go to.
-You get salt cravings – once the adrenal fatigue starts affecting your hormonal balance then you will have salt cravings as the body looks for sodium and other minerals. With decreased aldosterone production (the hormone which retains salt) your blood pressure will lower, as well as dizziness/lightheadedness upon standing, salt cravings, and heart palpitations. Get enough minerals in your diet, use a high quality Himalayan pink salt in your cooking, use seaweeds like kelp, nori, and dulse, and add mineral drops into your filtered water.
-You feel stiff and sore – your body is reacting to stressful events, thus if you feel stiff then it may show that you are not getting a full recharge. You might be feeling the stress in your jaw, back, and neck. Thus, optimize your sleep habits and spend time on stretching yoga routine. You can take warm Alka baths to soothe your muscles and detox and balance your body.
-You rely on caffeine to get through the afternoon – coffee does not give you energy, but you are actually borrowing that energy. Even though caffeine helps your brain get through the day with added stimulation, it weakens your adrenal glands and keeps your body in stress mode, signaling the production of stress hormones such as epinephrine and cortisol. The mornings are very hard when you have adrenal fatigue, however, regular coffee drinkers will know that the initial surge of energy wears off and you will still feel tired and crabby than when you woke up. You should better reach for herbal teas and coffee substitutes during your recharge. Try holy basil, mint, or dandelion root.
-Your digestion is off – when you are stressed, your body cannot focus optimally on digestion and absorption of the nutrition and your body responds to stress. Your functions like digestion and metabolism are down-regulated in the adrenal fatigue mode, increasing the likelihood of being bloated after you eat. You can also experience weight gain or constipation/diarrhea. If your body is stressed and you still consume healthy food, you may not absorb full nutrition from the meals. You can drink lemon water, take time to savor your meals, drink enough water, get enough minerals, and take a probiotic daily.