Are you constantly tired, even after sleeping eight hours straight? Do you suffer from vertigo and dizziness for no apparent reason? Are you are often cold or have frequent allergic reactions? If the answer is yes to each question, you are probably suffering from adrenal fatigue. Here are some insights into this silent killer and its associated symptoms.
Adrenal fatigue: what is it?
Also called hypoadrenia, adrenal fatigue is a gland dysfunction that causes a slowdown in the production of hormones. The adrenal glands are a pair of glands with a size of a walnut, located just above each kidney.
The adrenal glands are producing several hormones and when they do not work correctly, many problems such as fatigue, low blood pressure, dehydration, etc. can occur.
A disorder of the adrenal gland involves decreased production of three hormones: cortisol that regulates the sugar level in the blood; aldosterone, a hormone that helps absorb and retain salt water to maintain a good level of hydration of the body; and finally androgens, which are sexual hormones that play a role in hair growth and the production of estrogen. If some disease affectes the adrenal glands, the production of these hormones can be completely stopped.
Adrenal fatigue is not a disease but rather a group of symptoms that warn that your adrenal glands are not working properly.
Stress: a factor of exhaustion of the adrenal glands
Stress causes a chemical reaction in the body that puts it on alert. It releases adrenaline, noradrenaline and cortisol, hormones that return blood in the center of the body to the muscles to prepare the body for a potential attack. Physiological responses are: dilated pupils, increased state of vigilance, rapid pulse… Once the threat is gone, the body returns to its physiological homeostasis of state, interrupting the release of hormones…
We are constantly conditioned to withstand stress (work, lack of civility, traffic, etc.) in our everyday life… This state of stress makes our hypothalamic receptors less effective, which causes excessive production of cortisol.
When the glands are overused, they cause a series of symptoms that affect the general health. Even excessive consumption of coffee and other stimulating beverages is not effective in the fight against the fatigue experienced.
Such depleted glands can promote the occurrence of disorders such as asthma, allergies, respiratory disorders, fibromyalgia and other immune-related problems such as Addison’s disease, autoimmune disease that affects 4 out of 100 000 and is also related to a failure of the adrenal glands.
The main symptoms of adrenal fatigue:
• Decreased libido
• Permanent feeling of tired
• Crave for salty and sweet foods
• Dizziness and frequent headaches
• For women, increased premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
• Worsening of symptoms associated with menopause
• Mood swings, irritability
• Hormonal imbalance and/or exhaustion
• Memory disorders
• Chronic muscular tensions that lead to high blood pressure
• Frequent colds
• Allergic reactions
If you suffer from adrenal fatigue, you must make some changes in your lifestyle to treat these symptoms. Here is a list of tips to prevent this health disorder.
7 tips to avoid adrenal fatigue:
• Sleep at least eight hours a day
• Favor a healthy balanced diet (organic vegetables and fruits)
• Make physical exercise
• Limit stress situations
• Take vitamin B supplements
• Take licorice extract
• Add Sea or Himalayan salt to your usual diet
Indeed, to ensure proper functioning of the adrenal glands, the body must be supported nutritionally, with changes in your eating habits that will improve their “recovery.” Quality food, regular sports, activities and entertainment that promote well-being and a lifestyle that favors rest will help maintain strong and healthy adrenal glands.
Benefits of licorice extract:
Licorice has many health benefits: it helps to stay fit and support the functioning of the adrenal glands. According to Sebastian Pole, who wrote the book Ayurvedic medicine, licorice has similar effects to cortisol and can help reduce the symptoms of Addison’s disease (autoimmune disease).
Indeed, it reproduces some features of the adrenal glands and is also very effective in treating chronic fatigue syndrome. Its benefits have been proven by many scientific studies; only its use over longer period of time has been proven to be effective. You must consume it under medical supervision and seek prior advice of your doctor.