Nowadays, being overwhelmed is more a rule than an exception. People run around without stopping to finish their work and do not take the time to relax. Consequence of this lifestyle is even crazier, they end up more stressed. Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue, what is it?
James Wilson has written a fascinating book entitled Adrenal fatigue: The 21st century stress syndrome , which reveals how stress affects our hormones and what it does to the human body. Adrenal fatigue is actually exhaustion of the adrenal glands, which produce different hormones. These same hormones determine how we react to stress, affecting the sugar levels in the blood, the blood pressure, weight, libido and how the body uses the nutrients. If we are constantly under stress, fatigue occurs, making our adrenal glands unable to maintain production of cortisol, a hormone that acts as a defense mechanism and helps the body fight against stress.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue
- A quick temper
- Sex drive
- Disorder of the immune system
- Chronic fatigue
- Increased stress sensitivity
If you experience any of these symptoms, have a visual acuity test (accommodative ability of the iris). This test is designed to measure the endurance of your body to light stimulation. If the test shows that your stamina has decreased, this may indicate that your adrenal glands are struggling to withstand stressful situations.
VISUAL ACUITY TEST
The iris is located in the aqueous humor between the cornea and lens. If you tired it to exhaustion, it can stop working effectively because it is a muscle. In response to light, the pupil contracts, which means that you fatigue a muscle in your body. In case of adrenal fatigue, the test can detect it because your pupil will no longer remain contracted over 2 minutes.
To do the test, you need:
- A mirror
- A room plunged into darkness
- A stopwatch
- A small flashlight
How to do the test?
- Sit in front of a mirror in a room plunged into darkness for about a minute, to allow your eyes to adjust.
- Light with a flashlight next to one of your eyes, but not directly to the eye. You must hold the torch at about 6 inches from your face.
- While illuminating the eye, keep looking in the mirror with the other, because you’re supposed to see your pupil contract after the light reaches your eye.
- With your stopwatch measure the time of how long the contraction lasts.
If your pupil fails to remain contracted for long time, it means that you are suffering from adrenal fatigue. On the other hand, if you redo the test after a month and you notice your pupil contracts for longer, this means that you are about to get this adrenal fatigue.
However, the main sign of adrenal fatigue is when there is no contraction at all …
How to recover the adrenal glands?
You should definitely consult a doctor if you suffer from adrenal fatigue. You should also check your cortisol levels. Meanwhile, you can make changes in your lifestyle to prevent or treat this problem, such as:
- Be sure to sleep at least 8 hours per night
- Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean meat
- Try to avoid stressful situations arising from disputes, overworking and excessively long working hours
- Avoid foods full of sugars and refined carbohydrates
- Do moderate exercise, such as walking, swimming, yoga or tai chi.