Fatigue and Adrenal Exhaustion

Stress and Fatigue

I work with many patients and clients who are fatigued and exhausted. It seems to be one of the most common issues I’ve seen in the last few years. Fatigue is due to the amount of chronic mental, physical and emotional stress you encounter, as well as chemical toxins in our environment. With the constant barrage of stressors, your body can only take so much before you start to feel the effects. When you’re under stress, your body is using the sympathetic nervous system. This is the fight or flight mechanism that enables you to survive. When you are in a chronic state of stress, your body never rests. Your cortisol is pumping out and your adrenals are keeping you going. If you do not rest and repair, you won’t cycle out of that zone, this causes fatigue. Conditions like leaky gut, infections, allergies, and nutrient deficiencies only make things worse.

Adrenal Exhaustion

[tweetthis]Fatigue and exhaustion is often overlooked by mainstream medicine. When your body is not functioning at a high level it causes your adrenals to work even harder. Over time, your poor little adrenal glands just have nothing more to give. That’s when you experience adrenal exhaustion.[/tweetthis] This will accelerate the aging process and cause chronic inflammation, which is the root of degenerative diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s. Not a pretty site. The sad thing is, once you reach this stage, sleep also becomes an issue. All you want to do is sleep, yet your sleep is so poor and interrupted that you never get a good night’s restorative sleep.

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Healing your Exhaustion

In the meantime, here are some simple ways you can start to heal your exhaustion today.

1. Journal about what you would like to change in your life and why. What would your life be like if you made this change? And once you have that in your mind, close your eyes and see your life changed. Imagine it in your mind’s eye.
2. Time your meals and don’t skip meals. Eat within 1 hour of rising, ideally between 6-8am to support your cortisol peak times and eat something with protein and fat. Skip the carbs.
3. Stop eating by 7pm and go to bed at 10pm.

Skipping Meals and Fatigue

The primary reason you don’t want to go hungry is that will cause your blood sugar levels to dip too low. This will cause stress to the adrenals. You don’t want to do that. Your brain and body need food for energy. During sleep your blood sugar levels decrease and cortisol signals your liver to release stored sugar, called glycogen. This is fine while you’re sleeping but doesn’t work so well all day long when you’re burning up energy. So going for long periods without food just tax your adrenals. If your life is stressful, then you’re already causing your adrenals to work hard, releasing cortisol in response to the perceived crisis. So remember to eat regular meals that include fat and protein to help support your adrenals.

In today’s world it’s hard to avoid stressful living so do all you can to support your body and end the cycle of exhaustion.

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