Are you suffering from adrenal fatigue?
If you pay attention to these signs of adrenal fatigue, you’ll be able to get the help you need.
Wired and Tired
Your adrenals control your stress response – you know the fight or flight response? Even if your adrenals are not functioning properly, you still make adrenaline which raises your heart rate but you don’t make enough cortisol to fuel the fight or flight. Your body feels racy, but you have no get up and go. You’re wired and tired.
The fatigue that is associated with adrenal dysfunction begins with your energy crashing in the afternoon. That’s the normal slump of adrenal function and why some cultures take a siesta in the afternoon. Caffeine and sugar may boost your energy in the beginning but eventually that doesn’t work. You start waking up tired and never really get your energy back. That’s adrenal fatigue.
Your Blood Pressure Bottoms Out When You Stand Up
Your adrenals sit on top of your kidneys and produce aldosterone – a hormone that tells your kidneys how much salt and water to release which controls your blood pressure.
Let’s say you’re lying down under a tree relaxing. And suddenly a tiger leaps out from behind a bush. You better be able to jump up and run away. But if your adrenals are not functioning normally, your blood pressure bottoms out and you become the tiger’s dinner.
One simple test of adrenal function is to have your blood pressure measured after you’ve been lying down for a few minutes, then immediately stand up and have your blood pressure taken again. Your blood pressure should rise about 10-20 points both systolic and diastolic, both top and bottom numbers. If not, you may have low adrenal function.
You Get Sick a Lot
Do you ever wonder why you seem to get sick after a major stressor? Such as taking your final exam, coming home from college – only to spend your first week sick in bed.
Besides producing fight or flight and blood pressure regulating hormones, your adrenals produce hormones that help regulate your immune system. When stress takes its toll on you and your adrenals get pooped out then your immune system has trouble protecting you from infection. If the stress is ongoing and chronic, your immune system may not be able to protect you from cancer.
Now that you know what the symptoms of adrenal fatigue are, do you need additional support to get your adrenal hormones balanced?
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