Happy 2021, everyone! I am SO glad to leave 2020 in the dust – what about you? The year definitely took a toll on me and those around me and I’m sure it did the same to you. However, I seem to be a little more down than usual, so I decided to do a little research and learned a lot about adrenal fatigue. So if you are also feeling a little more down than usual, maybe you have some adrenal fatigue as well. Keep reading to find out.
Let’s start with what adrenal fatigue actually means. According to hormone.org, “the term “adrenal fatigue” has been used to explain a group of symptoms that are said to occur in people who are under long-term mental, emotional, or physical stress.” Sounds like all of 2020, huh?
Adrenal fatigue also relates to the hormone cortisol, found in your adrenal glands. Cortisol is your long-term stress hormone and a massive contributor to adrenal fatigue. Historically, our only long term stress revolved around food being scarce. Long-term stress came in the form of floods, famines, and wars. (Source: https://www.consciouslifestylemag.com/adrenal-fatigue-stress-healing/) In 2020, most of our long term stress came from job and money scarcity and the overall position of the world’s affairs.
It is evident that cortisol plays many roles in our body, and healing adrenal fatigue symptoms to bring our cortisol back to optimal levels is essential for us to be able to access body fat to burn it, to feel content, have good energy, and keep inflammation and pain at bay.
There are many symptoms of adrenal fatigue that are ambiguous to other diseases, but common symptoms of adrenal fatigue are thought to include:
-fatigue, particularly upon waking, with intermittent “crashes” throughout the day
-poor stress response and mood regulation
-cognitive issues or “brain fog”
-increased energy levels in the evenings
-cravings for salty and sweet foods
-overuse of caffeine and other stimulants
-a compromised immune system
Do any of these symptoms sound familiar? Luckily, there are many resources available to us in today’s world to help combat some of these symptoms and reverse the impact of potential adrenal fatigue. A lot of experts agree that one of the main ways we can improve our adrenal fatigue is through our diets. They have cleverly coined the adrenal fatigue diet. The adrenal fatigue diet is a food-based approach to improving stress on the adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands are located in your kidneys.
The key to the diet is to increase your vegetable intake to get the necessary amount of vitamins and minerals. Also, include foods high in vitamin C, B (especially B-5 and B-6), and magnesium.
As of the writing of this blog, there are not any over-the-counter medications to assist with adrenal fatigue. The best thing you can do is listen to your body and talk to your doctor. That’s what I’m doing and I already have started to feel better.
2020 was a tough year, friend. Make sure to listen to your body and learn more about adrenal fatigue, if you believe it may be inhibiting you from thoroughly enjoying your new year.