When you think back on the recent past, how many days have you woken up fully awake, alert, and ready to go? The days when you’re 100% on the right side of the bed and you’re as energized as possible, ready to tackle the day.
If you’re like many of us, there are actually several days when you simply feel the opposite. Stressed beyond belief, tired, more lethargic than you should be, and like you’re really craving an afternoon nap to tackle the “slump” in the day. You eat right, workout, and try to stay as healthy as possible, so something has to give, right?!
If this sounds familiar to you, you’re far from being alone! In fact, the crazy amount of stress that many of us put on our system nowadays can often lead to a condition called adrenal fatigue, and it impacts over 80% of the population.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?In our internal systems, the adrenal glands are the main element that helps us to rebound from stress. When we get stressed, the adrenal glands release cortisol, which helps our bodies to prepare for what is or may become a stressful situation. Our blood starts pumping faster, our breathing increases, and our blood sugar increases to power our muscles.
Then, once that stressor is gone, our adrenal glands bring our system back to neutral. Or, at least, that’s what’s meant to happen.
But with adrenal fatigue, your adrenal glands never switch back to normal. They just stay “turned on” all the time. Everything makes your entire system feel stressed (emails, running to a meeting, working out, etc), and your adrenal glands start to fatigue because they never get a period of rest. This leads to a long list of symptoms and side effects - none of which are good.
What are the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?There is a wide list of symptoms related to adrenal fatigue, but there are a few that are most prevalent.
- Chronic tiredness, even after sleeping through the night
- Trouble thinking clearly or finishing tasks (living in kind of a “brain fog”)
- Getting irritable quickly (and often)
- Lowered immunity and more severe case of the allergies
- For women, more severe PMS and difficult perimenopause
Healing from Adrenal FatigueIf those symptoms sound a bit too familiar to you, then we suggest starting with some natural strategies to help you get back to net neutral. There are several strategies that you can try, but below are our top three.
Find a relaxation technique that works. Meditation works for some people, gardening works for others. Whatever it is, our systems feel completely relaxed when we feel a sense of total involvement and energized focus. Find what works for you and make it a priority.
Balance your blood sugar. The sugar rush, and following sugar crash, is hugely taxing on your adrenal glands. To heal your adrenals, stick to whole, natural foods that are high in protein and healthy fat, like low-glycemic fruit and phytonutrient-rich vegetables.
Exercise, but take it slow. If you’re dealing with adrenal fatigue, exercise can still be a priority, but we suggest slowing down a bit from your usual routine. Intense activity increases cortisol production, which can be detrimental to your recovery. Instead, incorporate yoga or try out interval training, which engages the rest-and-relax response in your body that you’re hoping to encourage.
Speak with one of our personal trainers at REBEL. If you feel like you might be dealing with Adrenal Fatigue, then speaking with our personal trainers is definitely the best way to get you back on track. We can customize your goals, understand your body, and provide a plan that will be entirely tailored to YOU.
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