Monday, April 11, 2011

Adrenal Fatigue: Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired

Do you find yourself waking up in the middle of the night, unable to fall back asleep on a regular basis? Do you wake up in the morning unable to shake yourself out of 'zombie sleep mode'? Do you depend on caffeine, energy drinks and sugar just to get you through the day? Does it take you HOURS to finally wake up, only to hit a wall around 3 or 4 pm? Does your energy level naturally recharge at 7, 8 or even 9 pm? Do you experience a sense of dizziness or do you get light-headed when you stand up too quickly? Do bright lights bother you? Do you NEED to wear sunglasses? Does driving at night bother you? Have you noticed that you are less tolerant to people or situations- does EVERYTHING IRRITATE YOU? Do you CRAVE salty foods? Are you always getting sick and noticing that it is taking longer then normal to get better? Have you suddenly lost your ambition and drive in life? Do simple tasks take LONGER to finish? Do you have a hard time articulating your thoughts? Do you forget what you are saying or suffer from ' brain fog'? Does EVERYTHING seem like it takes longer and more EFFORT then it used to?

If you answered "yes" to a number of these questions, you may be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal Fatigue is a real, serious, completely misdiagnosed and misunderstood syndrome. New studies have claimed that Adrenal Fatigue affects nearly 40% of our society.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue is an a syndrome where your adrenal glands are so overworked from stressful situations:( divorce, deaths, moves, new jobs) life changes, poor diet( too much caffeine, sugar and refined carbohydrates), untreated chronic infections or steroid use that they can no longer regulate the normal appropriate adrenal response. Your adrenal glands are walnut sized glands that sit on either side of your body above your kidneys. They work with your thyroid gland to regulate metabolism as well as your normal 'energy level' and 'fight or flight/excitement' response. This worked well for us as a survival mechanism when life presented us with situations say if we needed to run away from a dinosaur (ha) or a grizzly bear. However, the problem with today's society is that we are ALWAYS ON THE GO and demanding to 'push through' situations and life that we often times forget to let our bodies recharge. When your adrenal glands are EXHAUSTED and not working optimally, a person may suffer from: weight gain, depression and lack of sex drive . The good news is that there is HELP!:) Proper diet and supplemental support, as well as life style changes can help REPAIR your adrenals and get you being an active happy participant in your life once again! Heal your adrenals- reclaim YOUR LIFE!!!

(*notes taken from James L. Wilson N.D, D.C, and P.H.D Book:Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome)

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