Insomnia, weight gain, mood swings, extreme fatigue, melt downs, chronic illness, tummy trubs… What do all of these things have in common?
They are all symptoms of ADRENAL FATIGUE, or as I like to refer to it, “Adrenals on Strike!” In today’s holistic health talk I’m sharing all kinds off important information about our adrenal glands, chronic stress, and why the two DON’T mix.
If you’re sitting here reading this like, “Adrenal Glands? Did she make that name up? What EVEN?”, you’re in the right place… For most of my chronically stressed out life, I had zero knowledge of my adrenals or hormonal system in general… However, after being diagnosed with a hormonal cancer, I hit the books and became very passionate about learning & nourishing my hormonal (endocrine) system from the inside out.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
- Mental/Emotional: anxiety, depression, moodiness, emotional instability, nervousness, irritability, negativism, quarrelsome, yelling, confusion, difficulty focusing, poor resilience to stress, excessive sensitivity to human suffering, feeling of victimhood, brain fog, poor memory.
- Physical: heart palpitations, low libido, low body temperature, unexplained weight gain or loss, unexplained hair loss, low blood pressure, light headedness, dizziness (especially upon standing), muscle weakness, difficulty building muscle, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, insomnia, headaches/migraines, inflamed skin (acne, rashes), general inflammation, weakened immunity, autoimmunity predisposition, osteoperosis, intense hunger, intense sugar and caffiene addiction, salty food cravings, alcohol intolerance, indigestion, alternating constipation and diarrhea.
Why Your Adrenals are CRUCIAL to Survival
So you’ve read the symptoms of adrenal fatigue, and you get it…this is a bad news bears condition you definitely want to avoid at all costs. Great. Mission accomplished.
Now let me provide you with a quick little illustration depicting just why having healthy, nourished, high-functining adrenals is so VITALLY important to our survival as humans.
I intended to include this little story in my video, but once I get into “flow” on video, there’s no saying what comes outta my mouth…we can only hope it’s on topic. Anyway, without further ado, here is my story about car accidents.
If you haven’t yet tuned into my YouTube talk about Adrenal Fatigue (posted above), make sure you do!
There is so much more helpful info packed into that video than this post could ever offer. But, for the sake of this story, I will talk the risk of repeating myself to make sure you know our adrenal glands are our stress glands, and thus, their job is to secrete our stress hormones when we’re met with a threat. This simple act allows our bodies to direct their energy toward whatever the threat may be so that we may stand a chance at actually SURVIVING the attack.
Case in point, about a year ago I was driving to a Barre3 class when a car came flying outta nowhere into my lane of traffic.
I was really flying down this state road at about 45 and literally felt my heart stop when I saw this little red car appear about 50 yards ahead of me. I knew there was a 100% chance of me hitting it if I kept driving forward or even attempted the brakes…which meant I needed to think fast and swerve outta the way before I crunched this lady’s sedan.
Luckily for me, as soon as my brain recognized the threat, my adrenals got to work, filling my bloodstream with the stress hormone cortisol which literally gave me super human abilities for the 10 seconds I needed them. As if in a trance, I drove smoother than I ever have in my LIFE, swerving around multiple cars to avoid this “I don’t use stop signs” sedan, without harming a soul in the process <3
Now you may be thinking this was no big deal,
but let me assure you, it was.
After all, when I was in college and tremendously adrenal fatigued, driving was NOT my forte. Running red lights (by accident) was a daily occurence for me, as were car accidents (ok, so not daily, but they happened enough…often by me backing into my own closed garage door #brainfog).
My adrenals would recieve those same messages from my brain as in the story above, however they wouldn’t act. They were on strike. So, when threats like “no-stop-sign cars” showed up in my life, I was hitting them. The stress in my life was too much, and my body had given up on dealing with them. So. Not. Ok. Like really dangerous actually.
This little comparison applies to so many other areas of our lives as well! Chronic illness DEF being one. So don’t delay any longer! Get to know your adrenals and start showing them the good, good lovin’ they deserve.