4 Stages of Adrenal Fatigue
Are You Among the 80% of Americans Who Experience Adrenal Fatigue?
When adrenal glands become fatigued – typically as a result of prolonged, repetitive stress – the output of key regulatory hormones, like ‘master stress hormone cortisol, is diminished.
One of the estimated 80% of adult Americans at some point in their lives will experience some level of adrenal fatigue.
A Condition that Can Wreak Havoc with Your Life
When the adrenal glands become fatigued typically as a result of prolonged, repetitive stress, their output of key regulatory hormones, particularly cortisol, ‘the master stress hormone,’ is diminished. Taxed adrenals may still function but well below the optimal level. That makes it tough to meet the demands of their job and undermines the body’s ability to adjust to stress, stabilize blood sugars, and muster immune defenses against disease.
Symptom Checklist: Do any of these sound familiar?
As a cause of what ails us, these telltale symptoms of adrenal fatigue are more often than not overlooked or misdiagnosed:
- difficulty getting up in the morning;
- not fully awake until after 10 am;
- need caffeine to get going;
- energy low from mid to late afternoon;
- better energy after 6 pm until around 9 pm;
- second wind from around 11 pm to 1 am;
- snacks on salty or sweet foods and caffeine to keep going;
- feels run down;
- harder to bounce back from illness or other stresses;
- difficulty concentrating and thinking clearly;
- lower libido;
- poor sleep.
The more of these symptoms you have, and the more persistent they are, the more likely you are to be walking around with undetected adrenal fatigue. To turn that scenario around the resource section of the book points you in the direction of saliva testing to detect and help correct the problem.
People Vary Greatly in Their Ability to Respond to and Withstand Stress
An illness, life crisis, or difficult, unresolved situation can drain the adrenal resources of even the healthiest person. Folks at risk will learn that certain factors including poor diet, substance abuse, too little sleep and rest, social, emotional, or physical pressures, injury, chronic pain, and/or exposure to environmental toxins can overwhelm the adrenals making us more susceptible to long term illness.
But you won’t be left hanging there, wondering “what next?” Be sure to contact us and ask any questions about the disorder you are interested in. You will be totally clued to the symptoms, causes, and effects of this ubiquitous disorder and what it really feels like to suffer from adrenal fatigue. And you will learn to recognize whether you are one of the 80 percent, and what you can do to turn that equation around and stay healthy.