Conventional medical wisdom only recognizes the most extreme version of adrenal fatigue known as Addison’s disease. Often connected to a sever autoimmune disease, about 4 out of 100,000 people are diagnosed with Addison’s, making it extremely rare. A more subtle version of the disease called non-Addison’s hypoadrenia, or adrenal fatigue, is not an official medical condition as typical testing methods do not measure low hormonal levels caused from depleted adrenal glands. Thus, when patients experience symptoms related to low adrenal levels and seek treatment, they are often sent home with no diagnosis as or a misdiagnosis resulting in unnecessary pharmaceutical intervention.
However, with holistic health practitioners and an increasing body of Medical Doctors leading the way, more and more health care professionals are acknowledging the existence of adrenal fatigue and the subsequent affects it has on our overall health. Adrenal fatigue
It’s important to remember that the adrenal glands, though less than the size of a walnut, produce some of the most vital compounds in our body. One of the most important compounds produced are the hormones our body uses to adapt to stress. However, when the adrenal glands are over worked or over stressed adrenal fatigue can set in which causes several consequences for our overall health.
10 Symptoms of Adrenal fatigue
1. Feeling tired all the time- You wake up tired, even after what should have been a good night’s sleep. You nap, but never feel like you’ve had enough.
2. Low libido.
3. Craving for salty and sweet foods
4. Dizzy or light headed while getting up quickly from sitting or prone positions.
5. Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms.
6. Mood swings that were uncharacteristic earlier in life.
7. Often spacey, or foggy thinking, even memory loss.
8. Hormonal imbalance and/or depletion.
9. Constant muscular tension leading to hypertension and high blood pressure. Inability to relax completely.
10. Autoimmune issues: constantly catching colds or allergic reactions.
Unfortunately, there are no tests that diagnose adrenal fatigue. Diagnosis is made by observing these symptoms. Here’s what you can do to rebuild your adrenal glands over time.
Rebuilding Your Adrenal Glands
You can feel well again, but it does take time. If you have adrenal fatigue, you can fully live life again by making the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to treat your disorder. Here is what you need to do.
- Eat organic, healthy natural foods.
- Sleep at least 8 hours a day.
- Exercise! Be careful with this one though, you can actually cause more adrenal fatigue by exercising too vigorously.
- Minimize stress.
- Eat regular healthy meals.
- Avoid junk and processed food.
- Eat a lot of organic mineral rich vegetables daily.
- Take a magnesium supplement such as natural calm or omica magnesium spray.
- Adding himalayan salt to your diet (it has a LOT more minerals than table salt that benefit adrenal glands)
- Take B-complex supplements.
- Take licorice root extract.
- Utilize Shilajit (a mineral and electrolyte powder)
You can also use essential oils to help with adrenal fatigue using essential oils like lavender, chamomile, rose, rosemary and frankincense and others to de-stress and calm the nervous system. You can message me on facebook with questions about essential oils and application here.