Do you feel tired all the time? Even after a long sleep, do you wake up tired and foggy? Do you feel your energy level throughout the day much lower than it used to be?
You may have exhausted your adrenal glands and endocrine system, due to the high demands placed on your time and finances. You may have overloaded your body system which resulted in Adrenal Fatigue.
The Adrenal Glands are little cone shaped glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and they release over 50 different hormones that influence nearly every function of your body; your energy levels, your mental-sharpness, your libido, and most importantly – your stress levels.
Put simply, when you’re stressed, your adrenal glands release some primary ‘fight-or-flight’ hormones called cortisol and adrenaline – increasing your heart rate and breathing. Once the stressful situation has passed, your adrenal glands stop releasing those hormones and you relax again…simple, right?
This stress-response is completely normal and healthy when your stress-levels are under control. But most people, whether they’ll admit it or not, let their stress build up year after year until their adrenal glands are running on empty.
Here are some of the signs your adrenal glands, which are located atop your kidneys, may be exhausted.
1. You Feel Excessively Tired
We all have our bouts of being worn out, but Adrenal Fatigue can leave you feeling tired even when you haven’t done anything that requires energy. That can leave you with feelings of being run down and needing a nap, or having trouble getting up in the morning even when you’ve had sufficient sleep. You may feel like small tasks have become overwhelmingly large because you just don’t seem to have the energy.
2. You Crave Salt
Craving salty snacks could be a warning sign from your adrenal glands that they’re tapped out. However, salt can actually be helpful in healing the overworked glands and curbing the symptoms. The reason for salt cravings is low sodium and aldosterone (a steroid hormone) levels in your body. Adding up to a teaspoon of salt of filtered water in the morning to give your system a kickstart.
3. You Get Energetic in the Evening
Those with adrenal fatigue tend to feel more awake in the evening hours. The Association of Women for the Advancement of Research and Education (AWARE) explains that there’s an energy pattern with Adrenal Fatigue —namely very fatigued in the morning, with more alertness around lunch and a lull in the afternoon.
That’s because there’s a lull in cortisol (stress hormone) production, with a gradual recovery in the evening with another bout of fatigue in the late evening. People with this condition tend to do their best work in the evening.
4. You Feel Dizzy Standing Up
This is a lesser symptom of AFS, but those with the syndrome can feel light-headed just by standing up too fast. You may also experience a loss of balance when standing or walking.
This might be attributed to low blood pressure when returning to a standing position, according to experts. Your blood pressure is supposed to rise when you’re upright; if this doesn’t happen it could mean your adrenal glands are overtaxed.
5. Lack of Tolerance for Stress
Since one of the causes of Adrenal Fatigue is prolonged stress, it makes sense that more stress can prove too much for your adrenal glands, which manage your fight-or-flight responses to situations. This could mean it’s more difficult to face daily stresses such as the workplace.
Long periods of high cortisol from stress can be followed by a dip in cortisol due to overstimulation, making your body less prepared to deal with stress. This can lead to “burnout” that can decrease your overall tolerance to life events, which can then lead to being withdrawn socially. Adjustments to lifestyle can help you recover.
6. You Get Sick Easily
Since the stress hormone cortisol is also a natural anti-inflammatory, having an adrenal system that is working overtime can actually raise those cortisol levels too high and block your immune responses.
Conversely, if your cortisol levels drop too low, you can also be prone to overreact to pathogens and end up with inflammation or even auto-immune diseases, said the source. You tend to have overly high levels of cortisol early stages, and lower levels as the condition drags on.
Hijama and herbs can help suffers of adrenal fatigue.
Hijama practitioners will stimulate key points associated with the kidney. Several sessions of hijama may need to be performed depending on the severity of the condition.
Acupressure may be applied just inside the ankle between the medial malleolus and the Achilles tendon. One should massage the area in a clockwise motion for five minutes on each side of the foot and repeat daily for best results.
Adrenal fatigue is considered a deficiency in the kidneys. Initial treatments usually begin with the kidney building herbs–such as Rehmannia root–which should be taken for a period of 60 to 120 days.
Follow up treatments include the Kidney tonics. Among these are Fenugreek, a warm, bitter and aromatic seed that can be prepared as a gruel with milk or tea. Damiana, spicy leaves combined with cinnamon, dried ginger and lemon peel. And Ashwaganda, a bittersweet powder used to improve sleep and clear the stressed mind (mix a teaspoon of the powder in heated raw milk and drink daily).