Adrenal fatigue is becoming much more common in our high stress world, it is the result of pushing ourselves past the maximum our bodies were intended for. On top of that we are not getting enough sleep, exercise or enough play time. Besides the usual symptoms of overwhelming fatigue and inability to handle stress, the symptoms listed below provide a more complete picture of adrenal fatigue.
Symptoms Found in both Men and Women
- Fatigue that Worsens with Exercise and is Relieved by Rest
- Exercise Intolerance
- Low Blood Pressure
- Generalized Muscle Weakness
- Salt Cravings
- Low Blood Sugar
- Weary, decreased energy
- Loss of Axillary Pubic Hair
- Nervous, Irritable, Apprehensive
- Excessive Weakness
- Poor Recovery from Infections
Cortisol: Persistent or chronic stress causes your adrenal glands to release high amounts of the hormone cortisol. Chronic stress, (mental, emotional, physical, environmental, spiritual) whether it is real or imagined, is typically not followed by a relaxation period. This prolonged release of cortisol in response to stress can lead to permanent physiological changes. Excessive cortisol consumes muscle tissue for fuel, leading to muscle wasting and high blood sugar. This destroys the metabolism, body composition, and overall wellness of the body. Excess cortisol interferes with thyroid hormone, increases the desire for carbohydrates and fatty foods, boosts abdominal fat storage, depletes serotonin (the “happy hormone”), decreases testosterone, and causes sleep disruption. When cortisol is balanced, it helps us adapt to stress, maintains blood pressure and body temperature, controls inflammation, and increases the efficacy of other hormones.