The term “Adrenal Fatigue” may be new for most of the people. But I must say, that everyone should know what this term exactly means and how it can affect our daily life. Nowadays, the busy hectic schedule and the fast going life has created many health problems in our lives. And the main reason behind it is “Stress”.
Adrenal Fatigue is a term used to describe a decrease in the ability of adrenal glands to carry out their normal functions properly. Adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys, having size like walnuts. These glands play very important role in the body, as they secrete over 50 hormones which your body needs to survive.
Adrenal fatigue can really wreck your life. As a result of it, changes takes place in your carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, as well as your heart, cardiovascular system and sex drive, also gets affected.
It is estimated that almost 80% of people goes through adrenal fatigue at some point. The main cause of adrenal fatigue is the stress people facing every day in their personal or professional life. It can also arise during or after chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia. This fatigue cannot be simply relieved by a good night’s sleep.
What is the science behind this Adrenal Fatigue? Its answer is that the adrenal glands produce some hormones which regulate many important functions(immune function, heart rate, muscle tone, energy production) in the body. They also respond to every different kind of stress you receive and allows us to cope up with the stress.
When this lasts for a long duration of time, the adrenal glands become unable to supply the body what it needs. But it is important that your adrenals respond to this as required so that they can keep your body balanced and distressed. If the adrenals glands do not respond to the stress as it is supposed to be, then we face adrenal fatigue. The glands still continue to function but not to their full capacity.
Adrenal fatigue seems to be very rare but due to the fast-paced life we all are living, the chances to have this problem increases. The things you take into account like smoking, caffeine, lack of money, lack of exercise, job and family pressures, processed food etc. makes it very difficult to cope up with it!
HOW TO OVERCOME
- Try to remove as much stress as possible from your life and say ‘NO’ to negativity.
- Get involved in other stress relieving activities such as meditation, regular exercise, walking outdoors etc.
- Make sure you go to bed at the same time every night and take at least 8-10 hours sleep.
- Follow a well-balanced diet and avoid skipping meals if you are in rush.
- Eat healthy fruits and vegetables regularly.
- Spend your time with the loved ones, do fun every week and laugh as much as you can.
- Make time for relaxation, go for a massage or just have a bit of quiet time each evening.
- Avoid processed foods.
- Eat mineral sea salt with your meals.
- Ensure you are getting enough vitamin C, calcium, omega 3 fatty acids and magnesium each day.