It's a fast-paced world full of things we'd like to do and so many things to be done, with the pace of life never slackening. You want to be a part of all the excitement, but it has your stressed out, and you are finding yourself too tired to keep up, simply tired all the time. They are calling it the 21st century syndrome, a malady brought on by the vigor of the times. Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome saps your energy, your enthusiasm, even the very happiness out of the life you used to know.
Adrenal fatigue is characterized by chronic fatigue, among other symptoms (such as foggy mental states, depression, and muscle aches), and is otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Regrettably, there is no adrenal fatigue cure. However, there are adrenal fatigue supplements and easy lifestyle changes to make that over time will bring dramatic relief from your adrenal fatigue symptoms.
To treat adrenal fatigue:
Listen to your body. Not every case of adrenal fatigue presents the same symptoms or has the same exact preconditions. The adrenal glands are overtaxed, but that can come about from a number of causes. You will likely recognize the word adrenal as the root of adrenaline, technically known as epinephrine, the stress hormone. The adrenal glands produce adrenaline and cortisol in response to stress, temporarily increasing the body's ability to deal with whatever is causing it stress. It's the "fight or flight" response, and a great biochemical advantage, but modern life is so full of stress that the adrenal glands end up producing more stress hormones than the body was designed to handle. Adrenal fatigue syndrome is your what you get when your adrenal glands shout, "Enough already!" It's your body's attempt to shut itself down long enough to recover from all those stress hormones, so stressing over your fatigue is the worst thing you could do. Examine when your symptoms hit and what events preceded them. What habits have led you into these adrenal fatigue symptoms? Once you know what is bringing stress into your life, you can begin to address those root causes.
Remove Stressors. You'll still have to pay your taxes, and you can't make your boss a better person, but there are certain stressors in your life that you can simply cut out entirely. Take a look at your current lifestyle, and make whatever changes you need to promote the things that make you happy and reduce the parts of your life that do more harm than good.
Reduce overall stress levels. Some stressors in life are unavoidable, but we can begin to address them in new ways that reduce their drag on our life and reduce the causes of adrenal fatigue.
- Relax - Simply set aside some time each day for yourself and your overall well-being. Actually take a break during your work breaks. Step away from the computer to reset yourself. Those breaks are there not to give you a chance to gossip, per se, but in the knowledge that regular breaks from the stress of work actually increase your productivity when you return to a task.
- Exercise - Yes, you knew this was coming. Exercise resets the biological systems, increasing pleasure hormone levels in the body and increasing its ability to metabolize the waste products of adrenal hormone production. However, if your local soccer club begins to dominate your life and invade your thoughts, you've probably only added yet another stress center to your life. Look for fun activities and thought-free movement, doing something you enjoy without worrying about hitting target heart rates and mileage goals for the week. Just get out there and go with the flow.
- Meditate - No need to become an Eastern Mystic here. For you, meditation could be anything from rigorous Zen tradition to simple breathing exercises. Prayer is a form of meditation, as are movement exercises like Tai Chi and Qigong. Then again, finding 15 minutes a day to sit in a chair, breathing deeply and listening to light instrumental music might be enough to entirely reset your system.
- Sleep. For once, advice you can appreciate! You may not want to give up time that you would rather devote to work and family, but sleep is sweet and the ultimate means by which the body restores its equilibrium. Most adults need eight hours of daily sleep, and trying to make up for all your lost sleep once the weekend rolls around is counterproductive, according to sleep scientists. Get yourself into a good sleep schedule, and consider a mid-day nap if you can arrange it.
Adrenal Fatigue Diet Plan. The cortisol produced by the adrenal glands has a significant effect on blood sugar levels, and so eating habits play a major role in moderating the condition. Refined sugars should be limited as much as possible, with complex carbohydrates taking their place. Each time you eat, you should balance those complex carbohydrates with fats and proteins to smooth out the highs and lows of the blood sugar cycle. When you eat is also very important, and this should include three meals and one or two reasonable snacks per day. Eating breakfast soon after you wake up is essential to balance the body's blood sugar levels, and eating lunch a bit before noon followed by a mid-afternoon snack will be optimal. After dinner, another snack before bed may counteract any troubles you may be having with interrupted sleep.
Two last adrenal diet tips, add salt and limit caffeine. As long as you don't suffer from high blood pressure, a number of adrenal fatigue sufferers have reported relief from adding a moderate amount of salt to their adrenal fatigue diets. As to the caffeine, while it may seem counter-intuitive (or feel impossible), caffeine can stimulate the adrenal glands, only worsening your adrenal overload. Try making a shift to green tea and other beverages with less caffeine than coffee and soda.
Adrenal Supplements. There are adrenal supplements available in many stores these days, as well as anti-stress or stress relief supplement formulas. Vitamin C and B5 are most often recommended, but you can look into herbal supplements as well, such as ginseng. In some cases, a simple multivitamin might fortify the body sufficiently.
Many people take issue with the term Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or even Adrenal Fatigue syndrome, since the symptoms go well beyond fatigue. This is a serious condition, and it is estimated that only 5-10% of sufferers achieve a full recovery. Nevertheless, many adrenal fatigue symptoms can be reduced or even eliminated through the above steps, and every improvement can bring a revolution in your enjoyment of everyday life.