Over the weekend you made sure to sleep in. You relaxed by treating yourself to a marathon of Sports Center. In fact, the heaviest thing you lifted was the TV remote control. Yet, when Monday morning rolled around, you woke up feeling as exhausted as you were when you left the office Friday. No amount of coffee seems to give you the pickup you’re craving.
You also notice that what used to roll off your shoulders now causes immense stress and keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep. So, what gives?
Well, you could be suffering from a condition known as adrenal fatigue.
What Is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue occurs when the body’s adrenal glands are overworked due to long periods of overstimulation. It presents a problem when the glands weaken so much they can no longer produce enough cortisol hormone when your body needs it. Cortisol plays an important role in the function of the body because it helps regulate metabolism, controls blood sugar levels, aids in memory retention, and affects the immune system.
Adrenal fatigue is increasingly common among men. However, doctors often ignore it because of their lack of understanding of the condition. Faint and imprecise symptoms associated with the disease result in numerous misdiagnoses, and the condition eventually becomes debilitating.
It is a condition that doesn’t happen suddenly. Chances are, those who have it chalk it up to being tired and drained. And though there’s nothing specific that triggers adrenal fatigue, a common denominator reported by sufferers is stress — especially stress from work, relationship issues, chronic illness, and financial hardships.
Symptoms and Signs You May Have Adrenal Fatigue:
This is a brief list of symptoms and is not intended for self-diagnosis. However, if you think you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue, discuss your symptoms with your doctor.
- Chronic fatigue
- Low sex drive
- Erectile dysfunction
- Anxiety or panic attacks
- Inability to handle stress
- Muscle or joint pain
- Recurrent infections
- Allergies and/or asthma
- Low blood sugar
- Low blood pressure
- Salty food cravings
- Dependency on stimulants (caffeine and/or sugar)
- Weight gain
Cortisol Hormone Testing
Adrenal fatigue can be an inconvenience when trying to lead an active lifestyle. But there is help available. One level of treatment is to have your cortisol hormone levels tested. A solution could be natural hormone therapy to replace your body’s depleted cortisol.
Other alternatives to battling adrenal fatigue can start at home by adopting a healthier lifestyle. Eat at least three balanced meals a day and avoid sugars and caffeine. Instead of reaching for coffee or tea, opt for water. Get at least eight hours of sleep, and try to go to bed at a specific time every night.
For more information about adrenal fatigue, visit here. To find out if you have adrenal fatigue, set up a free consultation with the Hotze Health & Wellness Center.