What is Adrenal Fatigue?

One definition of Fatigue is “weariness from bodily or mental exertion”.  
Adrenal Glands sit one on each of the kidneys.  They produce many hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol that support and regulate many body functions.  3 of those are regulating blood sugar, metabolizing fat, and dealing with stress.

Adrenal Fatigue happens when the adrenal glands are stressed – pushed to the limit – and they can’t keep up with the body’s demands.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • startling easily
  • lethargy
  • low blood sugar
  • low blood pressure
  • caffeine dependent to get going
  • weight gain
  • food cravings
  • multiple stress factors in your life

Prolonged adrenal fatigue will affect how these walnut sized organs function. 

  • They are the “fight or flight” regulators that give you that adrenaline surge you need in an emergency situation.
  • They are the cortisol regulators that tell your body to hang onto that fat because you haven’t eaten all day, and maybe you’ll need it to live off of.
  • They are the glucose regulators that give you the insulin surge you need to deal with that donut you just ate.

Diet for adrenal fatigue includes:

  • Eat a high protein breakfast
  • Whole foods – not pre-packaged 
  • Eliminate caffeine – this is a tough one for many
  • Avoid the “white stuff” – sugar, flour
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Do eat salt if your body craves it
  • Avoid diet foods such as diet soda or sugar free

If you are concerned you may have adrenal fatigue, my suggestion is to find a home test or see a doctor for testing.  

No matter the results, my Spring Cleanse & Motivational Self Care program is the answer for you.  You will learn how to manage stress and eat whole foods that are tasty and healthy.  Your adrenal glands will love you for it.

Coach Peggy