Is it even a thing?
Yes! Short answer is…yes. Long answer? The definition of this can vary and is argued amongst many health care professionals. There are many theories out there, including some that state adrenal fatigue doesn’t even exist. I am not here to say if someone’s opinion on it is “right or wrong” – however, from my own training and personal experience, adrenal fatigue has certainly impacted me. Overall, it is a complex issue of many systems and functions failing within the body combined with chronic stress and a depleting lifestyle.
What can cause it?
- A trauma or emotionally and psychologically stressful life event happens: a divorce, loss of a job, loss of identity, moving, death, etc.
- Overconsumption of inflammatory foods and excess sugar and alcohol, wearing down the liver, spleen and digestive system.
- Well-being is affected and self-care is neglected: lack of sleep, lack of self-care, not prioritizing time for rest and integration, disconnection from nature, working too much, too much screen time, lack of boundaries.
- Falling into a victim mentality and way of being: everything feels like a burden and a punishment, constantly asking the question “Why is this…” or “Why can’t I…”
- Living from the next to the next to the next: the next goal, job, income level, status, etc.
- Abuse of stimulants and lack of proper hydration combined with improper fitness regiment.
As you can see…these examples take a toll of the body. Your body will begin to break down with these lifestyle choices and traumas.
*Note: Please seek medical advice/attention if you are wondering about certain symptoms you are experiencing. This information is for educational purposes only.
Stages of Adrenal Fatigue
There are four stages that adrenal fatigue shows symptoms. The following can help you begin to pinpoint if you are experiencing adrenal fatigue:
- Stage 1: “Hyper-Cortisol”
Characterized as being in constant alarm. This person will feel stressed and wired, even outside of a stressful situation, and may experience anxiety, low immunity, insomnia, and restlessness.
- Stage 2: “Cortisol Dominance”
The person is experiencing an accumulation of mild stress without enough relaxation and additional symptoms of hormonal irregularities, mood and sleep issues, difficulty concentrating, frequent energy crashes, and blood sugar imbalances.
- Stage 3: “Hypo-Cortisol”
This is essentially complete exhaustion and simple tasks are difficult to complete. Additional symptoms can include: fatigue and depression, pain or severe inflammation, and hormonal imbalances.
- Stage 4:
This is very serious and life-threatening and considered complete adrenal failure and insufficiency. Is very important you seek medical help with a doctor who specializes in adrenal fatigue if you feel you have symptoms beyond what was stated above.
If you are feeling low and suffering from adrenal fatigue – the most important thing you need to understand is it will take time and patience to heal. Just know that you CAN heal – healing is always possible. Your body is trying to tell you a story and instead of ignoring, it is now time to lean into the ailments and listen. The fatigue is created so you slow down, surrender, and allow the process of your nervous system to integrate this great life lesson.
Ginseng Vitality Herbal Blend
Give your body an extra kick each morning with Mary Ruth Organics: Ginseng Vitality Herbal Blend
1 mL (30 drops) in juice or water everyday for 4 weeks. Take a 2 week break then resume everyday for 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off.
Energizing Morning Smoothie
Diet is a huge part of supporting your adrenals. Awaken your adrenals and lift your spirit with a morning smoothie that heals, energizes and lifts your spirits to start the day right!
- 1 ½ Cup Coconut Water
- ½ Cup Mango
- ½ Cup Wild Blueberries (frozen)
- 1 Ripe Banana
- ¼ Avocado
- 1 Tbsp Fresh Curly Parsley
- 1 tsp Cilantro
- ½ tsp Spirulina or Moringa
- 1 scoop Pumpkin Protein powder
In a blender combine the first 7 ingredients. Start on a low speed for 30 seconds then on high speed for 2 minutes.
Then add the last 3 ingredients. Blend on low speed 2 minutes until combined.
Bananas can be cut up and stored in the freezer to add a colder temperature to smoothies.
Blueberries are high on the ORAC scale — Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. They are also high on the Dirty Dozen list meaning they can be high in pesticide spray. So go organic and wild-grown. This smoothie adds delicious antioxidants and is nutrient-dense to promote and support memory, cellular integrity, and support the capillaries in the lungs for oxygen capacity and gas exchange.
Parsley and cilantro help to purify the blood, improving cardiovascular output and toxin elimination. Yay to energy boost and cardio push!
Maca is a root vegetable high in vitamins and minerals. It can help with sustainable energy throughout the day without dips or hitting that afternoon wall. Maca influences hormonal balancing, especially boosting libido. Don’t use if you are estrogen-sensitive or have thyroid conditions. The beneficial effects of this root vegetable on the Endocrine system also benefits greatly as an adrenal adaptogen which helps balance cortisol and helps the body take on stress by reducing the heightened response to stimuli.
Ginseng is a natural antioxidant that evidence suggests may help improve cognitive function, protect against oxidative stress (free radical damage), support sexual function and performance, support healthy immune function, and increase energy levels.
Ashwagandha, an ancient medicinal herb, may provide metabolic support by promoting insulin uptake, balancing cortisol levels, and supporting healthy brain function.
Eleuthero Root, like ginseng, is also an antioxidant adaptogen.