Adrenal Exhaustion: How Can it Affect You?

adrenal exhaustionAdrenal exhaustion is not yet recognized by the medical world as an actual illness, yet it is believed that millions of people around the world are affected by it. Also known as adrenal fatigue or adrenal apathy, it is believed that it can be caused by an illness, personal crisis, or a difficult economic or financial situation. It can affect anyone, no matter their age, gender, culture, or race.

Stress plays a major factor in adrenal exhaustion. If you have major stress in your life, you might want to consider a class in stress management. It is important to note that adrenal fatigue has not been recognized by the medical world, and you should consult your physician before taking any kind of alternative medications to treat adrenal fatigue.

What are the Adrenal Glands?

The adrenal glands are the glands that rest on top of your kidneys. They are about the size of a large grape and produce hormones that regulate blood pressure, help control how our body uses food and minerals like potassium and sodium, help with body functions during stress reactions, and regulate your heart beat. Adrenal fatigue is believed to occur when the glands are tired and don’t function properly. Lower quantities of these hormones are released leaving you tired without knowing the reason and feeling stressed.

What are the Common Causes of Adrenal Fatigue?

As listed before, adrenal fatigue can be caused by illness, personal crisis, or a difficult economic or financial situation. To elaborate, adrenal fatigue is caused by recurring illnesses, diseases, or infections. These are can be related to respiratory problems like influenza, bronchitis, pneumonia, and even allergies. Personal crises that put an extreme amount of stress on the body are also believed to cause adrenal fatigue. Some examples include major surgery, lengthy malnutrition, or even addiction to drugs. Common economic and financial situations that can cause adrenal fatigue include situations that make the person feel helpless while at work, personal relationships that have a negative impact, or the loss of a job or money. It is also believed that frequent and long-term exposure to toxic chemicals and pollutants can cause adrenal fatigue. If you are experiencing stress, try yoga for stress to work out and destress at the same time with this course. If you are concerned that you might be suffering from adrenal fatigue, you can try Dr. Wilson’s adrenal fatigue questionnaire.

How can You Treat Adrenal Fatigue?

Remember to always check with your physician before beginning any major life changes like diets, exercise, or alternative medicines. Only your physician will know if you are doing something that could harm your body instead of help it. Much of the treatment for adrenal fatigue involves getting yourself healthy in all aspects of your life – diet, exercise, sleep, and mental and emotional.

  • Diet

People suffering from adrenal fatigue should eat regularly scheduled meals. The nutrients your body takes in with regularly scheduled meals will be more helpful than random increases and decreases in nutrients with a sporadic diet. If you need help with healthy eating, you might want to consider taking an online course. With so many diet fads out there, it might be difficult to know just what to eat to be healthy. Consult your doctor for the best information.

  • Exercise

Frequent exercise is believed to help relieve symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Not only does exercise help with physical health, but hormones are released during exercise that can help with your emotional and mental health as well. Remember to check with your physician before trying any exercise program. If you want to start with something small, you can try walking for half an hour each day. Some other great exercises include yoga and swimming. Consult your physician to find what will work for you. Learn more about becoming fit with an online course.

  • Sleep

The average adult individual requires seven to eight hours of sleep each night, but new studies show that not every adult is the same. Some adults can function quite well with only four hours of sleep each night, and others work great with six. However, there are others that require nine or ten hours each night. Those that require more sleep time than awake time might have some underlying medical illness. It is best to consult with your physician to find what works best for you. If you can, do a sleep study under the watchful eye of a physician so that you can know exactly how much time is right for your body. A lack of sleep is going to affect all aspects of your life, including your mental and emotional health.

  • Mental and Emotional Health

Most people view mental and emotional health as less important. Physical health is believed to be the most important with few people realizing just how much impact your mental and emotional health can have on your body. If you have difficulty sleeping, it might not be because of a physical ailment though occasionally it is. There is the possibility, however, that you could be going through some mental or emotional problem that is causing your sleeping difficulties. The same can be said for dietary problems because many people who feel bad mentally or emotionally will over eat or not eat at all.

Ask anyone who has suffered from depression, and they can tell you just how exhausted they feel throughout their day even if they slept a good seven to eight hours. If you feel down, you are not going to feel like getting out of bed and doing things. This will have a tremendous impact on your physical health. Most people who are depressed do not feel like exercising even though exercise releases endorphins and other chemicals that help relieve depression symptoms. The difference between mental and emotional health versus physical health is that it isn’t always diagnosed right away, and what works to help with one person’s mental and emotional health isn’t necessarily going to help with yours. Fixing your mental and emotional health is going to be the toughest part of relieving your adrenal fatigue symptoms.

Learn to manage your stress with this online course. This is a great first step in dealing with adrenal exhaustion!