The simplest way to describe Adrenal fatigue is burnout. Your Adrenal glands are your stress glands and are the most important gland in your body. You have two adrenal glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They release two hormones – cortisol and adrenaline at times of stress.
When you have significant amounts of stress over a long period of time and you do not wind down and recover from that stressor this puts a huge burden on your adrenal glands. If more stress is added to the equation then eventually your adrenals will stop producing these two hormones and you will end up tired and exhausted.
Most people who have it don’t even realise because on the outside you look totally normal. On the inside however you are completely debilitated. Those with Adrenal fatigue used to have a lot of energy but suddenly they feel a new level of exhaustion.
Here are my top 5 signs of burnout:
1️⃣ You get a good night’s sleep but still feel tired
2️⃣ It takes you at least 30 minutes to wake up and get going in the morning
3️⃣ You experience energy slumps and crashes mid afternoon
4️⃣ Everything seems like an effort
5️⃣ You feel exhausted after exercise
If you suspect you have any of these then please email me now for my help
You can do a test to measure your live cortisol levels but if you suspect you have it here are some things you can do now to manage your exhaustion better:
- SLEEP IS KEY
Make sure you are getting adequate sleep every night. You need a MINIMUM of 8 hours per night. This is when the stress hormone cortisol is being produced.
- DON’T SKIP MEALS
Eat regularly! Every 3/4 hours to keep your blood sugar levels up and not experience the crashes.
- UP THE PROTEIN
Increase your daily protein. You need a gram of protein per kilo of body weight. So if you weigh 60kilos you need 60 grams of protein per day. Protein is fundamental in the manufacturing of stress hormones.
- STEER CLEAR OF BLOOD SUGAR SPIKERS
Avoid the foods that zap your energy and wreak havoc on your blood sugar levels: caffeine, sugar and alcohol.
- MAKE MAGNESIUM YOUR FRIEND
Supplement with a magnesium powder. This is ALWAYS low in people with burnout. You can take up to 200mg per day