A number of years ago, I found myself suffering from Adrenal Fatigue – although I didn’t know what that was at the time. I had just moved to Auckland for work, and knew no-one.
The expenses of moving to the Auckland area where weighing heavily on me so that coupled with being in a new role I was working hard. In order to help manage the feeling of loneliness and being away from my social support I turned to my old friend food for comfort. So I ate to stuff the emotions down. No surprise I put weight on – so then added gym workouts into the mix. I meet a guy and ended up a destructive relationship that gave me no emotional support but infact took more away from my soul.
My body started to crumble under the strain and I ended up with an RSI type condition that prevented me from working for a while. There by increasing financial stresses.
So in a period of around 6 months I had changed from a happy, lively, slim woman, to one who was unhappy, tearful, chubby, unable to standup for myself and unwilling to extend myself. How did I turn that around – read down to the bottom…..
A lot of people live a stressful lifestyle and suffer from adrenal fatigue without even realizing it. They suffer from less-than-optimal health and don’t understand why. What is commonly known is that stress is a killer.
The adrenal glands sit just on top of your kidneys and do amazing things. They produce hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol and DHEA, which help our body adapt to stress, triggering the “fight or flight” response.
The increase of adrenaline and cortisol levels in our bloodstream causes our body to slow down our digestion, repair and maintenance of other normal functions to channel energy into handling stress. Prolonged stress – which means a prolonged increase in adrenaline level – can lead to premature aging, digestive issues, and hormonal imbalance. Increased levels in stress hormones can also upset thyroid balance, calcium balance, and sex hormone balance.
The adrenals works much harder during times of stress, and prolonged stress can cause the symptoms described above.
In my clinic I see 3 types of Adrenal Fatigue
1. Adrenal Alert (alarm)
This phase occurs when a person feels challenges to their control. Our response to this is to struggle and make things happen to regain control. The struggle is at the mental level – our body’s message is “take action” but we repress any physical action.
2. Adrenal Vigilance
This phase occurs when a personal feels a loss of control in their live. In this response they resign themselves to this loss of control. The body’s message is still “take action” but the person feels a continual need to “watch-out”, always on guard. This long term vigilance response is preparing the body for endurance or long term survival.
3. Adrenal Exhaustion
If the stress is not alleviated, we enter the exhaustion phase where we no longer rise to challenges to our control. The response is depression. People who think, think, think, think so long and hard about an issue with out taking any action can create their own adrenal exhaustion.
So what to do about it –
During stressful times – physical, mental or emotional, increase the intake of vitamins B3, B5, B12, C and essential fatty acids to support adrenal health.
To support adrenal health, avoid foods that contain caffeine, theobromine, theophylline or nicotine, including tea, coffee, chocolate and cigarettes. They stimulate the release of adrenaline, which create more “work” for the adrenal gland. Also avoid sugar and any stimulant, which cause blood sugar fluctuations and trigger the release of adrenal hormones.
To maintain adrenal health, develop tools and routines to help you reduce and manage stress on a day-to-day basis. Getting enough rest and physical activities, as well as having a support system that you can turn to, can help the body deal with stressful situations.
How can I help –
A consultation with me can help to identify which phase you are at and we can sort out some action steps for you to take. I can also recommend exactly which combinations of supplements and foods will best help you. I have access to the leading practitioner only brands including Dr Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue range and GNLD products.
I offer a K-Power® course called Stress Release Made Easy which gives you techniques you can use immediately.
So make contact – let me help you.
That’s what I did – I reached out and asked for help. Changed jobs, managed my stress, added things I love back to my world – all that meant I lost that extra weight – and ditched that guy 🙂