30 days of hormone balancing (12) – recognising adrenal stress

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No 12 – Recognising adrenal stress

Your adrenal glands are just one part on the complex jigsaw that is your hormonal system. If you have been diagnosed with a hormone-related medical condition such diabetes, hypo-thyroid, infertility, or poly-cystic ovaries then your adrenals will be involved and are likely to be operating below their best. But often we are not aware of the stress we are placing on our adrenal glands, and our busy, stressed,  fast-paced lifestyles make it very easy to over tax these vital organs.

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Here are some signs which can indicate over-stressed adrenals which are in need of care and attention.

 

 

 

 

  • Inability or reluctance to slow down or take a break, a workaholic with a hectic schedule
  • Need for regular intake of sugary foods, coffee, energy drinks, cigarettes and the like to keep you going.
  • Fatigue and lethargy
  • Feeling hyper or unable to relax
  • Addicted to exercise or to visiting the gym to keep you feeling good
  • Poor sleep or insomnia
  • Poor concentration
  • Always feeling stressed
  • Anxiety or unspecific fears
  • Inconsistent memory
  • Inability to make decisions
  • Allergic conditions or symptoms
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Craving for salt or savoury foods

How many of these apply to you? If  you ticked four or more then you are likely to be ‘living on your adrenals’. Or in other words you are pushing yourself through on the empty energy of stimulants rather than nourishing yourself with good nutrition and rest.

Another good indication is if the following  ever happens to you.

You take a break or a holiday and immediately feel exhausted or even worse get sick.
or
You reduce your level of stimulation by giving up coffee, caffeine or cigarettes and feel really tired.

Obviously living on your adrenals is not a sustainable way of life. If you are familiar with any of the above signs and symptoms,  it is time to take stock and do some work to take care of your adrenal glands.

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