Adrenal Fatigue

Having a long term food intolerance can have wide ranging effects on your well being, both physical and mental.
In the last few months, I’ve been suffering with extreme tiredness, hair loss, neck pain, heart palpitations, dizziness and sensitivity to light. The doctor’s verdict? Depression. And then she attempted to push anti depressants on me. I insisted on a blood test for my thyroid as there’s been thyroid trouble in the family. Luckily the results came back and my thyroid is fine.
So I was back to square one.
However I recently discovered something called Adrenal Fatigue, one of the causes of which can be gluten intolerance.
The symptoms fit. So now for the cure – less stress! If only it was that easy.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ADRENAL FATIGUE

• Tendency to gain weight and unable to loose it, especially around the waist.
• High frequency of getting the flu and other respiratory diseases and these symptoms tend to last longer than usual.
• Tendency to tremble when under pressure.
• Reduced sex drive.
• Lightheaded when rising from a laying down position.
• Unable to remember things.
• Lack of energy in the mornings and also in the afternoon between 3 to 5 pm.
• Feel better suddenly for a brief period after a meal.
• Often feel tired betweeen 9 - 10 pm, but resist going to bed.
• Need coffee or stimulants to get going in the morning.
• Crave for salty, fatty, and high protein food such as meat and cheese.
• Increase symptoms of PMS for women; period are heavy and then stop, or almost stopped on the 4th day, only to start flow again on the 5th or 6th day.
• Pain in the upper back or neck with no apparent reasons.
• Feels better when stress is relieved, such as on a vacation.
• Difficulties in getting up in the morning
• Lightheaded

OTHER SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS INCLUDE:

• Mild depression
• Food and or inhalant allergies
• Lethargy and lack of energy
• Increased effort to perform daily tasks
• Decreased ability to handle stress
• Dry and thin skin
• Hypoglycemia
• Low Body Temperature
• Nervousness
• Palpitation
• Unexplained hair loss
• Alternating constipation and diarrhea
• Dyspepsia

COMMON CAUSES OF ADRENAL FATIGUE

Chronic stress is very common in the western society. The most common causes of stress are work pressure, death of a love one, moving house, changing jobs, illness and marital disruptions. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the amount of stress overextends the capacity of the body to compensate and recover from stress.

Stressors that can lead to adrenal fatigue include:
• Anger
• Chronic fatigue
• Chronic illness
• Chronic infection
• Chronic pain
• Depression
• Excessive exercise
• Fear and guilt
• Gluten intolerance
• Low blood sugar
• Mal-absorption
• Mal-digestion
• Toxic exposure
• Severe or chronic stress
• Surgery
• Late hours
• Sleep deprivation
• Excessive Exercise
• Excessive sugar in diet
• Excessive caffeine intake from coffee and tea

Source - http://www.drlam.com/articles/adrenal_fatigue.asp?page=1

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