Adrenal Fatigue (the real reason you don’t have any energy)

By: Elizabeth Thompson

If you can’t handle stressful situations or you get energy swings, somebody might’ve already mentioned that you could be experiencing adrenal fatigue.

But what exactly is adrenal fatigue?

The simple answer is: your adrenal glands are functioning below the optimal levels.

Adrenal fatigue is most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress.

The thing is, you may look totally fine and not show any obvious signs of illness of any kind. So it would be difficult for anybody to guess you’re actually not doing that well.

It may manifest itself through constant tiredness, along with the need of caffeine or other stimulants in order to keep up with your daily rhythm.

The adrenal glands take care of your body’s responses to stress through hormones that regulate energy production and storage, immune function, heart rate, muscle tone, and other processes, while trying to maintain homeostasis (or equilibrium).

An intensely stressful situation or a chronic stressful state may cause over-stimulation of your adrenals.

This will produce changes in your carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, heart and cardiovascular system and even sex drive.

Some of the symptoms that can help you identify adrenal fatigue include:

  • You feel tired for no reason.
  • You have trouble getting up in the morning.
  • It’s difficult for you to get back on your feet after illness.
  • You crave salty and sweet snacks.
  • You feel more energetic and awake after 6:00 PM.
  • Body aches.
  • Abnormal weight gain in the abdomen and thighs.
  • Low blood pressure.
  • Loss of body hair.
  • Skin discoloration.
  • Inability to deal with day to day stress.
  • Inability to stay focused on one task.
  • Inability to fall asleep.
  • Low libido.
  • Severe PMS.

Adrenal fatigue comes when your adrenal glands are unable to keep pace with the demands of constant fight-or-flight arousal.

At the moment there are no blood tests sensitive enough to detect this decline in adrenal function. But your body will feel it.

If the adrenal fatigue continues over time, your adrenals won’t have the same ability to produce cortisol, and they will switch to produce extra adrenaline, making you feel irritable and anxious.

How to Help Repair your Adrenal Glands

The best thing you can do to do help your adrenals is to avoid lots of sugar, processed foods, caffeine and getting lots of sleep.

And you should take adaptogenic herbs, which are proven to help repair your adrenal glands, like the ones in Zen Anxiety.

Zen Anxiety will also help you manage your stress and anxiety, which is imperative for your adrenals to repair themselves.

Learn more about Zen Anxiety here:

  Our Newsletter: