Have you heard the words “adrenal fatigue” thrown around? If you’ve ever sat w. me, you have, & no doubt I’ve asked to look at the undersides of your fingers to assess the sitch. Deep vertical ridges between the knuckles is a sign that there’s an imbalance & things are in distress. Basically it’s kinda like that pruney-ness after your hands have been submerged in H2O. But wait, there’s more!
“What are my adrenal glands” you ask? They sit atop the kidneys, but aren’t just an accessory, they work in tandem. The adrenals produce the hormone cortisol, which regulates energy, blood sugar & stress response (aka fight or flight). They also produce adrenaline (get it… adrenal-ine), a hormone created in times of stress, which produces a step-on-the-gas rush as it preps your muscles to work by increasing blood pressure, breathing is more shallow/less relaxed & pupils dilate, for starters. While there are adrenaline junkies, it’s not advised to keep your body in that state for a prolonged period of time or repeat the process as it’s not good for the adrenals, to say the least.
The adrenal rhythm should be most active in the morning and dip in the evening to help you rise and sleep with ease. When your adrenals are out of sync, they’re making too much or not enough of the body’s hormones. This ties into other systems and organs, like the brain, which throws everything off. And those symptoms are creepers, a slow burn, meaning, by the time you realize something is off, it’s REALLY off.
So what knocks these cuties off kilter? One pervasive reason is chronic stress. As someone who suffered from chronic stress in her last corporate job & a cross country move, adrenal fatigue is no joke. The fatigue, muscle weakness, brain fog, loss of appetite,& weight gain were next level. My normally low AF blood pressure was high. And getting them back to balance is both an art and science. I’ve made some significant life & dietary changes.
Say goodbye to white flour & sugar, dairy, gluten, soda & caffeine. Say hello to magnesium (hi avocado, how you doin’?), dark leafy greens & chocolate, lean proteins, whole grains & hydration.