Adrenal What? Fatigue.

Adrenal What? Fatigue.

B.O.S.S.Y
July 9, 2018
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I’ll be the first to admit, I’m a little bit of an over-doer, over anxious personality, and a little bit of a perfectionist … okay, a big perfectionist.
 
What I wasn’t willing to admit was that my personality and my desire to achieve EVERY dream imaginable and to try and make EVERYBODY happy, meant that I was burning myself out. I was running on empty and I was actually doing myself a dis-service.
 
Huh?
 
How could being a goal setter, go getter, perfectionist that buzzes around constantly living off the fumes of caffeine, smoothies, a late, late dinner and a few hours sleep a night be bad?
 
Face palm. I know, I know … now that I say it out loud it sounds pretty dumb. The truth is, I am a wired mess and it took me landing in the Emergency Room in a foreign country, dehydrated, fatigued, lacking nutrients and in severe pain to realise it.
 
News flash – on the contrary of what I would like to believe, I do have limitations and so do all of us.
 
The truth is, I had been feeling pretty darn awful for quite some time. Despite my eagerness to get it all done and ignore my body, yet again my body had to do something pretty drastic to get me to stop, listen, wake-up and smell the hummus! I mean, I thought I was pretty healthy. But despite all of my learnings I hadn’t really been putting it all into practice. The wheel of life was a little out of balance.
 
So with my first American hospital experience, scans, ultrasounds and vials of blood tests later along with a good consult with the docs, I found out I was suffering from … drumroll please … Adrenal Fatigue.
 
 

OKAY. COOL. BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

 
Adrenal Fatigue is a bunch of symptoms that hit you like a cold wet fish on a hot summers day when your adrenal glands function below the necessary level. It’s not typically diagnosed in western medicine but sadly it is becoming more and more prevalent in our ever growing, modern day, fast city living lives.
 
The good news is when you catch it – you can turn it around. It might be a long slow road that requires patience, understanding, healthy conscious choices to nourish, rest and rejuvenate and require you to make some tough decisions when you look at your life and social calendar, BUT it is doable!
 

WHAT ARE ADRENAL GLANDS AND WHY DO WE NEED THEM?

 
Okay – so we know I’m no doc, but as I’ll try to explain it as best I can.
 
Our adrenal glands are small glands that sit right around the top of the kidneys. They are designed to produce hormones that we simply can not live without. One of the biggies is our stress response hormone. So … they are pretty important little devils. With adrenal conditions, these glands can start to produce too much or not enough hormones that allow our body to function. As this condition develops and the function of our adrenals decrease in effectiveness, EVERY organ in our body becomes affected.
 
It will start to affect how we metabolise fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Our fluid and electrolyte balance is interrupted – DEHYDRATION and It can also affect your heart and cardiovascular system, liver, kidneys and even you bow-chicka-wowwa drive.
 
Your body starts to compensate for these hormone imbalances and it becomes a vicious cycle. So, all these things happen inside our body and because we can’t see them we are unaware of the damage that is starting to take place. It isn’t until we start to feel all those crappy symptoms, do we recognise something is wrong.
 
A lot of information to digest right? But don't worry I got you girls. Next week I will share with you the signs and symptoms that could indicate you have AF ... and that's not the AF we are used to on the social media. I will also share with you what causes it and how you can help get you mind and body back on track. So make sure you come visit us next week! Lots of love!