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Last week I spilled the beans on my battle with Adrenal Fatigue and the feedback we received was that SO MANY of you have had similar experiences. As promised I am back this week sharing with you some of my tips and tricks that have helped me deal with AF and Kung Fu Fight that son of a gun!
What REALLY causes Adrenal Fatigue?
The human lifestyle has evolved and while we can marvel at what we as humans have accomplished, we have also altered our levels of stimulation, stress, diet and toxins that we are exposed to. They have all significantly worsened over time. To put it really simply, and I know nothing can ever be cut and dry and we are all different, but AF happens when our adrenal glands can no longer cope with the stresses our body is exposed to.
Signs you might be suffering!
From what I’ve learnt there are 4 stages of AF.
Fight or Flight Response
Burnout or Failure
Depending on where you might be on the stage scale may depend on your symptoms but here is what you can expect to feel if you are diagnosed with AF.
You look pretty normal on the outside but you feel like crap and its kind of hard to explain. You are tired, lethargic no matter how much sleep you seem to get, it never feels like enough. You might be experiencing apathy, you might be getting sick ALL THE TIME. Joint and muscle pain and inflammation. You might experience a feeling of anxiousness and nervousness, often without explanation or from a result of simple everyday tasks. Lightheadedness, reduced sex drive, reliance on stimulants, craving salty foods, hypoglycaemia, fibromyalgia, back pain, frequent urination and overall brain fog are also described symptoms. It sounds super fun right?
How do we fix it?
FOOD IS OUR FRIEND!
Look for food sensitivities and eat a diet that is rich in minerals, vitamins and protein. In other woods fill your belly with a brightly coloured basket of veggies, a big delicious green smoothie, clean and lean protein and include some healthy carbs. Seriously, don’t restrict your carbs – this can cause more problems. I’m not saying go to town on potato mash and PB on toast but think quinoa, brown rice and lentils. Enjoy healthy fats like omega 3’s, increase your intake of Vitamin C so you are able to absorb your nutrients properly and decrease your intake of sugars. If you are going to enjoy fruit look for low GI or blend it up in a high powered blender that allows you to keep all the fibre to help metabolise the sugars! Food is fuel and we needs sustained fuel throughout the day.
THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE Z’S
… snore fest I KNOW. But our bodies are designed to regenerate between particular hours in the middle of the night. Getting to sleep before this cycle kicks in helps give our body the best chance to rest and regenerate.
A key ingredient for optimum function. Make sure you are drinking plenty of water, but more importantly make sure your body is absorbing the water into your cells! If your body is having trouble with this like mine was, try adding lemon to your water or even a little sea salt.
EXERCISE & REST
Now I’m not talking regular day napping and a hard core cardio workout. This is more about allowing your body and your mind to quiet. Think yoga and meditation. Remember your body is depleted and fatigued so a muscle building, high intensity workout isn’t on the cards for you right now. Soz.
This is probably one of the toughest things you are going to have to do.ask yourself,wWhat landed you here in the first place? What are you trying to achieve in life? Success? What is your definition of this? More often than not your drive to succeed and achieve the life of your dreams landed you waist deep in AF and sent your adrenals and stress levels into overdrive. It’s time to reassess. What do you want your life to look like? Life is a delicate balance, in order for us to be truly healthy and happy we must learn to work all wheels of our life in perfect harmony and that my friends is a lot easier said than done. Believe me! But remember there is only one you. Be kind to yourself.
I am no expert. My experience with AF is one of abs and flows. The breaks to my life were slammed on and I went into an adjustment phase. Then I started to feel great again and forgot the fundamentals. And karate chop! I was reminded that I am not invincible. It's like I advanced to go and then had to go back three spaces. Bow bow. So if any of you are just a little bit like me and you dream big and will do just about anything to get there, I’m telling you now. Slow down. You have time, be present and look after yourself, don’t go chasing waterfalls!
Are you suffering from Adrenal Fatigue? Let’s open up the floor to discuss in a friendly and open forum a condition that is so often dismissed! How have you overcome your condition? We want to hear from you! So share with us:)