14 Warning Signs Your Adrenals are Burnt Out and What You Need to Fix Them
Adrenal burnout occurs as a result of improper adrenal gland performance that can lead to strangely low cortisol and hormone imbalance.
Is Adrenal Fatigue a Hoax?
Many doctors would have you believe that adrenal fatigue is a downright lie. Because it is not recognized by medicine, due to the medical inability to treat it with drugs, adrenal fatigue has become a problem to solve.
Basically, this condition entails disrupted or no communication between the adrenal glands and the brain.
There are two adrenal glands, located above each kidney. Their main task is to produce cortisol and sex hormones. Aside, from this, the adrenal glands take care of the stress levels, hormone levels, thyroid function, sleep process, sex drive, and metabolism.
In cases where stress has overcome the body, hormones become bewildered in a way and refuse to work properly.
Corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) is released from the hypothalamus. CRH is responsible for triggering the release of the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). Furthermore, ACTH regulates the release of cortisol, which ultimately regulates the stress levels in the body.
Cortisol also balances the blood sugar and blood pressure, especially by raising them in stressful and threatening situations.
However, persistent stress makes the hormones overwork themselves to the point of imbalance and complications. Since serotonin is vaguely diminished once cortisol is raised, you could feel sensations of sadness, depression and anxiety.
Adrenal fatigue comes along with numerous symptoms, including insomnia, anxiety, fatigue, or brain fogginess.
At times, if you go to your doctor for these symptoms, they will medicate you with insomnia drugs, or perhaps even antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds.
Make sure to recognize these symptoms well, so you know when the adrenal glands are suffering:
- Weight gain
- Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea
- Sugar and/or salt cravings
- The “3pm crash”
- Brain fog
- Subjection to illness
- Inability to deal with stress
- Insomnia or wondering around the house at 4am, feeling restless
- PMS/hot flashes associated with menopause
- Lack of focus
- Low sex drive
Adrenal Fatigue Triggers
Many factors can contribute to the occurrence of adrenal fatigue. Let’s look at all of them separately:
-Emotional stress- this is the main trigger in around 95% of all cases. Whether it is a family-related problem or a tragedy, even a job loss and injury, stress has become the most silent killer of all.
-Diet- consuming processed foods, excessive amounts of coffee/caffeine, different eating regimes, processed sugars, low-nutrient meals, can all lead to severe adrenal gland harm.
-Pain, chronic inflammation
-Microbiome imbalance and digestive infections, including h pylori, dysbiosis, SIBO, candida, parasites
— Too little sleep
— Autoimmune conditions
People with somewhat more intense lifestyles, working several jobs, worrying all the time, having no or little sleep are most likely to suffer adrenal fatigue. When the body is unable to handle excess stress, it works itself up and ‘burns out.’
This leads to low levels of cortisol as well as disturbance of the PMS symptoms, since the adrenal glands try to make up for the lost hormones, by borrowing other ones such as progesterone.
This is actually why some infertility problems occur. At times, you will experience thinner hair, or constipation, or incapability to sleep.It means the body used up all its resources and is still struggling to produce cortisol
How to Prevent or Stop Adrenal Burn Out
- Test cortisol levels through saliva
- Restore circadian rhythm
- Get an 8 hour sleep
- Set up eating time without rescheduling it
- Increase calorie intake
- consume healthy fats, and nutrient-rich foods
- Limit your coffee intake
- Introduce probiotic foods to your diet
- take minerals and vitamin C
- consume adaptogenic herbs
- Increase your B vitamin intake
- rethink your job or personal life stress
A saliva cortisol test will actually show you where your levels are at. It takes 4 samples of saliva throughout the day to monitor the oscillations of cortisol. Both high and low cortisol is treated differently so pay close attention to the results.
Next, the diet. Make sure you increase your intake on protein-rich foods, like wild fish, grass fed beef, lamb, and eggs.
Also, include mineral-rich vegetables including sea veggies as well.
Sea salt works wonders for the cortisol levels, as well.
Aside from this, you’ll need good fats, such as coconut oil, butter, olive oil; bone broth, organ meats, and raw kraut/probiotic foods.
The next thing you need to do is set up healthy daily diet, based on plenty of:
- Vitamin C
- Adaptogenic herbs, like GAIA, maca root, adrenatone, and/or licorice root
- B vitamins
- certain nutrients, such as phosphatidylserine, which improve the sleep
Make sure to create a habit-like regime for your body.
Try to eat at the same time, with meals divided between four hours. Find a way to get to bed no later than 10pm or 11pm. Keep your blood sugar levels in mind.
Steer clear of refined foods, gluten, white sugar, sodas, coffee and make sure you don’t skip meals.
Get your daily dose of probiotics in check, by consuming more products like raw kraut or coconut water kefir.
Remember that refined white flour and sugar increases the blood sugar levels, stressing the adrenal glands as a result.
Products that can help are various types of adaptogenic herbs, including maca, rhodiola, schizandra, ashwaganda, licorice root and holy basil.
Make sure you work on your stress sources and fix any broken relationships you might be nurturing. Take time to yourself to relax and enjoy life as it is. Engage your body into doing an activity it likes, instead an activity that exhausts it.
Also, don’t forget to do all test necessary to determine the adrenal glands status.
By being successful in applying all these seemingly minor habits, you will receive plenty of benefits in return and will learn how your body can act when it is healthy.