Hello, my name is Sarah and I have Adrenal Fatigue. It’s pretty dreadful and it’s going to take a little while to heal completely. I attribute it to late nights working and a lot of stress!
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
The adrenals are part of the endocrine system and one of their functions is hormone production. Many times hormone imbalances are caused when the adrenals are stressed. When the adrenals are stressed, all other systems of the body suffer. It’s a domino effect that leaves you feeling horrible.
When your adrenal glands are over tired from being overworked, your lack of sleep, environmental toxins and even scars that are stressing your nervous system, adrenal fatigue sets in.
I’ve had 3 miscarriages through the years. One of the functions of the adrenal glands is maintaining pregnancy. I always thought it was low progesterone that contributed to my miscarriages and that makes perfect sense if you look at it by way of the adrenal glands. Since they are in charge of secreting hormones, if you are imbalanced, the adrenals may be the culprit.
What are the Signs of Adrenal Fatigue?
According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, common signs of adrenal fatigue include:
Fatigue and weakness, especially in the morning and afternoon
A suppressed immune system
Muscle and bone loss and muscular weakness
Cravings for foods high in salt, sugar or fat
Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
Low sex drive
Lightheadedness when getting up from sitting or lying down
Decreased ability to handle stress
Trouble waking up in the morning, despite a full night’s sleep
What Can I Do To Heal Adrenal Fatigue?
I have almost every symptom on that list. My adrenal fatigue goes in cycles and I’ve been feeling symptoms this time around for about 3 months. I was tested by a Nutritional Response Therapist and I am currently on a nutrition program designed for adrenal fatigue.
Something I’ve done over the last few years is drink an adaptogen herbal tea before bed. This was recommended to me by an herbalist friend of mine, Sarah Powell from Lilith’s Apothecary. I talked about this blend in my Daily Health Routine post.
- 1 cup Ashwagandha Root
- 1 cup Shatavari Root
- 1 cup Tulsi Holy Basil
- ½ cup Cinnamon Chips
- Blend all ingredients in a bowl.
- Store in an airtight container.
- To Brew:
- Place 2 TBS of herb mix in a medium saucepan.
- Pour 1-2 cups of hot water over herbs.
- Bring to a quick boil and lower heat.
- Allow to simmer 15-20 minutes.
- Strain, and sweeten if desired.
Note: If you steep/simmer too long, this blend will become bitter.I also recommend the Adrenal Fatigue Handbook and Meal Planning Guides that I’ve linked to below.