The adrenal glands are two glands that sit on top of your kidneys that are made up of two distinct parts. The adrenal cortex—the outer part of the gland—produces hormones that are vital to life, such as cortisol which helps regulate metabolism and helps your body respond to stress and aldosterone which helps control blood pressure. The adrenal medulla—the inner part of the gland—produces nonessential hormones, such as adrenaline which helps your body react to stress.
The adrenal glands have a multi-functional role in the endocrine system. These hormones are critical to health and vitality. When we are overstressed, the adrenals pump out stress hormones until they fatigue and crash, which can be devastating to the body.
Adrenal fatigue can affect many areas of your health and wellbeing. Below are the common signs to watch for:
- LOW BLOOD PRESSURE
Low blood pressure is not often in the spotlight compared to high blood pressure, but it can be one of the best indicators of adrenal fatigue. Moreover, you may experience a lightheadedness upon standing up. Both symptoms are also indicative of dehydration, so make sure you do this after having enough water.
- FEELING SLEEPY
Like the name of the syndrome suggests, fatigue is a pretty tell-tale sign. If you have adrenal fatigue, you might describe the way you feel as ‘exhausted’ above all, both physically and mentally.
There are two points in the day in which your seemingly chronic fatigue will be most pressing with adrenal fatigue, and number one is in the morning.
If you can’t recall the last time you woke up from a night of sleep feeling refreshed and even slightly enthusiastic, something may very well be wrong.
- MENTAL FOG
Mental fogginess, fuzzy thinking, or poor memory. Brain fog can be attributed to many things, but adrenal fatigue is a driver of lack of focus, decreased productivity, and an inability to cope like we mentioned above.
The reason why this happens comes down to the body needing more of just about everything to function. This includes glucose which our brains thrive on.
For someone whose adrenals are in poor standings, the brain may very well not be receiving enough which leads to brain fog, confusion, an inability to focus or problem solve, and even symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Frequent infections, longer recovery times from illness, injury, or trauma, catching a cold easily, or autoimmune disorders.
Increased happenstance of respiratory illness, basic colds and flus, and negative digestive or allergic to certain foods you weren’t previously allergic to can all be symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Moreover, you’ll notice an extended recovery time when trying to bounce back from these illnesses. In the past, it may have taken you around a week to feel 100% after a cold, and now, you might find those same sinus symptoms and that nasty cough have lasted months.
- CHRONIC HEADACHES
Your adrenals are important for producing hormones that trigger nervous system responses. Therefore, one of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue are headaches due to tense or stressed nerves.
- BODY PAIN
All over body pain is one of the most prevalent signs of inflammation, which can trigger adrenal fatigue. You might just always feel burned out, or be in pain due to high stress. This probably isn’t your imagination, so don’t write it off as nothing.
- RED EYES
One common sign of adrenal fatigue is your eyes are always red tinted and look tired, no matter how much sleep you have or if you’re a nonsmoker and don’t drink. This is a physical sign that stress is occurring in the body at alarming levels. Don’t let it go on without further attention! Your diet is usually one of the top reasons for this symptom.
Other symptoms may include hair loss, light-headedness, intolerance to cold, or increased cravings for salty foods, sugary foods, or refined carbohydrates.
Do you have any signs of adrenal fatigue?