Adrenal Fatigue is nothing new. Obviously we humans have lived through periods of chronic stress over the millennia, surviving terrible wars, famine, natural disasters and disease. It wasn’t until a French Doctor named Emile Sargent first described AF in medical literature in1898, after an epidemic of influenza, that it became part of our consciousness, and diagnoses, almost 100 years later.
Prolonged stress – physical, mental or emotional, which seems to be the norm’ in the 21 century, I believe is behind most of our health issues today. That, and toxic chemicals, and the two together are a disastrous combo’.
Symptoms – How many do you have?
Chronic fatigue, and not just tired, especially in the morning
Weight gain, especially around the abdomen
Failing memory and recall
Fast nose breathing
Sagging skin, age spots, stretch marks, broken capillaries, skin tags around neck and groin, dry skin, cellulite
Attracted to alcohol
Low or no libido
Muscle aches and weakness
Low cortisol (after it being high for too long) increases inflammation in your body
Signs of blood sugar imbalance like crankiness, fatigue, intolerant, hungry with constant cravings
Craving for salty and sweet foods
Swollen ankles and aching calves – worse in the evening
Feeling dizzy and lightheaded when rising from sitting or lying, or getting out of the bath
Low or high blood pressure
Multiple food sensitivities
Increased sodium retention and water absorption in the intestines
Intolerance to potassium foods
Forgetting words mid sentence
Mood changes like irritability, depression, anxiety and frustration
Reproductive issues like ovarian cysts, Endo’, PCOS, irregular periods, and unexplained fertility.
Autoimmune patients will have low cortisol
High cortisol will interfere with the functioning of your white blood cells (immunity)
Elevated levels of cortisol, if prolonged, can lead to a breakdown of proteins and muscle wasting.
AF is often found holding hands with thyroid disease.