Adrenal burnout can be described as overwhelmed adrenal glands, that means unbalanced hormones and low cortisol levels. You will be sent to an endocrinologist and get tested for Addison’s or Cushing’s diseases if your doctor suspects adrenal fatigue.
Is Adrenal Fatigue a Hoax?
Adrenal fatigue is hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis dysfunction or way of saying that the loop between the adrenals and the brain is fried.
The adrenals are tiny glands that produce sex hormones and cortisol. The HPA axis along with the adrenals control the center of the body and manage hormone levels, metabolism, sleep, sex drive, stress levels, and thyroid function. You have stable energy during the day, sleep well, and have a good sex drive when everything is under control and functions optimally.
In situation when you are stressed, the cortisol levels stay high and you become depleted of the hormones needed to combat the stressor. Anxiety, brain fog, insomnia, and fatigue are most common symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
What occur when your adrenals begin to falter:
- weight gain
- digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea
- sugar and/or salt cravings
- increased susceptibility to illness
- decreased ability to handle stress, feeling frazzled
- insomnia, unable to get to sleep
- low sex drive
- the “3 pm crash”
- brain fog
- PMS/hot flashes associated with menopause
- inability to focus
Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
- Autoimmune diseases
- Pain, chronic inflammation
- Diet (too much caffeine, refined sugars, and processed foods)
- Emotional stress
- Digestive infections and microbiome imbalance
- Lack of sleep
How to Reverse Adrenal Burn Out
- saliva testing to determine cortisol levels
- restore circadian rhythm
- address stress
- eat hormone-building, nutrient dense foods, and good fats
- stop chugging coffee
- support digestion with probiotic foods
- SLEEP, at least 8 hours nightly. In bed by 10 pm.
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C and minerals
- eat in regular intervals to keep blood sugar levels stable
- eat enough calories for healing
- adaptogenic herbs
4 Steps to Reversing Adrenal Burn Out
In order to determine the cortisol levels the first step is saliva testing. You will be tired if your cortisol levels are too low in the morning. You will be unable to sleep if they are low in the evening. The body is synchronized with the natural rhythm of light and dark, the better you establish the rhythm, the more you will heal.
In the second step combine healing protocol with a nutrient-packed diet. You should consume plenty of veggies; protein like grass fed beef, lamb, and eggs; and lots of sea salt. Consume more good fats, like butter and olive oil is also a good idea, as well as introducing more superfoods in your diet, like organ meats, probiotic foods, and bone broth.
You should add supplements like vitamin C, nettles, B vitamins, adaptogenic herbs, nutrients like phosphatidylserine, and blood sugar support.
By waking up at the same time every day, eating every four hours, and going to bed by 10 pm you will restore the natural circadian rhythm.