Pay Attention to the Signs Of Adrenal Burnout

The adrenal glands are tiny glands situated on top of each kidney.
They produce sex hormones and cortisol. If the hormones released by the
adrenal glands are in perfect balance, it would regulate your body
weight, help you sleep well, increase your sex drive, and help in
metabolism. An imbalance in the hormones occurs when you are stressed.

The
cortisol level remains high in the case of chronic stress along with a
reduction in the serotonin level. Such a condition can lead to
depression, anxiety, and adrenal burnout. Watch out for these early
signs of adrenal fatigue:
 
Symptoms

Do
you feel stressed all the time? Have you rapidly gained a lot of weight?
Do you feel tired very easily? Can you focus on anything for too long?
Are you having trouble sleeping at night? Are you becoming more
vulnerable to diseases? Are you feeling constipated? Have the sugar or
salt cravings increased? Are you PMSing more than usual? Do you have
prolonged hot flashes? These are just some of the symptoms of adrenal
burnout. Wellness mama has pointed out the stages of this condition-

Stage One: Wired

The
level of cortisol usually remains high during the morning and that is
pretty normal. The problem arises when the levels don’t go down at
night. It could lead to sleeplessness, feeling “wired” and agitated. In
this stage, you may also feel “on the edge” most of the time.

Stage Two: Stressed

Have
you heard of the 3 p.m crash? In the second stage, the cortisol
disruption is more severe and drops suddenly in the afternoon. The
sudden disruption in the level of cortisol makes you feel foggy and
exhausted. There’s a second wind at night and usually, the people who
experience it wake up in the middle of the night and are unable to sleep
again.
 
Stage Three: Burnout

Have you
ever spoken to a pregnant woman or a woman who has a toddler at home?
The one thing they’ll always tell you is that they are tired. No matter
how much they try to sleep, they feel drained 24*7. The cortisol pattern
in this final stage is either totally disrupted or runs completely
flat. You become susceptible to thyroid, autoimmune diseases, and
diseases of the gut.

Stress can be both positive and negative.
In the case of the former, you are stressed about getting married,
pregnancy, a big opportunity, and in the case of the later, death, a bad
breakup, or even work-related trouble. In addition to the stress, if
you consume a lot of processed food, the burnout is even more severe and
may lead to insomnia or chronic inflammation.
 
How To Take Care Of Yourself:

Go
for a saliva test to know your cortisol level. Eat healthy and pace
your meals at 4 hours’ intervals. Meditation can help you calm your
nerves. See a doctor and have Vitamin B and C supplements if prescribed.
Adaptogenic herbs like tulsi, maca, and licorice root help to lower stress. Avoid excess caffeine and sugar.

Pay attention as prevention is better than cure!

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