By now you would have definitely heard the or read somewhere about adrenal fatigue. You know, the always tried, dry skin, sugar cravings, want to fall asleep but can’t syndrome. I’ve briefly talked about it in the post on stress and plenty of resources about it are available online including this great post in MindBodyGreen.
As I have mentioned before our adrenals are big players in our endocrine system and as such affect the balance of the rest of our hormones. The thing with adrenal fatigue is that its not enough to just eat well and exercise- you’ve got to listen to what your body is telling you and work from there. So take some time everyday to see how you feel.
Ask yourself these questions during the day:
1. Do you feel energized and refreshed when you wake up?
2. After breakfast do you feel heavy, lethargic or sleepy?
During the day:
1. Do you get sugar or salt cravings even if it hasn’t been a long time since you ate?
2. Are you constantly reaching for coffees?
3. Are you putting on weight even when your exercising?
4. After lunch do you feel sleep or lethargic?
5. Is your mind constantly racing with thoughts?
1. Do you find it hard to fall asleep?
2. Are you tired but feel alert?
3. Do you wake up at night with a racing heart?
Obviously, if you feel tired after you’ve eaten, find it hard to sleep or are putting on weight even when your exercising than you could have adrenal fatigue. Trying these tips can help:
- Eat within an hour of waking up to keep blood sugar stable.
- Include protein in your breakfast.
- Don’t exercise on an empty stomach.
- Take supplements if you have deficiencies.
During the Day:
- Avoid coffee and black tea.
- Always eat small healthy snacks in between meals.
- Do light exercise so you don’t further stress your adrenals.
- Take time to relax.
- Don’t exercise at night as this will increase your cortisol levels.
- Prepare yourself for bed by switching off gadgets an hour before you sleep.
- Have a dim light near your bed such as a lamp as this will help release melatonin which in turn helps you fall asleep.
- Make sure you get 8-9 hours of sleep every night.
- Try as much as you can to go to bed before 11:00 pm.
How have you been feeling lately?