Adrenal Fatigue-What causes it, cont.
Our last blog, http://jerryndianelive.com/adrenal-fatigue-causes/ we discussed
the first two of 5 most likely causes of Adrenal Fatigue.
These were STRESS and Poor Diets.
In today’s blog, we discuss the remaining 3 causes and they are:
POOR SLEEP HABITS
So let’s get started…
POOR SLEEP HABITS:
Women are affected by insomnia up to 40% more often than men.-Thomas DeLauer
It’s been said that we can BLAME our poor sleep habits because of habits we formed in our teens and twenties, because we tended to stay up later and sleep later during the time we were in high-school and college doing research or writing papers. Maybe it was caused because of the “freedom” we experienced not having to be in our parents’ home… FREEDOM!!! We thought.
Believe it or not, one of the most common causes of insomnia is the malfunction of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.
Oh… Did I say Adrenal???
The adrenal glands are an enormous part of the axis and therefore insomnia and lack of sleep is directly linked to adrenal fatigue!
The importance of knowing this is the stress we put on our bodies by not being able to go to sleep, by having disturbed sleep and feelings of unrest along with chronic tiredness or fatigue.
During sleep, our body is “working” towards reestablishing metabolic homeostasis (balance) in the form of recovery, regeneration, and realignment.
So, what’s causing all the problems???
You guessed it… Cortisol!!!
Just like with STRESS and DIET, Cortisol again affects our adrenal glands by improper sleep.
I know we’ve all heard of the CIRCADIAN RHYTHM. This is the BODY-CLOCK that controls sleep, work life and rest. It’s also affected by sunlight, darkness, and temperature.
Well, our Circadian Rhythm is literally defined by the hormone cortisol, which in turn, is controlled by the HPA axis which as we recall is partially made up of the adrenal glands.
WOW, this is getting heavy…
But have no fear, help is on the way.
Cause #4 CHRONIC DISEASE…
So what defines a Chronic Disease???
The definition itself explains why something is considered chronic.
A chronic disease is one lasting 3 months or more, by the definition of the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics. Chronic diseases generally cannot be prevented by vaccines or cured by medication, nor do they just disappear.
That’s why they are expressed as chronic disease.
To make matters worse, chronic diseases have a damaging effect caused by inflammation and inflammation has a direct correlation to chronic disease.
I’ll comment a little more on “silent inflammation” because silent inflammation will not produce symptoms until an actual loss of function occurs within the body. That’s why silent inflammation must be taken seriously.
Cause #5 ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS…
Another major cause of chronic inflammation and illness is environmental toxins or sometimes called toxic load within the body.
Toxins are things like heavy metals, plastics, chemicals and pesticides, cleaning supplies and household detergents, chlorine in our drinking water, antibiotics in meats, and pollutants in the air we breathe.
These toxins, especially when combined, can affect our immune system, digestive system, and can contribute to serious health conditions.
These toxins put such a stress on our body that our adrenal glands (go into overtime ) will do their best to cope until fatigued.
Research has shown as of today there are more than 80,000 chemicals registered and approved for use within the US alone and some 2,000 more are approved annually.
Now that we’ve covered the causes let’s move on one more time to symptoms just to see if you have some of them.
Signs to watch for:
- Struggling to get out of bed every morning
- Extreme Fatigue throughout the day
- Inability to handle stress
- Cravings for salty foods
- Higher energy levels in the evenings
- Overuse of stimulants like caffeine
- A weak immune system
Other signs that may accompany:
- Dry Skin
- Join Pain
- Low Sex Drive
- Poor Circulation
- Weight Gain.
(Above symptoms presented by Thomas DeLauer and Team)
If you notice an excessive loss of energy during the day or some of the other symptoms listed above it’s time to start paying attention to your stress and cortisol levels.
We’re recommending that you go to the doctor and review the above symptoms with the doctor and set up a plan for healing. But be aware that most medical doctors have little to no training on Adrenal Fatigue as a condition that can be resolved and medication is NOT the answer. Review the protocols being presented by Thomas DeLauer in his 11-Day Adrenal Reset and you’ll see amazing changes occur in your life….
For tonight, that’s it.
More to come tomorrow on supplementation.
Jerry and Diane