Feeling extremely tired without any reason and experiencing muscle aching in the whole body can significantly impair your quality of life.
Dr.James Wilson, specialist in alternative medicine and naturopath, made a hypothesis about correlation between frequent exposure to stress and adrenal dysfunction.
Adrenal glands are two small organs, which sit on the top of your kidneys and produce wide variety of hormones, including stress hormone cortisol.
According to the Dr.Wilson's theory, long-term exposure to stress leads to overstimulation of the adrenals. As a result, levels of stress hormone become imbalanced. Naturopathic and complementary medicine specialists call this condition adrenal fatigue.
Not only emotional stressful situations may be responsible for adrenal disorder. Lack of high-quality sleep, poor diet and extreme exercising can also disturb balance of the adrenal hormones.
Nowadays traditional medicine doesn't accept this disorder as a medical diagnosis. The reason is that symptoms are nonspecific and may be caused by numerous health issues. In addition to this, we don't have any test or examination method to catch slight shifts in adrenal production, caused by so-called adrenal fatigue. That's why it's not possible today to diagnose this disorder and to prove its existence.
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However adherents of the adrenal fatigue theory say that improper function of the adrenal gland can cause one or more of these symptoms:
#1 Tiredness and lack of energy, which last for a long time and don't go away after rest.
#2 Muscle tenderness and aching (you're familiar with this flu-associated symptom, aren't you?)
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#3 Depression and mood swings, which can't be linked to premenstrual or menopausal hormonal fluctuations
#4 Food cravings, particularly for salty products
#5 Lightheadedness, which can be accompanied by low blood pressure
Experts in alternative medicine affirm that it's possible to improve adrenal functioning in natural way. Coping with stress, following healthy diet and limiting alcohol consumption can enhance your overall health and prevent high number of health issues. That's what can help you:
#1 Try to avoid sugar and artificial sweeteners – added sugar is not only a candy and chocolate ingredient. Be aware that bread, dressings and other not sweet foods usually contain sugar. This component may cause blood sugar spikes and disrupt adrenal production.
#2 Stabilize your internal clock – improve your sleep cycle and try to sleep not less than seven hours per day.
#3 Breath deep – it's worth trying this stress-reducing technique. When something makes you nervous, close your eyes, imagine yourself on the beach (or field), breath deep and slowly during several minutes.
#4 Drink enough – it's really important to drink sufficient amount of fluid, as dehydration can influence on your cortisol levels.
#5 Try yoga – it can not only tone your muscles but also help to cope with stress and improve your well-being.
#6 Enjoy a massage – just imagine that there are nearly 80 types and style of massage therapy! Choose the most appropriate for you and enjoy a seance.
#7 Limit caffeine – it’s OK to drink your cup of coffee in the morning. But excessive consumption of caffeinated beverages can affect your sleep, particularly if drunk after noon.
#8 Make right food choices – add more vegetables, low-sugar fruits (apples, oranges, apricots etc.), lean meat and poultry, low-fat dairy, whole grains and fish to your diet to keep weight and adrenal health under the control.
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