Ever get those lazy, sluggish, brain-fog days where you are lacking in motivation so you reach for the coffee , the sugared drinks and the processed bread and feel a surge of energy that lasts no longer than a trip to the kitchen to check out the fridge. Chances are you have what is called Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Although not a syndrome per se recognized by conventional medicine, eastern medicine and other alternative energetic healing modalities are quick to recognize this as a modern stress syndrome.
Some symptoms of Adrenal Stress Syndrome that can be diagnosed as other illnesses quoted from this website:
♠Weight gain, especially in waist or stomach, and it stubbornly sticks to you
♠ Fatigue ~ lack of energy ~ lethargy
♠ Brain fog ~ difficulty concentrating
♠ Morning sluggishness ~ need for stimulants to get you moving
♠ Nervousness ~ anxiety
♠ Mild depression
♠ Dry skin and hair
♠ Pain in upper back and neck
♠ Unexplained hair loss
♠ Cold hands and feet ~ or just plain cold
♠ Allergies ~ both inhalants and food
♠ Low body temperature
♠ Reduced sex drive
What are your Adrenals anyway and why are they so important? the Adrenals are endocrine glands that sit on top of our kidneys. The adrenals secrete and manage stress hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine. Simply put, cortisol is a hormone released in response to stress. Although important is some aspects, too much cortisol can suppress immune system, decrease bone density and increase blood sugar. Adrenaline (or epinephrine) is responsible for our fight-or-flight response (the hormone that can make a mother carry-a-car-if-it-falls-on-top-of-her-child kind of response). Norepinephrine acts in a similar way, making our heart beat and blood pump faster to our muscular system. Just living in the 21st century with all the negative news and media, the pollution, the traffic, the over scheduling and all the the challenges of modern living are enough to put our body in a constant state of stress that deplete our adrenal glands.
In esoteric terms, Adrenals are associated with the root chakra, which may result in feeling ungrounded, fearful, lethargic, depressed and unable to manifest or achieve as much as we want in life especially financially and sexually.
You can take the Adrenal Fatigue Quiz and assess your level.
Here are other specific causes of Adrenal Fatigue and I quote from this website:
“An illness, a life crisis, or a continuing difficult situation can drain the adrenal resources of even the healthiest person. However, there are factors that can make you more susceptible to adrenal fatigue. These include certain lifestyles (poor diet, substance abuse, too little sleep and rest, or too many pressures), chronic illness or repeated infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia, prolonged situations that you feel trapped or helpless in (bad relationships, stressful jobs, poverty, imprisonment), or maternal adrenal fatigue during gestation.”
So in a nut-shell, pretty much “not knowing how to handle our stress-levels” and poor-diet can deplete our adrenals. Not knowing how to handle stress is different from stress itself. Stressors will always exist, but our perspective can change.
In my 44 years on this planet, I have learned that life will always be what it is, but how we handle it makes all the difference. Engaging in soothing and centering exercises such as meditation, breathing (pranayama), yoga and tai-chi can help us to manage the stress in our life with ease and acceptance. Removing refined and processed foods and carbohydrates, preservatives, junk-food, fast-food and heavy meat can also help us rejuvenate our adrenal glands. Eat a lot of fresh vegetables, fruits, whole foods and super foods like spirulina, wheatgrass, and red/purple fruits and vegetables as well as amino-acids from good high-quality protein sources such as chlorella, flax, hemp and chia seeds. Personally, eliminating wheat and gluten was the best thing I did for my adrenals since I was already eating the right food as a vegetarian but my body was unable to process too much gluten and wheat so it wasn’t able to properly digest and absorb all the fruits and vegetables I was eating.
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To recalibrate your body, you can also try a 3, 5 or 7 day Thrive Detox Program , coupled with yoga and/or detox breathing with the Art of Living part 1 course. I can personally vouch that the Art of Living course is a game-changer in terms of handling stress and the tendencies of the mind to dwell in the negative. In our small minded-ness, we manifest negatives first so when we ask for abundance, the Universe sends us an abundance of the negative that we are thinking. Since we cannot control the mind from the level of the mind, it is necessary to learn “tricks” such as breathing, meditation and other energy-healing modalities. That way we bypass the mind and before we know it, negativity drops away and we are able to manifest positive things in life. Try any of these suggestions and see how that works for you in terms of increasing your energy level, well-being and ability to attract beautiful things and people into your life.
Cheers to healthy adrenals!