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After the Adrenal Rush

September 5 2013

After the Adrenal rush

By: Debra Meszaros
Body Performance Coach @ ClubMX

Do you experience problems with sleep?

Depression? Fatigue? Weight gain? Sex drive?

Do you lead an active or stressful lifestyle, or are you an athlete?

It’s believed that over 80% of Americans suffer from one of the most undiagnosed conditions in the United States.

At one point in your life, it is likely you have experienced adrenal fatigue. Although it is most common in adults, young athletes can experience adrenal stress without realizing it. Once you add in years of athletes pushing their bodies to its physical limits, the path to developing this condition seriously increases. Unfortunately, many do not discover the problem until a noticeable dysfunction manifests years later.

So what are the how’s, why’s, do’s and don’ts of adrenal fatigue?

The body has a built in mechanism for managing stress, the adrenal glands. Any mental, emotional, or physical stress that is placed upon the body is handled by your adrenals. Even through “healthy” exercise, there is still stress placed on your body. Individuals that lead busy lifestyles, active lifestyles, or have stressful jobs or family situations at any point in their lives, could have overworked or burned out their adrenals. Since the body was designed to handle only occasional stress, good or bad, continual stressful situations over burden the nervous system. Athletes training everyday place their body in continual stress.

From an active lifestyle or athletic standpoint, incorporating a practice of supporting the adrenal glands can not only be helpful to the body, but often necessary to avoid adrenal fatigue later. Adequate quality calorie intake along with the option of vitamin, mineral, or herbal supplementation, can help the body cope with stress. Omega 3, vitamin C, B complex, and adaptogen herbs like ashwgandha, schizandra, rhodiola, rhodendron, maca root, and wolfberry are key essentials in the management of adrenal stress. It’s never too early to support your adrenals. Practice resting and recharging the adrenals.

There are certain circumstances that hinder proper adrenal function, and the most important one is cortisol levels within the body. Normal cortisol levels follow the circadian rhythm of the body, so they rise and fall accordingly. Cortisol levels are typically higher in the morning and lower at night. From a dietary standpoint, sugar, alternative sugars, caffeine, and simple carbohydrates all raise cortisol levels outside the body’s normal parameters.

There are some different forms of body language that correspond with different stages of adrenal fatigue. In the initial stage, cortisol levels usually do not drop low enough to be noticeable. As the stress continues, the next stage starts to produce language in the form of weight gain (unlikely for an athlete), sleep issues, depression, or loss of sex drive or semen volume. Continuing stress without the proper diet and/or rest and chronic fatigue sets in; even after rest or sleep you may still not feel energized.

If you are concerned about adrenal fatigue there is a simple test, “functional adrenal stress profile”, that can be performed by taking four salvia or urine samples over the course of a day to be analyzed. This will determine your cortisol levels and the level of your adrenal stress.

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