Saturday, May 28, 2011

Putting a Halt to Adrenal Fatigue

"I have too much to do! There just aren't enough hours in the day!"

Sound Familiar?

Many people, especially women don't stop until the work is done, and often rely heavily on sugar and caffeine to power through their day.

Perhaps this might make you feel a bit like Wonder Woman, but the side effects of the fatigue, caffeine, and sugar combined will leave you feeling (and in some cases) looking more like Oscar the Grouch.

In our work crazed, "go, go, go" society, we often lose sight of the benefits of slowing down, and not taking time to do so can lead to Adrenal Fatigue and other illnesses.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

When under stress, our body produces a hormone called Cortisol. High levels of cortisol, caused by chronic stress, can be toxic to the body, and when the Adrenal Glands are producing it in excess, they become fatigued. This in turn can result in the following symptoms:

  • fatigue
  • non-refreshing sleep
  • insomnia
  • weight gain
  • depression
  • Irritability, impatience, quick to anger
  • reduced memory
  • anxiety
  • hair loss
  • acne
  • cravings for carbs
  • cravings for salt
  • cravings for sweets
  • poor Immune function
  • worsened allergies
  • reliance on stimulants like caffeine
  • head aches
  • dizziness

Your to do list can wait...your health cannot!

Life is full of stressful situations that cannot always be avoided, and many of us lead very busy lives. However, if you are experiencing some of these symptoms, then don't you think it's time to embrace the restorative powers of your body and slow down??

R&R is perhaps the most vital key to good health, and getting enough of it, in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise, can help to reverse these undesirable side effects.

So put the to do list away (I'm sure half the stuff on there can wait) and listen to your body! Read a book in the park, sleep in, get a massage, take a guilt free nap outside, play hooky from work, go to bed early, learn to say no to people, and most importantly laugh, think positively, and don't sweat the small stuff!


About the author

Stephanie Dalle Molle is a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach who graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition based in New York City. She specializes in counseling individuals struggling with weight loss, low energy, skin, stomach, and endocrine issues. Stephanie also conducts her own nutrition workshops and demonstrations on weight loss and preventative nutrition. She is dedicated to educating people on health and wellness through the use of articles, workshops, lectures, and one on one coaching. To learn more about Stephanie, you can visit her website at: www.healthlegume.com

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