Most of us don’t have a clue where the adrenal glands are, much less what they do. Here’s the thing though: if your adrenal glands aren’t working properly, it will screw up just about everything.

In fact, if your adrenal glands stop working completely, death is just around the corner! 

So, on that sobering note, here are five signs of adrenal fatigue and how to avoid it…

1 – Your Energy Patterns are All Over the Place

Normally people wake up feeling refreshed in the morning and then, later, as the evening progresses, they wind down and are ready for bed somewhere around 11pm, give or take an hour or so.

If your adrenal glands are fatigued, you will feel ridiculously tired in the morning, even after a good night’s sleep. You will feel foggy and ‘out of sorts’ all day, but when evening arrives, your energy levels spike and by bedtime, you are wide awake. Not surprisingly, this is not conducive to a restful night’s sleep, so insomnia is a common side effect of adrenal fatigue.

2 – Cravings for Coffee and Sweet Things

We all love a nice chocolate chip muffin, washed down by a steaming mug of milky coffee. There is nothing wrong with either of those things, in moderation, of course. But, if you are craving sweet treats all day and you can’t function without copious amounts of coffee to keep your energy levels high, there is something wrong.

Remember, caffeine and sugar are stimulants, so irrational and uncontrollable cravings for either of them is a clear sign you have adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue can be truly debilitating.

Adrenal fatigue can be truly debilitating.

3 – Stress Sends You Loopy

Small amounts of stress is good for us. They boost our productivity and maximise our chances of surviving a dangerous situation.

However, long-term stress is the main cause of adrenal fatigue, and as the adrenal glands stop functioning correctly, our ability to handle stress goes out the window. Instead of focussing on the problems at hand and attacking them head-on, we lose the plot, become irrational and anxious, or decide we just don’t care.

So, when your job is stressful, your personal life is falling apart, and all you want to do is curl up and sleep, your adrenal glands are probably exhausted.

4 – You Catch Every Bug Going

Most people catch between two and four common colds a year. Unpleasant, but mixing with other people exposes us to all kinds of bugs. Adrenal fatigue causes high levels of cortisol to flood the system, which in turn dampens down the body’s natural inflammatory response to infection. When your immune system is working below par, you are far more vulnerable to viral and bacterial infection.

People suffering from adrenal fatigue often develop autoimmune diseases and allergies as a side effect.

5 – How to Tackle It

The best way to reverse the symptoms of adrenal fatigue is to take care of your body. Avoid stressful situations and eat a healthy diet full of nutrients. Your body needs healthy proteins, fats, and plenty of water. If stress is getting you down, practice meditation and other relaxation techniques.

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  3. autoimmune diseases

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