I believe most women have suffered adrenal fatigue in their lifetime…I sure have. We take on to much, we have to much going on, something traumatic has happened, we don’t take care of our own needs….when finally the day is over & it’s time for relaxation but we can’t shut our minds down. We go over the day, what someone said, we think about the next day. This is how it starts and this is then what happens to our bodies..
The kidneys, stress hormones and emotions:
In energetic medicine the kidneys house the emotion of fear and therefore many symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress are exhibited when there is an adrenal or kidney weakness. The adrenals sit on top of the kidneys and produce cortisol when stressed. Cortisol is a stress hormone which contributes to feelings of tension, irritability and unease due to it irritating the nerve endings. The adrenal’s stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, as well as rennin angiotensin, also influence blood pressure. It is of benefit to try to reduce and manage stress so that there is a decrease in the production of stress hormones which atrophy the kidneys further and reduce filtration.
Shakespeare…kidding, what I have learned from Darlene Balaz @ The Natural Flow To Health (you can find info on her clinic on Facebook or her website http://www.naturalflowtohealth.ca/en/)
Classic signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
•Fatigue and weakness, especially in the morning and afternoon
•A suppressed immune system
•Muscle and bone loss and muscular weakness
•Cravings for foods high in salt, sugar or fat
•Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
•Low sex drive
•Lightheadedness when getting up from sitting or lying down
•Decreased ability to handle stress
•Trouble waking up in the morning, despite a full night’s sleep
I won’t go into all the details of recooping but what I can tell you is now I know when my adrenals are saying “WTF!”…I can feel them (a gnawing ache in your low back…a good remedy is nutmeg oil), which let’s me know my stress level is going up (I need to supplement my adrenals & tell myself that Stress is “The Dark Shadow” & go hug a tree, go for a walk…do something to de-stress!
What I try to live by is shit is going to happen, it’s all in how I handle it that counts.