Adrenal fatigue has been around as long as mankind has been alive. In one form or another, humans have suffered from AF throughout history. Anyone who has been repeatedly subjected to unnatural amounts of stress or other factors has the potential to come down with AF. To make matters worse, our diets and lack of exercise/movement in this day and age can significantly contribute to the shutting down of your adrenal glands.
Adrenal fatigue is not something that happens overnight. It results from the repeated abuse that your adrenal glands have suffered over many months or many years. There are several major factors that can cause AF and we’re only going to look at a few of the bigger ones.
Diet – Believe it or not, the average American consumes around 150lbs of sugar per year. In order to cope, our bodies are forced to produce extra insulin and cortisol which in turn stresses out our adrenal glands and pancreas. By lowering your sugar (or processed food) consumption, you could help prevent AF from advancing any further than it already has.
Chemicals/Toxins – You’d be in shock if you knew the types and kinds of synthetic and man-made chemicals that are going into your body on a regular basis. From toxins that leech into your food from plastic containers to “additives and preservatives” that are put in your foods, your body will somehow have to process these chemicals and that could lead to adrenal fatigue. A few months ago, it was reported that a certain brand of macaroni and cheese had extremely high levels of phthalates which can disrupt your hormones and has been linked to genital birth defects and learning/behavior problems in older children. A good rule of thumb is that if you have to microwave it or it’s “instant food”, chances are it’s no good for your body.
Trauma – Some researchers have suggested that singular moments of trauma can impact you years after the events. Major surgeries, accidents, slips and falls can all negatively impact your health and could lead to AF.
Not enough sleep – Our bodies need 8 solid hours of sleep per night to rejuvenate and heal up from the day before. The average American only sleeps 6 hours per night nowadays. If you have the beginning stages of adrenal fatigue, getting 1-2 hours of extra sleep, every night could help prevent it from advancing any further. Simply put, the longer your body is asleep, the more time it has to heal itself.
Emotional stress – Emotional stress is much more than being in an abusive relationship, or worrying about your school final exams. Emotional stress can manifest itself in ways that you didn’t think possible. For example, you could be under emotional stress at your job, but you have been doing it for so long that you don’t think twice about coming home dead tired and exhausted. Just because your body has become used to the emotional stress doesn’t mean that it’s healthy for you. Adrenal fatigue could sneak up on you at a stressful job and you wouldn’t be the wiser until you start feeling lethargic and mentally checked out of the office environment.