Stressed out? I was, and so are about 80% of the American population. I think everyone has had the experience at one point and time when they’ve just outdone themselves. In school cramming for exams, pulling all nighters and not eating a well rounded diet often puts many students into an adrenal crash and burn.
I started doing some research on the subject because with my heart failure something clearly isn’t working right and I’m trying to figure out what it is and how to fix it or at least feel my best, given the situation. I’ve asked the doctors about some of my symptoms and they always dismiss me or say something along the lines of “we’ll keep an eye on that”. Well after 2 years of waiting, I’m doing my homework. Come on with me and learn whether this could be behind why you feel frazzled and wired all the time or why you crash and burn sometimes.
How the Endocrine System Works
What happens when we our bodies endure stress for to long? Well, my research brought me to two very informative videos.
Hormones, Endocrine System and Nervous System
Have you tried to lose weight and just can’t seem to budge the scales? Sick a lot, tired, and can’t seem to get your brain to go to sleep when it should and sluggish at mid afternoon when you need that sugary treat as a “pick me up”. Why do I feel like crap?
The first part, Endocrine System Part 1 – Glands and Hormones, explains how the endocrine system works and I’m including it for you perusal, but to learn more about the thyroid and more about this complex system called our body, watch part 2 (below).
What is the Thyroid and What Does it Do?
If you feel “wired and tired” you aren’t alone. Many of us aren’t getting enough sleep or perhaps to much sleep. Why? Do you feel like Marie?
To much stress, in the form of a bad job, boss or other troubles on a mental or emotional level but also the wrong foods too can overload our body with more stress than it can handle. My research has indicated that if you always feel like you are in the “fight or flight” mode all the time your adrenal glands are being overworked. If our adrenal glands are stressed our thyroid won’t be able to work at full capacity. If your thyroid is overactive then your adrenals will be underactive. This balancing act can be hard to figure out, but understanding how it works and the symptoms it causes can help us to determine how re-balance what has gone awry. What we are striving for is homeostasis, the body’s neutral state, also known as health.
How to Heal Adrenal Fatigue?
REDUCING STRESS, GETTING SOME FORM OF EXERCISE and A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP are key to healing adrenal fatigue too. I like to take walks and explore in nature to destress, exercise and get some fresh air. This time of the year it can be challenging to walk much further than the mailbox. You may not think that’s much, but in 20 degree F temperatures and a mailbox that sits at the end of my 100 yard drive, it’s moving in the right direction…off the couch.