10 Common Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
Are your adrenal glands exhausted? Are they unable to produce regular mounts of hormones? Do you experience constant stress or ongoing infections? Is there such a thing as adrenal fatigue? It depends on which doctor you ask!
Adrenal glands produce various hormones that are required to sustain life. Adrenal fatigue is when various symptoms occur, mostly due to emotional, physical, environmental, and/or mental stress. A blood test is conducted to determine if you may have adrenal fatigue.
Symptom 1: Fatigue
Do you get easily fatigued and find it hard to perform your daily tasks? Do you feel exhausted after dealing with stressful situations? Do you have less strength and vitality than you used to?
Due to adrenal fatigue, your body cannot adjust to demands and just wants to rest.
Symptom 2: Lack of Energy
Lifestyles have changed over time. We now have so much going on and so much to do every day. With adrenal fatigue, your body just cannot keep up. You may find it difficult to get going in the morning and require a cup of coffee. Or, you may experience an afternoon lull.
Your lack of energy may be related to another adrenal fatigue symptom – low blood sugar levels.
Symptom 3: Dry Skin
Your body naturally produces an oil that is designed to keep your skin moist. Dry skin means your body’s metabolism is off balance. Even you try lotions and other options, if your skin remains dry, you may have adrenal fatigue.
Or, you may have issues with your thyroid. If your thyroid is fine, then consider your dry skin and other adrenal fatigue symptoms.
Symptom 4: Low Blood Sugar Level
Stress and adrenal fatigue can cause low blood sugar levels, also known as hypoglycemia. Low adrenal hormone levels make it more difficult to properly maintain your blood sugar level, especially if dealing with stress.
If you are chronically hypoglycemic, you probably also suffer from adrenal fatigue. Most of those who have adrenal fatigue, have some form of irregular blood sugar levels.
Symptom 5: Food Allergies
Do you have multiple food allergies? Do you get itchy, develop a rash, or find it hard to breath after eating certain foods? Adrenal fatigue is often overlooked as a reason for food allergies.
According to AdrenalFatigue.org, “Most allergies involve the release of histamine and other pro-inflammatory substances (substances that produce inflammation). The adrenal hormone, cortisol, is a strong anti-inflammatory (a substance that reduces inflammation). Your circulating level of cortisol is the key factor in controlling the level of inflammatory reactions in your body. For this reason, your adrenal glands play an important role in mediating the histamine release and inflammatory reactions that produce the symptoms experienced with allergies. It is therefore not surprising that people with food and environmental allergies commonly have weak adrenal function.”
Symptom 6: Depression
There are times when you feel sad. But depression is when you can find no relief. When depressed, you also feel tired. Depression can be a sign of other medical conditions, such as adrenal fatigue.
Anti-depressant medications may help, but if they don’t, then you are likely to have adrenal fatigue.
Symptom 7: Anxiety/Inability to Handle Stress
In the early stages of adrenal fatigue, stress and cortisol (adrenal hormone) are linked to both anxiety and depression. When anxiety sets in, you become irritable.
Also, low amounts of cortisol make you feel brain fog and poor memory. Instead, adrenal fatigue causes you to have too much adrenaline, which results in anxiety. It is important to learn how to manage your anxiety.
Symptom 8: Low Body Temperature
Do you often have cold feet? Cold nose? Cold hands? Inadequate adrenal function causes a low body temperature.
With adrenal fatigue, your body temperature fluctuates and is exaggerated during the day. At one point, it may be 97.7 F, but then hours later, it is even lower or just a bit higher, but still less than 98.6 F.
Symptom 9: Unexplained Hair Loss
Hair loss related to low cortisol levels is often a symptom of adrenal fatigue. As a result, your body is cannot produce other hormones that affect hair loss, such as testosterone. However, high levels of cortisol can also cause hair loss.
The solution, stress less!
Symptom 10: Diarrhea or Constipation
Later stages and chronic adrenal fatigue can cause diarrhea or constipation, as well as other gut issues. You may experience abdominal, lower back, and leg pain. Vomiting is possible, too.
You may want to try an adrenal diet, which involves identifying food allergies, eating less sugar and more protein, and staying dehydrated.