Adrenal Fatigue: What Is It and How Do You Heal? – Ep. 180
“With each new generation, things get more and more complicated with technology and we have to adjust to it. We have got to be the most stressed out society on the face of this planet with so much screen simulation, instant communication, 8-10 hour desk jobs, and multitasking all the time at work and home. ” – Rob and Devon Dionne
Today’s hot topic for this week’s episode is adrenal fatigue. After a member of the Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group asked about it and how we can deal with it over the holidays.
The basic reason why we even experience adrenal fatigue is because we’re all stressed out all the time. Stressed out by 8-10 hour jobs, raising families, being on our cell phones and constantly in communication with other people. Life used to be so much simpler when we didn’t have so much stimulation from computers and cell phones.
Today we’ll go over:
- What adrenal fatigue really is and why we experience it.
- Symptoms of adrenal fatigue
- The science behind adrenal fatigue and what it has to do with our cortisol and sex hormone levels.
- How light exposure including blue light from technology affects our cortisol levels.
- Why hypothalamus pituitary adrenal access (HPA access) is actually a better name than adrenal fatigue.
- How we can heal our minds and bodies through fitness, nutrition, and recovery.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
Adrenal fatigue occurs because of a variety of symptoms of underactive set of adrenal glands. When we’re exposed to chronic stress, it causes our adrenal glands to go through stages of excessively high cortisol output and then fades to a low level of cortisol output. So, basically, we experience constant bursts and dips of energy throughout the day.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include:
- Feeling exhausted all the time
- Weekend immune system
- Craving salty food
- Dry skin
- Low blood sugar
- Lack of interest in sex
- Difficulty even doing daily chores
Adrenal fatigue shouldn’t be confused with Addison’s Disease adrenal insufficiency or underproduction of cortisol) or Cushing Disease (overproduction of adrenal glands) and both of these are really rare.
If you run your adrenals so far, they stop functioning.
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How to Heal Ourselves Through
Behavior and Lifestyle Changes
“You can’t just eat and exercise your way out of adrenal problems. You need to look at your behavior and your lifestyle as the number one factor.” – Devon Dionne
To make lifestyle changes today, you need to figure out what stresses you out the most: work, busy schedule, other factors? Also think about what’s your perception of stress at work or at home? What are your triggers?
Let Go of Stress
There are many different ways to let go of stress by being present with what you’re feeling and discovering healthy ways to treat yourself rather than carrying on with bad habits like eating a cookie to calm you down.
- Finding time for yourself
- Do something fun once a day to relieve all the pressure.
- Treat yourself to a wonderful, healthy meal at your favorite restaurant or a place you want to go to.
“Instead of turning to unhealthy habits like eating junk food, you have to start creating a pattern in your life that gives you joy so that when you’re stressed, you go to what makes you happy.” – Rob Dionne
Sleep and Recovery
Sleep is there for you to recover from physical stress. You don’t have to do a ton of exercise to make sure you’re doing enough of it. Short burst workouts like HIIT are perfect whereas intense 1 hour CrossFit all the time is what you should stay away of.
To recover after a workout or physical fatigue, you can do:
- Smooth gyrotonic
Creating the Perfect Environment for Sleep
To get a good night’s rest, there are several tricks you can do:
- Black out your room at night
- Turn off all electronics at least an hour before bed (no phone, TV, or computers)
- Get blue light blocker sunglasses
- Change the setting on your phone or computer to turn off the blue light.
Pay Attention to Gut Health
Just having inflammatory foods can be triggering a response that is similar to adrenal fatigue by interrupting your cortisol production. Pay attention to your gut and see someone to check to see if you have parasites, SIBO, leaky gut, diverticulitis, or any infections.
Regulate your blood sugars by not eating high glycemic index foods but rather you should eat anything that can bring down inflammation and regulate stress. Following a low carb diet like Paleo and Ketogenic can do just that.
To help you follow a healthier lifestyle around food, we recommend decreasing the amount of :
- Canola oil
- Vegetable oil
You should be eating healthy proteins, fats, oils, nutrient rich carbohydrates like vegetables.
You don’t have to go cold turkey with your coffee because that can be extremely difficult, but you should at least try to decrease the amount you drink; especially if you have anxiety issues because caffeine will only make it worse.
You need to focus more on food, sleep, exercise, and your overall lifestyle before turning to supplements and herbs.
However, we do recommend the following:
- Vitamin B
- Fish oils
- Ashwagandha mushrooms
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What You’ll Hear on This Episode
00:00 Open Sky Fitness Introduction
1:15 Opening comments with Rob and Devon
1:30 Check out last week’s show: Episode 179 with Joie Cheng on Self Love: Letting Go of Old Thoughts and Habits
2:20 Today’s topic as requested by the Open Sky Fitness Facebook Group – How to deal with adrenal fatigue; especially over the holidays.
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7:00 What is adrenal fatigue?
8:30 How our lives have changed with the use of technology.
9:50 What it really means to have adrenal fatigue and how we can heal from it.
14:50 What are our adrenal glands?
16:00 How our cortisol hormone works
17:00 What the medical community thinks of adrenal fatigue
19:00 How to test your cortisol levels and why there are some inaccuracies with the process.
21:00 How cortisol is produced in the body and how an interruption can affect the production from the adrenal glands to the pituitary gland.
23:00 What might be negatively affecting our bodies and how we can adapt.
26:00 Healing example: Why moving the body and stretching the hip flexors isn’t the answer to fix a tense body from chronic sitting.
33:00 Why your behavior and lifestyle is the key to healing your adrenal fatigue.
34:20 How can we let go of stress in a healthy way.
38:50 Reducing inflammatory response to adrenal fatigue
40:40 How’s your gut health? Do you have infections?
44:00 What healthy foods you should be eating
45:00 How to sleep better at night.
47:10 Which exercises can help boost your energy?
48:50 How to recover form physical stress.
49:20 Supplements and herbs to take if you’re dealing with adrenal fatigue
52:00 Why physique competition training can really harm your body and cause adrenal fatigue.
56:50 Closing comments with Rob and Devon
57:40 Open Sky Fitness Closing
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