Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms and Treatment

If you’re stressed out, can’t think clearly, and totally exhausted no matter how much rest you get, you may have adrenal fatigue so don’t miss this video because I’m going to tell you how to fix it.

Side note: I’m at the mercy of my husband. He graciously took the job of editing my videos, but it’s ended up biting me in the butt! I asked him if I had lipstick on my teeth and he turned me into a rabid, growling dog in the bloopers. Oy! If you’re a video editor, CALL ME – LOL!

Video Transcript

If you’re stressed out, can’t think clearly, and totally exhausted no matter how much rest you get, you may have adrenal fatigue so don’t miss this video because I’m going to tell you how to fix it.

Hey it’s Mariah from mariahdolan.com, your busy mom headquarters to help you love the skin you’re in and in my last video I shared with you my very personal struggles with stress and how it severely affected my hormone levels which caused adrenal fatigue, anemia, and estrogen dominance.

So if you haven’t seen Adrenal Fatigue—How Chronic Stress Affects Your Hormones, I highly recommend you do so first, because I use myself as a case study so that you gain a better understanding of how stress is capable of throwing your hormones totally out of whack which of course, affects all the other systems in your body.

Signs of Adrenal Fatigue

Energy levels are extremely low

Many people say they just don’t have any get up in go—it’s tough to get out of bed in the morning, yet when you are awake you often feel wired or like you’re always moving in fast forward.

Mental focus is fuzzy

You’re not able to stay focused on one task or you have chronic racing thoughts.

Difficulty coping with emotions

For example inability to deal with day to day stress, feeling overwhelmed or you have a very short fuse or even anxiety attacks especially if you’re not prone to anxiety to begin with. That’s a big red flag.

Sleep disturbances

Either an inability to fall asleep or you fall asleep and you constantly wake throughout the night.

High or low blood pressure

With low blood pressure you’ll often have symptoms of lightheadedness, especially going from sit to stand.

Food cravings

Usually for salty or sugary foods that feel uncontrollable. And I can totally vouch for this one because I’ve never had food cravings like I have recently while dealing with this.

Weight gain

In the abdomen and thighs

Poor immune response

Meaning you get frequent infections such as colds that also take a long time to recover from.

Hormone symptoms

Like worsening of perimenopausal symptoms, low libido and severe PMS. If you watched my prior video you know these symptoms were the ones that finally caused me to seek treatment because they were so severe.

Now for the good stuff.

How to Cure Adrenal Fatigue

CUT OUT SUGAR AND CAFFEINE

These two foods provide an instant energy boost. The problem is they further stimulate and in turn burn out the adrenal glands, resulting in greater fatigue. Basically it’s like borrowing energy from the future that you can’t pay back.

EAT A DIET RICH IN WHOLE FOODS

The body perceives not eating enough nutrient rich foods as stressful because it isn’t getting the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that it needs. So increase your fruit and vegetable intake and cut out processed foods.

DON’T EAT ANIMAL PRODUCTS INJECTED WITH HORMONES

If you consume animal products (meaning meat or dairy) from animals who have been injected with hormones it will most certainly affect your own hormones.

Eat organic foods

Pesticides are endocrine disruptors and the endocrine system regulates hormones. As you know now you want to minimize anything that messes with your hormones.

Eat frequent small meals throughout the day

Maintaining healthy blood sugars throughout the day will provide a constant state of energy. No fancy detox programs or fasting at this point because those usually require too much time in between eating in order to detox, which during a time of adrenal fatigue is perceived as stress.

Exercise lightly

Exercise is considered a good stress. But if you don’t have the energy to complete a workout, your body will perceive it as bad stress. This is not the time for high-intensity exercise. Instead try non stressful forms of yoga, Tai chi, or long walks with deep breathing.

Sleep 7-9 hours every night

Sleep is when our bodies repair from the stresses of the day. Not getting enough sleep greatly affects your ability to recover.

Practice meditation

I know I know this is easier said than done but meditation has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety. I’ll be honest with you, I really resisted this one, because I can’t sit still with my thoughts.

But guess what, those behaviors are what got me into this mess to begin with. So I’m starting out with 10 minutes per day in the middle of my day. Something I never did in the past because I was always racing onto the next project.

Supplements/Medications

I list this one last because you’re going to need help with this one.
If you have abnormal hormone levels (that being estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol or thyroid hormones) there are supplements and/or medicines that you can take in order to stabilize those.

The thing is you must know your hormone levels in order to pick the right supplements. So you need to find a naturopathic doctor or functional medicine doctor who can order the appropriate tests for you.

Now you.

If you’ve ever suffered from adrenal fatigue and/or chronic stress, what do you do to start feeling better?

Tell me in the comments.

Cheers to your health,

Mariah

P.S. I found a wonderful book called, The Adrenal Fatigue Solution by Fawne Hansen that is a comprehensive guide to curing Adrenal Fatigue. It’s so worth it!

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  1. Joy

    Thank you so much for talking about this. I feel that many women hide behind the façade of “I can do it all” and don’t admit to the struggles they face. Being a mom is hard work and stressful as a result. I have never been tested for adrenal fatigue but I have had my thyroid tested and have hypothyroidism. I struggle with many of the same symptoms of adrenal fatigue, particularly cold hands and feet, mid section weight gain, PMS/heavy bleeding, tiredness, irritability and less tolerance of others. I haven’t found a good way to deal with the symptoms yet. I am still trying to treat them with lifestyle and diet. What have you found to be the most helpful of all the things you do? I’m very interested in what your follows share as well. Thank you.

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  2. Rachel

    Thank you Mariah. These videos are awesome and just what I’ve been looking for. A simple explanation of what what I am experiencing. You don’t know how much comfort you provided! Your story so resonated, (I’m going through stage for and I was put on HRT for estrogen!).

    For anyone going through this, good can come out of it, you just need to tune in (I am not saying that’s easy – it’s taken me 6 months to come to terms with it all, especially the weight gain – I’ve always been thin and never had belly or thigh fat).

    Progress is slow (due to other health complications) but I am trying to view it as a period of personal growth for me – how can I get what I really want from life.

    I’ve learned new skills because I had to quit my weight training and embrace yoga (I now love yoga and feel happy with what I have learned). The meditation feels like a soft blanket chasing stresses away and it’s a tool I will carry into my healthy life.

    +Joy – the herbs help a lot – go and see someone who can help you with that. The thyroid, adrenal glands and sex hormones are so interrelated – it’s best to know exactly what you are dealing with. Good luck.

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Rachel,

      Thank you so much for your kind words. I’m so happy this post resonated with you.

      I knew there had to be others experiencing what I was and felt I had to address it. In the mornings I felt cemented to my bed. That’s the best way I could describe it. I could barely function and had mysterious weight gain despite doing all the right things.

      Thank you so much for commenting and I’m happy to hear you’re on the mend. Progress is slow, but it does happen once you pin point what’s wrong.

      And you nailed it. The thyroid, adrenals and sex hormones are interrelated and completely overlooked. My primary doctor refused to test them because she said I was “too young.” As you now know, all of my hormones were in the tank 🙁

      Please keep me posted on your progress. I, too, have embraced yoga and meditation. I can’t say I’m good at either, but it certainly helps 😉

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  3. Kendra

    Thank you so much for sharing. For the last two years, I started eating clean and exercising regularly. I lost weight and inches in a healthy way. Then a few months ago, I started feeling exhausted, long periods, and gained 15 pounds rapidly. I went to the dr. And had similar labs, estrogen dominent, low ferritin and adrenal exhaustion. How long did it take for you to feel better? How long to lose any weight that you may have gained?

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    • Mariah Dolan

      Kendra,

      I’m so sorry to hear you’re suffering like me…BUT the good news is you had the right tests done, and you’re on the road to recovery!

      It took me about two months to start feeling better and 3-4 months for everything to level off correctly, so it does take time. If you’re patient, and trust in the process, you will heal!

      The weight comes off easier once your levels are back to normal. If your energy is better, and feel up to exercising, then please consider joining my next challenge group (beginning January 4th) to get the extra weight off 😉 Click here to send me an email if you’re interested in joining.

      P.S. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Christmas with 4 kids plus a hip replacement 3 days ago sucked up my computer time!

      Mariah

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      • Kendra Robison

        Thank you so much for your response. I actually eat pretty clean and engage in a somewhat similar lifestyle as you. So thankful for shakeology and beachbody programs. 🙂 Which is why the weight gain was such a blow to me. everything I did to lose the weight wasn’t working anymore and the pounds kept packing on.

        Thanks for the encouragement. I just needed to know that I will begin to feel better and the weight will come off eventually. It’s just so frustrating when I worked so hard to get in shape.

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        • Mariah Dolan

          As you know I totally understand. Yes, just hang in there…in takes time. And when you feel up to it, consider joining my next challenge group 😉 The best of luck to you. Keep me posted!

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  4. sal

    Would it apply for men also. I’m 42 I have a fatigue and I don’t know the reason,
    Pls help,

    Thanks,

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