Probably the complaint I hear the most in my clinic is patients complaining of a lack of energy. Yes, today most people are exhausted and they are frustrated because they do not know what to do. It is important to take a lack of energy seriously. Fatigue is a warning signal from your body that is starting to break down. My research into chronic fatigue syndrome has demonstrated that exhaustion lasting past six weeks is an indicator of other underlying clinical findings such as an acidic pH, inflammation and excessive free radical damage.
Sleep deprivation can contribute to depression, heart disease, pain, obesity, diabetes, among other serious health issues.
Adrenal glands: the major culprit
Your adrenal glands are chest-nut shaped organs on top your kidneys and they play a major part in fatigue. Your body is actually made for stress. However, if that stress is constant and long lasting it can cause adrenal exhaustion.
The world has changed, especially for women.
My mother gave birth to 11 children. I get a headache just thinking about that. However, my mother was not stressed like the modern day woman. Today women compete with men in the workforce, raise families and generally are the family's CEO.
Different types of stress
- 1 Emotional Stress – family dynamics, jobs, relationships, a sick loved one, financial pressure all play havoc with the adrenal glands.
- 2 Environmental Stress- Our world has gone through enormous changes in the last 50+ years. Since World War 2 over 85,000 new chemicals have been introduced into our environment. These chemicals are found mostly in our homes.
- 3 Nutritional Stress – Fast foods are high in calories, very low in nutritional value and play a role in adrenal exhaustion. High consumption of sugar (the average Canadian consumes 170 pounds a year) taxes the adrenal glands.
Symptoms of adrenal stress
- 1 Low Energy
- 2 Disturbed Sleep
- 3 Dehydration
- 4 Weight gain-especially around the mid-section
- 5 Increased PMS, bloating
- 6 Chocolate Cravings
- 7 Mild Depression
- 8 Decreased Sex Drive