Adrenal exhaustion is a newer diagnosis by integrative, holistic practitioners but not recognized by conventional medicine. Over the years, I've realized I was the perfect fit to the picture of a young stressed-out woman with chronic stress.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm very type-A, always on the go, and have a million and one things going on all the time! I've been this way as long as I can remember — overly zealous, eager, aggressive, and ready to conquer the world.
Of course with that personality and mindset, you get worn out over time because your baseline is stressed. I'll admit that even today I don't know how to really relax and do absolutely nothing at all! Even my yoga and meditation is "scheduled" into my day.
So what happens to overachievers like us? We're always tired, exhausted, run down, overwhelmed, irritable, hungry, headachy, and drinking caffeine 24/7 to function because our body is always STRESSED. This is what adrenal exhaustion is!
I'm sure many of you can relate to this. Here are some tips on how to deal with it.
But first, you want to measure your hormone levels. Many conventional physicians won't know what you're talking about when you mention "chronic stress" and brush it off, so seek out a trained integrative and functional specialist who can help you with this.
Once you have your levels, you can then tweak your lifestyle so you can normalize your stress hormones. When cortisol is always high, this contributes to weight gain, inability to lose weight, decreased immune function, and depression. It also starts affecting your other hormones including thyroid and insulin production, which can cause you to crave more sweets.