I recently confessed and shared on the blog I have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue. More people than ever before are suffering but are not being diagnosed because most Western doctors don’t recognize it or even believe in it. But it’s real! Once I posted about it on my social media accounts and our Facebook Group Growing Younger, I was amazed how many women got back to me wanting to learn more. I am more than happy to share the book my doctor recommended which not only really explains what it is in easy to read non-doctor language so we can all understand it, but also has a test you can take to figure out if you might have adrenal failure. It’s Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James L. Wilson.
Adrenal Fatigue Test
So great. You think you do have it. Now what? As I said, most doctors don’t recognize adrenal fatigue and if you convince them to test you for it, it will most likely be the wrong test. You need to find an integrative medicine or functional medicine doctor (not a practitioner but a real doctor) to do a blood test and saliva test and get yourself on the path to recovery.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Since there is little information and a lot of confusion on adrenal fatigue/failure I thought I should try to blow the lid off it. So I interviewed my doctor, Dr. Anita Sadaty with my co-host Melissa Chapman for our podcast Beauty is a Bitch! There was so much amazing and valuable information we had to break the podcast into two parts! She really took time to break it down for us and clears up any confusion surrounding adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal Gland Function
What is the adrenal gland and why is it important? The adrenal glands are small glands located on top of each kidney that have many functions. They produce hormones that you can’t live without, including sex hormones and stress hormones like cortisol. With adrenal gland disorders, your glands make too much or not enough hormones. Too much stress or major life events can deplete your adrenal glands.
What are the 4 lifestyle pillars of adrenal fatigue?
Here is what you can do to treat the adrenal on your own.
1. Nutrition. You should be eating a non-inflammatory diet. Watch the sugar, dairy and gluten.
2. Exercise. Get moving! But don’t be a fiend. Over exercise not only exhausts you more, but can cause inflammation.
3. Sleep! Sleep in not optional. You should be sleeping at least 8 hours a night. Yes, you read that correctly. Also restorative sleep happens between the hours of 10pm and 2am so you should most definitely be asleep by then. Change your schedule around. Dr. Sadaty said she’s rather see someone give up a workout than miss sleep if she had to pick between the two.
4. Stress. Try to minimize stress as much as possible. Yes, shi*t happens but it’s how you react that matters.
Learn About Adrenal Fatigue
Here is the podcast: You’re Not Nuts, You Have Adrenal Fatigue Part I.
Here is Dr. Sadaty’s website so you can see what she does: drsadaty.com
Here is Dr. Sadaty’s Facebook page: Redefining Health Medical
Here is a link to The Institute Of Functional Medicine site Dr. Sadaty mentions to find a practitioner near you: IFM.org
Be sure to join the discussion on Growing Younger!
You may also like some of my other healthy recipes like Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue? Try This Adrenal Recovery Soup and Easy to Make Anti-Inflammatory Lemon Turmeric Popsicles.
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Pictured at the top from left to right: Lauren Dimet Waters, Dr. Anita Sadaty, Melissa Chapman
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