Are you tired all the time? Wondering if it is just normal — or if it something more?
Awhile ago, I wrote a post on Adrenal Fatigue – The New Epidemic?
Though it is not discussed much in mainstream medicine circles, adrenal fatigue is on the rise.
In fact, I think that it is now affecting people in our Western societies in epidemic proportions.
How can you find out if you have it or not?
Well, I have for you the best and easiest test of all. It is from Theresa Vernon, a licensed acupuncturist and specialist in treating chronic fatigue and adrenal dysfunction whom I worked with for awhile during my healing work.
Back to the test.
It’s a great test, but one that you may wish that you never took. However, knowing you have a problem means you are on the way to a cure.
The first sign of adrenal fatigue is reliance on stimulants. If the idea of going without your stimulant is an issue, you have adrenal fatigue. There, you have taken the test, now you know.
This test is a direct quote from an article that she wrote entitled, “Metals and the Mind.” You can see from the title of her article that we will be getting into metal toxicity and its relationship to adrenal fatigue in the future.
Oh boy. Stimulants? “What do you mean”, you ask, “stimulants? I don’t take illegal drugs, so what are you talking about?”
Well, how about this list of things that can get your adrenals going — and keep them going:
- caffeine (still trying to get off coffee or chocolate? I will post some tips and a great coffee substitute recipe soon!)
- exercise (do you feel that you need to get a run in or you just can’t make it through the day?)
- sugar (do you keep reaching for sweets for the temporary energy boost that they give you? Check out What is Candida and Why I Went Sugar Free.)
- stress (do you push everything to the last minute, feeding off the adrenaline rush that you get from deadlines?)
- busyness (gotta keep running from one thing to the next to keep life interesting? This post on “Best Autism Therapy” has a tip for you.)
Really anything that “stokes your fire” is a stimulant.
I really like Theresa’s counter-cultural quote in the same article:
…the body is not designed to be constantly under stress. We are meant to spend time sitting in a hammock somewhere, or weaving a basket!
Now, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t have any stress in our lives. In fact, we can’t live without any stress. But clearly, we have been overdoing it. I have been overdoing it my whole life. How about you?
In the future, I will be (slowly and with as little stress as possible :-)) sharing with you how I have been working both on my own and with Ms. Vernon to get my adrenals back in balance. I will also be giving you tips on how I am trying to reduce my dependence on all of the above stimulants — and how you can too!
And really, that is what I hope this site can be. We all need to be taking better care of ourselves. Body. Soul. Mind. But surfing the net to find out and implement the latest health tip can cause tons of stress that defeats the whole purpose — and can set us up for worse health problems than we started with.
Anyone care to drop by for some basket weaving?
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How did you do on the test?
Which stimulant do you need to work on giving up first?