Adrenal fatigue is something that I never thought much about until recently. And it seems that now, everywhere I turn, someone is telling me that they have it.
We are a stressed out culture. Lots of information, little sleep, dependence upon caffeine, and loads of stress. It's no wonder that we are overloaded and that our bodies are feeling the effects.
Our adrenals are glands that help us have the proper response to stress. In a nutshell, adrenal fatigue is what happens when your adrenals have been working too much and so get fatigued. Basically, we are stressing ourselves to death.
Rather than reinvent the wheel, I am going to refer you to two websites with more information.
First, for a more mainstream view, here is an article about adrenal fatigue by Dr. Mehmet Oz. Essentially, he explains in medical terms what it is, gives some basic tips for avoidance, and then mentions some other conditions that you might wish to rule out when considering whether or not you have adrenal fatigue.
Second is a post on The Healthy Home Economist. Sarah, an educator and chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation, takes us a few steps further into a holistic understanding and brings the classic Nourishing Traditions way of getting away from processed foods and getting healthy through whole foods.
I think that these are both great starting places.
I never had heard of adrenal fatigue, but I think we really are in the middle of an epidemic that the mainstream medical community does not recognize and does not know how to handle.
Like in many other health arenas, we need to be our own health advocates.
Let's get into this topic at a good pace and learn a lot together about how to deal with it. Anyone for a book and a nice cup of herbal tea? 🙂
(UPDATE: Read my post on “Could You Have Adrenal Fatigue? – Take This Quick Test.”)<Photo credit>