Is Adrenal Fatigue Really A Thing?
You might have heard of Adrenal Fatigue before and even suspect you have it, but is it really a thing?
It depends on who you ask.
Most traditional medical doctors don’t’ recognize Adrenal Fatigue as a medical condition, yet they will diagnose other adrenal related conditions such as Adrenal Insufficiency and Addison’s Disease.
As someone who personally suffered from Adrenal Fatigue I can tell you- it’s real.
I was a kid who rarely got sick. I always got a gold star and clean bill of health after every annual check up. I’ve always been physically active and grew up eating relatively healthy compared to most people.
From the outside my health looked great, but on the inside there was a storm brewing.
In my mid to late 20’s, weird things started happening.
All of a sudden I developed seasonal allergies that turned into debilitating ear infections and migraines. I felt constantly fatigued and was relying on coffee multiple times a day to keep me going. When I got home I could barely keep my eyes open, if I sat on the couch to watch TV, it was lights out for me.
I started to develop anxiety that I thought was just related to my high stress sales job. My menstrual cycle became non-existent and I was having a hard time keeping my emotions in check. I struggled to maintain my weight even though I was spending hours exercising and cutting calories. My joints ached all the time no matter how much recovery time, supplementing or stretching I did.
Then I got skin cancer. The scary kind.
It wasn’t hereditary which means it was a direct reflection of my poor internal health and environment.
I was devastated and scared of what a future with skin cancer might bring. I started questioning my health. How was this possible? I studied health in college, was a personal trainer and the healthiest person I knew….so I thought.
I started searching for answers.
What I found was that I had Adrenal Fatigue, a clogged liver, elevated free radicals (damaged cells) and an overgrowth of H. Pylori bacteria in my gut.
In this week’s video I talk more about how I found out I had adrenal fatigue and what I did to reverse it.
Everything happens for a reason, right? It was no coincidence that the Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Course (a program designed to address functional health issues such as adrenal fatigue) fell in my lap at the height of my adrenal fatigue.
I completed the course as fast as possible. With my new knowledge I was able to quickly start turning my health and life around.
This program gave me access to functional lab testing. I immediately ran an at-home saliva cortisol test on myself. The test results had SO many insights on how depleted my adrenals were, how this was causing other hormone imbalances, and even some clues about gut dysfunction.
Based on my symptoms and test results, I created a personalized plan to rebuild my health that included:
- A diet that was right for MY body
- A sleep schedule to help my body recover
- A healing workout routine
- Stress reducing tools
- Specific supplements to support my body in the way it needed it most
Within a matter of days my energy had already increased! In the coming weeks and months I lost weight, my allergies and ear infections went away completely, my joints stopped aching, the anxiety was gone and my mood was stable.
Now as an FDN Practitioner, I support people in taking back control of their health in the same way- by giving them access to tools and resources (such as at-home lab tests), and guiding them on how to restore balance based on what their body needs.
In my upcoming FREE webinar “Why Am I in Adrenal Fatigue and What Can I Do About It?” with Molly Hamill we’ll be going into more detail about:
- What causes adrenal fatigue and how to identify it
- The best testing options and how you can get your hands on them
- How to reverse adrenal fatigue using diet, rest, exercise and stress reduction
Join us on August 16th to learn more how this might be affecting you and WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT!