MY EXPERIENCE WITH ADRENAL FATIGUE:
by Teri Lang Patterson
Before the information about what the Adrenals do and what happens when they are "tired" this is a quick little story about my experience. I'm reading an interesting book right now, "The 7 Principles of Fat Burning" by Dr. Berg. Found here: http://www.drberg.com/shop/
I have struggles with thyroid and adrenal issues for several years but it seemed like I couldn't find a medical professional that offered explanations of what is going on internally and how to change your diet and workouts to strengthened your hormones. I've just started this book so I'll keep posting my thoughts but a very interesting point about working out when you have Adrenal issues such as Adrenal Exhaustion or even Adrenal Fatigue. Dr. Berg explains that the Adrenals are tired...they don't need additional stress so your workout routine should be longer but less stressful on the body. You should be doing an exercise that isn't as "taxing" on your body (inside and out), and working out for a longer period of time. Walking, slow swimming, or easy weights..anything that keeps your heartrate around 130 for about an hour.
As a Fitness Instructor I'm used to teaching many classes a week plus my normal workouts. I remember when I started gaining weight. Not just a little weight, but alot of weight. I was gaining 2-3lbs a week. That is alot of weight when you are teaching 5-11 classes per week plus working a physical job. I do remember that when I taught more yoga and weight training, the weight gained "slowed"...but when I had to teach more kickboxing classes I ballooned up each week. So I believe in the idea that sometimes our bodies need longer periods of slower exercise and especially when stress is already present in your life and draining your Adrenals.
So that's my thought about Adrenals today. Of course there's much more to all of this then what I can write about in a couple of paragraphs but it's a step. So if you are working out like crazy and eating lettuce all day, plus burning the candle at both ends, you may have some Adrenal problems.
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Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms by Author: Vienna Miller
Adrenal Fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands - 2 small glands that sit on top of your kidneys - become overworked and depleted. Your adrenal glands are responsible for handling the stresses of your daily life, whether that be physical stress, emotional stress, or psychological stress.
When your adrenal glands become overworked, they cannot keep up with the stresses of your everyday life. You then start to manifest the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Note that just because you have one or two of the symptoms of adrenal insufficiency does not mean that you have adrenal fatigue. However if you find you have the majority of these symptoms then you may want to investigate further.You'll want to learn some of the common causes of adrenal fatigue to see if you can identify with any of these causes in your own life. You'll also want to see your doctor for a full medical workup and diagnosis of adrenal fatigue.
Here are the key symptoms of adrenal fatigue:
1. You're Tired For No Explainable Reason People with adrenal fatigue experience extreme physical exhaustion and they don't have an explanation as to why (such as a strenuous workout). This isn't just everyday tiredness it is extreme exhaustion.
2. You Gain Weight Easily - Especially Around the MiddlePeople with adrenal fatigue often notice they gain weight very easily. They especially notice the extra weight around the middle - and it's very hard to lose it.
3. You Have Difficulty Rising In The MorningThose with adrenal fatigue often find they feel tired when getting up in the morning - even with a full night's sleep. They often need stimulants like caffeine and sugar to 'get going' both in the morning and throughout the day.
4. You're More Susceptible To Flus and Colds
If you have adrenal fatigue, you may notice that you seem to be catching every flu and cold that comes within 10 feet of you. You'll also notice that it seems harder for your body to bounce back from illness.
5. You Often Feel Overwhelmed and Run Down
People with adrenal insufficiency often feel run down and overwhelmed with the tasks they have to accomplish. They may feel as if they can't keep up and do it all. (This can lead to other symptoms like depression and social withdrawal)
6. You May Crave Salty or Sweet Snacks
This may include high protein snacks like meat or cheese. Some people with adrenal fatigue can have an increased craving for salt. You might also notice an intense craving for sweets and fast carbs like donuts, chocolate bars, pastries, ice cream etc.You Feel Better In A Less Stressful Environment
Many people with adrenal insufficiency feel better when on vacation. Their symptoms may even clear up entirely but then return when they go back to their normal lives.
7. You Are Troubled By 'Brain Fog' or Inability to Concentrate
This may include things like the inability to remember certain details, appointments, etc. This may also include a feeling of confusion or difficulty concentrating.
8. Increased PMS For Women
Women with adrenal disorder may find their periods become heavier and/or irregular. They may also notice increased PMS mood swings and/or food cravings.
Those are key symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Other symptoms include:
-Lightheadedness/Low Blood Pressure
-Tendency to Tremble When Under Pressure
-Reduced Sex Drive
-Feel Most Energetic in the Evening
-Extremely Senstive To Cold
If you can identify with the majority of these adrenal fatigue symptoms you may want to read about the causes of adrenal fatigue to see if you can identify with any of them in your own personal life. You'll also want to see your doctor for more tests and a complete diagnosis.
Adrenal fatigue can be overcome and you can feel better. Listen to your body, cut back on stress and treat yourself well.
About the Author
Vienna Miller is a contributing writer to Adrenal Fatigue - helping you learn more about adrenal fatigue.
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When you workout, odds are you will either injure yourself or get sick. Listen to how your body wants you to proceed.
By Teri Patterson, Fitness Instructor & Coach
We've all experienced it. Either the flu or an injury sidelines you from working out. I've been lucky to experience both this month.
First a good ankle-roll during a TurboFire workout left me with a twisted ankle that was swelling fast. I remembered my high school health class training for the typical RICE treatment. Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation.
For details on the RICE Treatment, more from The University of IOWA Health Care.
It surprises me that so many people that experience an injury keep going and don't stop to access the injury. Please remember that if you keep going and "push through", you may then cause serious damage and could be out of commission for weeks compared to a day or two. Maybe even worse, have to have surgery that puts you on the sidelines for months from workouts and your job. So be smart and stop immediately after an injury.
Try to apply Ice as quickly as you can and hold for about 15 minutes. Take some Ibuprofen which will also help reduce swelling, and relieve inflammation and pain. Then rest. I know this is hard to do when you are an active person. But remember that a little rest now, will mean you will be "on your feet" faster in the long run.
If you have a cold or the flu, remember to drink more fluids then normal and rest even if you are feeling "ok". Number one rule about being sick, if that the body is trying to heal itself from the inside out. The body will turn its attention to reducing inflammation and healing then to building muscle or losing fat. Get better, and then the body will focus on weight loss/getting stronger. Another reason if you are not losing weight...it can be due to an injury. Even a slight injury will cause inflammation in the body and focus will be on healing and not gaining fitness strength.
So what to do when you are starting to feel better? Don't immediately head back to your regular workouts. Focus on stretching, yoga or even swimming all of which are building your body/mind but are still allowing your body to heal.
Here's to a healthy and safe new year!
Teri Lang Patterson
Certified Fitness Instructor & Coach specializing in Aqua Power Training, Kickboxing, Weight Training & Yoga.
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