More or less every negative thing that happens to you contributes to adrenal fatigue. It could be a death, loss of a job, or some other major happening. The main issue, however, lies with the simple everyday things that get us really annoyed: a toothache, a strained romantic relationship, an ass for a boss, a chronic cold, and even training.
When these little things go from acute to chronic, the accumulation starts to quickly matter. Any time we burn the candle at both ends we cause an over-stress to our body. This is one of the main reason men and women can’t lose that lower layer in their stomach.
Here are some of the more accurate signs of adrenal fatigue:
Sign #1: Difficulty getting up in the morning. It doesn’t matter the time, you just don’t feel awake enough.
Sign #2: Continuous cravings for salt or salty foods. You always need more salt than you’re getting.
Sign #3: Increased effort to do every day tasks. You love training, but now it seems like everything from your warm-up to the deadlift sucks.
Sign #4: Decreased sex drive. It just isn’t happening. Enough said.
Sign #5: Decreased ability to manage stress. The littlest things seem to set you off.
Sign #6: Increased recovery time. Any cuts you have take longer to heal, swelling stays around, that cough you’ve had is still there after a month, and your biceps still hurt from loading the bar when you were squatting.
Sign #7: Light-headedness from standing too quickly. You feel like you’re going to pass out and you see bright images when you stand up.
Sign #8: Less overall life happiness. Nothing makes you happy: training sucks, your job sucks, and the weekends suck.
Sign #9: Increased symptoms with skipped meals. You’re always hungry, every hour. If you miss a meal, you’re craving something and every meal becomes a cheat meal.
Sign #10: Less productivity. Overall, you just can’t get things done, you’re distracted easily, and you can’t work as efficiently or as quickly.
Any little increase in cortisol will cause fat to be stored preferentially around our waist – say good-bye to your lower abs. Adrenal fatigue also has an effect on our blood sugar levels. If cortisol helps to keep our blood sugar at appropriate levels to meet our energy demands.
A quick drop in blood sugar then affects our ability to store nutrients where we’d like and creates a state of insulin resistance in the muscle cell. Now we’re storing nutrients as fat and not building any muscle or losing any fat not matter how low our calories get.
Next week I will post a article on ways you can fix this problem to get your body feeling and looking better. Stay tuned and don’t forget to register for the website.