As a woman, do you find that you are tired all the time or have recently experienced depression or anxiety symptoms for the first time? These — in combination with some other factors— could indicate that you are suffering from adrenal fatigue. If you've never heard of this, what is it and how is it diagnosed?
What Are Adrenal Glands?
Your adrenal glands are diminutive but crucially important in regulating how your body works. This is where some of the most important hormones originate and the glands help to balance a large variety of different minerals and hormones, like cortisol.
More often than not, these glands work perfectly well but when they start to malfunction this can lead to some often subtle but growing symptoms.
Blood Sugar or Pressure
In addition to the aforementioned fatigue and anxiety, you may find that you have lowered blood sugar which can by itself lead to allergies, weight gain and headaches. You may also find that you have low blood pressure, and this is often overlooked as more attention is paid to higher readings.
Low-Energy and Stress
Do you find that you have a reasonable amount of energy until after lunch and then you simply cannot function? You may be particularly susceptible to stress at this time and just want to shut yourself away for the rest of the day.
While adrenal fatigue is indicated here, you need to go through a process of elimination to make sure that you're not anaemic or may even have a thyroid dysfunction. The adrenals and thyroid work very closely, so you should get both checked out at the same time.
Sensitivity to Light
One key symptom of adrenal problems is light sensitivity. Do you find that you need to wear your sunglasses for extended periods of time and sometimes even indoors? Doctors can sometimes check to see if you have adrenal issues by examining the pupil immediately after it is subjected to a bright light.
It's also possible that you experience dizziness whenever you get up from a sitting position. This could be due to the low blood pressure previously mentioned and may be a sign of a serious adrenal issue.
Finally, you could get your blood tested to look at various levels, especially CO2 or chloride.
What to Do Now
While you get everything checked out by the experts, make sure that you are getting a sufficient amount of sleep and resting during the day if necessary. Try to avoid taking caffeine to give yourself an artificial boost and instead look for some natural supplements. Consider going to a women's health professional to find out other ways to deal with your health issues.