Stress is something that we can’t avoid, but it is something we can learn how to deal with in proactive ways so that it doesn’t begin to affect our health.
In the case of Adrenal Fatigue, often it takes symptoms reaching such a severe level, that many end up on the couch for months, or even years, if this is left untreated.
And how you heal and the protocol you follow must be tailored to the stage you are in. Since this is a progressive condition which often starts with signs that can easily be shrugged off, it’s common to keep pushing on, until pushing on is no longer an option.
The are 4 stages of adrenal exhaustion.
Stage 1: Elevated cortisol levels. The “alarm” phase. When we are under stress, our body produces our stress hormone cortisol. When we experience prolonged, elevated levels of cortisol, due to ongoing and chronic stress, we start to experience symptoms like accumulated belly fat, feeling revved up and unable to relax, anxiety and depression, suppressed immunity, and a long list of other symptoms. Over time, if this continues without any intervention, lifestyle, mindset or health changes, stage 2 will often develop, with more severe symptoms and harder to reverse consequences.
Stage 2: Resistance ‘Alarm Phase’ The adrenal glands can no longer keep up with the demand for producing cortisol, and we actually become low in cortisol, and our body can’t produce it during the times when we need it the most. This is when you will find you are completely exhausted, and can’t seem to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, and feel groggy upon waking. Cortisol levels need to be at their highest in the morning to help us feel awake and alert to start our day, ans slowly declines as the day goes on, at it’s lowest point to help us feel tired and ready for sleep. This is also part of the sleep picture of Adrenal Fatigue, when we get a second wind in the evenings, and find we can’t get to sleep before midnight.
Stage 3: Total Burnout, exhaustion, that feeling like you’ve hit a wall phase.In this phase the body tried hard to adapt to the stress, and focuses on producing enough stress hormone (cortisol) at the expense of our sex hormones. For women this often manifests in a low progesterone with low cortisol profile, leading to a long list of life altering symptoms. The body is intelligent, and the adrenals have to adapt to the low cortisol supply by ‘stealing’ from progesterone which then gets converted into cortisol. This must be addressed through specific holistic lifestyle, dietary, mental – emotional interventions, and a complete stress reduction and management plan.
Stage 4: This is a medically recognized condition. It is rare and severe, and can cause total cardiovascular collapse and death.
The fact that it is possible to lose your life to this condition (albeit a rare chance) indicates that this is not something to be ignored.
This is just a snapshot of what out of control, prolonged and negative stress does to the body.
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