Why am I so tired?


If you’ve been on social media or health-related blogs lately you’ve probably seen a lot of articles and posts featuring phrases such as: chronic fatigue, burnout, and adrenal fatigue. It seems to be a hot topic recently, and rightfully so, as so many of us suffer from it! I have found adrenal fatigue to be the root cause of many of my patients low energy levels. To understand what adrenal fatigue is though, we first need to understand what our adrenal glands are and what they do.

Adrenal glands are little glands that sit on top of our kidneys. They do many things, but a major role they play is managing our stress response through the hormone, cortisol. When we are chronically stressed over time {who doesn’t feel stressed?!} we gradually wear our adrenals down and energy levels take a dive.

Part of the problem is that in today’s society, most of us never catch a break! Between full-time careers, family, friendships, hobbies, and constant interaction with social media it can be hard to take time to rest and rejuvenate properly. It’s not uncommon for us to be leave home in the morning before the sun rises, and not return until the sun has gone down in the evening.  Definitely not how our bodies were designed to function!

How do you know if you have adrenal fatigue? Common symptoms include: feeling tired, dizziness when getting up, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, heart palpitations, trouble sleeping at night, trouble waking up in the morning, and salt or sugar cravings.  

If you feel like you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, here are some things you can do to help lessen symptoms and help your adrenal glands heal. It is important to note that before beginning a new health regimen, it should be discussed with your healthcare practitioner, especially in regards to medication or supplementation.

1. Reset your biologic clock.

Try to stick to a schedule so your body’s natural clock can get used to waking up and going to sleep at the same time daily.  Your natural cortisol levels fluctuate throughout the day and keeping to a set schedule will help you maintain balance.

2. Avoid sugar!

Sugar causes cortisol levels to spike, and then plummet, giving us the sugar “crash” we have all experienced. By cutting out sugar your body will be much better to regulate normally without artificial crashes and surges…plus your energy will be renewed!

3. Find the best way for YOU to rest up!

Whether it be through light exercise {heavy exercise can cause cortisol spikes}, yoga, meditation, a nap {my favorite!}, or a hot bath…what is a great way for you to de-stress? This is so important and necessary for our bodies to be able to heal. It is very easy to be “go go go” all the time, but our bodies need good quality rest to heal and repair!

4. Get on the right supplementation to support your body.

This has been a life saver for me!  Going through med school, there was not much I could do to change my very busy schedule. By making sure I was supporting my adrenals through the right supplements I was able to balance my system despite my crazy schedule. Some common natural remedies for adrenal support include: Vitamin C, B vitmain complex, Zinc, and herbal remedies licorice root and ashwaganda.

These are just a few of the things you can do to support adrenal fatigue. Of course there are many other variables that play a role in adrenal health such as the thyroid gland, hormonal imbalances, emotional stresses, and more {more on all of these in future posts}. I hope this post can help you find a better balance and regain that energy that you SO deserve!

Love & Vibrant Energy,
Dr. Abby