• Christine Phillips

ADRENAL FATIGUE -CAN YOU RELATE?

2021 – The final chapter is upon us, but how are you really doing?


I will be honest with you, I have found this year very challenging emotionally and I have had to dig deep in many areas. I decided to become a health coach years back to firstly help myself and my own family by going more natural, reducing the toxins in our lives and making fundamental changes to our health as we have a history of cancer. I have helped clients lose weight, reduce inflammation, improve skin conditions, and helped them make long lasting changes to their health.


This year, it’s been slightly different as many are struggling with stress. I graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where I studied over 100 dietary theories and had the opportunity to learn from amazing teachers and leaders, including Andrew Weil, Mark Hyman, Geneen Roth and Deepak Chopra. We all believe in your body’s immune system and responses. Your body is designed to protect you, you just need to fuel it correctly. What you put in, is what you get out. I am excited to announce that next year I will be continuing my studies and going more in-depth into functional medicine coaching. This I believe will give me more of the right tools and knowledge to be an even better functional medical health coach for you going forward.


Back onto stress I have come to the conclusion that I too am struggling with Adrenal Fatigue right now. I honestly don’t cope well to long periods of stress, and it wears my body & emotions down. Maybe you can relate to the Topic below and we can make these changes together this December increasing our energy levels and our health instead of sabotaging it.


As soulful human beings, we need to tap into our divinely given powers so that we can fulfill our life's purpose.


Let’s get energized together.


Love,

Your coach


Christine xx


What is Adrenal Fatigue?

These days, many people, especially adults, are complaining about the common health problem that is fatigue and lethargy. When these symptoms are combined with others, such as lack of concentration, sleeplessness, difficulty in weight loss, restless condition, arthritis, memory issues, sensitivities, allergies, cravings for salty foods, weak immune system, it could signal Adrenal Fatigue.


Today, adrenal fatigue has become a very common catchphrase that is thrown around more and more. Patients are told that they should avoid stress and need to relax more; we have all heard that “stress kills.” But, the question is, how do we deal with this stress and how do we relax?


The answer to this question is simple.


People suffering from adrenal fatigue cannot handle stressful situations. When the stress levels increase, high amounts of cortisol are required to deal with the stress. When the adrenal gland is damaged, however, it cannot secrete enough cortisol, and this leads to adrenal fatigue. Therefore, it is very important to tackle stressful situations in order to avoid adrenal fatigue. Reduce stress by maintaining a proper routine, eat healthily, avoid over-thinking, relax, and get proper sleep. Avoid negative people, situations, and news; think positively; surround yourself with positive energies; avoid smoking, and exercise daily. Practicing all of these allows stress levels to be reduced and allows you to live a happy and stress-free life.


Some people follow unhealthy ways to deal with stress that can get them in trouble. They smoke, increase caffeine, and drink soda and alcohol in order to deal with stress. This is the wrong way to deal with a problem because these habits increase the risk of adrenal fatigue.


What are adrenal glands and how do they work?


The human body has an endocrine system, and the adrenal glands are the endocrine glands that are located on the top of both kidneys. These glands secrete hormones like adrenaline, steroids aldosterone, and cortisol. These hormones are very important and control different functions, responses, and activities in our body.


The adrenal gland has two different points:

  1. The adrenal cortex secretes cortisol, prepares the body during stressful conditions, controls responses, and regulates metabolism.

  2. The adrenal medulla secretes adrenaline, which also responds to stress.

Under stressful situations, these hormones play a vital role. When adrenal glands cannot secrete enough hormones then adrenal fatigue is the result.


Is Adrenal Fatigue is a myth or a reality?


Some say that people who are under great mental and physical stress can experience Adrenal Fatigue, but that there is no scientific evidence for this terminology. It is said that adrenal glands can be affected but they can never be fatigued. When they don’t work properly, they are out of rhythm but not fatigued or tired. Scientific research has shown that this problem is more prevalent today than years before.


Another myth is that your adrenal system needs pills or supplements in order to work properly. The myth is that medication is required to fix the rhythm that is disturbed, and it is done by exposure to sunlight. The last thing that is considered a myth is that people think that once their adrenal system is disturbed it cannot recover. The disturbed rhythm of the adrenal gland can be set again by changing eating habits and following the adrenal diet, getting proper sleep, daily exercise, and reducing stress.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue


When the adrenal glands stop secreting hormones, or secrete significantly fewer hormones, this condition is referred to as adrenal insufficiency. When the glands produce large quantities of hormones, this condition is referred to as Cushing’s syndrome.



Adrenal fatigue has several nonspecific symptoms that are listed below:

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Cravings for salty foods

  • Restlessness

  • Inability to get up in the morning

  • Difficulty in weight loss

  • Laziness

  • Nervousness

  • Dizziness

  • Poor immunity