Do I have Adrenal Fatigue?

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Are you the kind of person who is constantly doing a million things? Moving at a 100 miles an hour? Do often feel burnt out, out of it and resort to caffeine drinks to fuel your waking hours? Perhaps your brain can never quite shuts off?

If you can say yes to those questions… then, you may be setting yourself up for a crash of epic proportions.

Hi! I’m Alice and I have a Type A personality while also having Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism. After much trial and error with debilitating health symptoms, I’ve learned that your adrenal health is vital towards managing any thyroid condition. And especially, your overall well being.

Little do people know but many of today’s people suffer from adrenal fatigue, a condition in which the body's adrenal glands do not make sufficient hormones in response to stress. A huge fight with your loved one or a giant coffee are both stressors to which your adrenal glands must respond. However, when you call on their services too frequently, as many do, the stress of adrenal fatigue grows.

We typically associate adrenal fatigue with chronic tiredness, but Type A people who are prone to impatience, aggression, ambition, and competitiveness may be moving too fast to realize they suffer from adrenal fatigue. Even the Type A person with Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism who also struggles with thyroid-related fatigue may be ignoring her body’s need for a more sane pace.

Now, some common symptoms of adrenal fatigue are…

Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue

  • Feel exhausted often; Type A's typically push through this

  • Feel overwhelmed, constantly stressed out

  • Crave sweets, salty foods, and caffeine or nicotine

  • Crash around 3 or 4 p.m.

  • Feel more awake and energetic in the evening

  • Poor sleep patterns

  • Difficulty waking in the morning

  • Slow to recover from illness, injuries, wounds, or exercise

  • Frequently sick

  • Assailed by allergies

  • Hormonal imbalances

  • Lightheaded or blacking out momentarily when rising from a seated or reclining position

  • Shaky, lightheaded, and/or irritable when going too long without food

The Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism crash: when adrenal fatigue wins out

Sure, you can push through adrenal fatigue. Athletes do it routinely; overtraining often causes adrenal fatigue. That doesn't change the fact that adrenal fatigue depletes your immune system, hormone function, and brain health. It also can exacerbate your Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism condition. What the Type A person most fears losing is productivity, and nothing stops productivity like an adrenal crash.

Adrenal fatigue means that any major stressor accident, major illness, divorce, sickness or death of a loved one can cause an epic crash. The consequences of such a crash can include chronic fatigue, a harrowing transition into menopause, or some other chronic health disorder. It can trigger or exacerbate autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, and recovery can be a very long, slow road.

Lasting health requires major lifestyle changes. The most challenging thing I learned is that the moment I started feeling a little better, I cranked up the pace, which put me right back where I started. Although racing around frantically may feel productive, the truth is you can accomplish more, make fewer mistakes, and irritate fewer people when you operate with better adrenal health. You don't have to sacrifice your competitive edge to act with more purpose, deliberation, and forethought, all hallmarks of a more relaxed, adrenal-friendly approach.

Overcoming adrenal fatigue and managing Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism includes:

  • Removing dietary stressors: sugars, caffeine, junk foods, excess carbs, and food intolerances

  • Addressing any lingering health imbalances: hormonal, immune system, or gut

  • Exercising regularly, but not over exercising

  • Working with your practitioner to use customized nutritional therapy to support your adrenal health



    Grab yourself a piece of paper or jot in your notes portion in your phone… and ask yourself these questions:

    ARE YOU AT RISK OF ADRENAL FATIGUE?


    Do you have trouble sleeping, or wake up feeling unrefreshed?
    A Seldom or never

    B Sometimes (1-2 times per month)

    C Frequently (1-2 times per week)

    D Waaay too often (most days)

    Do you suffer from a lack of energy throughout the day?

    A Seldom or never

    B Sometimes (1-2 times per month)

    C Often (1-2 times per week)

    D Waaay too often (most days)

    Do you become stressed at the drop of a hat by little things?

    A Seldom or never

    B Sometimes (1-2 times per month)

    C Often (1-2 times per week)

    D Most days (and it's affecting my work/relationships)

    Do you feel frazzled, anxious or easily startled?

    A Seldom or never

    B Sometimes (1-2 times per month)

    C Often (1-2 times per week)

    D All the time! (People remark on how jumpy I am)

    Do you suffer from PMS or menopausal symptoms?

    A Seldom or never or I am a man so no

    B Sometimes (occasional months here and there)

    C Often (most months)

    D Every month (I'm so over it!)

    Do you experience brain fog or forgetfulness?

    A Seldom or never

    B Sometimes (usually when I'm run down or super busy)

    C Often (1-2 times per week or more)

    D All the time (sometimes I don't even know what day it is!)

    Do you find yourself craving sugar or caffeine to get through the day?

    A Seldom or never

    B Sometimes (1-2 times per month)

    C Often (1-2 times per week)

    D Every. Single. Day. I find it hard to stop myself

    Be honest now... Do you have a sex drive?

    A Seldom or never

    B Occasionally (once I get going I'm ok, but I usually don't initiate it)

    C Average (sometimes I'm on, sometimes I'm off)

    D I'm fine in that department, thank you ;)

    Do you catch more colds and flues than you used to?

    A Nope - I'm super healthy and hardly ever catch anything

    B I catch the usual amount (1-2 per year) and recover quickly

    C Yes. 3-4 per year, and they sometimes go to my chest/ears/sinuses

    D Yes! It's a constant barrage, and every year I seem to get worse

    Have you gained weight that won't budge, no matter what you do?

    A Nope, I don't put on weight

    B A little - I find it harder to lose compared to when I was younger

    C Yes. It's creeping up slowly and steadily.

    D Yes. I've experienced rapid weight gain and I can't shift it

IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY A’s - Low risk for adrenal fatigue
Lucky you! You may experience stress, but you handle it well.

Healthy adrenals are crucial for digestion and metabolism, the production of the right amount of thyroid and reproductive hormones, and an immune system that can ward off illness and disease.

Your adrenals also affect your moods, so keeping them in tip top condition may help to ward off anxiety, depression and mood swings, and help you to cope better with stressful situations as they arise.

And so far... you're doing great! Keep it up!

To keep those adrenals functioning at their best, it's important to nourish yourself with whole and nutrient dense foods, create space in your schedule for rest and reset (hello... self care!), move your body (gently) every day, and cut the amount of toxins that you absorb in your everyday life.


IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY B’s - Your stress hormones may be rising

Looks like your adrenal glands are a little under the pump.

The pressures of your everyday life are starting to show - a niggly symptom here, an extra cold or flu there, or maybe you're relying on caffeine and sugar a little more than you used to.

In short, you are stressed.

Your adrenal glands are working overtime to help you deal with emotional strains, bad sleeping habits, wrong food choices, and environmental toxins.

At the moment you probably think that you could go on like this forever to maintain your productivity level, but you need to take heed of your body's warnings because you are actually on the path to adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue will not only leave you exhausted, but will have a much bigger impact on your body. So take action now to prevent things sliding even more!

To keep those adrenals functioning at their best, it's important to nourish yourself with whole and nutrient dense foods, create space in your schedule for rest and reset (hello... self care!), move your body (gently) every day, and cut the amount of toxins that you absorb in your everyday life.

Meanwhile, if you're looking for delicious recipes and tips for staying healthy, head to my recipe sections for more recipes!

IF YOU ANSWERED MOSTLY C’s - Warning - You are heading towards burnout

Things are starting to look more serious - Take action now!

Not only do you need to reduce stress, you need to pay attention to what you put into your body in order to prevent illness and disease.

You might not be at burnout yet, but consider this:

  • Where are you headied if nothing changes?

  • Are you becoming forgetful? Have you missed meetings or events? Do you find yourself having to write absolutely everything down?

  • Are you suffering from a lack of sleep? What does this do to your moods?

  • Are you walking around in a constant fog? How does this affect your day?

Maybe you're frustrated because you keep gaining weight, even though you exercise regularly.

Or perhaps it's the aches and pains that annoy you and stop you from being active, or running around with your kids.

Don’t wait for things to get worse. You are heading towards burnout...

But there is a way back. I will show you how. Details in the red below.



IF YOU ANSWERED MOST D’s - Your health is already suffering
This has been going on too long - Take action now to avoid chronic illness.

You are either super busy, or under a lot of stress (or both!).

And because the stress has been around a while, you have a tendency to accept it as a normal part of your life, a permanent fixture, something that you believe will always be there. But because of this, your adrenal glands are now overworked.

Take a moment to consider how this might be showing up for you:

Are you becoming forgetful? Have you missed meetings or events? Do you find yourself having to write absolutely everything down?

Are you suffering from a lack of sleep? (I’ve had clients who were so sleep deprived that they were unable to drive long distances the next day).

Are you walking around in a constant fog? How does this affect your day?

Maybe you're frustrated because you keep gaining weight, even though you exercise regularly.

Or perhaps it's the aches and pains that annoy you and stop you from being active, or running around with your kids.

You are at a very high risk of burnout (if you're not already there).

But there is a way back. I will show you how:




Join me for a FREE discovery call if you are:

  • A woman/man with fatigue

  • Have started to address your symptoms

  • Are ready to fast-track your results

  • Are motivated, friendly and coachable

Then book your 45 minute discovery call today.

Together we'll look at how you got into this mess in the first place, and put a solid plan in place to get you out of there and on the path back to better health.

You will come away with actionable steps that you can implement immediately, that will make you feel empowered and energised.

And all in 45 minutes.

But I only do a limited number of these calls each week, so email me at alice@aliceinwondrland.com. Meetings come at a first come, first serve basis to avoid disappointment.

In love + health,
Alice