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Updated: Mar 1, 2023

Many still question if Adrenal Fatigue is a

real illness, there is no denying the symptoms and patterns.

As described in his book “Adrenal Fatigue: the 21st Century Stress Syndrome” (2002), Dr James L Wilson explains that patients presenting with various indicators to be suffering from overstimulation of the adrenal glands, causing imbalances of blood cortisol levels as a result of living with chronic stress. This leads to reduced memory and brain function, “mind fog”, physical and mental exhaustion, lowered immunity, broken sleep and insomnia. While the medical fraternity continues to debate whether adrenal fatigue is a real medical condition, in today’s fast paced society and active lifestyle it is practically an epidemic. Most cases generally start innocently, we are all guilty of burning the candle at both ends for short periods. But once upon a time we were able to recover.

Now with pressures both at work to produce more in less time, for less money and the anvil hanging over our heads because the company is downsizing, and then we get home and it’s the pressure from our spouse because you don’t send enough time at home with the family, and the kids wanting the newest and shiniest things, and forget about a holiday because your bank manager needs you working overtime to meet your monthly mortgage repayments… You need to be on your game 24/7… And what about time for you? And sleep? Who has time for sleep right??? This does not allow for a normal biorhythm. Dr Wilson describes a general progression of adrenal fatigue throughout the day as • Waking in the morning and being unable to function without a significant amount of stimulant (generally caffeine), • finally feeling an energy boost during the early part of the day, • then around 2:00pm the energy levels crash, • around 6:00pm the energy levels begin to rise again, • then fall around 9:00pm • finally energy levels peak again at 11:00pm at night which leaves you wide eyed, alert and unable to sleep… • and when you finally do doze off, you sleep through your alarm to wake in the morning unable to function until you dose up on stimulants again. Case studies and hospital trials in the UK, Japan and the USA suggest Aromatherapy may help ~ reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, ~ promote a state of relaxation, ~ relieve insomnia and ~ improve quality of sleep. Also other things you can try that may help your stress levels are mindfulness practices like meditation, yoga, Shinrin Yoku or exercise. How will you take back control of your health? 🍃🌹💚

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