The results are in from my lab test and as no surprise my suspicions have been confirmed. I am in stage two of adrenal fatigue. What does that mean exactly? It means that due to stresses I have experienced over time, my body has a hormonal imbalance, and the main adrenal hormone is not functioning the way it should.
You see, during the day our body releases cortisol to help regulate our blood sugar levels. When we experience stress, cortisol, aka the “fight or flight” hormone, is released. Over time, if stress consumes our life, the pump doesn’t know to shut off, and cortisol levels become depleted. That creates an imbalance and starts reeking havoc on our other hormones.
So in my case, after getting 8 hours of sleep, I awoke sluggish and unrested, when my cortisol levels should be the highest. By afternoon, I would crash and could barely keep my eyes open. Then at night the opposite would happen. Even though I was tired, I was unable to get to sleep (tired and wired) and often had bouts of insomnia. The next morning the cycle would begin all over again.
This effected me in other ways too. Because my hormones were imbalance and depleted, the bodies reaction would be to slow down the metabolism. So even if I ate a healthy diet and exercised, my body would store fat as a protective measure, often in the form of belly fat. It would also make me crave sweets and carbs in an attempt to regulate my sugar levels.
So what do I do to fix this? Well, the good news is there is a solution and you can reverse this for good. First, my doctor put me on natural hormone supplements to basically teach my brain to stop putting out cortisol so it can get back into balance again. I will be taking this for a few months or so give my body a chance to heal and balance it self again. I can honestly say that after two weeks of supplement taking I have gotten more energy and I am sleeping better. I go the whole day without feeling exhausted and I don’t crave or desire stimulant or sugar for a standby “pick me up.”
Hormonal imbalance affect more moms out there than is diagnosed. If you or someone you know is or has suffered from stress and has these main symptoms, it is worth it for you look into getting an adrenal stress test.