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Here are top 10 signs that you may be suffering from stress
- Do you often feel tired even though you have slept 8 hours or more?
- Do you use coffee or sugary foods throughout the day to keep going?
- Do you find it very hard to get out of bed in the morning even when you sleep 8-9 hours a night?
- Do you crave salty or sugary foods?
- Are you quite irritable and short-tempered and find it hard to get things done?
- Does it take longer than usual for YOU to recover from sickness or illness?
- Do you tend to feel more energetic in the evening that you did in the day especially after 6.00pm?
- Do you get light headed or dizzy when standing up rapidly from a sitting position?
- Do you have frequent energy slumps throughout the day leading to decreased productivity?
- Do you have a reduced ability to handle stress and find that even small set-backs make you feel overwhelmed?
If you have answered YES to 5 or more of these questions you may be suffering from a syndrome called Adrenal Fatigue.
How Can I get a Stress test done?
Call us now on 0345 1289 7996 to have a free chat to see if you are a likely candidate for adrenal fatigue. If so we will recommend that you come in for a consultation in London or have a telephone/skype consultation if you live out of London.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a term first described by Dr James Wilson to describe a feeling of chronic tiredness. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands are no longer functioning at their proper level. Often this can happen after periods of prolonged stress. The most common symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep. Some people also experience anxiety and headaches.
How can I find out if I have adrenal fatigue?
If you have many of the symptoms listed above, you can have a test to see if you truly so suffer from adrenal fatigue. There is a very simple non-invasive saliva test that was developed in the USA and can be used to measure cortisol at different times during the day. Cortisol is measured at 4 times in the day, in the morning at 8 am, at 12, in the afternoon at 4 and in the evening at 8.
How reliable is the cortisol test?
Saliva testing is very reliable and there are research papers have been published demonstrating its efficacy : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9638346
The World Health Organization (WHO) and The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also recognize saliva cortisol testing as being very accurate.
If I do have adrenal fatigue, what can I do about it?
You will need to make some lifestyle changes, dietary changes and there are some natural supplements that can help your adrenal glands.
There are some very effective supplements that you can take to help you including B Vitamins, Vitamin C and Magnesium Citrate. However, you should see a qualified Nutritional Therapist as your test results will indicate the most appropriate supplements. For example if your cortisol is too high or too low you will need different supplements
For more information please contact us on 0345 129 7996.
Here are some easy dietary rules to follow:
- Never skip breakfast and eat soon after waking up
- Combine complex carbohydrates such as brown rice, a healthy fat such as olive-oil and a protein at every every meal
- Eat vegetables at every meal
- Salt your food to a pleasant taste
- Combine grains with legumes (beans), or legumes with seeds or nuts to form a complete protein
- Use oils (cold pressed olive, grape seed, safflower, flax, etc.) into grains, vegetables and meats daily