Adrenal Fatigue Quiz
If you answer “yes” to 10 or more of the above questions in the Adrenal Fatigue Quiz, you may have a condition of adrenal dysfunction often referred to as Adrenal Fatigue. Please continue reading to learn more about adrenal fatigue and what you can do to help yourself recover. Consult your health care practitioner for more specific advice.
- Do you have difficulty waking up in the morning, often hitting the snooze button multiple times?
- Do you feel you need coffee to get going in the morning?
- Have you recently gained weight, especially around the abdomen?
- Do you feel like you get every cold and flu bug that is going around, and that your immune system is struggling?
- Do you have more difficulty dealing with stress and deadline pressure than you used to?
- Do you have a lack of interest in sex?
- Do you frequently feel lightheaded upon standing quickly?
- Do you struggle with poor memory or “brain fog”?
- Do you feel especially tired in the early mornings and afternoons between 3-5pm?
- Do you feel the need to snack or eat frequently to maintain a normal blood sugar?
- Do you crave salty foods?
- Do you feel extremely tired between 7-10pm, but get a second wind if you stay up later?
- If you are female, do you struggle with PMS: heavy bleeding, moodiness, fatigue during menstrual cycle? If you are male, do you feel like your stamina, energy and ability to maintain muscle are decreased?
- Do you frequently have pain in the upper back or neck for no obvious reason?
- Do you notice improvement of major symptoms and lower stress levels during a vacation or time away from work?
What is an Adrenal Gland?
An adrenal gland is positioned over each of your two kidneys. These glands secrete more than 50 hormones necessary for life, including epinephrine, cortisol, DHEA, progesterone and testosterone.
What does an Adrenal Gland do?
As you may have noticed in the Adrenal Fatigue Quiz, many body systems are heavily impacted by the health of the adrenal glands. Since they produce so many essential hormones, the adrenal glands are responsible for many of the functions we need to stay alive and healthy, including:
- Energy production – carbohydrate, protein and fat conversion to blood glucose for energy
- Fluid and electrolyte balance
- Influence on reproductive health
- Fat storage
The hormone, cortisol, is particularly important for keeping our body systems in balance and protecting our cells. Some of its actions include:
- controlling the strength of the immune system – too much cortisol weakens the immune system which sets you up for increased susceptibility to infections and even cancer, and too little cortisol can lead to an overactive immune system and even autoimmune disease
- normalizing blood sugar
- regulating blood pressure and electrolyte balance
Adrenals are called the “stress glands” by some since they manufacture adrenaline, our flight or fight hormone, always secreted during times of stress. However, they are also the first glands in your body to fail during prolonged or intense periods of stress which can lead to many problems in the body.
Why is stress such a problem for Adrenal Glands?
The problem with stressors is that they are cumulative. Their impact tends to add up in the body over time until your adrenal glands just can’t take anymore and adrenal fatigue sets in. Adrenal fatigue or dysfunction has become common because of our lack of relaxation and other lifestyle factors, such as smoking, sleep deprivation, poor eating habits and excessive caffeine intake, as well as exposure to environmental toxins and allergens. Adrenal fatigue is not the same as the condition called Addison’s disease where the adrenal glands are not functioning at all. While Addison’s disease is often caused by autoimmunity, adrenal fatigue is largely caused by stress along with a host of other factors, like accumulation of toxic exposures, hidden infections, hormone imbalance, or even nutritional deficiencies.
Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include:
- mild depression or anxiety
- multiple food and/or inhalant allergies/sensitivities
- lack of energy
- increased effort to perform daily tasks
- decreased ability to handle stress
- dry, thin skin
- low blood sugar
- low body temperature
- heart palpitations
- unexplained hair loss
- alternating diarrhea and constipation
The ability to handle stress, both physical and emotional, is a requirement for human survival and our bodies have a complete set of stress modulation systems in place, with the control center being the adrenal glands. When these glands become dysfunctional, your body’s ability to handle stress and fight infections will decrease, setting you up for illnesses.
Hopefully this Adrenal Fatigue Quiz has shed some light on your health situation. Learn more about the main causes of adrenal fatigue and easy lifestyle and nutrition tips you can apply in your daily life. Better health is possible.