ADRENAL GLAND burnout is very common among women. Sometimes it is mistaken for thyroid disease. The symptoms are similar and both have common traits. In thyroid disease, you will gain weight even if you are eating right and exercising. Increased cortisol levels in adrenal disease can cause increased fat storage. Women experience fatigue or insomnia with thyroid disease as well as adrenal burnout. Depression is a common symptom resulting from many chemical and biological imbalances, including thyroid and adrenal burnout. Given all of these similarities, you can speculate why some doctors miss the diagnosis of adrenal fatigue. How do you know if it is your thyroid gland or your adrenal gland that is causing your weight gain, fatigue, sleeping problems, brain fog, abdominal bloating and salt /sugar craving?
What Causes Adrenal Burnout?
The most common cause of adrenal burnout is continuous emotional and physical stress. It could be stress from working long hours, not sleeping, marriage, divorce, a death, injury, surgery, infection or other stressors that might occur in life. When you are stressed your body produces cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone that gives the body the energy to take action. In common terms, it is the “fight or flight hormone”. Whether you are stressed with an injury or a potential bear attack, the body responds with cortisol. Continual stress causes the adrenal to continuously produce cortisol. Over time your body, in essence, runs out of the hormone because the gland has been overworked.
How DO Know if Your Adrenal Gland Is Burned Out?
You can visit your doctor and have both your thyroid levels and your cortisol levels measured. Some believe that the saliva test is most sensitive to cortisol levels. However many times these levels can be normal and still have an underactive thyroid or adrenal gland. So what is the answer? Be aware of the symptoms of adrenal burn out; take a look and go over this list below. If you have two or more of the following consider the possibility of adrenal burnout.
- Sleeping problems
- Brain fog
- Anxiety and Depression
- Indigestion, IBS, Bloating
- Weight Gain
- PMS/ Hot Flashes
Many women are never diagnosed. They treat the symptom of insomnia with sleep aids and treatment of anxiety and depression with medications. Stress is a major cause of adrenal burn out. Try to limit your stress as much as possible. Close your eyes and try deep awareness breathing, several times throughout the day. Just as important as stress, if your gut has a microbiome imbalance like h.pylori or candida it can cause a malfunctioning of the adrenals. Process foods and excessive refined sugars can attack almost any organ in the body including the adrenals. Causing adrenal burnout.