Sick and tired of being sick and tired? That may be because your body is suffering from fatigue!
FitPerez contributor and personal trainer Ryan Walseth knows that the stress of the upcoming holiday can actually affect your entire body. Check out his tips below to find out how to give your body the gift of avoiding "adrenal fatigue":
It's crunch time! Not ab crunch time…end of the year, holiday season crunch time.
The accumulative effects of everyday stress coupled with upcoming holiday parties, overeating, increased spending and low sleep can wear out even the heartiest of souls.
High physical and mental demands paired with insufficient recovery = overworked adrenal glands.
I read a fantastic article in Experience Life Magazine outlining adrenal fatigue.
Here's how they described it:
"To understand the connection between chronic stress and adrenal fatigue, it helps to know a little more about the body's two adrenal glads. Each of them weighs about as much as a grape and sits atop each kidney. Their job is to release tiny precise amounts of chemicals, including cortisol, adrenaline, testosterone, estrogen, aldosterone and DHEA. These chemicals, individually and in concert, help the body in many ways, including responding to stress, maintaining libido, and serving as one of the main control centers of the immune system."
Whew! Big function(s) for such a small gland!
The term 'Adrenal Fatigue' is not definitively recognized by the medical community as a whole.
I asked Darlene Kvist, founder of Nutritional Weight and Wellness, her thoughts on Adrenal Fatigue.
She responded, "Adrenal Fatigue? I don't recognize it as an actual [medical] condition. Simply put, it means you need more sleep".
Whether you recognize Adrenal Fatigue as a condition or not, a little mental and physical prep work will help you survive or even thrive through this holiday season. Here are some fatigue buster's you can start implementing immediately to help stave off "Adrenal Fatigue":
Screen time: Light stimulates cortisol, your body's stress hormone. Shut down all screens well before bedtime to calm your system.
Diet detox: Remove as many sugars as possible replacing them with fruits and vegetables.
Hydrate: Supports immune health, organ function and serves as a detoxifier
Exercise: Mental and physical stress reliever
Sleep: Paramount for recovery! (see quote below)
Yoga/Stretch: Relaxes body and promotes circulation
Massage: No explanation needed here!
Meet a friend: Conversate…in person
Green Tea/Candles: Caffeine free and antioxidant rich hydration with ambiance
Read/Learn: Escape with a good book
Vacation: Often times the medicinal affects of laying on the beach aren't known until you're there.