I’m concerned that I have Adrenal Fatigue - I did an online quiz and I seem to fit a lot of the symptoms. I’m an assistant trainer so I am constantly busy riding and teaching. I feel tired, but can barely sleep - then it’s nearly impossible to get up in the morning so I drink a lot of coffee. Also, I seem to always have a mild cold I can’t get rid of. How can I treat Adrenal Fatigue so I feel better and have more energy? Thanks, AF Trainer
Dear Concerned Trainer,
I understand how you must need a lot of energy to be an assistant trainer and how draining the everyday activities can be on your body. To begin, your adrenals are walnut-sized glands that sit on top of your kidneys and produce hormones that respond and help you manage stress. There has been a lot of attention lately on the term “adrenal fatigue” which refers to the various symptoms that occur in individuals who suffer a sudden, major life stress, or who experience ongoing mental, emotional, or physical stress. Your adrenal function is part of a larger interconnected system, so it is important to consider the underlying stress that is actually causing your "adrenal fatigue".