Hi. Im Rosie aka Miss Nutritionist.
On March 6th 2014 I collapsed in the park and found myself so exhausted that I couldn't get out of bed and ended up staying there for three months.
How did I get like this ?
For a while I didn't know what was going on and thought I needed to take a couple of days off. But when I did that and still felt exhausted I realised that something bigger was at stake.
I started digging deeper and did some tests on myself and the conclusion was clear.
I had full blown adrenal fatigue.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Simply put it is burnout. I like to call it stress exhaustion.
The adrenal glands are endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys.
They are your stress glands and release two hormones cortisol and adrenaline into the bloodstream at times off stress.
When you have significant amounts of stress over a long period of time and you do not wind down and recover from that stressor this puts a huge burden on your adrenal glands. If more stress is added to the equation then eventually your adrenals will stop producing these two hormones and you will end up tired and exhausted.
How do you know you have it ?
The most common symptoms are:
1. You're extremely exhausted
2. You sleep loads but don't feel refreshed upon waking
3. You experience severe dizzy spells
4. Your blood pressure is low
5. You loose your drive and motivation
6. Even small tasks are challenging
7. You can't think clearly
8. You're far too exhausted to exercise
9. The adrenal glands can be sore
10. You constantly crave caffeine and sugar to keep you going.
I don't speak out about what happened to me much because I'm conscious of coming across as self loving but if anything has inspired me as a nutritionist to help others via their diet it's this.
A year on I'm 80% recovered and that is through diet and lifestyle changes alone. I've come a long way from the exhaustion but still have bad days.
The reason for my writing is this:
Too many people - women especially - are walking around with adrenal fatigue and do not know about it.
They are exhausted, overworked, can't sleep and don't understand why.
I'm on a mission to find these women and show them step by step how to recover by making simple dietary and lifestyle changes.
If you think you have AF or know someone that does then please get in touch by emailing me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to help them regain their energy and strength once and for all.
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