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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Adrenal Fatigue

I have a few of my clients that have been working their butt off and doing everything right yet still seem to be stuck with their weight. They also are experiencing additional symptoms including: abdominal weight gain, difficulty sleeping, lack of energy, mild depression, increased food cravings, mental fogginess. After doing some more research one of the culprits that I have found is adrenal fatigue. It is often caused by a wide range of physical and psychological stressors — a demanding job, raising a family, relationship dynamics, lack of sleep, financial pressures, suboptimal nutrition, dieting, unresolved emotional distress — signal the adrenal glands to produce stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol. When our adrenal glands are required to chronically sustain high cortisol levels, they eventually become impaired in their ability to respond appropriately.
 High intensity exercise is like throwing fuel on the fire. So if you are pushing and pushing yet not seeing any results it might be time to switch gears. Finding balance is the key with lower intensity workouts and yoga. If you are intrigued by this information and are interested in learning more. Let me know.

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