It’s a far cry from our ancestors and their lives. Just think back 60 years when the Queen came to the throne, life was simpler.
There was perhaps one black and white TV in a house, the one’s with colour TV were rich!
The phone was, if you were lucky a shared party line so you had to check if it was being used first and it was so heavy that long phones calls wore your neck and hands out before your voice. Then again, maybe you had to walk for a while to reach the phone box, well the exercise did you good.
The games we played were out doors, with friends and normally involved running around, shouting loudly, jumping and crouching and getting out of breathe.
A few scratches and scrapes were to be expected and our immune systems coped with mud pies and pond water. There were only 200,000 cars on the road, now it’s about 31 Million.
Compare this to now and our fast paced life revolving around electrics, fast food, hectic life style and stress. I mean do people look happy any more?
Yet we have expected our bodies to evolve to cope with this new life style and unfortunately evolution does not happen that quickly.
So it’s time to think about a bit of your body that is constantly trying to play catch up until it falls over with its own form of exhaustion.
The Adrenal glands are just above your kidneys and give you the get up and go to see you through the day. They start working hours before you even think about getting up in the morning. They produce stress hormones that with our life style now, compared to the 1950’s, means they have to work harder. So much in life stresses us out and our Adrenals have top work hard to produce the hormones to help us cope. Till we reach the point that they stop being able to produce all we need.
So the stressors we need to think about that our ancestors didn’t have are
- sugar – anything sweet
- fast living
- processed food
- refined starches like white bread.
- enviromental toxin
- even all the perfumes and lotions you put onto your body
It’s all just about balance, your body wants to do it’s best for you at all times and will – if you give it a break from hectic lifestyles and inconsidered choices.
So what are just some of the signs you could be heading for adrenal fatigue – here’s a great list from a web site
The 30 symptoms include, but are not limited to:
1. Excessive fatigue and exhaustion, chronic fatigue
2. Non-refreshing sleep
3. Sleep disturbance, insomnia
4. Feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope
5. Craving salty and/or sweet foods
6. Sensitivity to light
7. Low stamina and slow to recover from exercise
8. Slow to recover from injury or illness
9. Difficulty concentrating, brain fog
10. Poor digestion
11. Irritable bowel syndrome, IBS
12. Low immune function
13. Premenstrual syndrome
14. Menopause symptoms
15. Low blood pressure
16. Sensitivity to cold
19. Frequent influenza
24. Reduced memory
25. Low libido, sexual drive or interest
26. Lack of lust for life and/or food
27. Excess hunger
28. Low appetite
29. Panic/anxiety attacks
30. Irritability, impatience, quick to anger. – If quick to anger, the person will often tend to back down quickly if confronted.
As I said at the beginning, many of us live a fast life and we could be a bit run down and no more than that.
So give your adrenals a break and stay off sugar and processed food. Have a bit of time away from the rat race. Allow yourself time to relax. Stop at mealtimes, consider waht you are about to eat and appreciate it, slowly.
You may not have adrenal fatigue but your body will thank you for giving it a break.
Allow yourself time to heal.
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