May 10th, 2011 09:20 EST
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is on The Rise
Residents of the 21st century, take time every day to relax. According to Dr. James Wilson, adrenal fatigue syndrome is on the rise. Adrenal fatigue is when the body does not produce adequate amounts of cortisol, the body`s stress hormone. Wilson believes that two out of three Americans could be suffering extreme cases of the disease, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Some symptoms include depression and trouble coping with stress.
Despite Wilson`s alarming statistics, some doctors don`t think that this is such a widespread ailment. Physician Lena Edwards has written a book called Adrenalogic: Outsmarting Stress, a how-to guide for dealing with the stresses of everyday life. Edwards noticed that many people were coming to her thinking they had adrenal fatigue syndrome when in fact they were just stressed out. "The term `adrenal fatigue` was coined some time ago, under the hypothesis that when the body is stressed, the adrenal glands give up... The implication is that all hope is lost unless you take supplements," she says. According to her, simply throwing pills at this problem is not the right solution.
There are many ways to avoid these kinds of stresses. Eat a wide variety of healthy foods. Avoid too much caffeine. Don`t get in the habit of eating too much fast food, as Edwards found herself doing. Try to get 7-9 hours of sleep. If you feel like eating something unhealthy, grab something healthy instead, such as a banana or some almonds. Not getting worked up over playoff hockey games would also work towards avoiding stress.
Adrenal Fatigue: How it Affects Your Life and How to Heal it