Nowadays everybody is busy. Busy work, busy cooking, busy cleaning, busy communication. In our time, people have very little time to just get up and relax. This constant activity with minimal downtime usually leads to high levels of stress, which in itself leads to problems that only end up making you more tense.
This cyclical effect prompted me to do some research about what makes stress for the human body, and I finished reading Dr. James Wilson’s book “Adrenal Fatigue: 21st Century Stress Syndrome.” What I have learned has covered so much light, how stress affects our hormones, what it does to our bodies, and what we can do to stop it.
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is exactly what follows from the name: fatigue of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands sit on the top of the kidneys and produce various hormones that not only determine how we react to stress, but also affect the weight of our body, blood sugar level, blood pressure, how our body uses nutrients, and even our libido .
One of the hormones that produce the adrenal glands is called cortisol. It is a hormone that helps your body cope with stress and as a protective mechanism, is produced every time you experience it. Fatigue occurs when you experience stress on such an ongoing basis that your adrenals can no longer keep up with production and replenishment.
What are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?
According to Dr. Wilson, adrenal fatigue can be different for everyone. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms, you can suffer from it.
- More sensitive to stress
- Lower cognitive function
- Chronic exhaustion
- Confusion when under pressure
- Feeling of cold all the time
- Low sexual attraction
Do you think you can have adrenal fatigue?
If you experience any of the symptoms listed in the adrenal fatigue checklist above, you should take a test to compress the iris. However, keep in mind that I am not a doctor, and this is not medical advice or diagnosis. I just go through what I read and found the most informative.
This test will help you measure your body’s endurance in response to light stimulation. If, according to this test, your stamina has decreased along with common symptoms, this may indicate that your adrenal glands have difficulty supporting you through stressful situations.
A test for reducing the fatigue of the adrenal glands
Your iris is a small round muscle, consisting of tiny threads that compress and dilate the pupil in response to light. Like any muscle in your body, if you overstrain it to exhaustion, it eventually stops working effectively for a certain period of time, until it needs a much needed break. So, when you make your student contract, you actually tighten the muscle in your body. From the point of view of the iris, the dilatation of the pupil is the way the muscles of this muscle.
This test can be used to determine fatigue of the adrenal glands, because if you experience it, your pupil can not hold its contraction for more than 2 minutes. You must pass this test on a monthly basis and record the results.
You will need:
- Weak flashlight or penlight
- A dark room
- Sit in a dark room in front of the mirror for about a minute to allow your eyes to adjust.
- Once you feel comfortable, light the flashlight from the side of the head with one eye, but not directly into it. Your flashlight should be about 6 inches from your face.
- Continue to shine with your eye and look in the mirror to another. You should immediately see your student contract when the light gets in your eyes. Then it will expand.
- With the help of a stopwatch, how long does the compression last and write it along with the date.
Keep in mind that if your student does not keep cutting for a long period of time, this is an early indication of adrenal fatigue. Since you do this test on a monthly basis, you may find that your iris will retain its contraction for longer periods of time. This is really good; This indicates that you are recovering from adrenal fatigue.
You may find that instead of full expansion your students will “pulsate”, which may be a symptom of adrenal fatigue. However, the biggest indicator of adrenal fatigue is if your student does not contract at all. If you have conducted several tests and found that your pupil does not contract, or the time of its reduction does not increase, you may suffer from adrenal fatigue.
What can you do to help your adrenals recover?
Although the Iris Cut Test is a fairly accurate way to signal adrenal fatigue, if you suspect you can test it, you should consult your physician to make sure. They will most likely ask you to take a cortisol saliva test that measures your cortisol levels. Meanwhile, here are some changes that you can make in your life to help prevent or treat adrenal fatigue:
- (If possible) Avoid very stressful situations, that is, getting into spores or squabbling, overtime, high load
- Perform light and moderate exercises such as walking, swimming, yoga or tai chi
- Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep
- Avoid foods high in sugar or refined carbohydrates.
- Make sure you eat lots of fruits, vegetables and lean meats
If you think you are experiencing adrenal fatigue, tell us how this affects your life and what you are doing to fix it.
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