Most of us associate the symptoms of adrenal fatigue to feeling tired ALL the time, disrupted sleep, cravings for caffeine and salty foods… However, there are other subtle symptoms that we usually brush off as “nothing serious” when they are actually indicative of a health problem.
The thing about adrenal fatigue is that there is no definitive test. In fact, if you bring it up with your doctor, the chances of them recognising or diagnosing it are relatively slim. Therefore, because it’s not easy to diagnosis adrenal fatigue, you have to be aware of the symptoms you should look out for so you can be a step ahead.
Five tell-tale signs of adrenal fatigue
1. You have lines in your fingertips
The easiest way to see this is to examine the skin of your fingertips which is supposed to be smooth and plump. So, if the skin has subtle vertical lines, you may be suffering from adrenal stress. I had lined fingertips a few years ago, but they plumped out nicely within a few months of getting off refined sugar. Plump fingertips are a sign of good adrenal health.
2. You depend on sunglasses
If you can’t stand being out in the bright, midday sun without your shades, you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue. Your eyes being oversensitive to bright light is a sign of adrenal problems from a chronic sodium-potassium imbalance. Furthermore, this imbalance prevents your pupils from constricting properly in response to bright light. However, you have to try to be out in the sun without your sunglasses to help strengthen your adrenals.
3. You have pale lips
Pale lips are not a sign of ageing, but a sign of weak adrenals. If you limit grains and starches and eliminate refined sugar and caffeine from your diet, you’ll have pink, youthful lips. Make these few dietary changes to help heal your adrenal fatigue and you’ll see how colour will flood back into my face and lips.
4. Your lower legs are balding
Do you have less hair bald patches on your lower arms and legs? This is another common sign of adrenal fatigue. In fact, it’s been scientifically proven that boys going into puberty with sparser beards and leg and arm hair than their peers usually have low adrenal function and an overall lower drive to achieve.
5. You have unexplained back or knee pain
Muscle weakness is a common sign of adrenal problems. Unexplained knee or back pain with no accompanying structural defect could indicate weakness of the muscles that support your pelvis or knees. When you have lower back pain, chronic adrenal stress is what leads to weakness in your muscles supporting your pelvis. Sometimes, lower back pain has nothing to do with your lower back, and everything to do with muscular instability in your pelvis.
So, if you suspect fatigued adrenals, speak to your doctor as soon as possible.