- Our adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and push out hormones like cortisol, adrenaline, and testosterone.
- People with AFS have adrenal glands that work overtime, pushing them to wear out and not produce enough hormones.
- This can lead to a number of symptoms including weight gain, fatigue, salty cravings, and poor sleep.
- While many alternative medicine experts push adrenal fatigue syndrome, there is no scientific evidence this condition exists.
Feeling constantly run down and can’t seem to even muster the energy to take another step? You might have what some experts call adrenal fatigue syndrome (AFS). This is not to be confused with adrenal deficiency syndrome which is a medically proven condition. AFS can be brought on by prolonged stress and other factors.
While medical professionals still debate the existence of adrenal fatigue, the name might already spark some interest considering most of us can relate to feeling tired. Luckily, there are ways to treat or at least manage the symptoms of AFS. Before we get into that, here’s a list of the most common signs, plus a look into whether or not it’s to blame for unexpected weight gain…
You’re Excessively Tired
We all have bouts of time where we feel worn out, but for people who struggle with AFS, it leaves them feeling tired even when they haven’t done anything that requires energy, according to AdrenalFatigue.org.
Being in a constant state of fatigue can make a person feel run down. You might have trouble getting up in the morning, even after a sufficient sleep. This excessive tiredness will also make small or mundane tasks feel overwhelming because there’s just no energy to tackle them.