As we have seen, chronic stress is very common in our society and the ill effects attributed to adrenal fatigue are literally killing us. It seems we are constantly bombarded with stress–everywhere we turn it seems there is something else we have to deal with–things like a death in the family, work stress, moving, changing jobs, illness and/or disputes with loved ones and friends. However, there are many more sources of stress that most people don’t think about, including:

Mental & Emotional

  • Anger
  • Worry
  • Fear
  • Grief
  • Bitterness
  • Hopelessness
  • Guilt
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Job/performance demands
  • Financial pressures
  • Relational conflict

 

Tissue Damage/Inflammation/Pain

  • Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Injury
  • Infections/illness
  • Allergies
  • Food sensitivities
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (Crohn’s disease, IBS, celiac)
  • Arthritis/joint pain
  • Drug and medication use
Dietary Imbalances

  • Skipping meals
  • Chronic dieting
  • High carbohydrate intake
  • Lack of protein
  • Alcoholism
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Caffeine abuse
Others

  • Toxins – heavy metals, molds, chemicals
  • Temperature extremes
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Excessive exercise
  • Chronic illness
  • Shift work
  • Noise pollution
  • Tobacco use

You can quickly see why so many people are “sooooooo stressed”–most of us have stressors overtaking our lives. In particular, our diets and eating patterns create a perpetual cycle that keeps us in adrenal fatigue.

 

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