It seems in recent years being busy has become the rule rather than the exception. These days, people barely have the time to sit down and relax, due to the busy working, busy cleaning, busy socializing… Coping with your crazy busy lifestyle is difficult and you usually end up even more stressed.
Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James Wilson is an amazing book which reveals how stress affects hormones and what it does to our body. As the name itself suggests, adrenal fatigue is fatigue of the adrenal glands, organs which produce various hormones which determine how we react to stress and it affects blood pressure, libido, weight, blood sugar, and the way our body uses nutrients. Fatigue occurs when you experience stress on a regular basis, making the adrenals unable to keep up with a production of cortisol, a hormone which acts as a defence mechanism and helps the body deal with stress.
ADRENAL FATIGUE SYMPTOMS
- Confusion when under pressure
- Feeling cold constantly
- Low sex drive
- More sensitive to stress
- Lower cognitive function
- Chronic exhaustion
- Short temper
In case you are experiencing any of the symptoms above, then you should take the Iris Contraction Test, which is designed to help you measure your body`s stamina in response to light stimulation. If the test shows that your stamina has decreased, it may indicate your adrenals are having difficulty supporting you during stressful situations.
ADRENAL FATIGUE IRIS CONTRACTIONTEST
The iris is a protected internal organ of the eye, located behind the cornea and the aqueous humour, but in front of the lens. Given the fact that it is a muscle, it is likely to stop working efficiently if you strain into the point of exhaustion. It comprises tiny threads that contract and dilate the pupil in response to light and making your pupil contract, you are actually straining a muscle in your body.
This test can be used to detect adrenal fatigue because if you are experiencing it, your pupil will not be able to hold its contraction for more than 2 minutes. Repeat the test once a month.
You will need:
- Dark Room
- Weak flashlight or penlight
- Sit in a dark room in from of a mirror for about a minute in order to allow your eyes to adjust
- Shine the flashlight/ penlight from the side of your head across one eye, but not directly into it. Keep the flashlight about six inches away from the face
- Continue shining the light across the eye and look in the mirror with the other eye. You are supposed to see the pupil contract right after the light hits the eye
- Time how long the contraction lasts with the help of a stopwatch
If the pupil doesn’t hold the contraction for a long period, this is an early sign of adrenal fatigue. Given the fact that you will do the test on a monthly basis, you may find that it holds the contraction for a longer period, which indicates that you are recovering from adrenal fatigue.
Still, the major sign of adrenal fatigue is no contraction of the pupil at all. If you have done multiple tests and find that your pupil is not contracting, or its contraction time is not increasing, then you are likely suffering from adrenal fatigue.
WHAT TO DO TO HELP YOUR ADRENALS RECOVER?
If you suspect of experiencing adrenal fatigue, consult your doctor and get your cortisol levels checked. In the meantime, do some changes which can help you prevent or treat these issues. Among them are:
- Avoid foods that are high in sugar or refined carbohydrates
- Make sure to eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and lean meat
- Perform light to moderate exercises such as walking, swimming, yoga or tai chi
- Avoid very stressful situations i.e. getting into arguments or altercations, working overtime, high workload
- Make sure to get at least 8 hours of sleep