Depression, exhaustion and adrenal fatigue

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Depression, exhaustion and adrenal fatigue

If you are suffering from depression and exhaustion, it could be that you have adrenal fatigue.

The adrenal glands, situated just above our kidneys, mobilise our body’s response to physical, emotional and psychological stress – like anxiety – through hormones that regulate:

  • energy production and storage
  • immune function
  • heart rate
  • muscle tone
  • mood regulation

When our adrenal glands are depleted we suffer from low kidney energy and are unable to mobilise these responses, which can leave us feeling exhausted and depressed.

Low kidney energy occurs when we are not living the fullness of who we truly are and are holding back from engaging fully with life. We all have a foundation of truth, love, harmony, stillness and joy, and provided we stay connected to this foundation, it sustains us to live vitally. However, when we disconnect from this foundation and hold back from expressing and moving from this foundation, we often experience a lack of vitality, depression, anxiety, adrenal fatigue and exhaustion.

Common indications of low kidney energy are:

  • feeling unable to cope with the small things in life
  • feeling tired for no reason
  • trouble getting up in the morning – even after enough sleep
  • feeling run-down or overwhelmed
  • difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness
  • craving salty and sweet snacks, coffee or energy drinks
  • feeling more alert and awake in the evenings than in the mornings
  • weight gain
  • low libido
  • low blood pressure
  • dizziness when getting up
  • feeling that life is meaningless

Our adrenal glands work together with our thyroid gland. Low kidney energy can trigger problems such as hypothyroidism, reverse T3 dominance, low blood sugar, low immune response, and for women, PMS and menopausal symptoms. (Serafin, n.d)

Fortunately there are a number of options for treating this condition. We can contact an integrative doctor or complementary health practitioner who can prescribe tests and supplements to support your adrenals.

You can really help yourself if you begin to reconnect with your innate foundation and begin to self-care by:

  • going to bed at the same time every night (preferably by 9 pm) and getting enough sleep.
  • reclaiming your power and starting to say NO when you have reached your limit – to friends, children, partners and bosses!
  • doing something relaxing every day (warm bath, walk in the park, gentle exercise, esoteric yoga, gentle breath meditation, esoteric massage.
  • avoiding over-exercising. If you're fatigued after your workout, you might want to scale down.
  • eating a good quality protein-rich breakfast before 10 am.
  • avoiding alcohol, coffee, sugar, gluten and dairy (toxic and inflammatory foods) and processed foods. Eat fresh vegies and meats prepared lovingly by you!!

In addition, the gentle Esoteric Kidney Massage can be a great boost to reconnecting with your foundation of love, truth, harmony, stillness and joy. This improves adrenal function and helps to replenish low kidney energy. I have found that taking compounded supplements to support poor adrenal functioning, combined with regular Esoteric Kidney Massage and a program of self-care, have proven most helpful when treating depression, anxiety and exhaustion.

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