Why am I so tired is really a silly question with three kids running around ages five and under. But it's a question we have to ask ourselves at some point when the fatigue gets too much.
With my history of blood sugar regulation issues, I knew I needed to get my bad eating habits under control. Including that sweet tea habit I'm working on kicking. The baby is 21 months old and I stopped breastfeeding in December. There really is no excuse!
I only gained 55 pounds with this last pregnancy and all but five has come off. But now, a few have crept back on. Now is the time to act. I had been feeling horrible for awhile. I knew something had to give. After cutting out my yummy iced coffee (loaded with sugar and caffeine) and cutting back on desserts, there was still no real improvement.
At an annual eye exam, my blood pressure was 83/65. My blood pressure has always been fairly low, but never that low (that I knew of). No wonder I felt like I was going to fall over at that appointment though.
All these months when when I felt like lead, when I felt like I couldn't move and I was cranky and exhausted - it was probably low blood pressure. I had no idea and always assumed it was blood sugar or some depression creeping in.
The naturopath recommended a test to check my adrenal glands, a saliva test that would take another week to come back or to just go ahead and start an adrenal gland support. I didn't want to wait for the test so I started the supplements. He suspected with a low blood pressure and my symptoms that my adrenal glands were shot. Three babies and all that breastfeeding combined with the every day stresses was enough to bring them down.
Adrenal glands are affected by stress. We can't constantly be in that chronic stress mode. Wears us down. And that's exactly what my body was doing. I started the supplement and as long as I take it and stay off caffeine, I am feeling much better. Of course I am battling the sugar craving that go along with regular hormones, but that lead feeling is gone.
Please know that I am not a health professional and this is not health advice. We have to take care of ourselves. We have to know our bodies so that we know when something is wrong. Feelings of depression came and went. I couldn't stay motivated to complete tasks because I had no energy. I felt like a failure. If I could just get more sleep, I would feel better I thought. I honestly don't think it would have mattered for me how much sleep I got. It was too far gone.
I'm grateful for my health and for the doctor that works with my body to support it in doing what it's suppose to be doing. Eventually I will be able to get off of the supplements. But it will take me being accountable for my health and making healthier choices.
Again, this isn't about diagnosing anyone, this is encouragement to know your body, take care of yourself and don't settle for feeling horrible. We can't take care of the little people in our life if we aren't feeling well. Being tired is one thing, being a zombie day after day is another.
Here is a link for more information regarding adrenal gland. It's only here for awarenes and informational purposes. I'm happy to answer questions regarding my experiences but please contact a doctor if you need medical attention.
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Scripture/Quote of the Week:
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
2 Timothy 1:7
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