Fatigue is the body’s way of returning back to conserve energy. The more prolonged the duress the more advanced the fatigue will be. Prolonged time off to recover in bed where the energy expended would be minimal is necessary. Also known as hibernation, multiple organ systems are involved. The reproductive system considered a luxury is the first to go down and so does libido. The thyroid also goes into a ‘crash’ mode to slow down the metabolic rate (basal) to conserve energy. The GI tract slows down, liver and kidney function slows down as toxins build up. Normal brain function can be impaired which contributes to memory loss, confusion, anxiety, and brain fog. Muscles and joints take on inflammation.
As the body tries to go into recovery mode electrolyte balance is off, proteins are lost, muscle mass slows down, insulin resistance, the body demands recovery, it knows the program and once the downward spiral starts there is not stopping it. Performance enhancing drugs are needed to change the way DNA is regulated to activate the fight or flight response. The body does not stop going into recovery mode until it feels it has found its balance. Fibromyalgia is a symptom of such recovery. Adrenalin can be high but energy is low.
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The energy level of the ‘crash’ gives you an idea of the energy level before the crash phase and the severest of the crashes to come. Spontaneous recovery, one that is quick is not possible. Athletes know the crash after sustained endurance results in not being able to continue and many athletes become severely disappointed. Without using PED’s a higher level of functioning can be reached if the recovery time is taken care of properly.
Small crashes over time will add up and something as simple as lifting weights or even just walking longer than normal can cause a severe crash which the body is drained of all the energy that is needed to sustain life, let alone an athletic endurance competition. Chronic fatigue and physical exhaustion take over also known as ‘walking dead’ or ‘living hell.’
Emotional stress can also lead to the crash as well staying in a sauna or steam room too long, exposure to toxic fumes, prolonged standing, taking steroids and then stopping them, long airplane or car trip, sex with ejaculation, over detoxifying or cleansing the body, certain massages or acupuncture, improper breathing, excessive stimulatory entertainment like watching a big football game or riding a roller coaster. We are human beings not human doings and people surely take the body for granted and athletes expect too much from their body.
Symptoms of ‘crash’:
- drastic energy reduction and increased fatigue,
- low blood sugar with frequent hypoglycemic episodes with lightheadedness,
- muscles do not regenerate and are lost to provide sugar for the brain, brain fog and dizziness,
- acne and hair loss, immune imbalances,
- frequent infections and poor healing,
- metabolic imbalances and poor sugar regulation,
- waking up at night with cold sweats, palpitations
- and hunger pains, arthritis flare ups,
- chronic fatigue from constant stress and insomnia, ‘wired and tired,’
- hypothyroidism dry skin and weight gain,
- fibromyalgia the body enters a catabolic state,
- poor/slow digestion leads to irregular bowel movements,
- loss of steroid hormone DHEA, low testosterone, imbalanced estrogen and progesterone levels, lower immune function,
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Loss 10-19-percent-irritable, hypoglycemia, a sense of being more tired than usual, getting hungry earlier than usual, normal work day and chores can be done with a sense of tiredness at the end of the day. A 15 nap is a good recovery.
What is it like when 20-30-percent loss-irritable and emotional, reduction in energy, a 30 minute nap is a good recovery, eating brings relief, the ability to work or do chores is compromised. The body is still tired even with the nap the body is straining.
When 30-39-percent loss, irritable, hypoglycemic, energy is low all day. Even with rest and a nap the body is tired. Work and chores are reduced. You feel like staying home all day and not to just get a few hours of rest. Anger, rage, short temper is common. The body craves sugar for energy. Insomnia is worse and sometimes with cold sweats, heat palpitations and dizziness. This is danger level and you probably should see a doctor.
You need help , 40-49-percent- hypoglycemic, irritable, severe fatigue during the day. Unable to do chores and the body feels totally drained. Emotionally depressed and too week to get angry Food that felt good before makes things worse. Cat go to work, tv noise is irritating, once in bed it is hard to get up.
More than 50-percent-hypoglycemic, irritable, in bed most of the time, getting up only to go to the restroom and personal hygiene. May need assistance getting out of bed.
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In stage one many people operate daily life at a stage one not knowing they are at danger of adrenal failure. They indulge in sweets and pop, and women indulge in chocolates. They are in stress mode and not aware this is not normal. If you require coffee to start your day you are not even aware this is not normal. The crash can get worse every few months if steps are not taken to recover and rest and get proper nutrition. Level 2 sluggishness, weight gain is central antidepressants are often prescribed at this level. This stage is the one when most people go to the doctor with complaints.
The third stage, You are experiencing a single system breakdown, high blood pressure, musculoskeletal pain, frequent infections compared to intermittent ones. Crashes happen every few weeks, stressful days are a habit now. Exhausted after work and in doing normal daily routine. Major crashes happen every 6-12 months. Recovery takes 20 times longer than level 1.
We are human beings, and yes while we can push ourselves to go longer and do more it is not meant to do for long periods of time. If you have any of the life stressors (Top 10) going on you need to rest more, find ways to nurture, support and heal your body mind and spirit. You need to do things like earthing, balancing and centering yourself to get back to your real person. Taking the time to get outside in the fresh air, seeing somethings of beauty and laughing and having fun or doing something that is creative are a few ways to balance the stress you are under. If your stress is going on longer than a week you will need to make up a plan as to how you are going to make time every day to let go of it. You do not want to get such a stressful illness that you end up in the hospital. When you do not make the time to destress your body will find a way to make you pay attention. You see articles all of the time about feeling tired and how to deal with it.
You know right now if you are too tired and life is weighs heavily on you. If your stress is going to be prolonged you may need to enlist some friends or family or hire some help. If you don’t have the money to get the help you need find a way to barter with someone who has the skills you need. If you are reading this now consider it a warning a red flag that you or someone you know or both of you need help getting back your health.