Sunken Eyes, Adrenal Fatigue And The Natural Treatment To Reverse It
Usually sunken or hallow eyes are caused by dehydration. However sunken eyes dehydration is only one part of the equation, with the root cause being adrenal fatigue.
Your Eyes Are A Big Indicator Of Your Emotional And Physical Health
The eyes are the windows of the soul, so they say. The eyes are the first thing we see when we look at our reflection in the mirror as well as when we look at another person. The eyes can are revealing - they can hide or divulge the deepest of secrets, emotions or intentions. The eyes are also the first indicator of illness, being run down malnourished or of a chronic condition that leaves the eyes dark or sunken.
What Are Sunken Eyes?
Sunken eyes have typically been said to appear due to aging. But mostly, sunken eyes are caused by chronic dehydration or more likely, the underlying chronic condition known as adrenal fatigue.
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What is Adrenal fatigue?
Your adrenals are two small glands that sit just above your kidneys. These glands, though insignificant in terms of size, have a major responsibility in the body. Your adrenals get their name because they release the hormone adrenaline, also called epinephrine, as well as cortisol into the bloodstream. The release of these hormones causes an increase in heart rate, muscle strength, blood pressure, and sugar metabolism.
The release of adrenaline is a reactive response -- usually to a stressor. In fact, both adrenaline and cortisol are stress responders, therefore, the more your stressful your day-to-day life becomes, the more your adrenals will be called upon to respond.
The thing about the adrenals is that they can become fatigued or deregulated. When this happens, the adrenals begin releasing hormones erratically or consistently causing major consequences – such as depression or feeling down, fatigued and depleted. Conversely, an excess of the hormone cortisol can cause fatty liver, and have effects on the central nervous system and brain. Too little cortisol can cause its own problems, such as negatively affecting thyroid function.
Adrenal Fatigue is Difficult to Diagnose Medically
Sadly, the medical research into adrenal fatigue as a condition isn’t promising. What is more, adrenal fatigue isn’t recognized by medical science and is instead touted as a myth. This is happening while millions worldwide have symptoms that both doctors and patients can’t explain. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- A feeling of “crashing” throughout the day and craving stimulants such as cigarettes, caffeine, and/or sugary snacks to keep you going.
- Low energy in the morning and wide awake in the evening
- Exhausted but have trouble falling asleep
- A feel of unrest after a full night’s sleep
- Excessive sweating (this is the body compensating for lack of adrenaline)
- Unquenched thirst, you have dry mouth, or crave salt
- Blurry vision or difficulty focusing since cortisol dehydrates the body, and the eyes. This is where sunken eyes come in.
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Sunken Eyes, Dehydration and Adrenal Fatigue
Typically, sunken eyes are an indication of chronic dehydration – a known symptom of adrenal fatigue and are generally not an indication of vibrant health. Sunken eyes are characterized by darkness around the eyes, or the hallow look of the eye sockets in the face.
How To Reverse Dark, Sunken Eyes
Sunken eyes, make dehydration and hence, adrenal fatigue fairly easy for any vigilant practitioner to diagnose. Your diet plays a central role in reversing sunken eyes, particularly when it comes to hydration. That being said, the most important natural treatment for reversing sunken eyes is to hydrate. Hydration isn't just about drinking the recommended allowances of water. Hydration also means eating an abundant amount of foods that hold water and have a vitamin and mineral benefit, such as fruits and leafy greens. By eating foods that are both nourishing and hydrating, especially those foods high in sodium and potassium, which are essential for healing the adrenals, sunken eyes can be reversed and health can be restored. Work closely with your Naturopath or Holistic Nutrition Practitioner to transition to a diet that’s adrenal-friendly and works for you.