For years I suffered the fate of hayfever whenever winter abated and the sun reared its head. For me, summer was filled with dread as I awaited the sniffly eyes, the runny nose and the sore throat.
This morning I got asked about Hay Fever. Most of you know it doesn’t take much for me to wander in to other topics but I promise their is a link between hay fever and adrenal stress. My initial struggle with exhaustion happened at the end of my career riding bikes in world championships. It was a frustrating and debilitating problem which nobody could diagnose correctly. I tried my GP for the traditional medical route and got worse with each visit. In the end I became a Personal Trainer and burned myself out completely. If you watch a lot of Gym staff you’ll notice they often seem a little hyper which is a sure sign of imminent burn out.
I’ve always been active and moderately healthy due to my sport. My years riding meant that a six pack was always on display (it was hot riding in spain ). On the inside however I was exhausted and really just depressed. I knew that if I stopped and the intense routine I'd struggle to ever get going again. I wasn’t sure what the cause was, but knew that it wasn’t normal to fall asleep at lunch. As I looked fit and healthy no doctor would me seriously when I mentioned how I felt, team coaches just put it down to my laid-back attitude.
If you have symptoms such as;
How does this link into hay fever? Well I can have months pass with little or no symptoms yet once I get stressed (increased work, too much social interaction, not enough food etc) I suddenly start suffering badly with hay fever. I always suffered badly at school but only around exam time.
So, if you're struggling with any of the above symptoms, especially allergies maybe it's time to reduce your stress and give your adrenals a break.
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