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You have intense food cravings. We often crave sweet or salty foods when we’re in adrenal overdrive because they provide energy and replenish our systems. When our stress lessens, cravings usually do, too.

You feel judgmental and picky. When we’re in survival mode, we naturally scan our surroundings for danger, and a “negativity bias” prevents us from missing any potential threats. Yet when we see only what’s wrong with everyone and everything, it can make us unpleasant and miserable — and even more stressed.

You’re waking up tired. If you go to bed at a decent hour but wake up feeling like you haven’t slept at all, this is a sign that your cortisol is not rising in the morning as it should. This can happen when your adrenals have stopped producing enough of the hormone.

You’ve gained belly fat. The weight we gain around our midsections is often a signal that we’re experiencing a cortisol overload.

This article originally appeared in Experience LifeLife Time’s whole-life health and fitness magazine.

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Aviva Romm, MD

Aviva Romm, MD is an award-winning functional-medicine physician and herbalist with practices in West Stockbridge, Mass., and New York City. Her most recent book is The Adrenal Thyroid Revolution.

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