By Corinne Bridgewater
If fatigue has taken a hold of you and you have ruled out other illnesses like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome then you may have adrenal fatigue. It is estimated that 70% of all people have it. Fatigue is a sign of stress and stress as well all know leads to some major medical issues including heart problems.
Four key steps to treating adrenal fatigueOne- Get more sleep and relaxation
We are in a society that is busy and fast paced. We have little time or more simply we make little time to relax. We do not sleep well or long enough and we rarely take and "me" time. All this fast paced stuff only increases your stress level and puts more and more demand on our adrenal glands. The hormones just can not pump out enough to deal with the level of stress we are trying to. As most of our organs need time to regroup and recover so do our adrenal glands. We must learn to give them time to recover.
The job of the adrenal glands is to keep our hormone levels at the proper amount. They are known as the anti stress hormones, but they can only do their job if allowed the proper amount of time to rest and recover. Science says this amount is 8-9 hours a night for it to be able to function properly during the day when called upon.
Not only do our everyday routines place stress on our bodies but to a great degree on our emotions and minds too. If you do not allow your minds to distress then your life will stress out and you will become severely fatigued. If you think being tired at the end of the day is bad, just wait until you are tired out after getting up in the morning.
You can see how important it is when you realize that because of medically studies that the state employments departments make all employers give their employees recommended breaks each shift. This is because they found that allowing the worker to rest, their energies are recovered and they can work more efficiently.Two- Work on reducing stress in your life
Wikipedia defines stress as a term that refers to the consequence of the failure of an organism - human or animal - to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined.
It is obvious that in America today it is virtually impossible to live a life that is totally stress free. It is a fact of life that stress is life, our goal has got to be to find ways to reduce the stress. Sounds simple when you write it, but it really is a rather difficult thing to do. Especially since by the time you need to reduce it, it is already pretty much consuming you.
There is a stress hormone called cortisol that is released by the adrenal glands to help us cope with and then to recover from stress. This is the hormone that is best known as the "flight or fight" response hormone. It acts just like adrenaline. The difference is that adrenaline is short acting to get us out of danger; cortisol is the long term hormone that allows up the energy to perform normal tasks.
When are limited supply of cortisol is used up and we do not allow our bodies times to recover that is when we start having fatigue symptoms. There are things each day you can do to relieve the stress in your life. First off, take time to unwind everyday. A few minutes here and there is all it takes. Try to not get upset over everything and pick your battles. Do not stress over problems you can not change. Do not argue over politics and religion and things that rile you up but really go no where. If you are upset all the time then your stress level is too high all the time.
Besides taking time out to relax, do something with that time that you will enjoy. Do a hobby, go for a relaxing walk, engage in some activity that destresses you.Three- Take the needed vitamins, minerals and supplements that will help your body
A good multi vitamin will help your body handle stress. There are even companies that make formulas geared to "stress". They will have additions of minerals that help the body's immunities and to recover from stressful situations.
Some of the more important vitamins to take for adrenal fatigue are B5, B6, B12 and Vitamin C. The important minerals seem to be magnesium and zinc. Natural supplements are licorice, DHEA and EchinaceaFour- Try regular exercise
Our bodies are made to move. So exercise is a vital component to strengthening the body. Science shows that with regular exercise, the hormones in our body are circulated better and therefore metabolize easier. Cortisol, the main stress hormone also regulates our blood sugar and is one reason that exercise helps in the process.
When you first decide to exercise do not go hog wild and run a marathon. It is important that you build your tolerance up slowly. If you overdo it you will put your recovery back. So remember to pace yourself and do not engage in competitive sports. Start out by walking, it's a good exercise that is easy on your body and yet allows you to build up to walking more and more and thus getting stronger. When you are stronger then you can think of jogging or speed walking. Start with 20 minutes three times a week and increase to five times a week before increasing the time.
If you incorporate just these four steps into your personal adrenal fatigue routine then you will see noteworthy advancement of health for most of the symptoms. These simple changes in your life will enable you to treat and live with adrenal fatigue.
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By Stephanie H. Yeh
Believe it or not, a heightened awareness of nasty smells is one of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. I discovered that little tidbit recently when I found out that I was suffering from adrenal exhaustion ... along with an estimated 80% of the American population. Now you might think it strange that a cowgirl like me might notice more icky smells, being surrounded as I am by horse poop, dirt, male goats, and cows, but I did notice. So it all made sense when I was told by my physician that I had fatigued my adrenal glands.What is Adrenal Fatigue or Exhaustion?
So what is adrenal exhaustion? It's just what it sounds like: it is what happens when your adrenal glands get over-worked and under-nourished, so they become fatigued. Why are adrenal glands important? Well, these little pea-sized glands that sit atop the kidneys secrete hormones that allow us to deal with immediate and long-term stress. The adrenals secrete over 50 different hormones, including adrenaline, estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, and DHEA. You've probably heard of most of these hormones. These hormones are what give us the ability to "get up and go," providing the energy we need to deal with our hectic and over stimulated lives.Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
Unfortunately, these glands, when over-stressed, eventually stop working, and then we end up with adrenal exhaustion or fatigue symptoms, which include:
- chronic fatigue and tiredness
- inability to think clearly
- chronic anxiety
- low blood sugar
- decreased metabolism
- changes in skin color
- craving for sweet or salty foods
- joint pain
- decreased immune function
- low body temperature
- allergies and food sensitivities
- dark circles under the eyes
There are other symptoms of adrenal overwork that could be added to the list, but you get the general idea. Our adrenal glands do a lot for our bodies and when we overuse them, they burnout.Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
In general, our modern lifestyle is a recipe for adrenal exhaustion and burnout. Our adrenal glands suffer when we demand too much of them. Our minds are active and full of ideas, but our bodies can't keep up. Specifically, lifestyle habits that overstress the adrenals include:
- too little sleep
- poor diet
- use of caffeine or other stimulants
- use of medication to get to sleep at night
- use of medication to treat anxiety or depression
- constant physical, mental, or emotional stress
- over stimulation from cell phones, music, traffic, pagers, and email
You get the picture ... it's nothing out of the ordinary in our modern lives. For most people, it's just a snapshot of everyday life. But it's hell on the adrenal glands. In fact, modern life has such a strong negative effect on the adrenals that some women suffering from adrenal fatigue are showing signs of menopause as early as their mid-30s. Yikes! You read it right: adrenal burnout can cause early aging.Adrenal Fatigue Treatment
Luckily, treatment is possible for this condition. The treatments fall into three basic categories:
1) Herbal and nutritional support (I like XanGo's X51/Eleviv, other people like straight herbs)
2) Lifestyle changes
3) Reenergizing practices
This article is the first in a series on regaining health after adrenal fatigue, and future articles will cover specific strategies for doing so. The prognosis for coming out of adrenal fatigue is generally quite positive, and many physicians offer the following time frame for recovery:
- 6 to 9 months for minor fatigue
- 12 to 18 months for moderate fatigue
- Up to 24 months for severe fatigue
As you can see, the road back to energetic and vital health isn't a short one ... but then again, most people don't achieve adrenal fatigue overnight either! Stay tuned for more articles on adrenal fatigue treatment, or browse the Zen Cowgirl blog to read more.
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By Susan J Parker
Does life simply feel out of your control? Every way you turn, someone or something is demanding your attention - right now. You may be sandwiched between caring for children and concern for aging parents. You may be spending enormous amounts of time on your work, growing a business or doing the work of two people as your employer downsizes. Then in between the chores and errands, there are relationships that need nurturing.
But it is YOU who needs nurturing first and foremost!
Remember, the flight attendant always instructs that in the event of an emergency, be sure to put on your oxygen mask first before trying to help those around you. Taking good care of yourself means you are going to be around so you will then be better able to take good care of others.
Adrenal Gland Function
Physically, your adrenal glands are in charge of creating the specific hormones to energize your body in reaction to a stressful situation. Adrenaline helps us in a flight or fight reaction, but most of our typical stressors are not life or death situations. However, our adrenals can't tell the difference and will continue to do their job, until they become overworked and depleted. Your hypothalamus, which signals your adrenals, can become confused and overworked.
The concept of burnout is not new. Back in the 1930s, Dr. Hans Selye determined there were several stages to something identified as general adaptation syndrome.
In Stage 1, your body is in adrenal stress. You feel weary but find it hard to get to sleep. You find yourself getting sick all the time, lacking resistance to colds and other infections.
In Stage 2, your body is in adaptation. Your body starts to respond as if your level of stress is perfectly normal, even though stress hormones are coursing through your body. You might think all is well because you aren't getting repeated infections like you did in Stage 1.
In Stage 3, your body is in adrenal exhaustion. Without any relief from your stress level, your body starts to lose the battle to adapt. Allergies suddenly appear. You are continually ill. Your stomach is bothering you. You've lost interest in sex. You are gaining weight.
If you do not address the stress level in your life, you begin to experience burnout. All of the symptoms in Stage 3 become magnified in the burnout stage. And adrenal depletion can lead to many diseases such as fibromyalgia, diabetes...the list goes on.
What Steps Can You Take to Avoid Burnout?
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Eat well. Research also indicates that a balanced diet, with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins and plenty of whole grains can help your digestion. Your body will be better fueled to better handle stress.
- Stress management is crucial. Find ways to reduce your stress.
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By Robin T Campbell
Our Adrenal glands are tiny pituitary glands located on each side of our kidneys. Though very small, It is important to note the very crucial roles they play and the great impact they can have on our health. They are very important for the activating of our response to stress by pumping the hormones Adrenaline and Cortisol into our bloodstream. They are also responsible for regulating and synthesizing other important hormones such as Estrogen and Progesterone.
Naturally It is very important to support these small glands. However, In today's stress filled world, There are several constant factors that keep our bodies on a constant red alert status.
First and foremost is the stress that can be created by our eating habits and lifestyle. If you are constantly rushed, with a lot of stress in your life whether emotional or physical as in the case of fighting a devastating illness, taking a host of medications for allergies, chronic fatigue, unwanted weight gain,menopause symptoms, etc.You probably have some sort of adrenal gland problem.
Fortunately, there are some simple measures you can take to counteract these troubles and help your adrenal glands to function normally.Take note of How, What & When you eat:
If you do not eat a simple lean protein breakfast at least by 9:30 AM Your Cortisol levels will be hitting an all time high! Your body will then begin the process of slowing down your metabolism, trying very hard to protect you from the stress of not having any food in your body for several hours. Your blood sugar levels will gradually keep dropping along with your blood pressure. Your body is now very Stressed out. By the time you DO finally eat something. Well, chances are you will be craving for all the wrong things, which in turn leads to more stress on your body, which is very taxing on your Adrenal glands, and so instead of achieving long term energy, you now have long term FAT storage from the high Cortisol production and tiredness.
Truly, eating simple protein snacks and complex carbs -thru-out the day which are your whole grains,nuts and RAW fruits & vegetables, Starting with a simple breakfast before 10: AM -will keep you energized, a lot healthier and thinner too! They also help reduce emotional Stress as well- let's face it, we are all comforted when we are eating something, so why not make it healthy!
So begin your new eating for health plan the following way:Breakfast:
Whole grain toast with 1 minute oatmeal or any low sugar grain cereal is a great choice, or Fresh fruits you love along with a slice of lean or vegetarian style bacon or whole wheat toast with an omega 3 enriched egg cooked in a little smart balance butter or even boiled. No Time? Grab a hand full of raw almonds or any nuts you can eat and a piece of fruit. Believe it or not even a cold slice of pizza and a glass of milk is much healthier than not eating at all.Snacks:
Eating 2-3 healthy snacks in between meals will balance your ph and Cortisol and blood sugar levels perfectly! So Keep a handy supply of whole unroasted nuts, fruits, veggies, whole wheat crackers, low fat popcorn .... eat only one handful of the nuts & crackers due to the higher calories.
Also keep in mind, if you have had a lot of hardship and stress in your life you no doubt need some EXTRA vitamin's & minerals that have been depleted because of constant stress overload. Here are some of our recommended herbs and nutrients:
1. Healthy Amino acids, vitamin e & omega -3 supplements or foods like salmon, eggs, nuts.
2.Vitamin B complex with C, Calcium, & extra trace minerals like selenium, zinc & Iodine
3. Herbal adaptogens to help you body adapt to the stress:
Siberian Ginsing Ashwaganda Astralgus root
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By Erika Cook
Are you feeling tired, worn out, or just unable to regain your normal energy level no matter what you do? If the answer is yes then you may be suffering from a condition called Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome (technically called hypoadrenia) is a disorder that is affecting more and more people every day, however a majority of the sufferers are not even aware that their symptoms are even symptoms at all. This is a very prevalent, yet rarely diagnosed condition that has been around for the past 50 years. Because this condition has gone mostly overlook, most will be left untreated.
First, what exactly are the adrenal glands? The purpose of your adrenal glands are to assist your body in coping with any sort of stress. The stress can come from any possible source, from injury and disease to work and relationship problems, the adrenals handle it all. Often referred to as "the glands of stress", the adrenal glands are directly responsible for your resiliency, energy, and endurance. Without any of these things we wouldn't even be able to get out of bed in the morning, let alone deal with stress! They also are responsible for producing hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone which are a necessary part of your body's functionality. You have two adrenal glands, each the size of a walnut, and they sit atop each kidney. Centrally located, these glands not only affect every tissue, organ, and gland in your body, they also greatly affect how you think and feel as well.
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is when your adrenal glands have been over stimulated and are not functioning at the optimal level. Overstimulation of the adrenals can occur after periods of intense and lengthy physical or emotional stress. Your glands then become exhausted, unable to keep up with your increased stress levels, therefore resulting in the adrenals not being able to supply your body with the sufficient amount of hormones that it needs to function at a normal level. Some common symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue are:
- excessive fatigue and exhaustion
- inability to cope with stress of any kind
- feeling constantly rundown
- craving salty and sweet foods
- craving caffeine or other stimulants
- difficulty concentrating
- low stamina
- poor digestion
- low immune function
- low blood pressure
- getting non-refreshing sleep
Unfortunately, there is no test that one can take to diagnose adrenal fatigue syndrome and there is no miracle pill to cure it either. Recovery from Adrenal Fatigue takes major lifestyle changes along with taking different supplements and vitamins that your doctor recommends. In order for you to fully recover from this condition it will take dedication and patience.
If you believe that you indeed may be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome here are some simple life style changes that can help improve the functionality of your adrenal glands:
- Laugh as often as possible, this increases the parasympathetic supply to the adrenal glands
- avoid stressful environments and people
- exercise 3-4 times per week (or more)
- go to bed no later than 10 pm every night
- sleep in until 9 am, if possible
- eat 6 small meals a day, rather than 3 large meals
- always eat breakfast
- avoid alcoholic beverages as they hinder the functioning of your immune system
- avoid excessive caffeine intake
- avoid excessive sweets, try to regulate your blood sugar
- take a multivitamin/ B complex
- take adrenal glandulator, this is helpful in replacing some hormones that may be missing
- take Pregnenolone, DHEA, these are good hormones that can help to resolve adrenal fatigue
Erika Lyn Cook is a freelance writer and the author of the upcoming book Purple People - The Diary of an Indigo Child. This book is a memoir of her life, and takes you through a journey of exactly what it's like to live as an Indigo child. Erika is also a certified Angel Healer Practitioner, Reiki practitioner, a certified Chrystal Healer, and an I.E.T. Healer. For more information about her services or about her upcoming book visit her website at http://ErikaLynCook.com
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By Caroline Selfe
Following a healthy adrenal fatigue diet will help you regain your vitality and well-being. If you are feeling wiped out by excessive stress, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue. Making an effort at eating more consciously can be the first step towards recovery.
An adrenal fatigue diet has the same rules as other diets or eating plans. Eating more fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats and fish are basic healthy eating guidelines. Recovering from overwhelming fatigue requires a few more elements.
The following tips will help you stick to a healthy adrenal fatigue diet.
1) Replace fast and refined food with fresh, unprocessed food. If you must eat at McDonald's or Burger King, choose the salads as opposed to sandwiches and fries. At the market, choose the packaged foods with the least amount of ingredients. Eating fresh, whole foods is much less taxing to your adrenal system and takes less energy to digest.
2) Caffeine, sugar and alcohol are all strong physical and mental stimulants. Substitute these stimulants with healthier choices. Instead of coffee, drink green tea. Use natural sweeteners like Stevia or Xylitol. Drink only one glass of red wine. Exercise, meditate or do yoga for relaxation.
3) Eat regular meals. When one suffers from adrenal fatigue, eating more healthy foods is required. Our blood glucose levels need to remain steady. This is accomplished by regular meals and snacks of protein, vegetables and whole grains. Your energy levels will recover and remain constant by eating three small meals and three snacks throughout the day.
Sticking with an adrenal fatigue diet and healthy eating plan allows our adrenal system to recover from depletion. These guidelines are a vital part of taking control of your overall health. As you treat your body more gently, you will begin to feel more energetic and less stressed out.
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By Gerry Geneva
Low stamina, poor digestion, slow to recover from injury or illness, non-refreshing sleep, and extreme sensitivity to cold are just some of the symptoms that people with adrenal fatigue experience. When we often find ourselves under stress, our adrenal glands stop working properly and don't produce enough of the necessary hormones needed to constantly release a healthy dose of energy - resulting in us feeling tired and exhausted. If you are mentally in a constant fog, constantly feel tired, or have a tough time focusing, you could be suffering from what is generally referred to as adrenal fatigue. Here are six ways to help decrease brain fog caused by the disorder:
Take in 'well-spaced' meals. If you tend to skip meals, then you ought to know that you are doing more harm than good for your body. This is especially true when talking about breakfast; not taking it is a surefire way to gain - not lose - weight. For most people with adrenal fatigue, they should eat closer to 5-6 meals a day as opposed to the traditional 3.
When you're hungry, your blood sugar drops, making you feel light-headed and tired. You would also notice that this is when you have short attention span and inability to focus on what you're doing. Have a good breakfast and follow it up with well-spaced meals. This will help sustain your energy throughout the day.
Stock up on protein. Hand in hand with the frequency of your meals is the kind of food that you actually take in. Make sure to eat those that are rich in protein; they will help boost your energy and keep you focused. On the other hand, it's a good idea for you to do away with junk foods and those that have a lot of sugar.
No to caffeine. You should keep in mind that coffee doesn't make you energized; it just gives you an illusion of boosting your energy. In reality, caffeine actually deprives you of B vitamins - decreasing your energy and making you feel even more tired. More caffeine doesn't not help with brain fog or adrenal fatigue, it makes it worse.
Do relaxing exercises. Instead of rigorous exercises like aerobics, opt for those that will stimulate the body but will also be relaxing. You can try yoga, deep breathing, meditation, or even something as simple as walking and stretching regularly.
Avoid alcohol and tobacco. Even if you don't have adrenal fatigue, you should smoke and drink in moderation - but even more so if you are experiencing this disorder. Alcohol and tobacco make your glands function even badly, so don't make your body grow weaker by drinking and smoking.
Reduce stress. We all experience stress every day, but try to reduce it by learning to relax. Try going for short walks or taking breathers every few hours.
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By Caroline Selfe
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome sufferers know the true meaning of exhaustion. They know it all too well. The exhaustion is physical, emotional, mental and spiritual. The manifestation of the many symptoms including exhaustion is a wake up call.
The cause of adrenal fatigue syndrome is daily pounding stress. So much stress that your stress-fighting system has been depleted. When one develops a stress-related illness it is a reflection of lifestyle. You have to ask yourself, "How did I get this way"? You got this way because of self-neglect, low self-esteem and denying your emotions.
The symptoms of adrenal fatigue syndrome tell you it is time for a change. If you do not take the time to heal your life, there is a huge chance an even worse illness will strike. You can do this by deciding to take care of yourself and love yourself enough to go through the healing process. Take these steps and your vitality will return.
· Build your self esteem. If you don't feel worthy of the self love it takes to become healthy, you are simply not going to heal.
· Give your body what it needs. Change your eating habits, take daily walks and get enough rest and relaxation. Vitamin and mineral supplements will also strengthen your nervous, immune and adrenal systems and relieve the exhaustion.
· Deal with stressors. When someone or something is causing you daily stress, you can do one of three things. Get rid of the stressor, change the stressor or change how you think about the stressor. It is as simple as that.
· Heal emotions and trauma. Carrying around negative emotions can wear you down. It is time to deal with the anger, resentment and hurt that you feel. It is time to forgive and heal.
Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is a condition of your state of self-esteem. It is treatable only if you change your lifestyle. Slow down, listen to yourself and nurture your body, mind and spirit back to health.
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By Dr. Raj Banerjee
Weight gain is one of the most common problems that people experience anytime of their life. In fact, this could be your problem too at the moment. If you would be searching the Internet for factors that are related to this problem, you can get overwhelmed with all the different results that you can get with your search.
However, one of the most overlooked factors for gaining weight would be Adrenal Fatigue. Nevertheless, it is one of the factors that could best explain why you are gaining weight, especially in times of stress and other unpleasing phenomenon in your life.
The Basics Of Adrenal Fatigue Weight Gain
To fully understand adrenal fatigue weight gain, you should take note of three important factors: your adrenal glands, stress, and the stress hormone cortisol. Each of these plays an important role in the weight gain phenomenon that most Americans and other people around the world may be experiencing. So, here are the essentials for each factor, so that you could understand adrenal fatigue weight gain even more.
Your Adrenal Glands
The main organ in your body that is concerned with the condition here would be your adrenal gland. To give you an overview of what they are, these are basically glands atop each of your kidneys. They are responsible for releasing hormones in your body, and are closely related to your pituitary gland, which is a part of your brain responsible for hormone secretion too.
You should understand that there is a limit to everything in your body. Too much of something can be bad for you and this applies with your adrenal glands too. As you overwork your glands, the more the probability you get of reaching its limits and bringing it to its fatigue level. Thus, you have the condition adrenal fatigue.
This factor is something that you can encounter everyday. Since your adrenal glands function in relation to hormones, and in turn, hormones function in relation to your daily environment, it follows that the way your adrenal gland would function depends on the kind of stimulus you are getting in your environment. Thus, if you get to encounter too much stress, your mind acts on it and makes use of hormones to react, this in turn uses your adrenal glands to sustain hormone production.
This is a hormone that is produced by your adrenal gland. Although there are a number of hormones produced by your gland, this one is the most important of all, since it is the one that's directly related to weight gain.
The more cortisol your body creates, then the more body fat you store in your lower abdomen, which are all essential in survival. Understand that it is your body's instinct to live and it creates ways that you can have reserve energy, which is why it stores fat in your lower abdomen.
Nevertheless, this fat produced by cortisol on your abdomen could also be very unpleasing most of the time.
Adrenal Fatigue Weight Loss
To connect the three, imagine them as dominoes in which one affects another. The more stress you get from your daily living, the more stimulated your adrenals are. The more you work out your adrenals, the bigger the chance that they get tired, or have fatigue. However, once you get to the fatigue part, there are some changes that you can observe with your body, such as hormone production. In particular, your cortisol boost up, which is the main culprit why you get to have some weight gain.
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By Kelly A McCaffrey
Adrenal fatigue can be brought on by many different reasons, some being emotional or psychological stress, lack of sleep, poor diet, alcohol, smoking, caffeine, too much sugar, fear, marital stress, death of a loved one, and even drugs.
If you think you are suffering from adrenal fatigue, and you are not sure what you can do, here are a few tips that can help you.Avoid stimulants if possible:
Stimulants put further stress on the glands, making them work harder to produce more energy, that ends up further depleting the adrenal glands. Just some of the things you need to avoid are:
• Prescription stimulants
• Highly sugared energy drinks
• Caffeine and guaranaA diet low in sugar:
By consuming a low-glycemic (low-sugar) diet, you will minimize stress on the adrenal glands while ensuring high energy levels. Include protein and good fats along with carbohydrates eaten in smaller quantities throughout the day.
Carbohydrates and sugar put stress on the adrenal glands due to the shifting of the blood sugar levels. When fruits, vegetables and high fibre carbohydrates are added, the blood sugar levels remain stable, creating less of a strain on the adrenal glands.Herbal remedies for more energy:
Herbal and aromatherapy expert Mindy Green of the Herbal Research Foundation recommends that use of herbs for energy, stimulation or adrenal support; "We live in a society that runs on stimulation -- whether it's coffee, or violence on television -- things that make us live on that edge. So while there are some excellent herbs and essential oils for adrenal support, people need to take care not to try these products along with other stimulants. When you're trying to tone your adrenals, you don't want to drink caffeine, or watch horror movies or violent news stories, for example. Instead of the simulating effect of aerobics, do something more calming, like yoga or tai chi. It's almost as if you need to train your body to run more on internal energy than outside energy and stimulation."
Mindy recommends Siberian Ginseng to regular ginseng and astragalus, which is good for immune support and a great tonic for adrenal fatigue.Other herbs that have been favoured as helping those with adrenal fatigue are:
• Fo-ti root (Ho Shou Wu) a Chinese herb, similar to ginseng
• The Ayurvedic remedy of Triphala, used as a long-term glandular tonic
• Black cohosh root, also used as a long-term glandular tonicSwitch to drinking herbal Teas:
By including herbal teas into your diet, you will receive the energy you need without the use of stimulants such as coffee. Chamomile, green tea, black tea or mate, pronounced, "mah-tay" will leave you more energized without the feelings of jitteriness and are a much better health choice.
If you recently experienced major stress in your life, be it, work stress, illness, family life and have you felt as though you just can't seem to get yourself together? Are you unusually tired when you wake up, but still feeling 'grey' when it's time for bed? If so, then you, like many others may be experiencing symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
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