Have you experienced recent weight gain? Have trouble getting up in the morning after a good night’s sleep? Been feeling irritable, angry or just don’t care? Yearn for unhealthy foods?
If you answered “yes,” chances are you may be experiencing a form of adrenal fatigue.
The adrenal glands have been described as the “batteries of your body.” Located over your kidneys, they manage hormones that are important for normal, healthy living.
Properly functioning adrenal glands help convert food to energy and keep our immune systems balanced. They help us maintain a vigorous, heathy lifestyle by managing more than 50 of the body’s essential hormones.
One such hormone is adrenaline, released when stress or anxiety is caused by excitement, fear or anger. The extra adrenaline speeds up the heart rate, increases respiration and provides an instant energy boost. Other adrenal gland hormones manage blood sugar, burn protein and fat and regulate blood pressure.
Stressful, anxious living caused by job pressures, relationship conflicts, financial hardships, lack of relaxation, smoking, and sleep deprivation coupled with unhealthy diet and eating habits are factors that strain the functions of the adrenal glands.
As these conditions become more prevalent and intense, the adrenal glands work overtime to supply the body with supportive hormones. The glands eventually become overloaded and fail to function normally. This condition, known as “adrenal fatigue,” occurs when adrenal glands “just can’t take it anymore” and restrict the flow of important hormones.
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Your Path to Healing Adrenal Fatigue
Eat nutrient dense, easy to digest foods. Almonds, flaxseeds, wheatgrass, avocados, salmon, chicken, turkey, broccoli, sweet potatoes, blueberries and cinnamon are low in fat and high in fiber and nutrition. Choose green and brightly colored vegetables.
Avoid caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners and processed or microwaved foods. Sugars and processed grains restrict normal adrenal functioning.
Use herbs and supplements such as fish oil, Magnesium, B Vitamins, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Zinc, Ashwagandha, Melatonin and organic green tea.
Reduce the occasions for stress and anxiety.
Rest when you’re tired, get at least 8 hours of sleep each night, eat on a regular schedule, do consistent, moderate exercise but don’t overtrain, avoid negative people and laugh.