Adrenal fatigue is unfortunately very common these days. As a whole, people tend to be under more stress, sleeping less and exposed to more toxins than ever before.
Your adrenal glands are responsible for balancing the hormones in your body, which are essential for daily function, and they play a crucial role in stress response. During high-stress situations, the adrenals release adrenaline, the fight-or-flight hormone, and slow down other system, like digestion, to focus all of the body’s energy on survival. Which is why eating when you’re stressed out is not the best idea…
What causes the adrenals to burn out?
- Chronic stress (psychical, mental and emotional)
- Environmental toxins
- Lack of sleep
- Poor dietary choices
All of these tax the adrenals, and over a prolonged period of time, can lead to adrenal fatigue.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:
- Lack of focus
- Irritability & mood swings
- Racing thoughts
- Cravings, especially for sweet and salty foods
- Difficulty sleeping
- Hormonal Imbalances
Also, many of those with adrenal fatigue will describe themselves as feeling “tired, but wired.”
How to support your adrenals
Stress Management – Since your adrenals react to stress, this is a biggie. Make sure to carve in some “me time” every day! Meditate, do yoga, go for a walk, read a good book, listen to music, laugh daily. Sleep – Aim for 8 hours of quality sleep every night. Try to get in bed around the same time each night and get yourself on a consistent sleep schedule.
Avoid caffeine – Not only does it affect your quality of sleep, but caffeine prompts your adrenals to release the same stress hormones that it does in response to a stressful situation.
Reduce your sugar intake – Especially artificial sweeteners and processed sugar in cereals, candies and desserts. Opt for natural sweeteners like stevia, raw honey or pure maple syrup.
Choose to whole foods – The majority of processed foods contain artificial ingredients and additives and refined sugars, grains and oils, all of which are void of the nutrients your body needs to function optimally. It’s best to stick to nutrient-dense whole foods like vegetables, fruits, avocado, coconut and olive oils, whole grains, nuts, seeds and quality proteins.
Incorporate adrenal-supporting herbs and supplements into your diet – Magnesium, Ashwagandha, B-vitamins, Holy basil and Fish oil all can help restore and repair your hard-working adrenal glands.
Focus on making lifestyle changes that will improve your health and well being for the long-term.
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