How To Manage Adrenal Fatigue

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How to Manage Adrenal Fatigue

On my last blog post I talked about the Top 5 Raw Turmeric Benefits.

Today I am going to talk about a subject that is very personal to me which is how to manage adrenal fatigue.

I’ve been dealing with this issue for many years. Even tho my condition really improved, I am still struggling with it regularly but I am going to share some tips that really helped me over the years.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

The adrenal glands are situated above the kidneys. They are endocrine glands that produces hormones like adrenaline, aldosterone and cortisol.

The main purpose of the adrenal glands is to help the body deal with stress. It is like our body survival defence mechanism when a stressful situation occur or when we are in danger. It is our adrenal glands’ function to keep our body’s reactions to stress in balance so that they are not harmful.

The adrenal glands also have the function to regulate blood sugar level and energy production.

So what happens when we have adrenal fatigue?

People who have adrenal fatigue normally experience lower or higher levels of cortisol, which can make it difficult to have a healthy levels of blood sugar and an healthy response to stress.

For example, after a long period of chronic stress, our body starts to run out of the essential hormones that keeps our adrenal response in balance so we start to always feel tired and are more prone to some chronic illnesses. That’s when the fatigue starts. 

What are the Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?

  • Lack of energy,
  • Poor sleep, insomnia,
  • Depression or anxiety,
  • Dry skin or any skin issues,
  • Low blood sugar levels,
  • A weak immune system,
  • Heart palpitation,
  • Craving for sweets,
  • Having a hard time handling stress,
  • Hair loss,
  • Body aches,
  • Irritability.

What Cause Adrenal Fatigue?

Many things can cause adrenal fatigue:

  • Stressful events,
  • Lack of sleep,
  • Poor diet,
  • Lack of exercise,
  • Too many toxins in the body,
  • Bad relationships,
  • Financial issues,
  • Stress at work.

Whatever the cause may be, there are some things you can do to manage it.  

How to Manage Adrenal Fatigue

Reduce Stress

When having adrenal fatigue it is important to find techniques to reduce stress as much as possible. My favourite ways to reduce stress are meditation, taking a walk in nature, laughing, surrounding myself with positive people. Try to avoid stimulants like caffeine since they can make your adrenal fatigue even worse. Drink something relaxing like Chamomile tea or holy basil tea. 

Get Proper Sleeping Habits

Try to go to bed whenever you feel tired, it is also good to go to bed and wake up around the same time everyday. 

Get a Proper Diet

Having the best nutrition possible is very important to fight adrenal fatigue. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try to avoid dairy, gluten, sugar and processed food. Reduce your meat consumption if possible or being a vegan is even healthier. 

Detox Your Body

There are many ways to remove toxins from your body. Find some simple detox tips here

Take Adaptogenic  Herbs

This is probably what helps me the most with adrenal fatigue.

There are a variety of herbs called adaptogens. These natural herbs are known to reduce stress, improve energy, balance hormones and are known to help heal adrenal fatigue.

I usually take these herbs in a tea or in a powder form (which I put in my smoothies in the morning).

Here are my favourite adaptogenic herbs:  

  • Ashwagandha
  • Siberian Ginseng
  • Holy Basil
  • Licorice
  • Rhodiola

So these were my tips on how to manage adrenal fatigue. 

What are your favourite ways to manage adrenal fatigue?

 

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About Veronique

Veronique is an eco geek who's passionate about organics, green-living, helping the environment and living a sustainable lifestyle. She spent years researching on ways to improve her health and help the environment. She's an entrepreneur on a mission to share her healthy organic habits with others.

10 Responses

  1. Rebecca

    Great post Veronique! I think I’ve been operating in a place of chronic stres for a while. I’ve gotten rid of household toxins (and skin care toxins), been getting more exercise. I think I’ll try out the herbs too. Where’s the best place to get those?

    • Veronique

      Thanks Rebecca, you can find these herbs at pretty much any health food store or Bulk Barn. My favourites are the Holy Basil (in a tea form) and Ashwagandha (in a powder form) they are really good for stress and adrenal fatigue. I agree with you and I did the same thing (gotten rid of all my household toxins and skin care toxins). My health really improved since then, there are so many toxins in most conventional skin care products so that’s why I switched all my products to certified organics.

  2. Samantha

    Thanks for sharing. I think most people can relate, it’s so easy to fall into stress mode but it’s so unhelpful to work from this space. I recommend regular breaks during the day, even a siesta if possible. I’ve written down the herbs you recommend 🙂 blessings!

    • Veronique

      Thanks Samantha, yes taking regular breaks during the day is a good way to manage stress. I hope you like the herbs if you try them, they are amazing. Take care 🙂

  3. Susan

    Love your post 🙂 I suffered from endocrine issues for years (hyperthyroid). I developed insomnia, my hair started to fall out and I developed night sweats. It is amazing how much your adrenal glands and thyroid impact your health and well-being. After I changed my personal care products to ones that did not contain harmful chemicals and changed what I was eating, my health took a 360 degree turn. You really are what you absorb 🙂

    • Veronique

      Thanks Susan, I agree with you. Using safer personal care products without harmful chemicals is so important to be healthy. I noticed a big difference in my health after switching to certified organic products. Also having a proper diet can make a big difference on our health. 🙂

  4. Luke

    Hi Veronique. This has been a helpful post as I do suffer from this at times. I’m all go, go, go and then I’m like… ohhhh… 🙂 Some great tips.

    • Veronique

      Thanks Luke, I think a lot of people can relate to this. It’s crazy how stress can affect our health. I think that managing stress, using certified organic skin care without chemicals and having a proper diet is the way to go for adrenal fatigue 🙂

  5. Susan

    Thanks Veronique! I have dealt with this myself and discovered Adaptogen Herbs which have helped me a lot. I like how you cover every aspect of your life; from what you consume, to your environment, to self-care! Certified Organic is the way to go. Thanks!

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