How to Manage Adrenal Fatigue
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,
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
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.
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:
- Siberian Ginseng
- Holy Basil
So these were my tips on how to manage adrenal fatigue.
What are your favourite ways to manage adrenal fatigue?