Adrenal Fatigue - What is it? How can you get relief?
Having experienced adrenal fatigue more times than I care to share, I am fully aware of the pain of it and how disruptive it can be to daily life.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a condition that arises after long periods of stress that leave the adrenals exhausted and not functioning properly. This causes an imbalance of hormones and leaves you feeling sluggish, moody and very unhappy. Adrenal fatigue is also known as the 21st century stress syndrome because so many people have it from...
- too much multitasking
- too much going on
- too much going against the human body.
The adrenal glands are two tiny grape sized glands that sit right above the kidneys. They are the human body's GAS TANK! They are responsible for your life force and vitality. They are a team with you thyroid and they both work together. When one is working hard, the other will say "I'll pick up the slack". So when someone is in adrenal fatigue, it is a good idea to also address the thyroid.
What are the symptoms?
You may feel tired, but wired......so tired but the nervous system is so pumped up that you can't sleep - or even if you are able to sleep, you are waking up consistently between 1am and 4am. The circadian rhythms are disrupted as adrenal fatigue progresses to the more advance stages, then you wake up completely exhausted and are wired at night when you are actually wanting to go to sleep!
Dizziness upon standing due to mineral defficiencies.
Dark circles under the eyes.
Loss of sex drive.
In stage 3 adrenal fatigue one feels flat-lined...there is no energy for even hobbies and the things that were of interest now seem like work.
The good news is that with proper nutrition and supplementation, you can start to progress and feel a lot different. It can take about 3 weeks to see changes using FOOD AS MEDICINE.
How do we get adrenal fatigue?
1. Mental and emotional stressors. This is the hard part because it requires a different approach to stress. We all have to live life but it's how we react to situations without kicking in our adrenal glands every single time stress happens, that is challenging.
2. Blood sugar balancing.
3. Gut health.
What should someone with AF eat to stop living in Fight or Flight mode?
Usually people with AF are not super hungry in the morning because the liver is overloaded and cannot handle it.
Protein and healthy fat within 1 hour of waking, without fail is important if you want to feed your adrenal hormones and stress hormones. A smoothie that has 25% protein and 12% fat (healthy fat) is going to help with this. An example is *coconut oil, *chia seeds and fruit. This combination of protein, carbs and fats feed the adrenals and the thyroid.
Lunch needs to include complex carbs and ideally avoid all gluten, dairy and processed sugar. This will slow the release of glucose into the system. Veges with lunch is vital - raw or cooked, however if you have gut issues, go for cooked. Add protein in the form of hemp seeds, or if you are not vegan, small amounts of wild caught fish (not salmon - its all FARMED) or organic grass fed meat.
*Omega 3 fatty acids are vital in healing from AF - *walnuts are also a great source.
Repeat the same for dinner but change your veges and change the complex carb and the protein type.
Snacking is very important when recovering from AF. You need food frequency. Perfect snacks would be an adrenal healing cream elixir comprising of:
- *Coconut cream, orange juice, *himalayan pink salt and *collagen.
- 1 cup *bone broth with 2T *collagen
- 3/4 - 1 Cup *organic berries.
These snacks will shut off the nervous system and allow the thyroid and adrenals to come into harmony and work together.
- *nuts, *seeds and fruit also bananas for their potassium. Eat the fruit and the nuts together as this will curb the sugar spike.
Take a banana and roll it in *himalayan pink salt and have 10-12 *organic raw cashews. This will trigger seratonin and help calm down and prepare for sleep. It is also loaded with B6.
*Trace minerals - most people are deficient in them and by adding trace minerals you will be replenishing the mineral stores and this will help make you feel better.
*Magnesium is important because it nourishes the nervous system and also protects the digestive system. 1000 - 2000 mg per day before bed with you snack is a great idea.
Throughout the day *licorice root or drinking *licorice root tea as long as you don't have high blood pressure will help with digestion.
Gut issues need to be addressed also. A good high quality *probiotic is vital. This will take the pressure of the gastrointestinal tract.
For further research I recommend these books:
Adrenal reset diet - Alan Christianson
Adrenal fatigue, 21st century stress syndrome - James L Wilson. These are both available at www.bookdepository.com
Juicing is like an injection of phytonutrients, enzymes and minerals into the blood stream. I recommend my juice cleanse if you are new to juicing or want to get started on a great program. You can view all my mentored challenges at www.opaathealth.com
Adrenal Renewing Smoothie
1 Cup *Nakula Coconut Milk
2 T RAW Vanilla protein powder (or salted caramel)
1 Cup baby spinach
1/2 Cup *organic frozen berries
1 T *chia seeds
Blend and enjoy!
My hope is to help you heal from the ROOT CAUSE!
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Resources used in this article: FMTV