You don’t remember having irregularities in your meal and sleep. But, your state of wellness gets disturbed with the feeling of exhaustion or burnout. Even doctors cannot tell for sure what is causing you this discomfort. Maybe, it’s Adrenal Fatigue or ‘hypoadrenia’. Yes, most health experts would say you this and for really good reasons. Are you really feeling like the above? Let’s get to the depth of the matter and the most practical ways to deal with it.
It’s high time to do something serious about the adrenal fatigue because chances are you’re already dealing with it(or will in future). Many teenagers and almost every adult person can experience adrenal fatigue to some degree at a particularly stressful point in their life.
According to naturopaths, “Adrenal fatigue” is a medical condition, when the adrenals glands located right above the kidneys, can’t/don’t generate enough cortisol, a hormone that responsible for regulating metabolism and managing stress and sleep, blood sugar and bodily inflammation – needed to treat with severe medical attention. Theoretically, excessive stress fatigues our adrenal glands; they get tired, and can emit enough cortisol for us to feel active and completely waken up. But most traditional doctors say this condition isn’t really a medical concern.
Some quick facts to know
- Medical researchers are still not confirmed about the existence of adrenal fatigue as a medical condition.
- Many disorders that affect the adrenal glands, too.
- PLEASE NOTE: Some supplements prescribed only for adrenal fatigue might be dangerously harmful to your health, so get a prescription before intaking it.
I know it’s very frustrating to experience apparent symptoms, but your doctor can’t really explain it. And performing a diagnosis from an unqualified practitioner that is not medically recognized, could be even worse. So, I have tried to define some key facts regarding the symptoms, diagnosis, natural as well as supplemental remedies, some diet plans and some do’s and don’ts in this article to help you properly address your Adrenal Fatigue issue.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
First of all, you got to know the definition of this term. In 1998, the naturopath and chiropractor James Wilson first introduced the words “adrenal fatigue” in his book of the same name. As per the people who advise adrenal fatigue as a condition that deserves serious medical attention, it attacks people with long stretches of mental, physical, and/or emotional stress. People who are apparently more tend to contract adrenal fatigue are single parents, shift workers, people with drug or alcohol dependence, and those are in stressful jobs or relationships.
Adrenal Fatigue is a stress-related psychological condition that having exhaustion, sleep disturbances, weakened immunity, and salty food cravings. After a long time of emotional stress or chronic illness, the adrenal glands become worn-out and dysregulated.
As the Mayo Clinic suggests, severe adrenal fatigue symptoms may actually be Addison’s disease.
What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?
Health practitioners opinions that an episode of acute stress or prolonged, chronic stress can cause adrenal glands to be overloaded, hence ineffective, then wrongly release cortisol hormone. They think adrenal fatigue can be triggered by (included and not limited to):
- Stressful events such as divorce or surgery or the death of a loved one
- Exposure to environmental pollution and toxins
- Extended stress thanks to financial hardship, troubled relationships or workplace environment, and other conditions that involve feelings of vulnerability and helplessness
- Emotional trauma
- Negative thinking
- Sleep deprivation
- Unhealthy diet, unstable nourishment and lack of exercise
- Hight food sensitivities
- Dependence on liquid stimulants like energy drinks or caffeine
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Can stress trigger extreme fatigue?
Can stress trigger extreme fatigue? Of course, it can. Recent surveys found that students experiencing chronic, long-term stress when preparing for their medical exams at the end of their educational years reduced the students’ cortisol awakening response. By restraining this flow in cortisol that naturally happens every morning when you wake up to help you feel active and alert, stress constrains your capacity to fully wake up, no matter how deep and long sleep you had last night.
In 2005, another research showed that students with chronic fatigue syndrome had “alterations in adrenal function,” especially in girls, suggesting that their adrenal glands were no longer receiving a normal amount of stimulation. And it is not just about the quantity of sleep you usually get – scientists at Brandeis University found that the quality, instead of the quantity of sleep, distresses the body’s natural cortisol responses during stress.
Depression may prompt the development of adrenal fatigue too. Cortisol responses don’t simply readjust to its normal level quickly, especially after a significant depressing event, and possibly responsible for the reappearance of depression to some extent.
Patients who have diabetes might be at higher risk of adrenal fatigue. A study from the University of Delhi found that diabetes patients “demonstrate significantly higher chronic stress level and stress responses when compared to patients with normal glucose tolerance.”This means that weakened glucose tolerance might have a relation with the stimulation of the adrenal glands.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
Tiredness, fatigue, and exhaustion are some of the most common symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue, as you may already know that. Though, these are NOT the only symptoms that you might experience.
There are lots of other complaints that are associated with Adrenal Fatigue. Some of these are directly linked to one of the more regular complaints. Based on which stage of Adrenal Fatigue you are at now, you may undergo a handful or a vast number of these symptoms.
Symptoms and Signs of adrenal fatigue may include but not limited to:
- Chronic Fatigue(always feeling tired)
- Body aches
- Unexplained weight loss
- Unexplained weight gain
- Low blood pressure
- Lower back pain
- Low blood sugar
- Low sex drive
- Loss of body hair
- Loss of muscle tone
- Skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation)
- Asthma, allergies or respiratory complaints
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Dry skin
- Extreme tiredness an hour after exercise
- Frequent urination
- Joint pain
- Lines in your fingertips
- Numbness in your fingers / Poor circulation
- Autoimmune conditions
- Hormone imbalance
- Weakened stress response
- Insulin resistance
- Muscle or bone loss
- Skin ailments
- Sweet and salty food cravings
Now, we will discuss some key symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
High Levels of Fatigue Each Day
Chronic stress and the natural aging process can be a significant role player to exhaustion. And if you’re among those people who have to drink plenty of coffee just to get through the day, it might be time I think, to take a look at the underlying reasons behind your exhaustion.
In the advanced phases of Adrenal Fatigue, your adrenals will keep getting more exhausted and unable to yield enough of the hormones that you need to stay active and healthy. This suggests that your cortisol levels, along with neurotransmitters (such as norepinephrine and adrenaline), are usually lower than they supposed to be.
There is one exception though. Sometimes the sufferers of adrenal fatigue feel a kind of energy surge during the late evening. If you’d like to get your energy levels back to where they should, there are a few things that you need to do, and I have discussed those in the “Treatment” section on this blog post down below.
Difficulty Getting Up Every Morning, Even After A Longer & Deeper Sleep
While suffering from Adrenal Fatigue, many people wake up tremendously tired and experience lightheadedness, even after getting a deep and long sleep. 1 of 2 factors can induce this. Adrenal Fatigue victims in the early stages of their condition prone to undergo significant stress, and that make their adrenaline and cortisol levels are high.
This disturbs the natural 24-hour cycle of cortisol levels, leading to a state of alertness in the evening that prevents you having a restful sleep.
On the other hand, at a later stage of Adrenal Fatigue sufferers usually, have chronic lower levels of cortisol. However, their blood sugar will tend to be much smaller during the early morning. Your body assume that you are hungry and forces you to wake up. Many Adrenal Fatigue sufferers have a chronic habit of eating snacks and salty foods during the late nights due to this reason.
Higher Energy Levels in The Evenings
In a healthy and sound person, cortisol reaches its highest level early in the morning and gradually declines as the day passes by. But some sufferers experience spikes in cortisol in the late afternoon and evening (like I already said), often leading them towards insomnia.
A notable development is to find yourself drained all day, then suddenly get a surge in your energy levels late in the evening for no reason. This usually occurs in the earlier stages of Adrenal Fatigue when the adrenals are still worthy of providing substantial amounts of cortisol and adrenaline hormones.
Cravings for Salty Foods
When we have the fatigue, we tend to produce less aldosterone and excrete big amounts of essential minerals through our urine. Patients with depleted endocrine systems often say they have frequent urination, which is often caused by age but may actually be attributed to depleted adrenals.
This interprets that Adrenal Fatigue patients successfully lose the capability to maintain the balance of minerals like potassium, sodium, and magnesium in their blood. This leads to cravings for foods with high salty taste, which replaces the potassium and sodium that we have lost from our body. So, simply put, if you find yourself craving salty snacks suddenly, you could be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue.
Overuse of Stimulants Like Sugar and Caffeine
Hundreds of millions of people depend on stimulants like coffee and sugar to lift their mood when they get tired. However, there’s a big difference between drinking coffee occasionally and five times a day.
The problem arises since the stimulants happen to lose their usefulness over time. As chronic stress demands its toll on your endocrine system, each cup of coffee or sugary snack you consume, give you a lesser energy boost. (Caffeine can avert you from getting good sleep as well.) And the more stressed and tired you will be, the more stimulants you want to have. This evil loop is how many people unintentionally quicken their decline into extreme fatigue and hormonal dysregulation.
So, you better limit yourself to not more than 2 cups of coffees in a day at first, then try to bring the number of cups at zero. Plan a healthy diet and try some of these low sugar recipes out there. Learn how to improve your sleep habit, so you don’t have to take those stimulants. And identify smarter ways to work more efficiently at your work, so you can take rests whenever you think you need.
Inability to Handle Stress
When we face a stressful situation, we depend on our adrenals to emit hormones like cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline. These hormones control our stress response and allow us to increase our focus, strength, and awareness when we require. However, when the adrenals are fatigued, they fight to release the essential amount of these hormones. Patients with Adrenal Fatigue frequently reported a lack of passion and enthusiasm, feelings of boredom or disinterest, touchiness and even anxiety.
There are many methods that you can adapt to progress your stress handling ability, such as:
A Weakened Immune System
If stress is triggering your cortisol levels, this anti-inflammatory consequence becomes so strong. This excellently stops your immune system from working the way it should, and this declining state may remain for the duration of whatever is causing the stress. And without a correctly functioning immune system, you are exposed to get diseases.
Some Home and Pathological Test to Confirm Adrenal Fatigue
Unfortunately, tests for adrenal fatigue are another source of confusion for many. You make already know that these tests must be performed by someone who knows the characteristics of adrenal fatigue and that criteria for adrenal fatigue are rarely comprehensive.
The most common of these tests involve testing bodily fluid for cortisol. Blood tests are almost never useful in this regard, but a 24-hour salivary panel may help your doctor identify the abnormal cortisol patterns, including a shortage or overload of the stress response. Many doctors may test thyroid function as well, in association with cortisol levels as the way these hormonal systems are connected to each other.
Other tests that can be used to help diagnose or confirm adrenal fatigue include:
- ACTH Challenge
- TSH test (stimulating thyroid hormone)
- Free T3 (FT3)
- Total Thyroxine (TT4)
- Cortisol/DHEA ratio
- 17-HP/Cortisol ratio
- Neurotransmitter testing
How is Adrenal Fatigue Diagnosed?
But don’t forget, no test can detect adrenal fatigue 100% successfully. A person can be told that they have adrenal fatigue according to the symptoms alone. A saliva or blood test may be offered sometimes, but criteria for adrenal fatigue test are not based on actual and trustworthy scientific facts or supported by reliable scientific research, so the test results and analysis may not be as accurate as you may expect.
There are two safe tests you can try at home too. The first is identified as the Iris Contraction Test; it requires sitting in a dark room and flashing a flashlight briskly over your both eyes repeatedly. If you have adrenal fatigue, the eye contraction may last not more than 2 minutes, and the eyes will widen even when still exposed to direct light.
The 2nd is Postural Low Blood Pressure test. In healthy adults, blood pressure goes up when rising from a lying position. You can check your pressure using a blood pressure machine while lying down and then after standing. If you see no rise or drop in blood pressure, it’s possible your adrenals have been weakened.
The Four Stages of Adrenal Fatigue
Stress is a natural and usual response to problems of everyday life. Cortisol (known as the stress hormone as well), is very much necessary and healthy when released at the appropriate amount and times.
Stress factors like mental or emotional stress, imbalances in blood sugar, sleep cycle disturbances and inflammation trigger the release of cortisol. Inapposite doses, this is a healthy response, but when these influence composite for more extended periods of time, cortisol is released more frequently and causes mental, physical and emotional symptoms to appear.
If Dehydroepiandrosterone (the hormone that stabilities cortisol) cannot be properly balanced, cortisol will become a burden on your body. Over time, this may result in adrenal fatigue. And the chronic release of cortisol will keep taking its toll on the body in three stages of adrenal fatigue: Hyper, Dominant, or Hypo.
Stage 1 Hyper-Cortisol
The 1st stage of adrenal fatigue is categorized as being in persistent alarm. At any point during the day, a person feels stressed and tired, even when he is not in a stressful situation.
Other symptoms may include:
- Low immunity
Stage 2 Cortisol Dominant
The 2nd stage of adrenal fatigue is considered as being in total resistance. A growth of mild stress without adequate relaxation can result in constant stress and feeling tired.
Other symptoms can include
- Mood and sleep disturbances
- Short attention span
- Frequent energy decline
- Fluctuations in blood sugar
- Additional hormonal anomalies
Stage 3 Hypo-Cortisol
The 3rd stage of adrenal fatigue is characterized as final exhaustion. At this stage, many people describe feeling complete ‘down and out.’ Very ordinary or daily tasks may seem challenging. Additional symptoms may include:
- Fatigue and depression
- Pain or severe inflammation
- Hormonal imbalances
- Low immunity
Although stress is always a constant part of life for many people, living under mass stress, anxiety and depression are not as hopeless or helpless as it might feel. If you have uncontrollable stress or suspect that you may have high or low cortisol levels, visit a naturopath immediately.
When you think of the adrenal glands aka ‘suprarenal glands,’ stress might come to mind. Adrenal glands are possibly best known for secreting the hormone adrenaline, that’s why it was named after it, which rapidly prepares your body to dive into action especially in a stressful situation.
But the adrenal glands keep contributing to your health even at times when your body isn’t under serious stress. In fact, they release hormones that are essential for you to stay alive. The adrenal glands are consisting of two separate parts.
The adrenal cortex
This is the external part of the gland produces hormones that are mandatory to live, like cortisol (that regulate metabolism and your guts respond to stress) and aldosterone (which control blood pressure).
The adrenal medulla
It’s the inner part of the gland, produces optional (meaning you don’t need them to live) hormones, like adrenaline (which helps your body respond to stress).
Adrenal Gland Function
These hormones emitted from the gland carries out a few important tasks including:
- Maintaining metabolism, along with the management of inflammation and blood sugar levels
- Regulating blood pressure
- Maintaining pregnancy
- Controlling salt and water balance
- Governing the stress-related “fight or flight” response
- Signaling the beginning of sexual maturation and monitoring its progress through puberty
Adrenal insufficiency is either an endocrine or hormonal disorder that typically occurs when the adrenal glands cannot produce the right amount of hormones. It can be primary or secondary. The common term for primary adrenal insufficiency is Addison’s disease, occurs when the adrenal glands are damaged and cannot generate enough of the adrenal hormone named cortisol. The adrenal hormone “aldosterone” can also be lacking. Addison’s disease affects 100 to 150 of every 1 million people in 1st world countries.
Secondary adrenal insufficiency appears when a pea-sized gland at the base of the brain called the pituitary gland, loses to produce enough adrenocorticotropin (ACTH), a hormone that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce the hormone cortisol. So, when ACTH output is too low, that makes cortisol output low too. The adrenal glands can shrivel due to lack of ACTH stimulation eventually.
Secondary adrenal insufficiency is far more well-known than the first one (Addison’s disease). Adrenal insufficiency is usually diagnosed with a blood test to check your cortisol levels. If you have a low level of it, you might have to take a hormone replacement.
Difference Between Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Insufficiency?
While most doctors do not fully accept adrenal fatigue, adrenal insufficiency is an actual medical condition accredited by all the doctors (unlike adrenal fatigue), that occurs only when our adrenal glands cannot harvest the right amount of hormones. A person with adrenal insufficiency may be confused, dehydrated or suffer weight loss. They may feel tired, weak or dizzy, and have low blood pressure. Other symptoms may include
- Stomach pain
But these are not the usual symptoms for the adrenal fatigue, so don’t get confused with it with Adrenal Insufficiency.
Adrenal Fatigue: Myth or Reality?
Adrenal Fatigue isn’t scientifically backed up yet. The world’s largest organization of endocrinologists (people who research and treat patients with diseases especially associated to glands and hormones), named the Endocrine Society, explicitly says that adrenal fatigue is not a “disease.” And it believes the symptoms of adrenal fatigue are so common that these can apply to many conditions like depression, sleep apnea, fibromyalgia, etc., or diseases or stem from everyday life. And some endocrinologists say some of the treatments of this fatigue can be life-threatening.
Adopting a healthier diet is always a great solution, no matter what sickness you have, but taking artificial supplements like pills and medicine to trigger your body to produce extra cortisol if you don’t need them may cause your adrenal glands to permanently stop working, as it warns.
Whereas, according to holistic nutritionists and naturopathic doctors and others, this fatigue is a severe physical condition like other physical diseases and needs to address it and help the patient to restore their physical condition to its previous healthy state.
Endocrine Society’s Statement
The Endocrine Society clears their stand about Adrenal fatigue” by stating:
- “Adrenal fatigue” is a finding that patients get it on the Internet or being given by alternative medicine practitioners, even though medical science knows no such condition.
- Endocrinologists might be interested in terminating a patient’s claim of adrenal fatigue but should take seriously the patient’s symptoms and complaints, which are often caused by other treatable conditions.
- Physicians and Doctor of Medicine may need to direct patients away from taking unregulated supplements and other formulations recommended by a non-Physicians and non-Doctor of Medicine.
Treatment for adrenal fatigue includes reducing stress on your body as well as your mind, not becoming pessimistic, avoiding toxins, and refueling your body with healthy foods, supplements and some positive ways of thinking.
Adrenal fatigue treatment looks more likely a healthy and healing diet to help fight the underlying facts that cause some conditions.
Follow the Adrenal Fatigue Diet
Your food intake is an excellent factor in every case of adrenal recovery. Several foods can contribute to adrenal healing, helping to renew your adrenal energy so your system can restore to its full sound form. But before that, you will have to commence by eliminating any hard-to-digest foods and any toxins or chemicals you are having.
The idea is to remove anything that charges your adrenals.
The ideal diet for adrenal fatigue means that helps you control the sugar level in your blood. Since the adrenal glands create a class of hormones called glucocorticoids, which are actually a kind of steroid hormones that have metabolic effects and can significantly influence blood glucose level.
A well-balanced diet for your adrenal fatigue treatment diet is the best treatment to keep your body healthy and to regulate the sugar levels. Doctors prescribe balancing healthy fats, protein, and nutrient-dense carbohydrates. Expand your fresh vegetable intake to obtain the necessary amount of vitamins and minerals. Also, include foods containing magnesium and vitamin C and B to help support healthy adrenal glands as well.
Adrenal Fatigue Diet Breakfast
If you are fighting against fatigue and adrenal insufficiency, a healthier diet for the adrenal fatigue first thing in the morning can do an incredible favor for setting you up for energy balance and better blood sugar during the day. Some handy and straightforward breakfasts taste delicious and will contribute to nourishing up your adrenals, hormonal response and set you on the right track of blood sugar throughout your entire day.
Those with adrenal fatigue, I personally urge eating a high protein and low carbohydrate breakfast in the morning by half an hour of waking up. This means getting at least 5 ounces of meat, eggs, fish, or other effortlessly digestible protein sources along with some healthy fats, fruits or vegetables in the morning.
Eating a modest amount of carbs daily in the morning will keep your energy high and your blood sugar steadier. By doing so, your adrenal glands don’t need to produce much cortisol to maintain your energy level; thus, you will be able to take some pressure off your exhausted adrenals. This may help your adrenal function improve faster, and get you feeling back to your normal state.
Example of Ideal Breakfast
An example of an ideal breakfast is 1 or 2 eggs, a 3-ounce serving of chicken sausage, and a cup of berries or banana. The protein from the sausage and eggs will keep your blood sugar constant and help you feel full for longer, and the fat from the eggs and sausage will cause you to ingest and consume the carbs from the fruit slowly so that you have a slow release of blood glucose over the morning until the lunchtime.
If you exercise after breakfast, you can eat some extra carbs and protein post workout to refuel your glycogen stores and help your liver to keep blood sugar regular throughout the day. Based on the severity, duration, and type of exercise you do, you might have emptied stores of your liver such extent that your body needs to kick back into gluconeogenesis to create the sugar you need.
Finally, sitting down to a high protein and whole foods breakfast is a lot better way than avoiding it entirely or only drinking fat-filled coffee while you have adrenal fatigue syndrome.
Foods to avoid
Foods to avoid include:
The timing of food intake is significant for the regulation of your blood sugar and for promoting the effectiveness of your adrenal glands. Eating meals a few times a day forces your body to burn certain nutrients and decreases your energy levels. If you eat regularly at the right and same time, healthy meals and add some snacks, you can hold your energy and cortisol levels all day long.
Foods to Eat
Some healthy foods to eat on the adrenal fatigue diet may include:
- Lean meats
- Leafy greens and colorful vegetables
- Whole grains
- Fruits with low-sugar
- Healthful fats like olive oil and coconut oil
- Balanced sea salt
Take Adrenal Fatigue Supplements and Herbs
Another incredibly important key to succeeding the fight against adrenal fatigue is in taking the right supplements using strengthening herbs. I always suggest eating the wholly natural and organic foods to treat your body. However, it is possible that you can’t get enough of every nutritious food you need every single day. Hence, it can be helpful to smartly use dietary supplements for vitamins and minerals that are vital for adrenal support.
Besides, there are some specific herbs, essential oils, and spices that can help you fight adrenal fatigue and can provide you with an energetic, vibrant life.
Apoptogenic herbs like ashwagandha, Schisandra, Rhodiolarosea, and holy basil: Research indicates that adaptogen herbs may aid to lower cortisol levels and interfere stress responses within your body. By applying these herbs in your food preparation, you can ease some of the strain on the adrenal glands. Some are helpful Supplements are:
Reduce Adrenal Fatigue Stress By changing your lifestyle
The last yet foremost important part restoring your adrenal activity is to beware of your mind and stress needs. Pay complete attention and concern to your body! Take a rest when you feel tired as much as possible.
- Sleep at least 7–9 hours each night.
- Don’t let yourself stay up late at night and be on a regular sleep cycle
- Laugh and do something fun every day.
- Minimize work and relational stress however possible.
- Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine intake.
- Decrease your sugar addiction and caffeine.
- Work out a little on a regular basis, even mild exercise and walking may help. Specifically, Yoga can help you to improve quality of life and reduce stress responses.
- Avoid negative people and self-talk.
- Take time for yourself (do something relaxing and rewarding for yourself).
- Learn to take the reality of life as a normal event, don’t let it or your past ruin your present and future life.
- In the event of any traumatic experiences, seek clinical counseling or mental support from experts or professionals.
Now, let me clarify the “self-talk” term a bit. Basically, our bodies are made to heal quickly. Nonetheless, the words that come out of our mouth has a great influence on our body’s ability to heal.
This fact is applicable for every aspect of diseases you have, no matter what diet and supplements you take, no matter if the disorders are metal of physical. So, please be enough kind to yourself. Stop saying negative or bad things about others and yourself. Be around people with a positive mindset and stay positive about yourself too.
Many people can’t digest such advice easily, but they may not know that the method is scientifically proven, it’s possible to lessen pathological tension by following “thought replacement,” a positive self-talk practice that includes verbally reciting positive words during stressful situations.
Cortisol is one of the lifesaving hormones in your body!
Don’t think Cortisol hormone is the main culprit as it triggers the adrenal fatigue, but did you know that you can die without this hormone? It is one of the most well-known glucocorticoids and is the hormone that is usually dysregulated in adrenal fatigue. Cortisol is used by the lever to maintain the blood sugar when it’s declining, as cortisol is one of the principal hormones that stimulate the creation of new glucose by the liver.
Cortisol also arouses the collapse of stored fats or proteins in your body to gather amino acids or fatty acids, both of them be utilized as substrates for creating glucose in the blood. This indicates that cortisol is used to convert your body’s protein and fat stores into glucose when you are weak in blood sugar, and your liver’s glycogen stores are almost empty.
Ultimately, cortisol functions as an antagonist to insulin as well, by hindering glucose uptake in fat tissue and muscle, which support to preserve glucose in the blood. Since this is a natural biological function of your adrenal glands, it may be harmful if your blood sugar levels are regularly low, or if they are continually fluctuating uncontrollably due to your bad diet choices.
Volume of cortisol
Simply put, the volume of cortisol you make can be profoundly impacted by your food intake and capacity to keep blood sugar level regular by having the right foods at the right time.
Low blood sugar is a pivotal stressor to your body, and the brain needs a specific and stable amount of glucose to function properly. We’re all familiar with the hazards of high blood sugar, but many of us don’t know that low blood sugar is actually even more dangerous if your blood sugar level gets significantly low, it may end up killing you! So, a drop in blood sugar is a very much serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately.
Health Supplements for Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal Fatigue results in a deficiency in hormones as well as in many of the vitamins, and minerals and other vital compounds that our bodies need to perform effectively.
Your blood tests may demonstrate that you are safe regarding many of these nutrients, but fatigue often advises otherwise. As like as hormone levels, you should be aiming for the optimal levels of these vitamins and minerals, not just the minimum levels.
Vitamins and Minerals
There are a few minerals and vitamins that Adrenal Fatigue victims seem to be lacking. Here is a short summary of the most important ones. There are other vital supplements (vitamin D, vitamin E and others) but I will keep this section as more straightforward as I can. Please note, not all of these will be suitable for every sufferer.
Vitamins B5, B6, B12
These powerful B vitamins play a significant role in cell metabolism. Increasing the metabolic pathways and boosts your energy levels that is an effective way to reduce the fatigue often felt during AFS.
The amounts that you need of each of these B vitamins are pretty varied. You will have to aim for much higher amounts of B5, for example, than B6 or B12. Some wonderful B-Complex supplements blend all these three.
This strong antioxidant vitamin is directly connected in the generation of cortisol in the adrenals. These health benefits include boosting your immune system, protecting from free radicals, but apart from benefits, vitamin C is also an indispensable building block for the recovery of your adrenal glands. You can start with vitamin C amounting 1000mg of and then slowly develop your dose over time.
Some research shows that 77% of US citizen are deficient in magnesium. It helps to control energy flow, so now you know that deficiency is one of the bigger problems! But there are also a few other clear signs like stiffness and insomnia and muscle cramping. On the other hand, taking excessive magnesium can create digestive problems, so be cautious with your starting dose. Something like 400mg is advisable.
The health benefits of probiotics have been authenticated beyond doubt by a long series of scientific studies during the past decades. Along with other things they can improve your digestion, decrease the side effects of antibiotics, and probably even lower your stress levels. For Adrenal Fatigue patients, who suffer from weak digestion, they are expressly important.
By promoting the digestion, probiotics enable you to extort more of the nutrients from the foods that you eat. This allows your bodies to get more of the essential vitamins and minerals that you require to maintain the energy levels and deliver the hormones that you need. On top of this, they help your immune system and prevent further adrenals related illness.
When buying for a probiotic, search for one that has minimum 10 billion CFU (Colony Forming Units). It is better if it also contains a minimum of five different strains of bacteria, preferably including Lactobacillus acidophilus.
Other Supplements to Consider
I have provided you with a short list of some of the supplements you might want to consider alternatives, and they should all be available from your local pharmacy.
How Long Do You Need to Take to Recover from Adrenal Fatigue?
It’s a troublesome question to answer, as adrenal fatigue recovery time has never been examined. Improvement for adrenal fatigue can take some time. It may take months, even maybe years for few peoples; it should take a little time to regain your bodily and mental strength again.
For complete adrenal recovery, you can anticipate it to take:
- 5–8 months for minor adrenal fatigue
- 12–18 months for a medium level of fatigue
- Moth than 24 months for severe adrenal fatigue
The best strategy is to build substantial changes to your lifestyle for longer lasting results. Some people reported a difference in their overall health after just a couple of weeks of better diet and adrenal fatigue supplements. If you intend for a well-balanced lifestyle with a healthy sleep habit, work out a little, have some fun and a positive atmosphere, then you are most likely to keep your adrenal system recover quickly and efficiently!
Did You Know Adrenal Fatigue and Osteoporosis Are Related to One Another?
A comparatively new area of thought, there is some relationship between adrenal fatigue and osteoporosis. It’s familiar that osteoporosis is often a consequence of imbalanced hormones. Nevertheless, the sex hormones or the transgressors aren’t the only problems that exist here. Unusually high or low cortisol levels can cause bone loss and osteoporosis risk.
Nutritional deficiencies can worsen or speed up the progress of osteoporosis as well, so changing your diet to remove pro-inflammatory foods can raise your risk factors for both of these disorders.
While there is not any evidence as of yet that adrenal fatigue directly lets osteoporosis to occur, the proof of the connection between abnormal cortisol levels and osteoporosis should give you rest about loading up on non-nutritious foods and neglecting signs of hypoadrenia.
Many doctors are concerned because they don’t want their patient to inappropriately “treat” themselves for a situation and end up worse than they were in the beginning.
First of all, always keep in your mind that any new dietary regimen or health supplements should always be executed under the guidance of a physician/naturopath you trust. In general, introducing vegetarian foods into your lifestyle and reducing sweet foods and processed items with heaps of sodium or chemicals in them is going to help you feel and live better. No matter what conditions you may or may not have.
The more considerable attention comes when leading to any spices, herbs, pills and essential oils used to battle adrenal fatigue. Keep these general precautions in mind and don’t blindly these without proper medical supervision or decent education on how much, how often and how long to use this treatment.
Adrenal Fatigue is a characteristic, implying that it incorporates multiple systems and features of your health. This makes it very hard to diagnose for a typical doctor too. Whose training is usually to work on more intense conditions. In other words, they are great when you have an acute disease that sends you to the hospital right away. But they’re not so helpful when you confront with multiple symptoms and general accusations of feeling ‘unwell and tired’. As it’s relatively vaguer than acute symptoms.
Even though they are willing to go through with these steps for you, the shortcomings of our overcrowded healthcare system can not make it really possible for them to do so. Advanced healthcare aims to get patients in and out of the clinic as fast as possible, and it inspires the use of prescription medicines to treat symptoms, instead of attempting to diagnose and treat the underlying problems.
Doctors advise you not to waste precious time taking an unproven diagnosis for “adrenal fatigue.” If you feel tired, nervous, or depressed. If you face this kind of symptoms, you may be suffering from adrenal insufficiency, obstructive sleep apnea, depression, or any other health issues. Making a real diagnosis is very important to help you feel better and overcome your health problem.
Treating Adrenal Fatigue requires lifestyle changes. For example, an improved diet and exercise routine. Along with appropriate supplementation and even sometimes, emotional counseling as well.