Adrenal fatigue is not acknowledged in the conventional medical model as it isn’t a medical condition, but a dysfunction between your adrenal glands and brain. Adrenal fatigue is characterized by brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, etc., symptoms that would not send you to the hospital, but they indicate that there is an imbalance in your body.
The signs of adrenal fatigue:
- Difficulty staying focused
- Brain fog
- Reduced ability to handle stress
- Low sex drive
- Hot flashes related to menopause or PMS
- Digestive problems
- Weight gain
- Salt and/or sugar cravings
- Elevated susceptibility to illness
Here is way you may have Adrenal Fatigue:
- Emotional stress
- Poor nutrition
- Microbiome imbalance and digestive infections
- Autoimmune diseases
- Sleep deprivation
First of all you should know that a little stress is good and normal. The ability of your body to recover from stress is what counts, and if you are not eating or sleeping well and experiencing chronic stress, then you are more likely to experience adrenal burnout. In case you are a woman, you will notice a worsening in PMS symptoms or irregular cycles because your body will be struggling for molecules, such as progesterone to produce cortisol. This is a bad sign because it can also lead to estrogen dominance and infertility.
Thinning hair and constipation are also signs of adrenal fatigue and this happens because your adrenals affect your female hormones and your thyroid. Sleep problems and weight gain may also occur since you have slow metabolism because of high stress levels. To sum up, if you are chronically stressed, your body cannot burn fat.
Fix the adrenal fatigue naturally:
- Test your saliva to detect your cortisol levels
- Restore circadian rhythm
- Eat regularly to keep stable blood sugar levels
- Consume hormone-balancing, nutrient-rich foods and healthy fats
- Consume enough calories
- Eat foods high in vitamin C and B
- Include probiotic foods in your diet
- Cut down the coffee
- Consume adaptogenic herbs
- Relax and minimize stress
- Get enough sleep, at least eight hours
The saliva testing requires four samples in one day to determine your cortisol rhythm, so that you will have the information you need to restore any imbalance.
Next, combine a nutrient-rich diet with a healing protocol, by adding more veggies to each meal, high quality wild fish, eggs, grass fed lamb and beef etc. Consume high-quality sea salt, also healthy fats such as olive oil, butter, coconut oil, then super-foods such as organ meats, raw probiotic foods/kraut, and bone broth.
Then, you should take the right healing supplements on a regular basis, including:
- Tulsi and nettle tea
- Adaptogenic herbs, such as licorice root, adrenatone, maca root, and/or GAIA
- Vitamin C
Finally, to restore your natural circadian rhythms you should start eating every four hours, waking up every day at the same time and going to bed by 10pm. It is very important to keep stable your blood sugar levels since blood sugar imbalances can stress your adrenals. You can achieve this by eliminating white sugar, gluten, refined foods, coffee, sodas, and nightly wine of your diet. Avoid skipping meals. To boost your digestion you can even take a high-quality probiotic supplements.
If you want to get rid of the fatigue, add adaptogenic herbs, such as holy basil, licorice root, ashwaganda, schizandra, rhodiola, and maca to your daily routine. Before you do any of this be sure to consult a practitioner to help you determine what you need.
Even though you start eating well, you can not solve this problem if you do not make some simple lifestyle changes. Start by getting restorative sleep and taking enough time to relax and calm down your exhausted and overstimulated body and mind.