Adrenal fatigue refers to a condition when the adrenal glands are overworked, which result in hormonal imbalance and low cortisol levels. Adrenal fatigue affects millions of people worldwide.
The usual treatment for this problem includes medication or surgery. However, the good news is that you can treat it in a natural way!
Is Adrenal Fatigue A Hoax?
Most doctors refer to adrenal fatigue as hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis dysfunction which is a term that describes miscommunication between the brain and adrenals.
Actually, adrenal fatigue is a lack of communication between the brain and the gland. The production of this vital hormone is impaired which leads to low cortisol levels.
The adrenals are responsible for our sex hormones and cortisol (the stress hormone). They manage the function of our thyroid, our stress response, our libido, metabolism and hormone levels. If their function is disrupted, you will deal with many problems.
Constant stress and other factors cause high cortisol levels, which over time can result in depression, anxiety, and neuroendocrine dysfunction.
Adrenal fatigue leads to numerous symptoms including:
- Brain fog
- Low libido
- Weight gain
- Loss of focus
- Digestive problems
- Sugar and/or salt cravings
This can result in serious problems that will have a negative effect on your daily activities. So, it is extremely important to stop the problem before it leads to further complications.
What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?
There are many factors which can cause adrenal fatigue. The most common ones include stress, alcohol abuse, unhealthy lifestyle and diet, lack of sleep, chronic inflammation, and microbiome imbalance.
The excessive consumption of coffee can overwork the adrenals. Lack of sleep will prevent the ability of your body to regulate hormones and heal. Over years, this will cause your adrenals to suffer.
Fortunately, there is a way to prevent adrenal fatigue. All, you have to do is take care of your diet and sleep. Include more fruits and vegetables to your diet and make sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep.
Also, it is very important to relax as much as you can because stress can trigger adrenal fatigue. Try meditation, yoga or some breathing techniques. Make sure to reduce your coffee and alcohol, add some probiotics and vitamin C in your diet and eat at regular intervals.
There are four steps in treating this problem
The first one requires going to the doctor. To detect any problems with the adrenals, you should get a saliva test. After doing the test, the doctor will identify your problem and tell you what to do.
The second step includes consuming a nutrient-dense diet. Vegetables should be the base of all your meals. Also, consume high-quality proteins that come from grass-fed meat and fish. Instead of regular salt, you should use sea salt. Also, don’t forget about the healthy fats such as coconut oil, butter and ghee. Last but not least, add some bone broth in your daily diet.
The third step requires adding some supplements in your diet, such as vitamins B and C, probiotics, adaptogenic herbs and nettle and tulsi tea. They can relieve stress and regulate your cortisol production, thus improve the function of your adrenals.
The fourth step of the treatment is restoring your natural circadian rhythm. To put your sleep on a schedule, star sleeping properly. Wake up and go to bed at the same time, eat 4 hours and don’t go to bed later than 11 pm.
You should keep your blood sugar levels in check. Remove sugar and gluten-rich foods from your diet. Probiotics will support your digestion and metabolism and improve your sleep.
To support your adrenals, add adaptogenic herbs into your diet. Try adding ashwagandha, licorice root, holy basil, schizandra, maca root and rhodiola. However, make sure to consult a nutritionist before using any herb!