Adrenal Fatigue Treatment
How to naturally restore your adrenals in 30 days or less
October 13th, 2013 by Angela Ysseldyk
If you've found your way to this article on adrenal fatigue treatment options, there is a good chance that you already know that you have adrenal fatigue. You might have extreme adrenal fatigue and are barely existing or perhaps you're in the early stages of this ever increasing problem and still getting by. But you know something is not right.
The number one complaint from those suffering from adrenal fatigue is exhaustion. This is a unique problem because adrenal fatigue will effect sleep quality, leaving you sleep deprived. The more sleep deprived you are the greater the amount of stress you are adding to your body. And the cycle continues. Unless you take some major action, adrenal exhaustion can leave you feeling depressed, unmotivated and bedridden, which you may be feeling already.
Common Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
How many of these are you? If you suffer from two or more of these symptoms, there is a strong possibility that you have adrenal fatigue.
- Extreme hot flashes and night sweats
- Insomnia (you go to bed but three hours later you are wide awake)
- Environmental sensitivities
- Poor concentration
- Low energy
- Dizziness upon rising (usually because of low blood pressure)
- Nervousness or anxiety
- Shortness of breath
- Muscle twitching
- Heart palpitations
- Sensitivity to light
- Digestive problems or
- Cravings for salt, sugar, junk food or coffee
What are the Adrenal Glands and Why Do They Matter?
The adrenal glands are two tiny little glands that sit just above your kidneys (one on each). Fatigued adrenals will effect the workings of the kidneys (water/mineral balance).
The adrenal glands get very little attention in Western medicine, yet they have the important job of secreting sex hormones and stress hormones that guide reactions to a stressor throughout the entire body.
Adrenal exhaustion occurs when the glands wear out from the continual production of the stress hormone Cortisol and can lead to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and eventually Addison's disease. Most importantly, adrenal exhaustion promotes hormone imbalance. The adrenal glands and the thyroid are linked. If the adrenals become stressed, the thyroid gland can produce less thyroid hormone and vice versa. Chronic elevation of the stress hormone Cortisol, is now linked to bone loss, compromised immune function, fat accumulation, infertility and memory loss. Most people today, particularly women, have some degree of compromised adrenal gland function due to stressful lives we all live.
Nutrition for the Adrenals
Foods that Support your adrenals:
- Avoid fruit in the morning. At least don’t eat it on it’s own. Eat protein for breakfast like a smoothie, chicken breast, eggs.
- Mix 1-2 tablespoons of essential fatty acids into grains, vegetables, and meats daily.
- Eat only the highest quality foods. Stay away from junk and processed foods and you'll begin to feel better in no time.
- Increase your intake of vitamin C, magnesium, and pantothenic acid during times of stress. Food sources of calcium include: dairy products, sesame seeds (unhulled), and products made from them such as tahini and humus, deep green vegetables such as kale, collard, Swiss chard, parsley, and broccoli; beans; nuts; and sea vegetables such as kelp. Food sources of magnesium include: brown rice, beans, nuts, seeds, and sea vegetables such as kelp (the highest source). Food sources of pantothenic acid include: bee pollen, royal jelly, brewer's yeast, organ meats, legumes, and eggs.
- Include plenty of fiber. When you are experiencing adrenal fatigue, mild constipation is present. Increasing the amount of fiber in your diet not only improves bowel motion and re-establishes normal bowel function, but it also helps strengthen your adrenal function.
- Combine fat, protein, and starchy carbohydrates (such as whole grains) at every meal and every snack. This combination provides a steady source of energy over a longer period of time because they are converted into glucose at different rates. Also, these three as energy sources put less strain on every part of your body—including your adrenals.
- Eat lots of brightly colored veggies, which are especially rich in vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants.
- Sea Salt food to your taste. Eat sea salt for the mineral content
- Eat mainly whole grains as starchy carbohydrate sources.
- Combine grains with beans, seeds or nuts to form a complete protein.
Just as certain foods can be nourishing for the body, others can be deleterious. When you have adrenal problems, proper nutrition is paramount. You may want to ask yourself how much sugar and caffeine are in your diet.
- Sugar and caffeine tend to be top offenders when it comes to adrenal fatigue. Sugar is high in calories but low in nutrition and actually puts stress on the body while being metabolized. Adrenal fatigue reduces blood sugar levels and increases the desire for sugar, but increased consumption of simple sugars will only put further stress on the adrenals.
- If you are stressed, cut the coffee, espressos, black tea and switch to green tea if you must. Anything with caffeine in it will only aggravate the problem. The same goes for eating sugar and refined foods. Just get rid of them!
- Nutrients and Superfoods for the Adrenals
- Vitamin C – most used by the adrenal glands for stress adaptation. 1,000-3,000 mg/day
- Panthothenic Acid (B5): synthesis of adrenal hormones, nerve transmission. 1,000-2,000 mg/day
- B Complex vitamin –helps with stress adaptation by supporting the nervous system 50-100mg/day
- Lipoic Acid – prevents accumulation of stress hormones (catecholoamines) in the heart tissue
- Protein and fat – helps build hormones and neurotransmitters
- Adaptogenic Herbs – Rhodiola, Ashwaganda, Suma = Adrenasmart
Bee Pollen for Stress
- Bee Pollen: It's richness in the B Vitamins and in amino acids necessary to the nervous system gives it anti-stress qualities. Pollen contains all of the amino acids necessary in the production of endorphins (our happy hormones) in the nervous system.
- Royal jelly is also an excellent Adrenal tonic . And Royal jelly can be used for Hormone balance and Anxiety
Adrenal Fatigue Protocol
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What the Adrenal Fatigue Protocol Includes:
- One bottle of AdrenaSmart 90 caps
- One bottle of Dutchman's Gold Bee Pollen 500 mg 90 capsules
- One bottle of Multismart by Lorna Vanderhaeghe 180 capsules
How to Take the Adrenal Fatigue Protocol
- Take two capsules of AdrenaSmart midday with a snack
- Take three capsules of MultiSmart in the morning with your first meal
- Take two capsules of Dutchman's Gold Bee Pollen caps before each meal.