HOW TO REVERSE ADRENAL FATIGUE NATURALLY


Are you beyond tired on a daily basis? Do you experience afternoon “crashes” and feel as though you’ve ran a 5k even though you spent the day sitting on the couch? You may have what is known as Adrenal Fatigue.

This syndrome is no joke and can be downright exhausting. You don’t have to take my word for it; just ask our beloved founder Emily Salsbury-Deveaux. She has suffered from this crippling syndrome for almost two years. The glitz and glamour of running a designer fashion company come with being overworked and not enough time to care for yourself.

It’s only a matter of time before your body simply runs out of steam. After experiencing crippling fatigue, being unable to lose weight, and feeling totally tapped out, Emily decided to take matters into her own hands and start helping herself heal...naturally.

If you’re feeling beyond tapped out, check out how you can reverse adrenal fatigue naturally and start feeling better.


WHAT IS ADRENAL FATIGUE?

Depending on who you ask, some doctors do not consider Adrenal Fatigue an actual condition. However, Dr. Eric Berg discusses how Adrenal Fatigue is a condition that should be recognized because of the effect it has on our health, and because it can lead to other diseases. Dr. James L. Wilson also explains that patients will suffer physical and mental symptoms from this syndrome when the adrenals are depleted and not operating at optimum levels.

Adrenal Fatigue develops when the body is battling prolonged stress and/or acute or chronic infections. Your adrenals respond to any type of stress your body is experiencing, and the primary hormone cortisol will rise and fall daily but will fluctuate depending on stressors. For instance, the typical pattern for cortisol is to be high upon waking and decline throughout the day.

Adrenaline is associated with the flight or fight response, which is based on our need to handle a threat, whether it is physical or mental., So, if your life is filled with constant stress from work, family, and other issues, it will take a toll on your cortisol levels and may lead to adrenal fatigue symptoms.


SYMPTOMS OF ADRENAL FATIGUE

There are various symptoms associated with Adrenal Fatigue. There are also three different stages of Adrenal Fatigue ranging from mild to severe, and your symptoms may be more extreme depending on what stage you are in. Your recovery time can be anywhere from 6-18 months, depending on how severe your Adrenal Fatigue is.

Signs & Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:

  • Extreme fatigue not relieved by sleep
  • Decreased ability to handle stressful situations
  • Irritability
  • Inability to recover timely from illnesses
  • Increased PMS Symptoms
  • Using caffeine excessively for energy
  • Brain fog, harder to focus
  • Depression
  • Intense cravings for salty foods
  • Decreased sex drive

Sometimes we get so caught up in our busy day-to-day activities we don’t realize our bodies are screaming for help. However, if you take time out to check in with yourself, you may notice you are experiencing symptoms you didn’t have before. For instance, Emily knew something was wrong when she needed to take naps in the middle of the day due to her exhaustion. Take the Adrenal Fatigue Quiz to see if there are signs you are experiencing Adrenal Fatigue.


FIND A NATUROPATHIC DOCTOR

Of course, you should consult a physician before participating in any new diet, exercise plans, or taking supplements. If you're searching for a natural approach to help get your health in order, then a Naturopathic Doctor is a great option! They are more likely to help with Adrenal Fatigue too. They will more than likely order a Saliva Test to check your Cortisol and see how your adrenals are functioning.

A saliva test is done at home by you and mailed off for results. This test is pretty simple. You spit into plastic tubes at specific times of the day, such as 8 AM, Noon, 4 PM, and before bed, to measure your cortisol. This test will help your doctor see how your cortisol is performing throughout the day.


LIFESTYLE CHANGES THAT HELP

The good news is you can help yourself heal with lifestyle changes, diet, and supplements. The more you help your body, the faster you will be able to recover and help reduce other health conditions too!


HEALTHY EATING HABITS

The worst thing you can do with Adrenal Fatigue is to be on an extreme diet. Not consuming enough calories and not having enough healthy fats and carbs can do more harm than good! A well-balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, complex carbs, healthy fats, and lean protein will help regulate your blood sugar levels and help you get healthy!

Emily decided to try Noom and focus on nutrition rather than dieting. She is a chronic under-eater, and this helped her focus on eating enough food and the right foods. Think of it this way. Diet has the word die in it; lifestyle has the word life. So, changing your eating as a lifestyle leads to a healthier life!

You may also want to get checked for food allergies in case it is causing health problems as well. This will help you to know what foods to eat to help you feel your best.

QUALITY H20

Quality water is essential to better health, so it’s worth investing in a filtration system or a filtered water pitcher.

LOW-INTENSITY EXERCISE

Don’t fall into the go-hard or go-home trap. If you are experiencing Adrenal Fatigue, high-intensity workouts can make it much worse! If you find that specific exercises make you feel worse, it’s time to makeover your workout plan. Running, Crossfit, and extreme sports are exercises you should avoid while you recover.

Instead, try low-impact workouts such as walking, yoga, swimming, water aerobics, light strength training, etc. These workouts have a less stressful adrenal gland response and will be easier to stick to.

REST & RELAXATION

If you’re like me, it may be hard to give yourself permission to rest and relax. However, this is a vital step to recovering from Adrenal Fatigue.

Pushing yourself to the max is the worse thing you can do. If you are tired, you need to allow yourself to rest. Napping when you're exhausted is going to help you heal faster.

Emily has to create her work schedule around her rest time to ensure she gets the proper rest she needs to recover. She also fasts from 7pm to 7am to allow her system time to reset. Otherwise, she will end up right back where she was, and her body will suffer greatly.

It’s also essential to get on a sleep schedule. Getting to bed by 10 PM also allows your body to detox, which is critical to good health. Also, stay off your phone and turn the tv off before bed. Reducing screen time before bed can help you fall asleep easier. Another trick to falling asleep faster is using a breathing technique to promote relaxation.

Good sleep is the secret to good health. Do yourself a favor and start a rest & relaxation routine to start healing your body.

CUTTING OUT TOXIC ENERGY

Did you know toxic emotions can cause health problems? Anxiety, stress, heart disease are just a few issues toxic emotions can cause. So, it makes sense that toxic people can wreak havoc on those suffering from Adrenal Fatigue. People will literally suck the life from you, and sometimes it's necessary to reduce the time spent or even stop seeing toxic people.

How do you know if someone is toxic to you? Well, if you find that someone is constantly negative, or if you feel anxious around them more than you do happy, then it may be time to stop spending so much time with them.

I noticed that being around certain people exhausted me more than it should. So I had to reduce my exposure to them to help myself heal easier. It’s not mean; it’s about self-care, and you need to do it for yourself.

DO SOMETHING YOU ENJOY EVERY DAY!

When’s the last time you did something you enjoyed? You’re not supposed to just survive life; you’re supposed to LIVE LIFE! Dr. James L. Wilson recommends doing something you enjoy every single day. Boosting serotonin leads to happiness and helps reduce stress which helps Adrenal Fatigue.

What do you enjoy? Why not start a new hobby you always wanted to try or learn a new instrument? There are so many fun things to do that can help you start living your best life now.


SUPPLEMENTS FOR ADRENAL FATIGUE

There are a variety of herbs and supplements you can add to your new lifestyle as well, however, Emily recommends looking to food first. Again, check with your physician before trying any new supplement. The following supplements are recommended to help with Adrenal Fatigue:

  • Vitamin B-5
  • Vitamin B-6
  • Vitamin B-12
  • Licorice root
  • Maca root
  • Golden root
  • Siberian ginseng
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin C

These are just some of the supplements you can try for better health. Another excellent source of nutrition is juice. Of course, you need to opt for juices without added ingredients and sugar to get the best results.  

However, Emily decided to adventure into the wonderful world of medical cannabis and started micro-dosing to help her lower her stress and get better sleep. Believe it or not, she also has social anxiety! Which can really drain you when you are battling Adrenal Fatigue. Cannabis has helped Emily lower her anxiety, so she can handle social interaction without it draining her so much.

Depending on your area, you may want to consider this aspect to help with the rest and relaxation of your healing process.


HELP YOURSELF HEAL

Getting help and applying lifestyle changes and supplements can help you reverse Adrenal Fatigue naturally. Remember to be patient with yourself and get plenty of rest and relaxation too. Your body needs help and you being kind to yourself is a huge part of healing.

If you are experiencing Adrenal Fatigue, then start making these changes as soon as possible to prevent other health conditions and get on the path to recovery!


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KAT BRANCATO

Kat Brancato is a Lifestyle Writer and Blogger that has been featured in Better Homes & Gardens, The Real Simple, and Clever Girl Finance. In addition to Freelance Writing, she enjoys writing her Lifestyle Blog "The Kat's Meow."

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