Treatment for adrenal fatigue involves reducing stress on your body and your mind, eliminating toxins, avoiding negative thinking, and replenishing your body with healthy food and positive thoughts.
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
What happens when the adrenal glands stop producing hormones efficiently? Every bodily function is affected, and as adrenal hormone levels shrink, even the normal “get-up-and-go” you get from them disappears. Adrenal fatigue symptoms include:
Morning fatigue or trouble waking up
Cravings for sugar
Inability to tolerate high-carb/potassium foods unless paired with fat and protein
If you’ve experienced any of these adrenal fatigue side effects, take heart, for there are now many natural ways to treat and support your adrenal system.
Avocado and mango salad1. Adrenal Fatigue Diet
In every case of adrenal recovery, diet is a huge factor. There are a number of foods that support adrenal function. They help replenish your adrenal energy so your system can come back to full health. But first you must start by removing any hard-to-digest foods and any toxins or chemicals in your environment.
The idea is to remove anything that taxes your adrenals. Foods to avoid include:
Caffeine: This can interfere with your sleep cycle and make it hard for your adrenals to recover. If you must drink coffee or a caffeinated beverage, then have a limited amount in the morning before noon.
Sugar and sweeteners: Includes avoiding high-fructose corn syrup and artificial sweeteners as well. Avoid sugary foods, cereals, candy, sweets, etc. Be aware that sugar is an additive in many breads, condiments and dressings. Try to avoid as much extra sugar as possible. Seek the benefits of raw honey or stevia as an alternative.
Processed and microwaved foods: First of all, the microwave has its own dangers, but additionally, most microwaveable foods have many preservatives and fillers that are hard to digest and wear out your body’s energy and digestion cycle. Try to buy food on the outer walls of your grocery store and prepare your own food whenever possible.
Hydrogenated oils: Vegetable oils like soybean, canola and corn oil are highly inflammatory and can lead to adrenal inflammation. Try to only use good fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, organic butter or ghee.
Next, you want to add nutrient-dense foods that are easy to digest and have healing qualities. Some of the top superfoods for adrenal health include:
Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.)
Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon)
Chicken and turkey
Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
Seeds, such as pumpkin, chia and flax
Kelp and seaweed
Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
These foods help overcome adrenal insufficiency because they’re nutrient-dense, low in sugar, and have healthy fat and fiber.
2. Adrenal Fatigue Supplements
Another big key to overcoming adrenal fatigue is taking the right supplements. I always recommend eating the right foods to heal your body. supplements and natural medicine, medicine bowlHowever, due to soil depletion (from over-farmed and unhealthy farming practices), much of the fruits and vegetables don’t have the same amount of nutrition that they did even 50 years ago.
Thus, certain adrenal-boosting nutrients are needed to get your adrenal function back up, such as:
Fish oil (EPA/DHA)
Taking these supplements in their whole-food form could greatly improve your symptoms of adrenal insufficiency.
3. Adrenal Fatigue Stress Reduction
The last and most important key to restoring your adrenal function is to heed your mind and stress needs. Pay attention to your body!
Rest when you feel tired as much as possible.woman sleeping peacefully in bed, alarm clock
Sleep 8–10 hours a night.
Avoid staying up late and stay on a regular sleep cycle — ideally, in bed before 10 p.m.
Laugh and do something fun every day.
Minimize work and relational stress.
Eat on a regular food cycle, and reduce your caffeine and sugar addiction.
Exercise (even moderate exercise and walking can help).
Avoid negative people and self-talk.
Take time for yourself (do something relaxing).
Seek counsel or support for any traumatic experiences.
NOTE: PLEASE SEEK THE HELP OF A NATURAL HEALTH THERAPIST BEFORE EMBARKING ON TREATING YOURSELF FOR ADRENAL FATIGUE!