First of all you may say, “What are adrenals and what is adrenal fatigue? The adrenal glands are located on the top of each kidney.
These small endocrine glands are responsible for a variety of hormones that regulate blood pressure, how our body uses food, levels of minerals in the blood, and many more functions.
Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level.
Adrenal fatigue is caused when your adrenal glands cannot meet the demands of added stress. It is no surprise that millions of Americans suffer from adrenal fatigue with our busy lives.
We have a very fast-paced lifestyle. The stress levels have changed, but our bodies have not and were not created to deal with those demands on a regular long-term basis.
Refer back to my article on How to reduce stress, as we all need some advice in this area. Stress is linked to a variety of disorders that plague our western society. Take a deep breath and de-stress.
Adrenal fatigue may also be caused by poor lifestyle choices over a period of time. For example, someone who has eaten a lot of refined foods and sugar will have a hormonal imbalance with insulin and cortisol.
The constant secretion of cortisol in response to poor eating habits an/ or chronic stress can weaken the adrenals and lead to fatigue.
Not getting enough sleep can weaken the adrenals. Trauma, which can be physical or emotional or psychological and not effectively dealing with stress can overload the system and cause severe adrenal fatigue.
Some of the symptoms you may experience from adrenal fatigue are: feeling tired for no reason, waking up feeling tired even though you had plenty of rest, feeling rundown, overwhelmed, cravings for salty or sweet foods.
Oversensitivity of the eyes to bright sunlight can indicate adrenal problems, but being in the midday sun without sunglasses will actually strengthen the adrenals.
Pale lips could also indicate weak adrenals as well as unexplained back or knee pain. Also balding on the lower legs can indicate you may need adrenal support.
High anxiety, sugar imbalances, panic attacks, and low energy can be related to adrenal fatigue. You need to eliminate coffee and refined sugar as they both wreak havoc on the Adrenal glands.
Good news is dietary and lifestyle changes can restore your burned out adrenals. You may want to see a Natural Healthcare Professional for saliva testing and a protocol for Adrenal Fatigue.
Here are some of the recommended supplements for restoring your Adrenals. A good Celtic sea salt and elimination of regular table salt is recommended. 2,000-4,000 mg/day of Vitamin C is also recommended. Foods to juice: Hot peppers, Kale, parsley, collard, turnip greens, broccoli, and lemons.
Vitamin B complex take as directed. Foods to juice: Spinach, Kale, and avocado. I will include a recipe here for a good one! Magnesium citrate at 400-1,200 mg/day. Trace minerals also have a calming effect.
I have personally suffered from adrenal fatigue and anxiety. Honestly, when I take my Reliv, stay away from caffeine and sugar, juice the foods listed above, and in add some additional Vitmain C, magnesium, and B vitamins, I can see major improvements.
If you have anything to add or would like further information on Adrenals please leave a comment below.
To your health,
Sources: Cherie Calbom, “The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution. Medical news today,The healthy home economist, Dr. Lam,and Adrenalfatigue.org Photo credit :www.needmotivation.com