- Do you struggle with mental and physical fatigue, even after sleeping for 8, 10, or even 12 hours?
- Are you emotionally reactive and/or unable to handle stress?
- Do you cry a lot, crave salt, or have a diminished libido?
- Do you feel nauseous and dizzy, especially when going from sitting to standing?
Adrenal Fatigue Basics
The adrenal glands are responsible for releasing hormones that help us to deal with stressors, and chronic high-stress levels force the adrenal glands to work overtime. The constant output of stress hormones wears the adrenal glands out, and when this happens adrenal fatigue (also referred to as adrenal exhaustion or adrenal insufficiency), can set-in. High achievers, naturally anxious people, and individuals who lead busy or high-stress lifestyles are especially prone to adrenal fatigue.
Why Adrenal Fatigue is Rarely Diagnosed
Although adrenal fatigue is extremely common, it is rarely diagnosed because conventional doctors refuse to acknowledge it. Conventional doctors typically take a black-and-white approach to diagnosis, and if complete adrenal failure is not present, then the adrenals are diagnosed as healthy. Alternative practitioners, on the other hand, see the grey and recognize that the adrenal glands can under-function enough to radically affect a person’s wellbeing, without being in complete failure mode.
5 Simple Steps For Adrenal Health Restoration
Step #1: BrainTap Pro App – Tap Into Your Best Self
BrainTap is a combination of an app and a headset, and it’s the headset that sets this device apart from anything else you may have tried. There are six guided meditation programs with 20 to 30 sessions in each to help with weight-loss, stress, better sleep, overall well-being and learning for children. They guide you to not only understanding your body and mind better but to visualize that you can become better and healthier every day as you reach your goals.
Step #2: Reduce Stress
Stress reduction is essential for overcoming adrenal fatigue. In order to minimize stress, you should allow your body to rest as much as possible, and aim to sleep 8-to-10 hours a night. Try to establish a regular sleep cycle, and go to bed as early as possible; our bodies are designed to sleep at sunset and when you try to fight this natural biorhythm, you pay with fatigue. Moderate exercise, of at least 300 minutes per week, can also help to vastly reduce stress levels but don’t overdo it, because when your adrenals are exhausted high-intensity workouts will tire you further. Finally, avoid negative people and negative self-talk, and make sure to carve out alone time, and time for laughter and play, every day.
Step #3: Modify Your Diet
Your diet plays a major role in adrenal health and it should be primarily composed of whole, unprocessed foods. Eliminate sugar, sweeteners, caffeine, vegetable oils, and packaged, fried and microwaved foods. Consume an unlimited amount of vegetables and a moderate amount of fruit, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Also, include kelp or other sea vegetables because they are extremely nutrient-dense and they are a natural source of salt which is essential for adrenal health. Finally, consume grapefruit and pure licorice regularly because they contain special enzymes that help increase the availability of the stress hormone cortisol in the body. [i] Increasing cortisol availability is beneficial because a cortisol depletion is a primary cause of adrenal fatigue and of many of the negative symptoms associated with the condition.
Step #4: Take Adrenal Supporting Herbs
There are many herbs that boost adrenal function and ashwagandha is one of them. Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, that helps to reduce stress and anxiety and enhance energy and cognition. Adaptogens such as Ashwagandha are special because they function differently in each person, adapting to each individual’s unique requirements. Licorice root is another potent adrenal-boosting herb that helps to boost circulating cortisol levels by reducing the liver’s ability to break cortisol down. Other beneficial herbs include Holy basil, Rhodiola Rosea, Schisandra berry, Gingko, Echinacea, Ginseng, and Maca.