5 Keys to Treating Adrenal Fatigue
Posted On: January 2, 2020
Are you tired? Do you struggle with weight gain or trouble losing weight through the mid section? Do you lack energy to exercise and get work done? Do you find yourself reaching for and relying on caffeine and sugar for energy? You may be suffering from adrenal fatigue. Help is here.
A Holistic Approach to Treating Adrenal Fatigue
A guided proven holistic approach to adrenal health gives you the greatest chance of success in healing and maintaining a vital glandular system of the body. In the following article, I will be going over the 5 keys to treating adrenal fatigue successfully. Anatomically, the adrenal glands sit right on top of each kidney.
Table of Contents: 5 Keys to Treating Adrenal Fatigue
- Get Your Rest!
- Lowering Your Stress
- Diet – What and When You Eat
- Exercise in Moderation
- Adrenal Fatigue – Nutritional and Herbal Support
- How Do I Heal?
Get Your Rest!
If I had a nickel for every time one of my patients told me they were tired, I would be a very rich doctor. Getting an ample amount of sleep is the first step. And getting it at the right times is second.
People who suffer from adrenal fatigue, adrenal stress, or adrenal gland exhaustion go to bed far too late and don’t get enough sleep. They tend to be “night owls,” enjoying that second wind that comes around 9-10 AM. “I’m so productive late at night.” Staying up till 12-1 AM before going to bed and then waking up for work or school @ 5-6 AM. I ask them, “Do you feel well-rested when you wake up in the morning?” All people with any level of adrenal fatigue or adrenal stress will answer “no.”
How Much Sleep? Bed Time!
The body is made to be asleep from 9-10 PM until 5-6 AM, getting an average of 8-9 hours of sleep per night. To some of you, that much sleep may sound ridiculous, but a lack of sleep is by far the biggest reason for any level of fatigue. That includes mental fatigue showing up as memory problems, and even depression in some cases. There is no replacement for good sleep.
And sugar and caffeine overuse are nothing more than a short term fix that leads to dependence, then addiction. Make a healthy habit of getting to bed by 9-10 PM. Establish a good bedtime routine. You will thank yourself in the morning when to your surprise you start getting up without an alarm clock. I haven’t used one in 25 years.
Lowering Your Stress
Everyone knows stress is a major contributor, and many times, a cause in disease processes. In the case of the adrenal glands, it’s a killer. Anytime you are mentally or emotionally stressed, this stress affects the adrenal glands, leading to a more anxious experience. Working in high-stress environments like finance, project management, healthcare, and parenting young children stimulate these types of stressed adrenal responses. The adrenal glands work overtime as they try to prepare for what the next moment may bring.
You are in prolonged “fight/flight” state for survival, many times seeing that state as normal. It is not! It doesn’t matter if the stress is mental or physical; the mind and body are connected, and the chemical reactions are real and have a real effect.
Stress and Weight Gain
One of the chemicals that increases during times of stress is cortisol. High cortisol levels can lead to increased fat deposition in the mid-section, as well as disrupt blood-sugar metabolism and hormonal balance. This chemical imbalance leads to weight gain and difficulty losing weight, even with good dietary habits. The adrenal stress must be addressed as a part of any holistic healthy weight loss plan. Managing first, then lowering and eliminating stress longterm is one of the 5 keys to treating adrenal fatigue.
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Diet: What and When You Eat
When you are eating to help heal and support your adrenal glands, it is all about balance. Eliminating the highs and lows from your emotions and from your blood sugar levels goes a long way in helping the adrenals rest and recuperate.
This is accomplished by not going too long between meals, eating every 2-3 hours of your waking day. Now the what: I recommend following a Mediterranean diet: A heart-healthy eating plan. And stay away from more than one cup of coffee or green tea per day. That cup should be preferably in the morning with breakfast, and not after 2 PM. If you are tired in the afternoon (1-3 PM), it is a sign you are in adrenal fatigue and the last thing you need to do is to jolt those already-tired glands with caffeine.
Take it to the Next Level
The Standard Process 21 Day Purification program is amazing when you are ready to take it to the next level and include a detoxification program with a 21-day adrenal rehabilitation endeavor. For those looking for a less aggressive approach, the Standard Process 10 Day Blood Sugar Support Kit will do wonders to rebalance your blood sugar and give your adrenals the environment they need to regenerate with the other components we are discussing.
Exercise in Moderation
There is no doubt that exercise is an important component of the 5 keys to healing adrenal fatigue. Exercise is one of the best ways to alleviate stress. And a regular exercise program consisting of various forms of exercise -cardiovascular, yoga, tai chi, weight training – is crucial to achieving and maintaining good adrenal health.
That being said, I would like to share some insights I have gained over the last 25 years of practice treating adrenal stress, adrenal fatigue, and adrenal exhaustion. The typical personality types that end up with any of the aforementioned adrenal issues tend to be The Overachiever, Type A, Adrenaline Junkies. They tend to overdo it, and they tend to do the same when it comes to exercise. Not resting enough, not varying workout routines, and not taking days off push the body to the limit and don’t allow it a chance to heal. Remember, too much of a good thing turns anything into a bad thing.
And moderation in all things is the key. I recommend doing more walking than running for a week or two, more yoga or tai chi than weight training. Take a break and rest for a weekend. Get a massage, take an Epsom salt bath, just chill. In addition, everyone’s schedule is different, but do your best not to exercise past 7 PM at night, when you should be winding down and getting ready for bed soon.
Adrenal Fatigue – Nutritional and Herbal Support
When talking about what supplements are needed for adrenal treatment, I begin by following the classifications developed by Hans Selye, M.D. in the 1920s and 30s when he researched and described it as the general adaption syndrome or GAS. Depending on what level you fall into the most decides which supplements you may need, and for how long. The higher the level, the longer you will need that supplement support.
- Level 1 Adrenal Stress – Alarm Reaction – Activated by any stress mental, physical, or emotional. Call to action. Get Ready!
- Level 2 Adrenal Stress – Resistance – A prolonged Alarm Reaction. Again think of anything causing Level 1, but for a longer time, a week to a month. For example, getting through a renovation project, taking care of a loved one after surgery, dealing with a project at work that requires overtime. Your “fuse is very short and quick.”
- Level 3 Adrenal Stress – Exhaustion – This is the stage of depletion. Now you are going into glandular failure and decreasing function. You are losing the ability to deal with stress in a healthy manner, you find yourself overwhelmed and shutting down.
There are many options when it comes to adrenal support products. I will be talking about whole food/ herbal products manufactured by Standard Process and MediHerb. I have used these products in practice for over 25 years with great success. These products are available through my site, www.hearthealthyhomes.com.
- Level 1 Adrenal Stress (Alarm State) Support Supplements
- Daily Fundamentals – Adrenal Health Packs – This product pack contains Drenamin, which, taken twice per day, gives the adrenals glands what they need to deal with daily stress of all kinds. Please click on the link to see all the benefits listed; it is truly a whole body, whole food support in convenient grab-and go-packs.
- Symplex M / Symplex F – These products names relate to M as Male, F as Female. They support functioning and communication between what is called the HPAH Axis (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal-Hormonal Axis). Beyond the scope of this article, this axis works together to deal with stress and adaption and should be supported holistically as well as supporting the adrenal glands as well.
- Level 2 Adrenal Stress (Resistance) Support Supplements
- Daily Fundamentals – Adrenal Health Packs
- Symplex M / Symplex F
- Rhodiola & Ginseng Complex – This herbal blend becomes crucial when you find yourself in Level 2. You begin to lack physical stamina at this level. This level also has a characteristic of chronicity, meaning you have been in it, or in-and-out of it for a longer period of time and need additional support to get out and stay out. For increased energy, ability to handle stress and optimize exercise performance, this product is a MUST for Level 2.
- Level 3 Adrenal Stress (Exhaustion) – Support Supplements
- Daily Fundamentals – Adrenal Health Packs
- Symplex M / Symplex F
- Ashwagandha Complex– This herbal blend becomes crucial when you find yourself in Level 3. At this level, you begin to lack stamina mentally and physically. A tonic for the entire body, including the immune system, which begins to be compromised more severely at this level of adrenal stress. A MUST for Level 3.
- Adrenal Desiccated – I have used this product for many years for the treatment of extreme fatigue. Adrenal Desiccated is to be used short term to get the adrenals out of Level 3 Exhaustion and into Level 2 Resistance. Every person is different, but 4-6 weeks should be the limit on this product. Watch the video above.
Adrenal Health is a Key to Good Health!
I hope you can appreciate how important those little glands that sit on top of your kidneys really are. They play a very important role in your health and well-being on every level. So take the time to take care of them and they will take care of you. And once you have them healthy, keep them healthy, by living a life that takes into consideration the 5 keys to treating adrenal fatigue. If there is one old adage that always rings true, it is “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”
How Do I Heal?
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In Good Health,
- Selye, H. (1950, June 17). Stress and the general adaptation syndrome. British Medical Journal, 1(4667), 1383-1392
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