Adrenal fatigue isn’t an accepted medical diagnosis though many suffer from it. The accepted illness in the medical field is adrenal insufficiency or Addison’s disease as noted by the Mayo Clinic. It is described as the inadequate production of one or more of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands and only affects about one in 10,000 people. As we have no clear cut definition yet for adrenal fatigue, many doctors pretend it doesn’t exist. Estimates are that it affects 16 to 67 per cent of the population at different levels of severity .
Can I tell if I suffer from adrenal fatigue?
The symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue are many and is initiated from the over activation of the adrenals during or immediately after stress, be it physical or mental. Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone which regulates metabolism and the immune response is increased at this time.
Common symptoms include fatigue, little or no energy, waking up in the middle of the night, anxiety, constant stress and brain fog, unexplained weight loss, low blood pressure, light headedness and joint pain. It is important to consult with a doctor if you experience any of these symptoms to determine if adrenal fatigue is the contributing factor.
Natural treatment of adrenal fatigue
With the debilitating effect of adrenal fatigue and the increasing desire for natural medicine, more individuals are seeking out natural and effective ways of treating this problem. So I am sharing with you four of the more common natural ways to treat adrenal fatigue.
- Watch your diet
I’m sure you’ve heard that old saying we are what we eat, and rightly so. Vitamin C which boosts your immune system and vitamin B5 which plays a critical role in the manufacture of the adrenal hormones are very necessary and important in helping to ease the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Increasing your intake of foods rich in these vitamins such as citrus, red bell peppers, papaya and broccoli for vitamin C; and sunflower seeds, mushrooms, yogurt and corn for vitamin B5 can give added relief to these symptoms.
2. Natural Herbs
Adaptogens are highly regarded for herbal relief of adrenal fatigue. They have the potential to normalize the body’s physiological functions. Incuded in the class of herbs are ginseng, ashwagandha and rhodiola. Ashwagandha has been used for centuries in ayurvedic medicine and is an herb that increases the body’s ability to handle both physical and emotional stress.
Studies have shown that ashwagandha possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, antistress, antioxidant and rejuvenating properties . It has also been found that high-concentration full-spectrum ashwagandha root extract, safely and effectively improves an individual’s resistance towards stress and thereby improves self-assessed quality of life . When combined with black pepper nutrient absorption is increased maximizing its efficiency and making it more available and accessible to our system .
On average the adult body is made up of about 60% water, so it is important that we replenish this vital element in our bodies so that it can carry out its all important functions to maintain great health. Fluid and salt depletion usually accompany adrenal fatigue. Fluid requirements are higher than the normal person and must be balanced with sodium intake. Water intake must be consistent and gradual when suffering from adrenal fatigue.
- Relaxation Techniques
Taking advantage of relaxation techniques that incorporate both the body and mind have been used to help protect the body from the harmful effects of too much stress. These include belly breathing, repeating a mantra or affirmation, progressive relaxation and counting exhalations. These help with offsetting stress buildup and establishing balance in the nervous system .
Relaxation for Stress