Are you tired, yet too “wired” to fall asleep? Are you craving salt, sweets, and carbs? Are you easily irritated? Do you experience chronic infections? Heart palpitations, muscle twitches, or light-headedness upon standing up?
Perhaps you’re experiencing Adrenal Fatigue.
The adrenal glands sit atop your kidneys and are responsible for regulating the stress response (fight or flight) through the synthesis of cortisol and adrenaline. Daily life can cause a lot of stress on the adrenal glands. When these glands become fatigued, the body can experience any number of symptoms. In addition to those mentioned above, one might experience dizziness, excessive sweating from little activity, dark circles under the eyes, dry & unhealthy skin, low blood sugar, or lack of libido. If you suspect adrenal fatigue, it is important to address it right away, as these glands are vital to a healthy immune system.
Let’s take a look at a few ways that you can naturally support your adrenal glands…
- Sleep is so incredibly important for all functions of your body, including your adrenals. Try to get on a regular sleep schedule (going to bed and waking up at the same time every day) and aim for 8 hours every night.
- Eliminate the junk!
- Remove sugar and processed (simple) carbs from your diet. The adrenal glands help to regulate blood sugar levels, so by consuming sugar and simple carbs, you’re putting added stress on the adrenals.
- Eat clean, whole foods!
- Combine a healthy fat, protein, and complex carbohydrate source (like whole grains) at every meal.
- Stress can wreak havoc on your body, including the adrenals. Take up yoga, go for a walk, smile… whatever it takes for you, it is very important to de-stress.
For more information on Adrenal Fatigue click here.
You can also find a lot of very useful information here: The Adrenal Fatigue Solution. While you’re there, consider getting a copy of the ebook. It is full of information to help you reduce stress and restore your energy levels!
*As always, consult with your doctor if you have any health concern. This post does not replace the advice of a MD.