Do You Feel Constantly Exhausted?
Do you feel constantly exhausted?
Adrenal fatigue is something that could happen after prolonged physical, emotional, or mental stress. We tend to ignore the symptoms of adrenal fatigue, blaming it on the business of our lives. Symptoms range from fatigue, sleep issues, lacking focus, and memory issues. It can leave us feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and short-tempered. So how do you get out of this cycle of your hormones and body struggling against itself and leaving you feeling burned out?
Adrenal glands are what our body relies on to monitor our “fight or flight” response. When we are stressed our adrenal glands release adrenaline, making us more alert and focused. Our bodies also release cortisol which converts protein and stored sugar (glycogen) to energy. Prolonged stress can cause an imbalance to the adrenal gland functions and cause many symptoms such as weight gain, insomnia, fuzzy thinking, depression, cravings, and mood swings.
Balancing the adrenal glands and the release of hormones is not difficult. This can help us heal from the side effects chronic stress can cause. Sleep, diet, and exercise are all important to overall health and wellness, and our adrenal glands are no exception. Eating enough protein every day is important as well. Avoid sugar and caffeine as this will make fatigue worse over time. Relieving stress with meditation and relaxation is crucial as well.
Foods that help with adrenal glands
Include the following in your diet: dark leafy greens, fresh fruits, flax oil, coconut, avocado, bone broth, fatty fish, probiotics, chaga mushrooms, seaweed and raw nut and seeds.
Adaptogen herbs for adrenal fatigue
Ashwagandha root supports strength and vitality and helps to restore balance in the adrenal glands.
Licorice root restores normal levels of cortisol, and maintains energy levels.
Rhodiola Rosea improves circulation which helps the body increase cortisol production.
Maca root supports energy levels and cortisol regulation.
Over time, adrenal fatigue can seriously affect your overall wellness. It is also important to check your vitamin and mineral levels as this can also contribute to adrenal fatigue. These include magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, and selenium.