You feel tired all the time. You feel irritable. You feel so tired in the afternoon the only way you can even get through the rest of the day is to eat sugary snacks and drink caffeine. You don’t know what to do. Someone asks if you have adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue is one of a number of conditions that can cause extreme fatigue. I struggled with adrenal fatigue for years. The good news is that with some changes in one’s diet and by learning how to better manage stress, adrenal fatigue doesn’t have to be a life sentence.
Stress and adrenal fatigue
In the article ‘Eating to Support Your Adrenals” on WomenToWomen.com, Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN, NP talks about the connection about the effect stress has on the ability of our adrenal glands to function properly. Dr. Pick says, “Research shows that when we experience chronic stress, our adrenal glands, or the tiny glands that moderate the stress response as well as regulate other hormones, will suffer. The adrenals, which are the size of walnuts, have an enormous job. They produce many hormones that regulate our body’s functioning, including cortisol, a hormone activated when our stress levels rise, signaling our body to enter a heightened state of emergency. But high cortisol levels are intended to be short term, not remain elevated. Since our adrenals do not know the difference between stressors, they can continue to work hard to do their jobs, whether we are stressed due to a true emergency or are simply stressed out.
When our cortisol levels stay elevated, it interferes with many functions in our body, including immune function, digestion, sleep, and even the ability to produce other essential hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormones. This can lead to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess abdominal fat, and inflammation. In the meantime, our health is compromised, along with our moods, and even our sex drive.”
Choose whole, unprocessed foods
What you eat, when you eat, and how you eat can all contribute to how much energy you feel, or how tired you feel. It’s extremely important to avoid processed foods if you experience adrenal fatigue. Adding in more lean protein and healthy fats are key factors in restore your proper adrenal function.
Dr. Pick also talks about other herbal supplements that can also help restore your balance.