One of the things I’ve experienced first
hand is adrenal fatigue. A couple of years
ago as you may know it, I had a major
health crisis that included adrenal burn
out… and what a burn out!
The adrenals, which are two glands found
on top of the kidneys, produce not only
hormones, which include cortisol, estrogen,
progesterone and steroids but also
These chemicals are dopamine, adrenalin
(or epinephrine) and norepinephrine.
Now, guess what?
All the hormones produced by our very
good friends, the adrenals, come from…
That’s right, and that is why we’ve said
it so many times… cholesterol is not only
good but necessary!
So, the hormones produced by the adrenals
are derived from cholesterol and these
hormones are the ones that helps us deal
Inflammation, trauma, stress and very
important, the healing process of our
These glands help regulate:
growth, blood pressure, heart rate, blood
sugar levels, metabolism, the conversion of
fats, carbs and proteins in energy and some
What about the symptoms of adrenal
They are many and can vary from person to
person but here are some of the most
Low thyroid, chronic fatigue, insomnia,
waking up tired, cravings for salty or
sweet foods, brain fog, poor digestion, PMS,
sensitivity to cold, irritable bowel syndrome,
allergies, low sexual drive, low or excessive
appetite, weakness, hypoglycemia, anxiety,
panic attacks, depression, low blood pressure
and low immune function.
It’s important to know that there are levels
of adrenal fatigue and depending on how mild
or strong the condition is, different treatment
Before we talk about simple, practical
and effective things you can do to treat
adrenal burn out let’s mention some typical
causes for adrenal fatigue…
Chronic stress either mental, emotional,
physical and/or spiritual, anxiety, strong
feelings of anger, guilt and fear, too much
exercise, trauma, injuries, sleep deprivation,
excessive consumption of carbs and sweets,
low protein and low fat diets, chemical
toxicity, being exposed to extreme
temperatures, chronic illness, inflammation
OK, now let’s mention some of the basic
things that support adrenal health:
* First of all, considering that low adrenal
function is linked to fat deficiency, it’s
key to include in your diet foods that
provide your body with cholesterol.
Eggs, meats, seafood, coconut oil
and butter are good examples.
These foods contain fat soluble vitamins,
A, E and D, being vitamin A of paramount
Cuz the adrenals need vitamin A to produce
its hormones out of cholesterol!
* Since the adrenals regulate blood sugar
levels, simply avoid sweets and high
* In general, eat more protein than carbs,
(this means limiting your fruit intake), and
add dietary supplements such as:
Vitamin B complex, vitamin C, calcium,
magnesium, and zinc.
* Also switch to ocean salt because the
adrenals NEED salt (but a good one), to
* Avoid caffeine, which makes the adrenals
work harder, and engage in stress reducing
activities you really enjoy and help you
* Dry skin brushing, reflexology, power naps,
sound sleep and deep breathing exercises
also assist adrenal recovery.
* Adaptogenic herbs such as Rhodiola
Rosea and Ashwagandha are also
wonderful options for ‘most’ people dealing
with adrenal fatigue.
Please note that some persons may have
negative reactions to these herbs but
they are often recommended to people going
through high levels of stress.
Well, next time we’ll discuss options that
address severe adrenal fatigue because
at times there are other factors involved,
which can make it tricky to recover from
adrenal bur out. The good news is that
there are always options
Wishing you a vibrant and joyful day,
P.S. No need to be shy… feel free to
leave your comments or feedback below.
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