Natural Ways to Overcome Adrenal Fatigue

By Amy Taylor on February 13, 2017

Are you always feeling tired and sluggish? Do you always need a cup of coffee to start your day right? Does it take you close to an hour before you finally get up from bed in the morning? Even if you have slept for eight hours, do you still feel like you need more sleep? 

If your answer to all these questions is a ‘yes’, chances are, you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue. This condition can be easily misdiagnosed by doctors because people who have it may have varying symptoms. However, most common ones are irritability, feelings of unhappiness, anxiety issues, and depression.  

Adrenal fatigue is more common than you think. In fact, 80 per cent of people have experienced it in their lifetime without even knowing it. 

Adrenal fatigue may be triggered by prolonged exposure to stress. It happens when adrenal glands function below the necessary level. It may also arise from or after chronic infection. Its paramount symptom is unexplained fatigue that can’t be relieved by just sleep. 

This condition can wreak havoc in your life. The reduction in adrenal function can affect many bodily processes, including protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism, heart function, and fluid and electrolyte balance. 

Natural ways to recover from adrenal fatigue: 

Dealing with adrenal fatigue can be done naturally. Here are some tips to get started:

Up your intake of essential nutrients. Eat foods that are rich in Vitamin D, selenium, magnesium and zinc. These nutrients are essential for proper thyroid function and adrenal function. 

Stay hydrated. Hydration can sustain your energy levels. So make sure you drink plenty of water all throughout the day. Also increase your intake of other fluids like juice and fruits. 

Manage your stress. If you struggle dealing with stress, talking to a therapist can greatly help. There are several stress management techniques you can learn, such as deep breathing, visualisation and muscle relaxation. You may also consider attending a yoga or meditation class. 

Prioritise rest. It’s easy to get carried away by the overwhelming tasks at work. But you should build rest within your day. Make it a habit to have a midday nap or set aside time to do nothing and just let yourself be to allow your mind and body to recharge. 

Resist inflammation. Inflammation can further worse adrenal fatigue. Add foods that help fight inflammation in your body, like fish, herbs, vegetables, and other whole foods. Vitamin C supplements and curcumin (the active compound in turmeric) are also powerful anti-inflammatory agents. 

Go to bed early. Establish a regular, healthy sleep pattern. Go to bed early. Many people get a second cortisol surge after 11 pm, which worsens adrenal fatigue. 

Lastly, change your perspective. If your definition of success is killing you, you better think about changing it. You need not always push your mind and body to the limits if it will only result to poor health. Practising work-life balance is still the key to a healthy and happy life.

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