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How to Improve Adrenal Fatigue for Better Health

Jun 08, 2020
adrenal fatigue

Stress is a key factor for all health issues, and it may be making you seriously ill. And to say that you should work on stress management seems like an easy answer, but there isn’t anything easy about it. People who suffer from issues due to chronic stress can have many symptoms.

The problem we face is whether we are suffering from overactive adrenals and high cortisol or underactive adrenals and low cortisol. This means that some days you’re pumping too much cortisol, making you feel anxious and irritated. And some days you may be suffering from low cortisol, leaving you feeling sluggish and blue.

Strategies need to be able to support overall adrenal health. Underactive adrenals will take time to correct – two months to a year – depending on the person, the condition of the adrenals, and the nature of the diet and lifestyle. Overactive adrenals can respond more quickly with proper diet, supplement and lifestyle suggestions.

Strategies for Underactive Adrenals and Low Cortisol:

  • Check for digestive issues and support good digestive function.
  • Supplement with B vitamins.
  • Try an adrenal adaptogen or adaptogen formula.
  • Try foods rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, and potassium.
  • Go to bed and get up at the same time, and get at least 7–8 hours of sleep.
  • Rest when your body signals you to do so.
  • Try adrenal glandulars (which can be helpful) or Reishi, Schizandra, Licorice (contraindicated for those with high blood pressure), or Maca.
  • Get counseling for emotional issues and past trauma (this was huge for me!)

Strategies for Overactive Adrenals and High Cortisol:

  • Practice deep breathing exercises throughout the day.
  • Supplement with B vitamins and vitamin C.
  • Consume foods rich in vitamin E and potassium.
  • Try magnesium to counter feelings of agitation, especially before bedtime.
  • Try adrenal adaptogens – Relora, Rhodiola, Ginseng, Schizandra, Holy Basil, or Ashwagandha.
  • Focus on getting better-quality sleep.
  • Try any of these supplements to help you relax at night – GABA, 5HTP, Valerian, Hops, or Passionflower. Raw honey with cinnamon is also helpful.
  • Develop a lifestyle to combat stress. This can include counseling, developing time management skills, reframing, or just doing the activities you enjoy.

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