13 Signs of Adrenal Fatigue You Should Watch For (And How To Heal)

Your adrenal glands are located near the top of your kidneys and play a major role in releasing hormones – such as adrenaline and cortisol – to help your body react to stressful situations. Many of us are not even aware of how much stress we’re under. People who constantly suffer from emotional, physical, or mental stress may experience a state of total exhaustion which is commonly known as adrenal fatigue or adrenal burnout. Although stress is the main contributor to adrenal fatigue, often it is combined with poor nutrition, too much exercise, or lack of sleep.

Watch Your Diet

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Constant stress often goes hand in hand with malnutrition and depletes essential nutrients your adrenal glands need to function efficiently. Here are a few nutritional guidelines to support your adrenal glands:

  • Watch your carb intake. Too much carbohydrates in your diet stress your adrenal glands.
  • Make sure to get your daily need of proteins. A diet low in proteins creates deficiencies. (click here to calculate your daily protein need)
  • Drink enough quality water, lemon water, or coconut water during the day to up your electrolytes.
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, processed foods, fried foods, sugar, and refined grains as much as possible. They put a lot of stress on your adrenal glands and don’t provide the nutrients you need.
  • Allergic reactions to food – such as wheat and dairy intolerance- can reduce the absorption of nutrients.
  • Eat lightly in the evening so your body can put its energy in rejuvenating and healing itself while you sleep.
  • Your adrenal glands need several nutrients to work efficiently, so make sure to address deficiencies in the following nutrients: B-complex vitamins (especially B6), vitamins A, C and E, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium, magnesium, and calcium.
  • Eat at last 5 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables a day.

Opt for a healthy, clean, whole food diet (for more info, click here) with lots of veggies and fruits to meet your daily need of fibers, vitamins and minerals to support your adrenal glands. If you want to learn more about a plant-based dietclick here.

How to Overcome Adrenal Fatigue

In this video, Dr. Axe is going to walk you through the steps on how to overcome adrenal fatigue.

Most fatigue problems and adrenal insufficiency come from issues with the adrenal glands. About 80% of the population deals with this common problem. There are several warning signs that you should look for that tell you, you may have adrenal fatigue.If you struggle with fatigue, are stressed, anxious, have trouble with concentration, poor memory, thyroid issues, or gained mysterious weight, you may have adrenal fatigue.

Symptoms Of Adrenal Fatigue:

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  1. Fatigue, lack of energy

  2. Insomnia

  3. Unexplainable weight gain

  4. Irregular menstruation

  5. Muscle or joint pain

  6. Difficulties to focus

  7. Memory troubles

  8. Feeling overwhelmed

  9. Anxiousness

  10. Headaches

  11. Low libido

  12. Short-tempered

  13. Coffee, salt or sugar cravings

Adrenal fatigue often goes undiagnosed as the symptoms can be vague and similar to the symptoms of depression, thyroid issues, or fibromyalgia. If you notice these symptoms, contact your doctor for a blood pressure and salivary cortisol test to sort this out.

Natural Ways To Cure Adrenal Fatigue

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Natural Ways To Cure Adrenal Fatigue: Adrenal fatigue can dramatically reduce your vigor and joy for life. Luckily there are a few lifestyle and dietary changes to treat this disorder and take back your life.It will take some time and commitment to recover though. So be patient and don’t give up. Some people may be completely healed after 6 months, but for the more severe cases it can take up to 2 years.

Avoid Toxic Metals And Chemicals: During the day your body is exposed to thousands of chemicals and toxins through medication or cosmetics, the air we breathe, food we eat or water we drink.These toxins and chemicals weaken your adrenal glands even more.So again opt for a clean, whole food diet and eliminate as much toxic products from your life as possible.

Bedtime Routine: Your body loves routine. Try to go to bed and wake at the same time every day to up your energy and support your adrenal glands.

Get Your Stress Levels Under Control: This is super important to alleviate adrenal fatigue. Studies have shown that yoga, meditation or tai chi help to lower cortisol levels and reduce stress. Deep breathing is another great way to reduces daily stress. Click here to learn 5 easy breathing techniques to calm body and mind.

Herbs That Reduce Stress And Boost Energy And Vitality: Following herbs have shown some great results to address adrenal fatigue:

Again, the most important thing to heal your adrenal glands is to get your stressors under control and eat a healthy well-balanced whole food diet.

Amy is a life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach. She is the founder of the healthy lifestyle website Body in Balance and creator of the online program, "ThinForever". After successfully changing her family's health and happiness, she's on a mission to help other people achieve the life and body they want. You can find her on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, and Twitter.