Natural health professionals estimate that up to 80% of U.S. adults suffer adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives.
Adrenal fatigue is almost always the result of a poor diet, extreme stress, or an illness like the flu, bronchitis, or pneumonia.
While often overlooked by the medical community, adrenal fatigue can be responsible for a disturbing amount of health symptoms.
Adrenal fatigue plays a role in problems like chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), candida, and fibromyalgia. Frequent allergies, blood sugar problems, and low blood pressure are also routinely related to exhausted adrenals.
The adrenals are small, walnut sized glands that rest on top of the kidneys.
Comprised of the medulla and the cortex, the adrenals produce nearly 150 hormones like cortisone, DHEA, aldosterone, progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone that keep you healthy and active.
While the entire endocrine system takes a dive from stress, the adrenal glands are often the most affected.
In a high stress situation, your adrenal glands charge to the rescue secreting adrenaline, epinephrine, and norepinephrine to accelerate metabolism, heart rate, and respiration in preparation for a fight.
This is the “fight or flight” reaction and clearly serves an important purpose for survival in the midst of a crisis.
Yet, in today’s world, high stress often becomes chronic, causing the adrenals to stay stuck in the “fight or flight” reaction.
As a result, they become exhausted, releasing too few or too many hormones at the wrong times. This causes adrenal fatigue and is responsible for a variety of symptoms to watch for.
Signs of Adrenal Fatigue to Watch for:
If you’re dealing with adrenal fatigue, supportive natural therapieshelp the body resist stress, and really make a difference in your well-being.
Some symptoms may be completely relieved by following a natural adrenal health program.
It’s important to eat a nutrient dense diet for adrenal gland health.
Stress increases your protein needs. Especially include plenty of high quality protein (organic poultry, grass fed meats, legumes, beans).
Add more essential fats (avocado, seeds, coconut oil, evening primrose oil) to support the glands.
Have a fresh green salad every day to increase your energy through natural enzyme therapy.
As body normalizers, herbs can bring back the energy you need to get through your busy day without becoming stressed or burned out.
I’ve used this formula myself to fight chronic stress and to build my energy for long work days or exercise.
Adrenal fatigue is really a national epidemic. Following an adrenal program is highly recommended if you’re under a lot of stress, dealing with a heavy workload, or on the verge of burnout.
Most people will need at least 2-4 weeks of natural therapies to build adrenal gland strength and health. Yet, the results are worth it.
An adrenal building program can transform you into a person you want to be, with more energy (and less burnout) to do all the things your life challenges you to do.