Adrenal Fatigue and Natural Ways to Feel Better Today

We've been hearing a lot about adrenal fatigue lately, and it's no wonder: some of the stressors that can lead to adrenal fatigue are not getting enough sleep, too much processed food, being overworked, relationship issues, and too much caffeine and sugar. That sounds more like a symptom of modern living than a cause of a potentially major health issue, but that's just what it is. In fact, it would be more surprising to find out you aren't in some state of adrenal fatigue. 

What Adrenal Fatigue Feels Like

Symptoms can vary from person to person, but a few things to look out for are: 

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Allergies developing or worsening

  • Dizziness or lightheadedness

  • Insomnia or problems sleeping

  • Unexplained weight loss or gain

  • Frequent, unexplained illness

  • Feeling generally "run down"

  • Loss of libido

  • Anxiety or depression

  • Extreme PMS symptoms

  • Low blood pressure

How You Can Fight Adrenal Fatigue Today

Since the symptoms of adrenal fatigue tend to go hand-in-hand with other issues, doctors can misdiagnose or focus on the individual symptom rather than addressing the larger concern of adrenal support. You can also ask your doctor for a simple saliva test, but there are plenty of things you can do to improve your adrenal function on your own. 

One of the best ways to deal with adrenal fatigue is to address the areas of stress in your life. Focus on getting enough sleep; eating a protein-rich diet full of fresh food; avoid things like coffee, sugar (and artificial sweeteners), and alcohol; eat dairy and gluten in moderation; build a calming activity such as yoga or meditation into your daily routine. 

Cutting stress off before it starts isn't your only option. You can also help your glands function by taking adaptogenic herbs, vitamin B, a magnesium supplement, vitamin C, and omega-3 fatty acids. Consult your doctor or natural health care practitioner to determine which supplements are right for you.

In a more severe case, hormone replacement is also an option. 

Read more about hormone replacement for adrenal fatigue here.

By Steph Davidson| October 06, 2016
Categories:  Care

About the Author

Steph Davidson

Steph Davidson

Steph is a writer and editor with a love of tea, books, and horror movies. Steph grew up under the impression that most meals came out of a box and had to contain some sort of animal protein. When an interest in a more environmentally friendly way of living led to her vegetarianism in 2012, she decided to teach herself how to cook. You can catch her kitchen wins (and the occasional opportunity for improvement) on Instagram @_stephinitely_.


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