Adrenal fatigue and stress
The natural approach to adrenal health
Conventional medicine is still looking for a drug to cure extreme fatigue. But a
pharmaceutical solution isn't a good idea or even necessary. Whether you’re wired
all the time because of stress and can’t wind down, or you’re barely able to get
out of bed due to fatigue, your best option for relief from adrenal fatigue is the
Unlike prescription medications, the natural approach helps break the existing patterns
your body has developed as it reacts to negative stress. By combining simple changes
in your nutrition, supplements and lifestyle, you can adjust your body’s overall
response to stress to dramatically reduce — and usually completely eliminate
— symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, weight gain and more.
Here’s why the natural approach is highly effective no matter what your stage of
Adrenal fatigue is progressive
Which stage are you in today?
Your first step to adrenal health: responding to your body’s needs
Whichever stage of adrenal imbalance describes you today, phytotherapy — the use
of plant-based ingredients — can reduce the negative effects of stress and help
rebalance your adrenals. Many herbs have “adaptogenic” properties — they are actually
capable of supporting your body in different ways depending on what it needs.
We’ve found the following herbs to be most effective in resolving adrenal
- Astragalus root — to support the immune system and help protect
the body from physical, mental or emotional stress.
- Siberian ginseng — to reduce fatigue, increase energy, and enhance
mental clarity. Also widely used to boost the immune system and immune system response.
- Rhodiola — to improve response to physical stress, enhance immune
function and reduce fatigue.
- Cordyceps — to replenish immune system function and promote overall
good health. It also appears to act as an antioxidant in the body, protecting against
- Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) — to calm anxiety
and help with insomnia. Neuroscientists believe it works by increasing the availability
of the “relaxing” chemical, GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid).
Food and lifestyle choices matter too for adrenal health
Most women with stress issues simply don’t have the energy to face multiple changes
to their diet and lifestyle all at once. That’s another reason why starting with
the supplements is a good idea.
But the truth is, if your symptoms are severe, making a few key diet and lifestyle
changes will really help your supplements heal your adrenals.
Here's our four-step diet and lifestyle checklist, plus examples of the
changes that are easiest to make:
Eat for energy. Focus on eating choices and patterns
that allow you to achieve more stable energy levels throughout the day. Don’t skip
meals or starve yourself — that’s too stressful for your adrenals. We recommend
eating at regular times — ideally three balanced meals and two snacks a day. Start
making changes to your diet by including protein at every meal and fewer carbohydrates,
especially sugary snacks. You’ll find more simple dietary changes that can lead
to big results in the Adrenal-Friendly Eating Plan in our Health Package.
Focus on stress reduction and make emotional wellness a priority.
One simple change is to practice regular deep breathing. Practice breathing in through
your nose so that your lungs fill and your belly rises and then exhale slowly through
your nose. Repeat for a few breaths, ideally for several minutes. As you move forward,
try to find other ways for “self-care,” especially by identifying and focusing on
meeting your own needs. You’ll find this will help change your attitude towards
stress, which research shows, can actually lessen the negative effects of stress!
Assess your exercise routine: “chill out” vs “work out.”
When your adrenals are imbalanced, high-intensity exercise only adds to the
stress load you’re already bearing. We recommend that you choose an activity you
enjoy, and be sure to pace yourself. If you feel invigorated after your exercise,
it’s probably fine.
Make it a priority to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night.
If possible, go to bed by 10:00 PM. Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? But you
need the rest to break your patterns. A good night’s sleep is one of the best ways
to restore your adrenal glands, and the greatest adrenal healing occurs hours between
7:00 PM and 9:00 AM. If you describe yourself as “wired” or “tired and wired,” try
a phytotherapy option to reduce cortisol levels that cause stress-induced sleeplessness.
Checking in with yourself
We all know that stress in our lives isn’t going to disappear. That’s why it is
so important to increase the support you give your body and change the pattern of
your stress response. Think about what you might be willing to try and take the
time to notice any changes to your symptoms.
Our Adrenal Health Package comes in three versions to match your specific
stage of adrenal imbalance — Wired, Tired and Wired, or Tired. To learn more about
your individual symptoms, take our FREE on-line
Adrenal Health Profile or get more details about how the natural approach
of supplements, dietary options and lifestyle changes found in our
Health Package can help you start to feel better today.
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Last Modified Date: 05/02/2013