Adrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms that arises when your adrenal glands can’t cope with stress. This happens when the adrenal glands are over-stimulated by physical stress, like overtraining, by environmental stress, like toxins accumulation, or by any psychological or emotional stressful situation we meet. Stress can be cumulative, so combining different sources of stress can lead insidiously to adrenal fatigue.
Hopefully, there are things you can do to help your adrenal glands to get back to normal. The first, obvious thing to do is to remove the stressors. This can be challenging, but it’s one of the most important elements for adrenal recovery. Besides avoiding stressful situations, you should also avoid alcohol, caffeine, chocolate and all forms of sugar, strenuous exercises and anything else that could stimulate the body.
Some herbs, called adaptogens, can help support your adrenals. They help you cope with stress – physical, emotional and mental. Adaptogens have many important properties, but the most important one is their normalizing effect. Some of the common health benefits of adaptogens are improving blood sugar metabolism, supporting the hormonal system, supporting the immune system, protecting the liver as well as strengthening the cardiovascular system, the nervous system and respiratory tracts.
Best anti-stress herbs
- Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus)
- Rhodolia (Rhodolia rosea)
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
- Suma (Pfaffia paniculata)
- Schizandra (Schisandra chinensis)
You can find those herbs in health food and natural health stores as well as online. Instead than taking them separately, you can find special formulas that combine those herbs for your convenience.