Do you feel tired for no reason? Do you have trouble getting up in the morning even after a good night sleep? Do you crave salty foods more than usual? Do you feel more energetic after 6PM than you do all day? It could be adrenal fatigue.
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.
Besides general fatigue and salt cravings, adrenal fatigue can show in a multiple symptoms. Here are some other symptoms that can arise:
- Mood swings
- Mild depression
- Mental fog
- Memory problems
- Feeling of exhaustion
- Muscular weakness
- Decreased sex drive
- Sugar cravings
- Sensitivity to cold and feeling chilled
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, all forms of sugar, strenuous exercises and anything else that could stimulate the body.
How to recover from adrenal fatigue
Eat whole grains: Whole grains are rich in vitamins from the B group, which are known to help the body to cope with stress. And besides, a bowl a warm hot cereals is so comforting!
Add kiwi fruit and red bell peppers to your diet: Fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins E and C will supply your body with vitamins needed for your adrenal glands to recover.
Add some magnesium: Adrenal fatigue can also lead to muscle weakness. Magnesium is one of the best nutrients to support your muscles. Look for magnesium-rich foods like spinach, nuts and pumpkin seeds, or take magnesium in supplement form.
Discover seaweed: Seaweed is probably one of the best natural ways to get essential minerals. Try adding seaweed to soups and Asian dishes.
Consider adaptogen herbal supplements: Herbs like ginseng, rhodolia and ashwagandha can help your adrenal glands to rest and speed-up their recovery.
Exercise, but gently: Choose gentle exercises such as walking or restorative yoga, and stay away from vigorous exercises. It’s not the time to try interval training!
Have a clean lifestyle: Toxins and poor diet are among the contributing factors of adrenal fatigue. Eat plenty of organic detox foods, avoid big brands cosmetics and choose natural care and cleaning products to give your body a break. Plus, it’s good for the environment too!
Take a warm bath: It’s important to rest and relax to speed-up your body recovery. A warm bath can help you unwind, soothe tense muscles and can even help your body to detox naturally if you add some Epsom salts to your bath.
Have you ever suffered from adrenal fatigue? How have you got through it?