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Garland Glenn, DC, PScD
Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?
The Carroll Institute
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Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

This question is asked more often than you might think. To answer this important question, first let's talk about why your adrenals are important. Your adrenals are important because they help you respond to stress. They are your “fight or flight” mechanism. If you have chronic stress, your adrenals are overtaxed, and your energy crashes.

Signs Of Adrenal Issues

Difficult to manage your life

Tired and wired, at the same time

Anxious or have trouble sleeping

Crave salt or sugar

Dizzy when you stand up

Low blood pressure

So, why do we get adrenal burnout? We get it from the chronic, ongoing stresses of everyday life. Things like our families, relationships, work, finances, toxins, even other illnesses.

A saliva test can be used to measure cortisol levels throughout the day. When you have adrenal burnout, your cortisol levels start to go down. Because you can't respond normally to the stresses of life, you end up feeling tired most of the time.

How do you heal your adrenals and regain your energy?

First, eat a whole food, anti-inflammatory diet. Eliminate inflammatory foods such as refined sugars, and omega-6 and inflammatory oils (like corn, soy and safflower). And don't skip meals. It can be hard for your body to recover from skipping meals if you have adrenal dysfunction.

Next, find ways to actively relax. Things like yoga, massage, meditation, reading, deep breathing, going for a walk or taking a hot bath with lavender oil at night are all good.

Very simple things have profound effects. Exercise is always important gentle, regular exercise like a morning walk, a light jog, a little bike ride. Do something out in the fresh air to get natural light that affects your pineal gland and helps reset your brain and stress response.

Look at your rhythms. Rhythm is a key because your hormones are balanced in rhythms. So, waking at the same time every day, going to bed at the same time every night, eating at the same time every day these are the rhythms in life that help to reset your natural balance.

Boost your stress resilience with supplements

Supplements are one of the simplest ways to boost your adrenals. Using herbs called adaptogenshelp you adapt to stress.

The following are good for adrenal support

Siberian ginseng, rhodiola, cordyceps, adrenastim or adrenacalm all wonderful herbs that help your stress response.

Vitamin C (500 to 1000mg, once a day), zinc (30 mg, once a day),B vitamins (especially B5)

Ashwaganda, magnolia, theanine (from green tea), and phosphatidylserine can help to calm an overactive stress response and improve sleep.

If you don't seem to be getting any better, you may need a doctor trained in functional medicine.

So, if you have any of the symptoms listed above, if you're worried about your adrenal stress response, if you're thinking that you might have adrenal burnout, schedule a consultation to get some answers.

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