Feeling sluggish and low on energy? Are you tired even though you have just got out of bed?
If so, you may have adrenal fatigue – a little known condition that manifests itself through a number of seemingly unrelated symptoms such as persisting fatigue, fuzzy thinking, lack of sex drive, mood disorders and cravings for salt or sugar.
While you may look normal with no obvious symptoms of acute disease, your unexplainable low energy levels leave you with little doubt that something has gone wrong.
Fortunately, you don’t have to suffer needlessly because there is a lot you can do to restore and support your adrenal glands naturally.
Adrenal fatigue – are YOU at risk?
Adrenal fatigue is one of those illnesses the medical community knows little about. It can be frustrating to have persistent symptoms your health care provider can’t readily explain. If you suspect you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue, take a look at the following symptoms and see if they sound familiar to you:
Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- low energy levels
- trouble sleeping at night but wanting to sleep during the day
- poor libido
- cravings for salt and/or sugar
- feeling confused and overwhelmed
- impaired cognitive function – brain fog, lack of concentration
- blood sugar irregularity
Who is at risk? We now know that adrenal fatigue tends to affect people who have experienced major stress in their lives. If you overload your body with stress, your adrenals—the glands sitting atop your kidneys— have to deal with it.
The problem is that nowadays many of us face chronic stress–the kind of stress that just doesn’t let up. This means our adrenal glands aren’t able to replenish and recover.
Unable to keep pace with our always-on-the-go lifestyle, our adrenals can’t produce quite enough of the hormones we need to feel good and that’s when adrenal fatigue eventually sets in.
4 simple strategies to overcome adrenal fatigue naturally
Our lifestyle has changed, but our bodies haven’t.
Here are four simple, but effective, strategies to help you overcome adrenal fatigue and keep your adrenals healthy…
1. Reduce stress :
Try meditation, deep breathing and other relaxation techniques together with moderate exercise.
Try this short, easy-to-follow instructional video on stress-reducing “square breathing” to get started…
2. Change your diet:
Reach for quality organic foods with a sensible glycemic index.
Ditch sugar, caffeine and alcohol. These “pick-me-ups” put more pressure on your body and will only worsen your adrenal fatigue in the long run.
3. Get outdoors:
Get plenty of sunshine and fresh air. There’s nothing like communing with nature to drive your stress levels down. Even if it’s just a walk through a local park at lunchtime, make sure to spend a little bit of your day outdoors.
4. Get more sleep:
Sleep is critical to stress reduction and healthy adrenals. Get at least eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.
If you find you’re still nodding off during the day try a 20 minute power-nap.
Recovering from adrenal fatigue takes time but it’s well worth the effort. Your well-being depends on the health of your adrenals. Reducing stress and making healthy dietary changes will let you experience amazing health you may not have expected to see again.
James Schreiber was a long time sufferer of Candida yeast infection - a little known condition manifesting itself with unexplainable, seemingly unrelated signs such as chronic fatigue, digestive problems and flu-like symptoms. After completely transforming his lifestyle to triumph over his disease, Schreiber made educating people on how to better cope with Candida overgrowth a mission. He shares the secrets of his success at http://www.ecandida.com
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