How To Treat Adrenal Fatigue: Magnesium And More
It is estimated that about 80% of adults will be affected by Adrenal Fatigue at some point in life. Usually when someone with this condition goes to the doctor they are told that nothing is wrong. So they end up going from doctor to doctor trying to find out why the feel so sick and tired.
The adrenal gland sits above the kidney. Its job is to regulate stress with various hormones which include adrenaline or cortisol. When it is healthy, it can immedialely increase heart rate, blood pressure, release stored energy, slow digestion, and sharpen the senses.
Adrenal fatigue begins when the adrenal glands fail to produce enough hormones. The hormone cortisol is essential for good health. Too much can lead to severe health problems and not enough will cause adrenal fatigue. Receiving the right amount of cortisol helps the body cope with stress and fight infection. It affects every tissue, organ, and gland in the body.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
If you have any of the following symptoms, you may have Adrenal Fatigue:
fatigue, lethargy, lack of energy in the mornings, and the afternoon between 3 and 5 pm, feeling tired between 9 and 10 pm, but resisting going to bed, sleep difficulties, difficulty concentrating or remembering, lightheadedness, dizziness and fainting when rising from a sitting or laying-down position, craving salty or sugary foods, consistently feeling sick or struggling to recover from infections, lowered blood pressure and blood sugar, nausea, mysterious pain in the upper back or neck, increased PMS symptoms in women, mild depression, decreased sex drive, weight gain( especially around the waist), frequently getting the flu and other respiratory diseases with a tendency for them to last longer than usual.
Tests that will help you find out if you have adrenal fatigue:
Saliva testing- The best way to test your adrenal health is to measure your level of free key adrenal hormones such as cortisol and DHEA. Saliva testing is the best choice because it measures the amount of circulating and free hormones rather than binded hormones measured in blood tests.
Adrenal Function Test (AFT) - DHEA and cortisol are measured during four different times of the day to find out if there is a hormone inbalance. This test is recommended for people with excessive stress, allergies, chronic fatigue, and sleep problems which are indicators of immune dysfunction.
AM/PM Cortisol - Too much or too little cortisol can cause a hormone imbalance. If there is a noticeable level of stress or fatigue in the morning, this test may indicate problems with cortisol levels.
Causes of Adrenal Fatigue
Sugar - Instead: Use all natural stevia - it won't feed candida, raise your blood sugar, cause weight gain or rob your body of minerals.
Coffee - Instead: drink herbal teas.
Animal protein - it takes a lot of stomach acid to digest animal protein properly, most people run out during digestion creating an acidic condition in their blood.- Instead: eat 80% vegetables and 20% protein.
Processed foods- Instead: eat raw(preferably certified organic) fruits and vegetables. Processed foods strip minerals from your body, causing acidic blood which leads to weakened adrenals
Soft drinks - They are loaded with sugar. Instead: drink fruit and vegetable juices(preferably organic). Consuming freshly made juices and vegetables are the most beneficial.
Stress - Physical stress from disease, illness, or infection or emotional stress makes the adrenal glands produce more cortisol. If the adrenal gland can no longer meet the need for cortisol increased infections, nausea, and changes in blood pressure and blood sugar can occur, resulting in adrenal fatigue.
A weakened immune system - Strengthening the immune system will help lower the bodies need for cortisol and increase its ability to fight infections. You can combat fatigue by supplementing your diet with nutrients that provide your body with more energy to combat this condition.
Over the counter and prescription drugs - They make blood very acidic.
Natural and Alternative Treatments for Adrenal Fatigue
Exercise - Regular exercise helps relieve stress, tension, and anxiety. If you have Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, you may feel like you don't have the energy to exercise, but research has shown that even just 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times a week, can significantly help regain and maintain overall health as well as promote energy production. Just avoid competitive type exercise that can cause stress.
Natural and Alternative Treatments for Adrenal Fatigue
Magnesium - Most Americans don't get enough. Supplementing with Magnesium is important for those with adrenal fatigue because it helps to maintain proper blood pressure, maintain healthy blood sugar/glucose levels, support energy production – no magnesium, no energy, encourage calmness and lessen stress, relax muscles and ease athletic injury.
Omega 3 Fatty Acids - A healthy diet combines these fats with protein, and carbohydrates(unrefined low-glycemic carbohydrates (brown rice, sprouted grains etc.) at every meal and snack for a steady source of energy throughout the day. The best sources are fish and flax seed.
Multivitamin and mineral complex - In addition to a well balanced, healthy diet, supplements can provide added support. Supplements with at least 100mg daily will increase energy production, support a healthy hormonal system, promote a healthy nervous system, boost immune system function, maintain mental and emotional well-being, encourage calmness and lessen stress, increase mental alertness, maintain normal blood sugar levels.
Adrenal fatigue is commonly caused by emotional, physical, mental, or environmental stress that places too great a demand on the adrenals resulting in Adrenal fatigue. Proper nutrition from diet and supplements, along with regular exercise can help to restore proper balance and energy.
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