Adrenal Fatigue is a very common problem people face these days. It’s almost always caused – at least in part – by one thing or the other. It is caused not just because of stress, but also due to blood sugar swings, gut inflammation, food intolerances (especially gluten), chronic infections, environmental toxins and essential fatty acid deficiencies.
The Vicious Cycle
The human body is made of several organs and glands all interacting and influencing each other. If one organ stops functioning properly, it affects several others and the whole system gets jeopardized. One example of this is the effect of stress on adrenal glands and its interaction with the thyroid gland. Weak adrenals can cause hypothyroid symptoms (secondary hypothyroidism) without any problem in the thyroid gland itself. And hypothyroidism has a direct impact on adrenal function as well! Both the above-mentioned conditions may cause chronic fatigue and therefore symptoms can worsen over time if the adrenal glands are not supported.
General guidelines for adrenal health:
- Avoid drinks containing caffeine.
- Control blood sugar via a moderate or low-carb diet
- Practice yoga, exercise, and other relaxation techniques
- Have fun, laugh and make pleasure a regular part of your life
- Avoid dietary causes of inflammation like refined flours, high-fructose corn syrup and industrial seed oils in particular.
- Ensure adequate intake of omega 3 fatty acids, DHA & EPA
Adrenal Supplements You May Try
Specific nutrients such as adrenal tissue (from organic bovine), pantothenic acid (Vit B5) and adaptogenic botanicals like Panax ginseng, Siberian ginseng, Ashwagandha and Rhodiola rosea, etc are also helpful in modulating the stress response and supporting the adrenals.
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that is believed to help the body adapt to stress, adrenal fatigue and regulate body processes. Over the years it has been used for arthritis, colds, as an aphrodisiac and more.