We are a society of overworked, over-stressed, under-nourished people. In the United States, more than one million people suffer from chronic fatigue — a statistic that doesn’t even include those who experience milder forms of fatigue or haven’t yet been diagnosed — and the numbers just keep growing. What’s causing this?
Though by no means a mainstream idea, conversations about the adrenals (two small glands that sit on top of our kidneys) and their important role in the body have been popping up more and more in this alternative discussion about chronic fatigue. The adrenal glands are responsible for producing the hormones that regulate your ‘fight or flight’ reactions: adrenalin and noradrenalin. If they’re not working at their best, everything else in your body won’t be working well either.
The speculation is that when we are in a constant state of stress — whether due to a lack of sleep, a new baby, or pure task saturation — the adrenals become overworked and we start feeling exhausted.
For most of us this looks like:
- A general lack of energy
- Difficulty sleeping
- Brain fog
- Physical weakness
- And compromised immunity
And at its extreme:
- Low blood pressure
- And infertility
Does this sound like you? You’re in good company. Millions of us are running around feeling this way: slow to start in the morning, wound up at night, and living at the mercy of bad food cravings and chronic inflammation. We can do better than this!
Do you think you might be
suffering from adrenal fatigue?
1. Jumpstart your gut health with a reset diet.
This 90-day reset diet, designed by Dr. Will Cole, is designed to clear your digestive system of lingering toxins, identify your unique food intolerances, and support healthy hormone production. Here’s a nice summary.
2. Make sure you’re getting the right vitamins and minerals.
Proteins that are rich in copper and zinc — like oysters, for example — can help with neurotransmitter function and adaption to stress. Other good sources of zinc include beans, nuts, and certain whole grains.
3. Eat lots of greens.
Are you surprised? We’re not. Leafy greens like Swiss chard and spinach are known for containing magnesium, a mineral that helps regulate adrenal function and manage the effects of stress.
4. Don’t neglect healthy fats.
Good fats in foods like coconut oil, avocado, walnuts and other vegan sources are needed for neurotransmitter and brain health. Lucky for us, all four of these choices are super delicious!
5. Seek rest.
Seriously. You probably hear about self-care everywhere you turn, but it’s useless if you don’t practice it! Look for ways to cultivate relaxation habits, like drinking soothing turmeric tea, earthing, or enjoying the respite from stress through meditation. Anyway, you can separate yourself from the overwhelm of daily life is a step in the right direction.
This is is a syndicated post. Read the original at www.care2.com