What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?
The adrenal glands are located at the top of each kidney and are the home of the body’s stress hormones. These hormones provide the body with bursts of energy to help you get through the day and defend yourself if there is imminent danger present.
The adrenal glands keeps the body active and moving. They help regulate stress responses, including the fight-or-flight response, as well as keep the body in fast motion while exercising. Unfortunately, however, we can easily exhaust the stores of these hormones when we overwork ourselves doing things like:
- Over exercising
- Not eating right
- Continuing in a state of constant mental strain
How to Avoid Adrenal Fatigue
There are many ways to avoid exhausting the adrendal glands, including:
- Getting proper nutrition
- Getting good quality sleep
- Taking care of our mental health
- Learning coping techniques for stress
Without taking these steps, we put ourselves at risk of adrenal fatigue. Our adrenals don’t just respond to physical demands, but to mental and emotional ones, too, including:
- Feelings of shame
- Lack of pleasurable experiences
Alternative Measures for Treating Adrenal Fatigue
Unfortunately, most prescription medications can further deplete the hormones and put even more stress on the body. This is why an alternative approach to treating adrenal fatigue would be most beneficial.
Your body, especially the hormonal responses that are involved with the endocrine system, has the power to heal itself when it’s nourished appropriately. Chiropractors, functional medicine doctors, and holistic practitioners work hard to help determine what would work best for you as an individual. Below are some ideas of where you can start:
- Follow an adrenal diet: Go organic when you can and avoid the aisles. The pesticides and genetic manipulation of food products can cause a significant amount of “sludge” in your system and lead to massive inflammation and stress on the body.
- Get on a proper sleep cycle: Sleeping disorders cause stress and anxiety. Each person will vary as to what is normal and can range between six and nine hours. Aim for a good circadian rhythm by going to bed around 10 p.m. and waking at 6 or 7 a.m., if possible.
- Breathe, stretch, and do yoga: Several yoga poses help the adrenals function better. Meditation can be as simple as sitting for 10 minutes daily and focusing just on your breath. You can use mantras or affirmations to instill positive thoughts and feelings as well, but the idea is to sit and be still to calm yourself.
- Try taking B Vitamins: Especially B5 and B6, as these are extremely beneficial to the adrenals. B12 and folate (folic acid) are great for energy as well.
It is easy to become overwhelmed with stress and chaos in today’s culture. We must be gentle with ourselves, though, or we risk burnout. There is so much to learn about adrenal fatigue, so let’s start with the basics of determining the best things we can do on our own to avoid complications. For additional information, click on the references below, and check out all the adrenal fatigue posts on my blog.
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