|Posted on May 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM|
It seems to me that I am seeing this topic more and more when I am doing my nutrition based research. I am only 31 years old, but I can assure you that I never read so much about this until the last few years. Which makes me think this is something that, I am sure has been around for a while, but is obviously becoming more prevalent in our society.
Most people who suffer from adrenal fatigue have these sort of symptoms: frequently always tired, trouble awakening in the morning, needing coffee/caffeine to keep them going throughout the day, a feeling of being run down and stressed, crave salty/sweet foods, they find it hard to deal with daily life and its demands, feel like they can not have fun … and the list can go on. But, if you have the majority of these symptoms then you should keep reading!!
What can cause us to have adrenal fatigue and make us feel so down and out??
STRESS!! Stress is the main issue that causes adrenal fatigue. Stress can come from a terrible incident happening in one’s life, like a death, bad car accident, or serious illness. Or we can just have daily stress from working, fighting with your significant other, daily parenting activities, environmental toxins, and more. Also, a poor diet is a huge factor in adrenal fatigue as well. It will only add more stress on the body, because many of the foods we eat are devoid of nutrients (prepackaged processed foods, sugary snacks, junk food etc). Since the adrenals are already fatigued and stressed they have already used any nutrients available to them, so eating foods that are nutrient/mineral devoid we are just making the problem that much worse, with NO fighting chance!
What can we do to combat this issue?
The first and foremost thing that needs to be done on the road to recovery for someone with adrenal fatigue is to try to reduce the stress in your life as much as you can. You can either try to change a situation, or change yourself. If you constantly and consistently are in a high stress environment you will not be able to battle this issue successfully. One way of doing this is to write out things that are stressful to you or cause you to feel badly and then list things that make you feel good and stress free. This will help you pinpoint the negative factors in your life that you need to work on. It can be a person, place, job, etc … Whether you take large steps or small steps to make these changes, it will not matter, as long as you try your best to make a positive change for yourself.
Is diet a connection with adrenal fatigue?
Yes. I do not mean a diet as in a weight loss diet, but as in what you eat daily. I like to refer to this as a lifestyle. A very important thing to make sure you do to help your body is to make sure to eat throughout the day to maintain a healthy blood sugar. If you have drastic drops in your blood sugar throughout the day you will only put more stress on your body.
A typical diet to help your body deal with adrenal fatigue is one where you will eat a wide variety of whole, natural foods. You should make sure to try and combine a fat, protein, and carbohydrate with each meal, eating a lot of veggies, eating whole grains (brown rice, millet, barely, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat), and avoid fruit in the AM.
Your carbohydrate will be from I just listed above. Any sort of breads, pasta, or prepackaged processed foods are lacking nutrients because they have been refined. This will only place a larger stress on your body as I mentioned earlier.
You should not avoid fats. Fats that will be best will be organic butter, olive oil, and coconut butter/oil. All depending on what you are cooking or baking will depend on what oil is best to use. You can use salt! If you are craving salt, please do so. Most people who suffer adrenal fatigue tend to have a lower blood pressure, so therefore most people do not have to worry about their blood pressure elevating because of an increase in salt intake. I would suggest using celtic sea salt, or Himalayan pink sea salt.
Foods that should be avoided would be coffee, alcohol, black tea, sodas and any other caffeinated beverages. Also any highly refined sugary foods. Any food that one could put under the umbrella of junk food. Also, anything that is prepackaged.
Are their supplements to help you gain control over your adrenal fatigue?
Yes. Vitamin C – the whole spectrum, Vitamin E, Vitamins B, Minerals; Magnesium, Calcium, and Trace Minerals, and Fiber. You can also benefit from many herbs as well.
We carry all of these helpful supplements in our office. Our prices are comparable to any other vitamin/supplement store/company that is around. We also offer specific support that directly addresses the adrenals. All of our supplements are whole food from an organic farm in Wisconsin. the company is called Standard Process (www.standardprocess.com).
My words of wisdom: If we take control of our diet and what we eat, we will be able to eliviate many effects of adrenal fatigue. If we focus on eating foods in their natural state and steer away from processed foods our bodies can heal itself from within. Also, everyone should start taking moments in their day to de-stress. Whether this means actual meditation, or maybe a 10 minute walk, to an hour yoga session, or simply just sitting still and unwinding. Too many of us constantly are running around with no off switch, now is the time to find your off switch and focus on your health and livelihood. It will make for an all around better life.
On a side note, just because your doctor may not recognize this as your personal issue, please do some further research for yourself. If you feel as if this could be an issue for your personal self, please seek evaluation else where or pick up the book, “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome”, by James L. Wilson, you will learn a lot for not a lot of money.
Yours in health,
Tanya Dolan, NC, Incledon Chiropractic, Nutrition, and Massage, Boynton Beach, Florida 561-389-7803