Recover from Adrenal Exhaustion with Simple Lifestyle Changes.
Are you repeated ill, prone to allergies, tired and exhausted all of the time, suffer with aching muscles and dragging yourself through the day and never waking up refreshed by a nights sleep, then chances are that you may be experiencing adrenal gland exhaustion.
Living the busy stress filled lives, in increasing polluted urban environments,eating poor quality nutrition ,not getting enough sleep or exercise that make up modern living is a great strain on our bodies. The majority of us are living with constant stress activates our Fight or Flight response . This type of lifestyle can all too quickly take a toll on our adrenal glands and quickly leads to adrenal exhaustion. ( see related posts)
Fortunately our body’s have an amazing capacity to heal and treatment of mild to moderate adrenal fatigue is relatively simple. Treatment for mild to moderate adrenal stress is basically centered on making simple lifestyle and dietary changes.
It is however important to note that the following recommendations not be seen as a short term solution to get you feeling better but as a permanent healthy lifestyle. Though improved health is usually experienced within 1-2 months of making the suggested changes to your lifestyle and diet you may need to follow the program for 6-8 months to fully recover.
Implementing these lifestyle changes is an important step in reducing not only the risk of developing adrenal stress but in repairing your adrenal gland health.
As your adrenal glands recover and return to full functioning you will be rewarded for applying these actions with improved vitality, increased energy, a healthy immune system and better moods. In other words you can just enjoy your life more and have the energy to do the things that you love rather than dragging yourself through the day.
Some simple changes that can lead to improved adrenal function include
- Reducing your stress,
- increased relaxation,
- Laugh more, share a joke, watch a comedy, recall a fun memory
- regular meals,
- early bedtimes and resting in bed for at least 8-9 hours a night whenever possible,
- taking a short nap of no more than 30 minutes during the day,
- Gentle exercise and avoiding highly competitive events,
These actions and lifestyle changes can all benefit adrenal gland recovery.
The inclusion of more laughter has been scientifically shown to benefit the body in many ways.
A diet that is aimed at improving adrenal function should have a heavy emphasis on a wide colourful range of vegetables.
The following dietary nutritional changes have been shown to be helpful in treating adrenal fatigue, supporting healthy adrenal function and improving general health and wellbeing.
This style of eating and living also has many other benefits for our weight, great glowing skin and by virtue of its high levels of antioxidants is great for encouraging vibrant longevity and graceful ageing.
This daily eating plan combines
- a small amount of unrefined carbohydrates (whole grains) with
- regular small serves of protein at most meals,
- 3-5 handfuls of vegetables daily including at least 2 handfuls of dark green leafy vegetables. Kale, endive, Spinach, Beet greens and spinach are some of the yummy leafy vegetables that you can choose from.
- Healthy oils such as found in nuts and seeds such as olive oil, walnut, Brazil nuts, almonds and flaxseeds.
- It is also important to include regular serves of high quality cold water fish.
It is also important to eat regular meals, chew your food really well, and eat something by 10 AM and again for lunch. You should also look to avoid any hydrogenated fats, caffeine, chocolate, white carbohydrates, and junk foods.
If you are suffering from adrenal stress and fatigue you should not follow the general Australian or USDA’s Food Guide Pyramid, with its heavy emphasis on carbohydrates.
People with adrenal fatigue do not tolerate carbohydrates well (this may also be a source of bloating food allergy symptoms) and should consume fewer processed carbohydrates .They need more protein and a wide variety of vegetables. ( A more suitable Wellness promoting Food Pyramid may be found at www.integratedwellness.com.au )
The addition of nutritional supplements, vitamins and herbs has been shown to also offer additional benefits to those suffering from experiencing adrenal fatigue. However each person is such an individual and each case differs in cause and effect and therefore requires an accurate assessment.
I therefore recommend that if you feel that you may be suffering from the symptoms of adrenal fatigue that you have your condition assessed by an experienced practitioner.
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