I get amazed most days at how many people are scraping by from debilitating exhaustion, wired on caffeine, sugary foods, nicotine and anything else that keeps them upright.

It’s estimated that on going fatigue affects more than 1.5 million people in Australia, and adrenal fatigue happens in a high proportion of these people.

Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys and secrete cortisol that is ideally meant to be high in the morning and reduce over the day for a restful sleep at night. Cortisol helps to regulate your blood pressure and sugar. Not having too much or too little is crucial for feeling great.

If you have an adrenal problem, you may:

  • Crave sugary or salty food
  • Struggle to get started in morning
  • Crash in the afternoon
  • Libido almost non-existent
  • Wake often during the night to urinate
  • Get shaky or can’t think if don’t eat regularly
  • Find it hard to lose weight
  • Have a second wind in the evening
  • Feel moody
  • Aches and pains

To find out where you are on the adrenal fatigue scale you can do salivary testing to find out what your cortisol levels are over 24 hours – high, low, flat-lined. This enables you to get tailored remedies specific to where you are. CLICK HERE to book Adrenal Discovery Session today to get yours done. It’s the first step to getting well again.

Methylation parameters, namely MTHFR can also have a huge impact on how your health stands up under stress, by affecting clearance of wastes, hormones and maintaining health of your gut, brain and much more. Is it time to get yours tested?  CLICK HERE to book Adrenal Discovery Session to get yours done today.

Dealing with any underlying issues, such as food intolerances, leaky gut, candida overgrowth and SIBO can also be crucial to recovery from adrenal fatigue. CLICK HERE to book Adrenal Discovery Session to find out.

Want to get on track to resetting your adrenals?

Here are 3 things I recommend you ease up on:

1. Caffeine

I know it’s been your crutch…..coke, coffee, loads of green tea, chocolate or tea.

It’s depleting you, causing those adrenal glands to keep working overtime, but they need to rest and recover.

Nourishing alternatives include roasted dandelion root, peppermint tea, rooibos tea, licorice tea, chamomile tea.

2. Nicotine

Time to ditch the smokes they’re keeping you stuck in the fatigue rut using up all your adrenal stores.

Only you know when it’s time to cut the ties.

If you increase your energy naturally before you make the break it can make all the difference between success and failure.

Nourishing alternative is to learn abdominal breathing and get out in nature.

3. Sugar

This includes refined carbs, such as biscuit, cake, bread, pasta, plus potatoes

Sugar is a quick fix to keep you upright, it’s not a long term solution.

It’s causing inflammation, ageing, gut problems and keeping you circling in the fatigue cycle.

Nourishing alternatives are fruit, vegetables, quinoa, buckwheat, chia, nuts.

 

Top 10 foods for adrenal recovery:

1. Leafy greens

Loaded with minerals, vitamins and highly alkaline to balance the acidity of stress, which fans inflammation and pain.

Why not try a green smoothie or kale chips?

2. Vegetables

Variety is best, rainbow colours are sensational.

Mix high glycaemic (sweet potato, corn, beetroot, peas, pumpkin, parsnip) and low glycaemic vegetables (spinach, kale, mushrooms, celery, brussels sprouts, tomato, zucchini…).

Get stuck into a stirfry, soup, salad, steam or bake.

3. Avocado

Contain vitamins, minerals and good fats for brain health.

Guacamole is an easy alternative.

4. Turkey

Tryptophan rich, which calms and increases mood by increasing serotonin.

5. Oysters

Loaded with zinc, protein and sea minerals. Reduces stress and increases libido.

6. Coconut oil

Contains good medium chain triglycerides that help with brain function. You can cook with it or add to smoothies.

7. Wild caught fish

Omega 3 rich food that nourishes brain and hormonal health by quietening inflammation.

Here’s a recipe to get you started.

8. Chamomile tea

Decreases anxiety, stress and calms your digestive tract.

9. Rooibos tea

Balancing effect on cortisol.

10. Kefir

Coconut water based one is my fav. Helps maintain a healthy microbiome, which translates to great brain health.

11. Eggs

Fantastic source of protein and high in phospolipids.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me on julie@feelinggreatnaturopath.com.au or leave a comment below.