Will adrenal fatigue heal itself?
So many people today struggle with adrenal insufficiency and major fatigue issues, and it’s due to problems with their adrenal glands.
Adrenal glands are two sorts of thumb-sized organs that sit on top of your kidneys at the back of your flunk area.
What adrenal glands do
Adrenal glands secrete hormones essential for life. These include cortisol, aldosterone, adrenaline, and nor-adrenaline.
These hormones control different body functions, including
Blood pressure regulation
Salt and water balance
Blood glucose regulation
Balancing sex hormones
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands fail to function properly.
Eighty percent of people struggle with adrenal fatigue at some point in their life.
Common causes include
Chronic lack of sleep
Lack of exercise
Chronic high amounts of caffeine
Low body nutrients like vitamin B1, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and vitamin D
Chronic pain and inflammation
Chronic use of steroids like prednisone
Menopause related stress issues
Warning signs you have adrenal fatigue
If you’ve had enough sleep but you wake up still feeling tired
Overwhelmed and stressed
Trouble focusing and concentrating
Thyroid issue (Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto's, Graves disease)
Weight loss plateau
Can adrenal fatigue heal itself?
Short answer NO
Long answer YES.
With no medication, there are a few things you can do to restore the normal adrenal gland function and heal from adrenal fatigue.
Top foods to avoid include caffeine, too much sugar, and hydrogenated oils.
Foods that support adrenal glands include
Those high in vitamin B1 and B12, magnesium, potassium, zinc, and vitamin
Coconut products like coconut oil, coconut milk, and coconut meat.
Olives and olive oil,
Vegetables, especially spinach, kale, and chard.
Seaweed (contains iodine and other minerals that can support the adrenal glands
2. Take supplements supporting the adrenal glands
Adaptogenic herbs - These help your body adapt to dealing with stress.
Examples include ashwagandha, holy basil, and liquorice root.
You may also include vitamin B complex, magnesium, vitamin D, and selenium supplements.
Lower your overall stress levels
Get better quality sleep
Learn to avoid procrastination
Listen to soothing music
If stressed, start working on reducing the stress.
Get a sheet of paper and start writing all of the things causing you stress and work on rectifying them.
Engaging in exercises that help reduce stress like 20-30 min daily several times a week. These may include breath-focused exercises, mindful meditation, repetitive prayer, guided imagery, etc.
You might not eliminate all of them at once but reducing the triggers can help improve adrenal function and heal your adrenal fatigue.
Schedule in a time of fun and joy
Doing things you enjoy can also help you overcome adrenal fatigue.
Don’t be afraid to say no to unnecessary events.