Adrenal fatigue is the term for a collection of nonspecific unexplained symptoms, including fatigue, aches and pains, weight loss, low blood pressure, a lightheaded feeling, skin discoloration and loss of body hair. With adrenal fatigue, also called adrenal insufficiency, levels of essential hormones produced by the adrenal glands are low. While there’s not yet an understanding of what exactly causes adrenal fatigue, many experts believe chronic stress plays a role, as well as a person’s diet.
Diet and Adrenal Fatigue
Some experts believe that the symptoms associated with adrenal fatigue can be controlled with a certain type of eating plan. This plan stresses eating high-quality, nutritious foods at specific intervals to avoid low blood sugar and the associated symptoms.
Although each case is unique, it’s typically important for those who experience adrenal fatigue to eat as soon as they wake up, and always before 10 AM. Lunch should ideally fall between 11 and 11:30 AM, and no later than noon. Some type of snack is usually next to avoid the late afternoon blood sugar crash that results in fatigue symptoms. An early dinner is typically followed by a small, nutritious snack no later than 9 PM.
What Types of Food are Included?
It’s not just about your eating schedule with adrenal fatigue; it’s also about the value of the nutrients you consume. With each meal, aim for a combination of healthy fats, protein and complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, a surefire recipe for healthy, sustainable energy.
When it comes to protein, it is usually beneficial to opt for lean meat, fish and poultry, eggs, dairy, soy, legumes, nuts and seeds. Those with adrenal fatigue should have at least six to eight servings of a variety of different vegetables each day. It is a good idea to aim for a “rainbow” of veggies of different bright colors, as these have the antioxidants, vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. Some fruits should be avoided by those with adrenal fatigue. While most fruits are fine, try to buy organically grown. When you add oil to your food, it is usually best to opt for fresh essential oils.
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If you experience symptoms like those of adrenal fatigue, talk with our team at the Sajune Institute for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine in Orlando. We can help determine the underlying cause and recommend the best treatment modality for you, including dietary and nutritional suggestions. Contact our Orlando office today to schedule a consultation!