Adrenal fatigue is a serious medical condition that many Americans suffer with on a daily basis. Our hectic lives, nutrient-poor diets, and insufficient sleep cycles cause our body’s hormones to perform at irregular levels. And when our hormones are out of balance, all of our body’s functions suffer. We gain weight, feel depressed, lose our sex drive, and suffer from allergies. If you believe you are experiencing adrenal fatigue, then this article is a must-read. The food you eat is your first line of defense against this condition. So, begin planning out your adrenal fatigue diet plan today and experience better health tomorrow.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
A stress-related condition that occurs when your HPA axis isn’t functioning optimally, adrenal fatigue is caused by long-term stress from jobs, relationship problems, or chronic disease. When your adrenal glands weaken so much that they are unable to respond appropriately, symptoms of constant tiredness, lack of enthusiasm, and mild depression can occur. Each of these symptoms can be connected to a deficiency in the hormones produced in your adrenal glands. Like we discuss in our article,“Hormones and Weight Gain: Why You Can’t Lose that Last 10 Pounds,” hormones are directly linked to your diet. Nutritional factors can cause an imbalance in critical hormones — adiponectin, ghrelin, insulin, and cortisol — provoking adrenal fatigue. Some other symptoms that point to adrenal fatigue include: craving for salty foods, low blood sugar, respiratory problems, allergies, low sex drive, and weight gain.
Why Does My Diet Matter?
Because adrenal fatigue is caused by an overactive HPA axis, your metabolism is constantly sped up and burns more nutrients than normal. This creates a nutritional void, which only good quality food can replenish. A nutritional void can cause fatigue and low blood sugar, making eating natural, quality food at frequent, regular intervals critical to boosting energy levels. Eating at a regular times, especially if the food contains a combination of fat, protein, and complex carbohydrates, provides a steady stream of energy throughout your day. When you pair a wholesome diet plan with decreasing chronic stress and adjusting your emotional responses to stressors, you can reverse adrenal fatigue in no time.
What Sort of Diet Plan Should I Follow?
- Eat at the right times — An adrenal-supportive diet plan starts with eating at optimal times throughout the day. One of the biggest factors here is never skipping breakfast. By the time morning rolls around, we have been fasting for over 12 hours! Our bodies need the right kind of fuel to start the day off. Read this article for more information on the importance of a nutritious breakfast. Also, because a symptom of adrenal fatigue is low blood sugar, it is important to eat lots of small meals throughout the day, with a maximum of three intervals. This will help to reduce food cravings, blood sugar crashes, and stresses on your HPA axis.
- Identify allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances — Food allergies prevent our bodies from absorbing and using the nutrients they need, which blocks one cure for adrenal fatigue. They also cause inflammation and interfere with our sleep cycle, adding to the stress that causes the fatigue. When your body is low on nutrients, you are left weakened and low in energy. Your best bet is to avoid any suspicious food that might be causing a negative reaction. Also, take a supplement, like glutamine, to strengthen your intestinal lining and protect against irritants. Adding probiotics or digestive enzymes can also help you digest food easier and absorb more nutrients from the food you eat.
- Choose the right foods — The number one rule is to eat less sugar. And cutting out sugary snacks isn’t enough; you must also be aware of fruit with high sugar levels. Focus on better sources of carbohydrates like vegetables, beans, and whole grains. Protein is also a critical part of a wholesome adrenal-supportive diet plan. Good protein keeps your energy levels high without the erratic spikes caused by sugar and caffeine. Try beef, fish, eggs, chicken, and quality protein powders. Lastly, don’t forget to add in a healthy mix of fats. Foods like avocado, coconut, nuts and seeds, butter, and cheese are perfect to add in moderation to your daily meals. For detailed recipes perfect for sufferers of adrenal fatigue, download the Adrenal Fatigue Recipe Book here.
The basic diet for adrenal fatigue is similar to any diet for a healthy lifestyle. Meals eaten at regular intervals that consist of high-quality nutritious foods are the two critical factors to maintaining adrenal function by keeping blood sugar levels stable. For detailed help in setting up a personalized adrenal-supportive diet plan, request an appointment at the SaJune Institute for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine today. Our high-trained and friendly staff want to jumpstart your journey to optimal wellness through holistic health practices.