If you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue you may already be swimming in a sea of supplements. This is often because you are attempting to relieve a myriad of seemingly unrelated symptoms. Some of these might include:
- low sex drive
- skin problems such as rosacea, acne, and psoriasis
- sensitivity to light or sound
- extreme fatigue
- muscle twitching
- digestive complaints
- hair loss
- sleep disturbances
If you are taking one or more supplements for each condition, you may feel like you are taking a shot-in-the-dark approach – hoping that something – anything will help. It is useful to realize that oftentimes these seemingly unrelated conditions are often related and can be traced back to a common cause: adrenal fatigue. What are those pesky adrenals, anyway? How do they affect your overall health?
Adrenal Fatigue Unraveled
The adrenal glands are endocrine glands that sit at the top of the kidneys. They are responsible for the production of a host of hormones and neurotransmitters, such as cortisol, adrenaline, noradrenaline, and dopamine. All of these have a profound effect on your stress level.
Chronic stress leads to overproduction of cortisol and may in turn cause weight gain, depression, and blood sugar problems. On the other hand, if you produce too much adrenaline in response to stress you will likely have insomnia, panic attacks or anxiety, and perhaps weight loss. This helps us to understand why some people lose weight while others gain during stressful periods.
Too much noradrenaline (also called norepinephrine) can cause high blood pressure, nervousness, heart palpitations, and headaches. Dopamine affects alertness, concentration levels, and creativity. Therefore, an imbalance in dopamine can create symptoms such as insomnia, inability to concentrate, and even weight gain.
Certainly, these hormones and neurotransmitters coming from the adrenal glands play a huge, and very complicated, role in your overall health. Additionally, they need to be in the right balance with each other. Is there a simple way to jump start the body and naturally bring them into balance? Yes! You must nourish the adrenal glands.
5 Supplements to Nourish the Adrenal Glands
Given the proper nutrients, as well as abundant rest, the adrenal glands can continue to be the workhorses that they are.
Supplement #1: Vitamin C
Your body uses vitamin C to produce cortisol. When vitamin C is all used up, the body panics, in a sense, and paradoxically tries to create more cortisol to calm the situation. The adrenal glands then get stuck in a cycle of exhaustion due to creating something for which they don’t have the ingredients.
A whole vitamin C supplement (not just ascorbic acid) is critical to recovery. Loads of natural vitamin C can be found in leafy green vegetables such as kale and spinach.
Supplement #2: Sea Salt
Sea salt is loaded with nutrients and minerals that your adrenal glands desperately need. Sodium is crucial to the functioning of the adrenals. Take 1 teaspoon of sea salt in a glass of water each morning. Make sure you purchase unrefined salt such as Hawaiian bamboo jade sea salt.
Supplement #3: Magnesium
A few years ago, a craze over calcium arose. Calcium was promoted as the cure-all for issues from bone loss to weight loss. While this mineral is truly critical for health, an imbalance creates a huge problem for the nervous system. The answer? Magnesium. Dose yourself 3mg times your body weight. A 100lb. women should be taking 300mg of magnesium daily
Magnesium is greatly underutilized and yet paramount to good health. It is involved in over 300 processes in the body and plays a crucial role in the nervous system. A lack of magnesium leads to more stress on the body and, again, overworks the adrenal glands.
You can obtain magnesium through a supplement such as magnesium malate or lactate and through foods such as green vegetables and black beans.
Supplement #4: Ashwaganda
Ashawaganda is an adaptogenic herb, meaning that it basically adapts to your body’s need and also allows you to be more adaptable to your circumstances. So someone who has too much cortisol can benefit from it just as much as someone with too little.
Supplement #5: Vitamin B Complex
B vitamins are also produced by your adrenal glands and are critical for nervous system health. Vitamins B5 and B12 in particular are often lacking in adrenal fatigue patients. Both of these can be taken in the form of an oral supplement and are also found in a plethora of foods such as eggs, whole grains, meats, and nuts.
There you have your adrenal gland supplements boiled down to just five ingredients! You may be wondering, though, what you should be eating for your adrenal fatigue.
Check out our latest ebook: Feed the Hunger, Not the Fatigue. We’ll share with you some of the most important foods you can be eating as well as a handy shopping list. Here’s wishing you health and energy!