Many of our modern ailments can be blamed on adrenal fatigue, which happens when your adrenal glands (responsible for hormone production) shut down or begin to work less efficiently. Symptoms include chronic fatigue, cravings for salty or sweet foods, prolonged healing times after an illness and more. Repairing your adrenals can take time, but establishing healthy habits can restore balance in the long run.
Eating a healthy diet is one of the more important things you can do to heal your adrenals. Plenty of fruits and vegetables are essential for the healthy fiber and nutrients that you need. Healthy fats such as olive oil, coconut oil and almond oil are essential to boosting your adrenals. Sugar, alcohol, caffeine and excess sodium can all wear down your adrenals and should be avoided. Drink plenty of fresh water every day.
Chronic stress is one of the primary contributors to adrenal fatigue. In order to heal your adrenals, you need to minimize the stress in your life. Find ways to reduce your responsibilities, or find ways to better manage your stress. Getting regular exercise, meditating and spending time with family and friends can all help you to reduce your stress and start healing your adrenals.
Get plenty of sleep each night. Sleep can help you to reduce stress and to restore your body. Limited sleep can wear down your adrenals. It is important that you get at least 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night – perhaps more if you are ill or are experiencing high levels of stress.
Adrenal fatigue can take months or even years to heal. Though these steps won’t have immediate results, they can help you to bring your body back into balance and to start healing.