How to treat adrenal fatigue naturally
(NaturalHealth365) If you experience chronic feelings of malaise and fatigue, a weak immune system, cardiovascular issues, poor digestion, anxiety, emotional imbalances, hair loss, sexual dysfunction and sleeping issues, these describe the classical signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Once shrugged off by conventional practitioners as a pseduo-diagnosis, adrenal fatigue is a major culprit underlying modern health concerns today. Research shows that ongoing, chronic environmental stress is the driver behind hormonal imbalances that cause adrenal problems. Recognizing that you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue is the first step toward healing and recovery.
How can I improve adrenal function and eliminate stress without toxic drugs?
Adaptogenic herbs have been well-researched for their ability to promote health and address adrenal problems head on. Adaptogens are nontoxic phytomedicines that exert resistance to chronic fatigue, trauma, stress and anxiety without eliciting any serious (negative) side effects.
Here are some endurance-promoting adaptogens for adrenal problems:
- Cordyceps: the use of the cordyceps combines the wisdom of Ancient Chinese medicine with the prowess of modern science. Often referred to as a ‘medicinal mushroom‘, cordyceps is also categorized as an adaptogenic medicinal agent. One of the most well-researched phytomedicines today, cordyceps treats immune issues resulting from adrenal problems such as upper respiratory concerns as well as symptoms of adrenal fatigue that cause male sexual dysfunction.
- Rhodiola Rosea: Choose rhodiola to reduce mental and emotional stress. Studies show rhodiola’s positive effects on fighting fatigue while improving cognitive abilities. In addition, athletes using rhodiola tend to notice an increase in strength and energy.
- Ashwaganda: Known as an energizing and simultaneously soothing herb, this multi-faceted adaptogen helps improve sleep, promote feelings of contentment and relieves sexual issues in both men and women – due to its positive effects on DHEA and testosterone levels. Consider ashwaganda to help increase endurance and improve sexual libido.
- Astragalus: Another adaptogen used for centuries by Chinese medical practitioners, astragalus is a tonifying herb that relieves fatigue by improving immunity, insulin levels, blood pressure and blood flow.
When combining several adaptogens, ask your integrative health practitioner which are the most ideal combinations for your personal endocrine and immune needs.
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This mutually accentuating combination improves digestive and mucosal immunity to build advanced immune complexes that protect us from chronic stress and prevent autoimmune responses from developing. And, never forget the value of good nutrition for adrenal health.
A healthy, organic diet is essential for preventing and treating adrenal fatigue. While no diet is 100% free of chemicals, eating a natural diet from your own garden or locally grown (fresh) vegetables, fruit and, if desired, grass fed (non-GMO) meats will improve adrenal function.
If you are already eating a healthy diet, yet still suffer from adrenal problems, consider quantity and timing of meals. To prevent cortisol shifts and spikes in insulin that perpetuate adrenal problems, establish a relaxing eating environment that you enjoy regularly throughout the day with balanced portions. And, of course, thoroughly chew your food to improve digestion, nutrient absorption and to calm the central nervous system.
There are other factors which contribute to adrenal fatigue such as, emotional issues, poor sleep habits and the overuse of wireless technology but, these herbs and food tips will go a long way to improving your health.
About the author: Christine M. Dionese L.Ac, MSTOM is an integrative health expert, medical journalist and food writer. She’s dedicated her career to helping others understand the science of happiness and its powerful effects on everyday human health. Christine practices, writes and speaks on environmental functional medicine, personalized medicine and epigenetics, food science and sustainable living.
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