When it comes to treating a medical condition there are two trains of thought. The first requires that we test and diagnose the problem correctly. We must know exactly what is wrong, what it is called, what is being effected and exactly how our treatment is going to counteract the problem. The other train of thought doesn't really care the exact cause, we just want to find something that makes us feel and function better. Ever since my wife was diagnosed with a uterine condition our train of though has changed, we don't need the long scientific name of a diagnosis we don't understand anway...let's just get her feeling better! Given that, this article will follow that method.
The main reason for this is that, according to much of the scientific community, there is no such thing as Adrenal Fatigue. At least, not in a medical sense. According to those who claim to have it or be able to treat it, Adrenal Fatigue is a condition brought on by long term stress. However, Adrenal Fatigue cannot be tested for and cannot be diagnosed. (There is a related disorder known as adrenal insufficiency which you can read about here). The symptoms that are attendant to adrenal fatigue are also related to nearly every other health condition so it is hard to know exactly what you are suffering from. However, given that, there are symptoms that are common among many people who suffer from "adrenal fatigue" and have cured it through the following method. Some of the common symptoms include:
Give that laundry list of symptoms, i'm sure you are most interested (as I was) in simply feeling better. So without any more beating around the bush, here are the 3 methods we have seen help dozens of people recover from adrenal fatigue.
1. Give Your adrenals a break
Your Adrenal Glands are designed to secrete a number of hormones into your blood to help your body cope with stress. When your stress levels place excess stress on your Adrenal Glands they become "tolerant" of the stress level and secret less and less hormone in response to it. This leaves you feeling run down and unmotivated.
You body's systems are very capable of dealing with normal situations. It is when you place them in an unnatural state that they become unable to keep up. Caffeine intake is one of the most common way we overtax our adrenals. Caffeine seems to give us energy because it kicks out adrenal glands into an unnaturally heightened state. When our body becomes tolerant of our daily coffee, we often step it up to two (or more) cups of coffee to keep forcing our adrenals to work ever harder. Given the chance (read: the absence of caffeine) your adrenals do have the ability to recover. So, if you want your adrenals glands to recover, stop working them so hard! Click here for the full guide on detoxing from caffeine for adrenal recovery.
2. Treat nutrient deficiencies
Long term stress depletes our body of many vitamins and minerals that it needs to function at a high level. When your adrenals sense a time of nutrient starvation, they start releasing less and less adrenaline, determined to preserve what it has in case there are harder times ahead. Supplementing properly and eating a well rounded diet can help replenish these nutrient supplies and return your adrenal glands to normal function.
The three supplements most helpful for normal adrenal function are: GABA / Multi w/ B and DLPA