You can have an adventurous mind and spirit but if your adrenals aren’t happy, it will be hard for your body to cooperate and live as adventurously as you want to. Give these seven strategies, that worked great when personally dealing with adrenal fatigue, a try so you can live your life to the fullest.
My husband, Victor, is the most laid back, easy going guy you’ll meet. But 10 years ago (I can’t believe it’s been that long) he had a severe case of adrenal exhaustion. It was horrible.
Victor was working out vigorously, eating super clean (I’m talking only chicken and broccoli), and would tell you that he wasn’t stressed out. But he was always tired, couldn’t recover from workouts, would have bouts of anxiety and depression, random panic attacks, and couldn’t drop weight.
After months of running tests and doctor’s saying it was all in his head (or the best one was the endocrinologist who said it was his “culture”) we finally started treating it on our own as “adrenal exhaustion”, which there wasn’t much information on back then like there is now.
While it did take an entire two years to fully recover from it and some more in-depth approaches than just these ones below, these are the easiest and cheapest ways to improve your adrenal function.
If you have any symptoms of adrenal fatigue, I recommend trying these approaches for a few weeks and see if you feel better. If your adrenals aren’t too beat up, these things should help.
However, if you are in full adrenal burnout, these measures may not be enough to make a significant difference and you should seek out more help.
While we are not doctors, we have been able to help many clients improve their health with a lot of these strategies and more in-depth approaches that we do with our coaching especially if your adrenal fatigue is caused by stresses such as work/life balance, your exercise or training program, poor nutrition and gut health, or feeling “boxed in”.
Give these seven strategies a try and also check out the blog 5 Reasons Fitness May Be Making You Fatter to rule out overtraining.
Try taking 3000-5000mg of vitamin C a day for a few days and notice if you start feeling better. You can’t overdose on C and this is one of the easiest ways to know if you have some adrenal issues going on. I’m a huge fan of EmergenC packets and will take one or two a day when I’m feeling run down. If you are really tired, take 1000mg with each meal but not too close to bedtime or it might disrupt your sleep, which brings me to the next solution…
Get a Solid 9 Hours A Night
This one is so important. I can’t tell you the number of clients we have that just need to change this one factor and would see their health improve dramatically. It’s super important to get to bed before 10:30 p.m. if your adrenal health is compromised. If you don’t have the luxury to sleep in until 7:30 a.m., try to go to bed early enough so that you do get 8.5 to 9 hours of sleep each night. Catching up on sleep on the weekend might not help either. It’s way more important to get your body on a regular sleep pattern than to average out 9 hours over the course of a week. If you have trouble falling asleep early, try to not watch TV or be on your phone after dinner, try eating a warrior style diet (blog coming soon), take a low dose of Melatonin before bed, try reading before bed (have you read Pillars of the Earth, it’s one of my all-time favorite books along with The Zahir), and use some aromatherapy like lavender oil.
Salt Your Food With Himalayan Salt
You’ve been told salt is bad and yes, salt in processed food is a no-no. But adding a high quality sea salt like Himalayan Salt will help keep your adrenals healthy. In Wilson’s book, Adrenal Fatigue, he recommends adding 1/4 tsp of salt to your water with each meal. It totally helps!
If you are looking to spend a little money on healing your gut, recovering faster from sports training, and minimizing muscle loss when on a low-carb diet, we highly recommend Enduropacks Daily Nutrient System.
While Victor was recovering from adrenal exhaustion, he’d have to eat spoonfuls of high quality coconut oil throughout the day as one of the many ways to repair his gut health. Often adrenal exhaustion causes leaky gut (or sometimes vice versa). Coconut oil is antibacterial and anti-fungal and kills off the bad bacteria in your gut, helping you to heal. You can also try oil pulling with coconut oil.
Adding bone broth to your meals is also a cheap and easy way to improve gut health. You can buy bone broth here or you can buy grass fed soup bones and throw them in a crockpot with onion, celery, carrots, and garlic overnight and then add it to my meals when I cook. When Victor felt really bad, he’d just have a cup of it with his meals each day. This really is one of the easiest ways to help your body recover! While you can make your own bone broth it’s much simpler to just buy some. Kettle and Fire has really well sourced bone broths and they taste delicious too.
If you have severe digestion issues, take a digestive enzyme to help you. I love the AthleticGreens supplement because not only does it have digestive enzymes and probiotics, it’s packed with antioxidants and improves alkalinity and immune function, all of which will also improve adrenal function. Healing your gut is a top priority in recovering from adrenal exhaustion.
You don’t have to have a full siesta every day, but try to lay down for 15 minutes in the afternoon to give your adrenals a rest. Sitting in a chair doesn’t help nearly as much as getting fully horizontal so get a hammock or lie on a blanket in the grass and zen out. We are huge fans of yoga. There are many different types of classes you can take and I encourage you to try many styles until you find one that speaks to you.