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7 Easy and Cheap Tips to Improve Your Adrenal Function

7 easy + Cheap tips to improve adrenal health

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. If you feel constantly tired and lack a zest for life, there’s a good chance your adrenal health is compromised. If you are battling food allergies, depression, anxiety, or can’t lose weight no matter what diet you try, there’s a possibility that you have adrenal burnout. Give these seven strategies, that worked great when personally dealing with adrenal exhaustion, 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 doctors 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. At the time, there wasn’t much information on adrenal exhaustion like there is now and we had to go through a lot of trial and error to come up with a solution.

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, leaky gut, or even just feeling “boxed in”.

One easy way to check if your adrenals aren’t functioning optimally is to do a 24-hour cortisol test. It’s really easy and affordable and the best part is that you can do it at home without having to deal with going to the doctor.

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Give these 7 strategies a try and also check out the blog 5 Reasons Fitness May Be Making You Fatter to rule out overtraining. 

Boost Your Energy with Vitamin C

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 Emergen-C 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 of Sleep Each 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 a week. 

If you have trouble falling asleep early, try to not watch TV or be on your phone after dinner. Also, try eating a warrior-style diet, taking a low dose of Melatonin before bed, reading an entertaining but not too intense book before bed, and using aromatherapy like lavender oil.

There are a lot of great sleep supplements out there that are natural. These are two of our favorites:

Related Blog: Why We Love ONNIT Supplements

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 Dr. Wilson’s book, Adrenal Fatigue, he recommends adding 1/4 tsp of salt to your water with each meal.  It 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.

Eat Coconut Oil

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. Adrenal exhaustion often causes a 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. 

Drink Bone Broth

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 bad, he’d just have a cup of it with his meals each day.  This is one of the easiest ways to help your body recover!

While you can make your bone broth it’s much simpler to just buy some.  Kettle and Fire has well-sourced bone broths and they taste delicious too.

Take a Digestive Enzyme

If you have severe digestion issues, take a digestive enzyme to help you.  I love ONNIT’s Total Gut Health supplement because not only does it have digestive enzymes and probiotics, but it also includes prebiotics and betaine HCL which will improve digestion and in turn, improve adrenal function.  Healing your gut is a top priority in recovering from adrenal exhaustion.

Click here to watch Robyn + Victor’s FREE 5-Day REIGNITE THE PASSION workshop. In Day 1 we cover exactly how cortisol, gut health, and food sourcing are impacting your hormones and in turn, your relationship.

Get Horizontal to Recharge Your Adrenals

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 also 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. You can find one of my guided yoga classes on YouTube here or try this sequence.

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 a try so you can live your life full of adventure and purpose.  If you want more help, reach out to us about coaching.

Eliminate anxiety quickly with our free anxiety healing solution and a coaching call with Victor and Robyn.

The Anxiety-Adrenal Fatigue Connection

If you have adrenal fatigue, there’s a pretty good chance you also experience anxiety. But it’s important to understand that the reverse is likely happening. This means that most people who suffer from anxiety also have adrenal fatigue.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal Fatigue is a term coined by Dr. Wilson in the 90s to describe the symptoms he was seeing in his patients– feeling wired and tired, anxious, depressed, low libido, injuries that won’t heal, trouble recovering from a workout, sleep abnormalities, wake up feeling unrefreshed, chronic dehydration, panic attacks– and attributing them to a decrease in function of the adrenal glands.

While many doctors will say adrenal fatigue doesn’t exist, we have experienced firsthand that it does and that you can heal from it and regain your zest for life.

In 2009, Victor started having many varied symptoms that were not normal for him. He went to many doctors looking for answers only to be told it was all in his head and “Here, take this medication!”

Being in the health & fitness industry for over a decade at the time, we didn’t think going the prescription drug route made any sense. He ate well, worked out, and had a great life, but something was dramatically off.

After many months of research and over a year of trying different strategies for healing, we were able to naturally heal his adrenals. Now, at age 49, he has more energy & is healthier than ever in his life. And you can be too!

Learn More About Adrenal Fatigue

If you’re tired of not getting a straight answer from doctors or just being prescribed another medication, then watch our free webinar & learn why you have anxiety (plus so many other symptoms that are all related) plus, what the Holistic solution that we used to heal Victor and have used to heal our clients.

The medical industry doesn’t want you to know this information because if you did, they wouldn’t be able to make money off you!

You don’t need to take or stay on medications for the rest of your life, but you do need to understand the truth behind anxiety.

In This Free Training, You Will Learn These 4 Secrets:

  • Secret #1: How to harness the power of your diaphragm to impact your mind
  • Secret #2: The kind of workouts you should be doing to recover from anxiety
  • Secret #3: What you need to be eating to heal your gut and reduce anxiety
  • Secret #4: Why approaching health from just the body isn’t enough!
  • and so much more!

All in less than an hour with no advanced knowledge of exercise, nutrition, or neurochemistry required to implement.

You can live without anxiety and get back to feeling like yourself! I’ll show you how to do it in this free webinar designed specifically to get you feeling better NOW!

This is for YOU if...

  • You are ready to make changes to your daily routine
  • You are open to the idea that medicine isn’t the only way
  • You know there is more to your anxiety than you’ve been led to believe
  • You understand that there is a mind-body connection that needs to be taken into consideration

This is NOT for you if…

  • You are happy with the way things are
  • You aren’t looking for new strategies for dealing with your anxiety
  • You aren’t comfortable with getting outside of your routine
  • You don’t want to change the way you approach your lifestyle

If you are ready to integrate a MIND and BODY approach to solving your anxiety while empowering yourself to take responsibility for your health and well-being, then you NEED to WATCH this FREE Webinar!

Look, it’s not easy to face the reality of death but the truth is that anxiety can lead to a whole host of chronic diseases which often lead to death and according to the CDC, 6 in 10 adults in the US have a chronic disease. Scary!

I’ve Been In Your Shoes

12 years ago, I was so anxious I couldn’t sleep, my stomach was a wreck, my hormones were in the tank, and everything hurt.

I know what it feels like to be anxious all the time and feel as if you are drowning. But I can also tell you what life feels like to feel alive, happy, and emotionally available for my family and myself.

Today I’m anxiety-freestronger, and happier than ever! (I really can’t believe how far I’ve come.)

Taking a deeper dive into science and ancient medicine, I was able to redefine what is needed to get results and the simple hacks to create lasting results.

Now I’m:

  • anxiety free
  • stronger and leaner than ever
  • happy and healthy

I have shared what I’ve learned with thousands of people from around the world through my social channels.

I’m inviting you to join me to learn how you got to this point and share a simple and innovative new way to look at health and deal with anxiety.

Understanding this knowledge can help you avoid things like autoimmune issues, heart disease, thyroid issues, and cancer.

The amazing thing is that you don’t need to restructure your entire life or live in nature to make it work.

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Tamar

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

This is helpful. I’ve been experiencing adrenal fatigue for about a year. I’m a trainer as well and have been one for 10 years. I’ve been eating clean for years and weight was just stacking up no matter what I did or how hard I worked out. I’ll try some of the suggestions here. Like upping the vitamin C.

Robyn

Thursday 6th of August 2020

I'm sorry to hear that. Yes, it can be so frustrating to feel like you are doing everything right and the scale won't move or you just don't feel right. Hope the C helps! Mostly doing my sports and only occasionally weight training seems to help too.

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Saturday 9th of June 2018

This is so useful...unused to be obsessed with daily doses of vitamin C & think we need to get back on it...thank you for sharing!

Robyn

Saturday 16th of June 2018

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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