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Recovering from Adrenal Fatigue Naturally

By Kayla Howard

Adrenal Fatigue is a phrase that personally, I heard with some level of disdain.  Everywhere I looked it seemed like everyone was yapping about adrenal fatigue this, and adrenal fatigue that.  They were talking about how they could’t function like a normal human—as if it was some reasonable excuse…I’m not fond of excuses.  I’m okay with pushing through and doing hard things. In fact, I prefer to push myself all the way and choose to tell my body what it gets to feel.  Normally, I tell it that I feel fine, and frankly, I do. 

Imagine my shock when recently I did a whole panel of tests–just for fun because my friend was teaching about Functional Diagnostic Nutrition--and my own test results came back saying, “you are in later stage 3 adrenal fatigue.”

WHAT????  No way.

Inconceivable!  But the truth is, you can’t argue with lab work.  So I had to face the truth and change my lifestyle dramatically.

My first question was, “so what?  Like how many stages of adrenal fatigue are there? 10? 12?”  No, there’s just three…then comes adrenal failure.   “But how could I have adrenal fatigue?  I never feel bad!!!!”    I’m not overweight.  I eat healthy.  I exercise.

From a simple Google search, you’ll find that the topic of adrenal fatigue is HUGE and could not be contained in one simple article. So for the sake of your time today, I will get right to the bottom line. 

Some Not so Obvious Signs I had:

  • Getting so tired I felt like crying.
  • Being very angry (on the inside) or crying when someone asked me to get up early for something.
  • Not being able to function past 9pm, which I always made into a joke…”oh I turn into a pumpkin at 9 o clock.”
  • Being easily frustrated by silly things like…people chewing, someone bumping me, etc…
  • HATING loud noises with a passion. 

Getting Professional Help

Rochelle Griffin, FDN has helped me big time.  She’s the one who actually ordered my test, took care of labwork for me, interpreted results, and suggested most of my natural supplements. She rocks!

Dr. Kevin Smith, DC has also been a big help to me.  Kevin works locally and has helped me by adding some homeopathic supplements to my routine.  Kevin is available for distance appoints!  

Getting Natural Help

STOP drinking Coffee.  This was so important for me.  Nearly all adrenal help sources agree that getting off coffee is important for adrenal healing.  Coffee simulates your adrenals—which isn’t always a bad thing.  In fact, I still don’t think there is anything wrong with coffee at all!  Coffee has many great benefits.  But for adrenal fatigue sufferers, drinking coffee may mask just how bad you feel.  Personally, I had to quit coffee before I realized how little energy I actually have…quitting forces me to take the rest I need because I simple cannot keep pushing without stimulants.  That’s a good thing.  I need to hear what my body it telling me.

Tulsi Tea is a great way to support energy levels without stimulants.  I noticed a big difference when I started drinking 1-3 cups of Tulsi Tea each day.  Do a Google search, you’ll find lots of great info on this fabulous product.

More Sleep is kind of a duh—but it’s a really big piece of healing your adrenals.   Just like everyone else says; get to bed by 10, sleep as late as life allows in the morning, and nap when needed.

Sea Salt Water is another big help for the adrenals. I haven’t personally done this consistently, but I wanted to put it in the list because I know of several people who were really helped by this.

Herbal Supplements like Licorice Root, Adrenal Herb Blends, Essential oils of Nutmeg & EnErGee are a few of thing I‘ve been taking.  Ultimately, the best thing you can do is get professional help so that you can choose the correct supplements for you.  But these are general things that usually help most people.

Stop the Emotional Stress

Step out of stressful situations.  If someone starts yelling, I walk out.  I’ve also learned to ask my kids to “control your voice, please speak calmly.”  It was something they needed to learn anyway—perfect timing. 

Learn to say “no” to more things, people, etc…  This isn’t being mean.  I used to think it was mean for me to tell someone “no” –but I’ve learned that it’s not.  It’s actually mean to my family if I keep saying “yes” to everyone else. 

So there you go–just the tip of the iceberg but hopefully something to get your mind thinking!