Adrenal fatigue might be the underlying cause of many symptoms such as unexplained changes in weight, salt and sugar cravings, fatigue, infertility, thyroid imbalances and many more. But what’s the main cause of adrenal fatigue? Stress.
Unfortunately, the way we live and work these days is stressful. We have work emails constantly at our fingertips with smart phones, we work long hours and have long commutes, we sleep poorly at night, and we over train. Combine these life stressors with dietary stressors like excessive caffeine and a poor diet (processed foods, refined carbs, sugary foods, and convenience foods) and the stress is magnified.
One of the biggest contributors to adrenal fatigue is dietary stress in the form of sugar. Sugary foods cause wide swings in blood sugar and the adrenal glands scramble to deal with excess sugar in our bodies. Day in and day out, the adrenals are forced to adapt to blood sugar swings. Combined with other life stresses, it all contributes to adrenal fatigue.
In addition to managing life’s everyday stressors, eating a well-balanced diet can help prevent, manage, and treat adrenal fatigue. Establishing a regular routine with meals and snacks by planning ahead can help alleviate additional stress, and even dietary stress on the adrenals themselves.
Take some extra time on Sunday and sit down and work on planning meals and snacks out for the week. After two to four weeks, simply repeat your menus and grocery lists and spend your extra time working on addressing other life stressors. Add variety by throwing in a new recipe or snack every now and then, or keep it simple during weeks of high stress.
Establishing a routine with diet, stress reduction, relaxation, moderate exercise with regular rest days, and sleep all promote proper adrenal function. Don’t wait until next Monday, think about how you can start working on these things TODAY.
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