What are the most common symptoms that suggest adrenal fatigue?
- Difficulty getting up in the morning
- Cravings for stimulants (tea, coffee, alcohol, cigarettes)
- Cravings for salt (crisps, processed foods, bacon or anchovies)
- Craving for sweet foods
- Lethargy not relieved by sleep
- Increased effort for everyday tasks
- Decreased sex drive
- Decreased ability to cope with daily stresses
- Increased time to recover from injury, illness or trauma
- Light-headed or dizzy upon standing
- Mild depression
- Increased PMS / Severe Menopausal Symptoms / Menstrual Irregularities
- Excessive sweating
- Fuzzy thinking or lose track of thought/poor memory or concentration
- Feel better after evening meal
- Memory lapses that are out of character
What can one do to recover from adrenal fatigue?
- Never skip breakfast
- Combine a fat, protein and carbohydrate with every meal and snack.
- Eliminate all foods you are allergic to, sensitive to or addicted to.
- Eat a variety of whole natural foods
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, especially bright coloured ones.
- Salt your food to a pleasant taste with Himilayan Crystal salt or unrefined sea salt.
- Eat wild caught deep-water fish 3 times per week.
- Combine wholegrains with beans, seeds or nuts/seeds for vegetarian meals.
- Cook with butter or coconut oil, or olive oil.
- Sleep in until 9.00am and be in bed before 10.30pm, whenever you can
- Take time out each day for relaxation (anything that makes YOU relax)
- Take light/moderate exercise like walking for 30 minutes daily.
- Avoid cakes, pies, biscuits and any other foods containing white flour, sugar and chocolate.
- Avoid deep fried foods, highly processed foods, processed meats, sugar and white flour products such as pasta; these are nutrient robbers and put unnecessary stress on adrenal glands.
- Avoid coffee, fizzy drinks, black tea and hot chocolate. These substances are highly toxic to the adrenal glands.
These foods and drinks are all energy robbers, they give nothing; they take nutrients from you.
By Lisa Borg, Nutritional Therapist at Pulse Light Clinic, to find out more about Lisa, please click here – Lisa Borg’s Biography