Chicago, Il Dr. Hagmeyers offers Three Tips to improve your Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Today
Natural Treatments Approaches For Adrenal Fatigue — You Can Feel Good Again-Dr. Hagmeyer Explains
Low energy is something I’ve noticed many men and women succumb to. Many think, “It’s just part of getting older, right?” Well, it’s not. It’s not natural to feel fatigued purely as a function of your age. And as long as there are no other major health issues causing your fatigue, we can absolutely get you back to feeling as energetic and vibrant as you did in your younger years. Often it’s a matter of learning how to better support your adrenal glands, two plum-sized but powerful glands that many women and Men have never even heard of.
Chief among several key roles they play, your adrenal glands’ primary responsibility is to help you react — and survive — in the face of stress. Directly in-sync with your body and mind, they respond to every kind of stress: physical, emotional, perceived, psychological, environmental, infectious, or any combination of these. Unfortunately, conventional medicine has very little to offer women with adrenal imbalance unless they’re diagnosed with a full-blown adrenal disease, such as rare disorders like Cushing’s syndrome or Addison’s disease.
Signs That Your Adrenals Are A Problem- And You Need Help.
If the answer to more than one of these questions is yes, you may consider talking to a functional medicine practitioner about your adrenal glands.
- Are you always on the run?
- Do you feel like you “can never do enough”?
- Does everything seem like it’s a whole lot harder for you than it should be?
- Do you find it difficult to get out of bed in the morning?
- Do you use caffeine or sugar to bolster your flagging energy in the afternoon?
- Do you feel weary and irritable much of the time?
- Do you often crave salty foods or binge on sugar?
- Do you fall asleep while reading or while watching movies?
- Do you struggle to “come down” at night so you can get to sleep?
But whether you feel worn and weary, tired and wired, or jacked-up 24/7, you may have an overactive or underactive stress response and there’s a pathway back to balance for you, I promise!
If it’s time to take an honest look at your adrenal health, you’ve come to the right place. There are many natural treatment options at your fingertips, options that can help restore your energy and balance your adrenal output so you can feel like yourself again.
Adrenal Fatigue Affects The Entire Body
As our adrenals encounter and thwart more and more stress without replenishment, many things can happen in the body. In addition to their primary role in dealing with stress, your adrenal glands:
- balance more than 50 hormones in your body
- synthesize their own hormones, including stress and sex hormones
- help regulate blood pressure and heart beat regularity
- help balance blood sugar levels
- help quell inflammation throughout the body
- support nervous system function (behavior, mood, excitability, memory, clarity of thought)
Because the adrenals are intimately linked to so many other systems in our bodies, men and women with exhausted adrenals can end up with weight gain, brain fog, insomnia, severe fatigue, and accelerated aging. For more on the connection between adrenals and thyroid, see our article on hypothyroidism and Adrenals
Here are 3 Tips To Natural Fight off Low Energy.
- Sleep. Resist the temptation to burn the candle at both ends! Getting 8-10 hours a night of sleep is one of the best ways to restore your adrenal glands. It’s best to turn in early if you can.
- Drink herbal tea or consider a natural herbal supplement to help you wind down. And if you need one and can, take a nap during the day.
- Modify your exercise. Some of my patients feel great after they exercise. If this is you, stick with it. Others feel drained with exercise and it’s important to take it slow. Mornings are best for aerobic exercise because this is when your cortisol is naturally highest, but try not to let your heart rate go above 90 beats per minute. I recommend relaxing walks, yoga, or any kind of exercise that restores you instead of draining you. Learn about when exercise can do more harm than good.
- Eat well and often. I recently shot a video that explains offers Food to eat and foods to avoid . Eating certain foods, and at specific times of the day can help you return to a natural cortisol rhythm and avoid the “crash and burn” of sugar/caffeine highs and lows. One important point: a hungry body puts stress on the adrenals, so don’t let yourself go too long without a meal or a snack. Read Adrenal dietary do’s and don’ts
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