When being sick and tired makes you sick, tired, and overweight.
Many persons seeking help to lose weight will hear their doctors kicking around the term “adrenal fatigue.” The term “adrenal fatigue” is a term used to denote a malfunction in the adrenal glands due to over work.
In English, your adrenal glands are feeling that they are bearing an unfair work load. They go on strike and cease to make even the smallest attempt to keep on top of the demands placed on them by the body. As you can imagine, this leaves the body in a lurch. No other system can step in and do the job the adrenal glands are supposed to do. One result can be weight gain—and usually lots of it.
If adrenal fatigue has become a reality in your weight loss efforts, then you will no doubt be put on an “adrenal fatigue diet” in very short order. This diet is aimed not only at bringing the waistline down to slimmer levels, but also at perking up that groggy adrenal gland in hopes that it will aid you in this effort.
The adrenal gland help to regulate blood sugar, balance the immune system, acts as an anti-inflammatory, and processes stress for the body. A diet that helps with weight loss will ease each and every function of the adrenal gland, thus lowering the work load and enabling it to keep up.
Step one: Eat less sugar. This is a common theme in most diets and should not come as a surprise. It is especially important when the aim of the diet is not only weight loss but also providing help to ailing adrenal glands.
Step two: Eat more vegetables. Vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals of all kinds. They provide very few calories, if not drenched in butter. They are also high in fiber, which makes the belly feel and stay full.
Step three: Add salt. Salting foods to taste will increase over all body function because salt is an important electrolyte. Small amounts are all that is needed.
Step four: Eliminate caffeine from the diet. Caffeine mimics stress in the body sending adrenalin levels rushing upward. This is the last thing an overworked adrenal gland needs. Over time, caffeine can even take the place of the adrenal glands’ normal function. In a healthy person, the adrenal gland is set in motion each morning and you start your day rearing to go. This is not the case for people whose lives are overloaded with coffee and other caffeine sources.
Step five: After rising each morning, drink a cup of warm water with the juice of one lemon in it. This will help to detox the body.
Step six: Exercise in moderation. Exercise is an important part of the Adrenal Fatigue Diet, but don’t overdo it. Start small, be consistent if you get tired stop and then exercise again tomorrow.
Step six: Eat plenty of protein. Protein recharges and rebuilds the adrenal system.
Step seven: Eat regularly. Eating three meals with 2–3 snacks each day helps to maintain blood sugar, so the adrenal gland doesn’t have to work so hard.
Step eight: Consider taking Adrenal Fatigue Supplements. These supplements are simply vitamins, minerals, or other vital nutrients in pill form. The reason you might consider taking a supplement instead of getting these vital nutrients from your food is that a supplement can turbo-charge your efforts.
Check with your doctor before starting a supplement routine to be sure your doses are what they need to be and also to avoid negative drug interactions. Supplements that help fight Adrenal Fatigue most effectively include:
Vitamin C helps the body heal.
B Vitamins are important to maintain health, for the adrenal gland pays special attention to Vitamin B5 (panothenic acid). A good B-complex vitamin will give you what you need.
Progesterone creams: Progesterone is a hormone naturally produced by the body. It helps to balance out hormone levels and enhances the adrenal glands effectiveness.
Vitamin E is also very helpful.
Antioxidants are the body’s great defenders against free radicals. When any system is ailing, antioxidants can act as a shield against more damage.
Magnesium in the form of citrate.
Additionally take an all round multivitamin each day just to cover all the bases.
Probiotics will help the body digest and get the most nutrition possible from the good foods you eat and are recommended to combat adrenal fatigue.