Adrenal Gland Exhaustion and the Liver Diet

Adrenal Gland Exhaustion

Have you ever experienced feeling tired even after hours of rest? Do you constantly crave for sweet and salty foods?

If you feel worn-out without doing much activity, then you’re probably experiencing what we call adrenal gland exhaustion.

Adrenal gland exhaustion is the result of too much stress or work. You might feel productive for being able to do huge amount of work in a day, but if you fail to consider giving yourself a break, your body will surely take the blow.

You might not feel it at first. In fact you might not even care. But continuous hours of work without sufficient amount of rest or sleep places stress on your adrenals. This results to feeling of over fatigue and lack of energy.

Your Adrenal Glands

Adrenal glands are responsible for producing several hormones like the stress hormones cortisol and adrenalin and are located at the top of your kidneys.

Cortisol is the stress hormone released every time you feel stressed at work which can be caused by deadlines, lack of sleep and chronic anxiety. Adrenalin on the other hand is the one released in cases of sudden intense stress like being in a car accident.

For instance, if your work always stresses you out, cortisol is released which might result to increased food cravings leading to an increased weight. If you’ve been stressed for a long time, you most likely have higher cortisol level as well. If this continues, your adrenal glands will soon get tired and cease to support the production of this stress hormone.

How will you know if you have Adrenal Glands Exhaustion?

  1. If you have light, broken sleep
  2. If you feel overwhelmed as if you can’t cope with all the problems in life
  3. If you feel tired even after hours of sleep / rest
  4. If you crave for more sweet and salty foods
  5. If you feel tired in the morning but feel energetic between 4 – 8 pm
  6. If you have frequent infections due to weakened immunity system
  7. If you have poor memory and concentration

What are the causes of Adrenal Gland Exhaustion?

  1. Stress
  2. High sugar diet
  3. Too much work with minimum rest
  4. Insufficient and poor quality of sleep
  5. Lack of vitamin C, antioxidants and magnesium
  6. Too many bad fats in diet and minimal amount of good fats
  7. Caffeine, nicotine and some other stimulants
  8. Chronic illness which places huge stress on your adrenal glands

How do you cure Adrenal Gland Exhaustion?

  1. Find a way to reduce stress in your daily activities like attending dancing classes, yoga, counseling treating yourself to massage, and going for a bike ride.
  2. Limit or avoid caffeine intake. While caffeine is generally proven to improve short-term memory, consuming it while experiencing adrenal gland exhaustion is not recommended. Green tea can be a good substitute instead. This doesn’t mean though that you’ll never be allowed to drink your favorite cup of coffee in the morning. But for the meantime, better set it aside.
  3. Get enough sleep. It’s best to get on bed before midnight. These hours are more restorative for your body.
  4. Sweets and salty foods taste delicious. But consuming much of these foods should be minimized, if not avoided, while having adrenal gland exhaustion. Settle for healthier desserts instead like fruits and salads.
  5. Maintain a combination of protein and good fats in your liver diet. This helps you stabilize your blood sugar throughout the day.
  6. Eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Most of these contain rich amount of vitamin C which is highly needed by your adrenal glands to function at its best.
  7. Try consuming herbs like Siberian ginseng and licorice to help your body cope up with stress.

Stress is a part of life, but if you know how to manage it well, your adrenal glands need not to suffer.

Take a look at your daily habits and see if you’re getting enough rest. Now that you know the risks, would you still stress yourself?

 

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