It's pretty common for people to want that extra boost of energy to make it through their workout, so they often resort to energy drinks and pre-workout powders. What people don't know unless they're serious, long-time, or professional athletes or coaches is that long-term use of pre-workout and energy drinks can lead to adrenal fatigue.
WHAT IS ADRENAL FATIGUE (Hypoadrenia)?
Your adrenal glands are the organs responsible for secreting cortisol in response to stress, low blood sugar, excitement, and during exercise. After long periods of increased energy supplements, your adrenal glands begin to depend on that instead of naturally producing hormones and will decrease production and stop regulating your body's response to stress.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE ADRENAL FATIGUE?
Your adrenal glands are unable to keep pace with the demand of the perpetual fight-or-flight arousal. As a result, they can't produce quite enough of the hormones you need to feel good.
Some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
Difficulty falling asleep or trouble sleeping through the night.
Trouble reaching weight loss goals
Long-term adrenal fatigue can result in a manifestation of other health issues and can cause metabolic injury, requiring a unanticipated recovery period.
HOW DO I PREVENT/HEAL ADRENAL FATIGUE?
If you are considering using energy supplements, I do not recommend using pre-workout daily for lengthy periods of time. I would recommend using energy drinks and pre-workout supplements only when you REALLY need them. I would also suggest cycling pre-workout, 2 weeks on/off, to prevent adrenal fatigue.
There is no official diagnosis for Hypoadrenia (unless there is complete endocrine failure, like Cushing's Disease), but there are simple solutions. If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms, I recommend seeing your doctor to rule out any serious endocrine diseases/disorders.
Your body is a machine and will heal if given half the chance. Some natural remedies to try, are:
Meditation to reduce stress on your body and your mind
Practice positive thinking and avoiding negative thinking
Replenishing your body with healthy foods
1. Adrenal Fatigue Diet:
- Coconut and cruciferous veggies
- Healthy Fats: Avocado, Nuts, Seeds, Salmon
- Free-range Chicken and Turkey, Bone broth
- Fermented foods rich in probiotics
2. Eliminate Foods:
- Caffeine and other stimulants
- Processed foods
- Hydrogenated oils
3. Clean supplements and herbs:
- Fish oil/Omegas
- B complex Vitamins
- Vitamins C & D
- Rosemary, Lavender, Ashwagandha, and Basil
4. Reduce Stress:
- Get at least 8 hours of sleep
- Keep exercising even if it's just walking to get your body moving
- Eliminate toxic relationships, thoughts, and situations
- Self Care
Aim for a balanced lifestyle. The best approach is to create lifestyle changes for lasting results. It can take anywhere between 6-24 months to fully recover since it probably took that long to develop it. Be patient with yourself and give yourself the grace to move forward with kindness toward yourself. You will probably start noticing a difference in your overall well being after only a few weeks of detoxification.
THE SHORT OF IT.
To naturally fight adrenal fatigue, remove inflammatory foods from your diet such as sugar and excess carbohydrates, and eat plenty of colorful, plant-based foods, free-range lean meats such as chicken or turkey, and lots of healthy fats.There are a variety of herbs, spices, supplements and essential oils that may be used to combat adrenal fatigue.
If symptoms persist, see your doctor.
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