Are there any natural alternatives I can use to get my adrenals back on track?
Q. Dear Terry, “My chiropractor has told me for years that my adrenals are exhausted. What is the general underlying cause and are there any natural alternatives I can use to get my adrenals back on track?” — Todd S., Pittsburgh, PA
A. Dear Todd, The adrenal glands are two small glands, each about the size of an acorn, that sit at the top of both kidneys. They are responsible for secreting important hormones, including cortisol, that help the body respond to stress. Many of us are living lives full of stressful events – work, family, commuting, finances and more. All this stress may cause our adrenal glands to work overtime, leading to what is often called adrenal fatigue, or adrenal exhaustion. In cases of adrenal fatigue, the production of cortisol by the adrenal glands drops. This can lead to a lack of energy, weight gain, sugar cravings, and reliance on stimulants like caffeine to get moving every day
While I do have some recommendations, I encourage you to discuss the use of dietary supplementation with your physician as they may have additional input regarding a supplement regimen. The ability to overcome your condition will be dependent on the degree of adrenal insufficiency or “exhaustion” and what you do to assist the recovery.
Diet is important - you would do better with more proteins and fats, and less carbohydrates and sugar in your diet. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information.
There are a number of necessary nutrients that the adrenals require to function at their peak optimal level. So, in order to support and repair the adrenals, I would first recommend taking an adrenal support formula that contains DHEA, adrenal extract, L-tyrosine, licorice, P-5-P and rehmannia root extract, along with additional ingredients. These ingredients work together to help repair the adrenal gland, as well as support the body’s ability to respond to environmental stress in a healthy manner, which helps restore optimal adrenal function. I recommend taking 1-2 capsules of this combination three times daily.
I also recommend a blend of four adaptogenic herbs: rhodiola, eleuthero, ashwagandha and schisandra. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking 1 capsule three times daily.
Please be patient - it may take several months, but you will feel a difference.
Terry . . . Naturally