My daughter is 25 years old and has many of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Q. Dear Terry, “My daughter is 25 years old and has many of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Looking back, I am sure she started having symptoms when she was a teenager. I want her to start taking some supplements for her issues, but what is best?” — Val F., Henderson, NV
A. Dear Val, The adrenal glands 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.
The first thing your daughter needs to do is to consult with her healthcare practitioner to rule out the possibility that an underlying condition is causing her symptoms. If everything checks out, I would then suggest trying the following nutrients.
Look for an adrenal support formula that contains ingredients like DHEA, adrenal extract, L-tyrosine, licorice, P-5-P, pregnenolone and rehmannia root extract. DHEA and pregnenolone are pro-hormones, which the body converts to important hormones, including cortisol. Licorice aids in keeping healthy cortisol levels circulating in the body, while other key nutrients (P-5-P, L-tyrosine and rehmannia) help the body resist the negative effects of stress. For optimal benefit, take 1 to 2 capsules of this combination three times daily.
She may also want to consider taking a combination of two of the best adaptogenic herbs on the planet: rhodiola and ashwagandha. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking 1 capsule three times daily.
Because diet can also play a role in adrenal fatigue, I would also suggest checking out my diet as it is described on my website: Terry’s Traditional Diet.
Keep in mind that while your daughter may start to see changes within several weeks – she needs to be patient – it may take up to 3-6 months to fully restore adrenal function. Good luck!
Terry . . . Naturally