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How To Heal Adrenal Fatigue

February 21, 2021

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Dr. Andrew Neville
ADRENAL FATIGUE SPECIALIST

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Adrenal Fatigue has been steeped in mystery and doubt for too long, making effective healing elusive for so many patients. But we do have the knowledge about how to heal Adrenal Fatigue effectively. It’s important to take these steps as soon as you can. Adrenal Fatigue symptoms typically worsen with time, making it increasingly difficult to enjoy the simple things in life.

Although it’s possible to treat symptoms temporarily, those “quick fixes” can’t bring lasting healing. Adrenal Fatigue affects the whole body, and it must be treated with a whole-body approach. The first step is knowing recovery truly is possible. It requires dedication and care, but with proper guidance you can learn how to heal Adrenal Fatigue and enjoy life with full energy and vigor.

Understanding How to Heal Adrenal Fatigue Effectively

Adrenal Fatigue manifests in various ways for different patients, which makes it tricky to recognize. It’s the end result of imbalances in bodily systems, triggered by an overburdened Stress Response System. The Stress Response System is more sensitive in some people, and it affects the whole body.

Because of this, effective treatment of Adrenal Fatigue must balance the body on all levels, not merely symptomatically. This requires focusing on physical, psychological, emotional, and environmental factors. An effective approach toward how to heal Adrenal Fatigue takes all of these factors into account.

The 6 Steps: How to Heal Adrenal Fatigue

Step 1: Reduce Stress

Each Adrenal Fatigue patient needs to identify and understand the nature of the various stressors in their personal life. In order to heal, all of these stressors must be relieved, at least temporarily. With the help of your loved ones, you can create a healthy lifestyle that excludes most, or at least a significant portion, of these stressors.

Remember, the body responds the same way to all types of stress, whether it’s mental, emotional, physical or social stress. As far as your adrenal glands are concerned, it all still adds up to the same thing: stress.

So turn down the dial on stress, and give yourself the break you need in order to heal.

Step 2: A Supportive, Hypoglycemic Diet

Your diet and eating habits can also be contributing to the stress on your body. A nutritious hypoglycemic diet that incorporates several small meals a day allows your body to transition out of a perpetual state of stress.

Hypoglycemic diets allow you to control the amount and release of sugar, or glucose, in the bloodstream. Regulating your blood sugar is important so that your adrenal glands and cortisol levels can rebalance. This helps take one major, daily stress away from the adrenal glands.

Ideally, we want to elevate blood sugar slowly while we’re eating, and have a prolonged elevation until the sugar comes down. And the type of food you eat can make this possible.

Protein, fat, and fiber slow the elevation of glucose in the blood. It’s important to include these in every meal. In contrast, sugar and carbohydrates tend to spike glucose more quickly—which is why we avoid them.

Learn what’s really going on with your body and why you’re still experiencing symptoms…despite all your attempts to get better.

Learn what’s really going on with your body and why you’re still experiencing symptoms…despite all your attempts to get better.

Step 3: Bodywork and Alternative Physical Treatments

Another important aspect in the journey to how to heal Adrenal Fatigue is whole-body life balance. This includes your mental, emotional, and physical balance. 

The most tangible step you can take to achieving a whole-body life balance is gifting yourself bodywork or alternative physical treatments.

Examples of helpful alternative treatments are:

  • Chiropractic treatment: balances the structural integrity of the skeletal system
  • Massage: assists metabolism by clearing metabolic byproducts or relieving detrimental muscular imbalances that occur over time and through poor posture habits
  • Acupuncture: brings balance through the manipulation of our meridian systems

Other useful tools for bringing whole-body life balance on all levels are mind-body practices. These tools help relax and strengthen our muscles, tendons, and even our inner organs. They connect mind and body, so we feel more empowered and become more active.

Step 4: Supplements for Adrenal Fatigue

Supplements feed the body with nutrients and antioxidants that help support your various body systems so you can find balance. When healthy, the body is naturally strong enough to heal without supplements. But with Adrenal Fatigue, most nutrients and antioxidants become significantly depleted. Supplements offer extra support the body needs and assist in speeding the process.

  • Multivitamins: Opt for the high-quality, easily-absorbed ones. A certain supply of nutrients is needed when a poor diet may impact our nutrition. Be mindful of the brand of vitamins you choose. Different companies have different quality control standards that may lessen the effect of the multivitamins you take. Inadequate vitamin quality is useless when it comes to healing Adrenal Fatigue.
  • Antioxidants: These are important because they help control the increase of free radicals, also called oxidative stress. The physiology of stress, aka Adrenal Fatigue, creates excess free radicals and oxidative stress. An increase in free radicals places more demand on your antioxidant reserves. These must be replenished to prevent further wear and tear from chronic stress and Adrenal Fatigue.
  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs): These make up the majority of your cell membranes, and they help with brain cell communication.

The best EFAs to take when healing Adrenal Fatigue are:

  • Omega 3 from fish
  • Organic fish or krill oils
  • Plant sources
  • Organic flaxseed oil 

Step 5: Individualized Treatment

The next step in how to heal Adrenal Fatigue is system support or the support of all of the symptoms of your stress response. Because each patient is unique in their presentation, group of symptoms, genetics, and biochemistry, this strategy must be individualized.

The systems involved in your stress response that require support or strengthening in patients with Adrenal Fatigue are:

  • The Limbic System, located in the brain
  • The Autonomic Nervous System, which regulates our nerves
  • The HPA Axis, which includes hormones and the adrenal glands

It’s important to support all of these systems all at once to heal from Adrenal Fatigue. This support must be applied in the most natural, gentle, yet effective way, so as not to offset the balance of the body even more.

Step 6: Listening to Your Body’s Symptoms

Adrenal Fatigue symptoms must be handled with care. They are messages from the body of underlying dysfunction. Our job is to listen to the messages and find solutions for the root issues. We can only learn how to heal Adrenal Fatigue as it manifests in each unique body, if we listen to our own set of symptoms.

Imagine this: You get a headache, but you shut the message off with an analgesic like Tylenol. Because of that analgesic, you can no longer assess the underlying cause of the headache, which may be low blood sugar or dehydration.

We cannot assess the real cause of that headache if we keep masking it. Although it may be hard to reduce or eliminate the use of painkillers or other prescription drugs, this is a crucial step. It needs to be done slowly, carefully, and with the guidance of a doctor. We can only understand how our bodies respond to natural treatments and supplements when we are free of conventional medicine “crutches.”

Cut Back on BioHRT

Since hormonal imbalance is one of the many results caused by Adrenal Fatigue, many conventional practitioners prescribe BioHRT.

BioHRT or BHRT means Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. It involves the use of hormones that are bioidentical to those in your body, which are dysfunctional because of Adrenal Fatigue. We must first heal Adrenal Fatigue before this dysfunction will correct itself, too.

Doses are typically used to replace a deficiency in one or many hormones. Hormones vary in their strength and function. In addition to using BHRT, we can use a whole-body approach that gently, yet effectively, corrects those hormone levels. This greatly reduces the risk of side effects. It also lessens the risk of suppressing the symptoms of reproductive hormone dysfunction, which is due to Adrenal Fatigue.

Proper treatment of the adrenal glands can support the system in such a way that makes BioHRT or other stronger hormones unnecessary. This allows us to treat your system on a deeper level, working to repair the problem and not simply replacing what’s missing without paying any attention to why it’s missing. 

Research provides information about how much hormone to use in some situations. But these protocols must be customized and specific to each patient.

Now You Know How to Heal Adrenal Fatigue, So Let’s Start Healing

It may sound like there are a lot of steps to reversing Adrenal Fatigue, but it’s well worth the effort and time. The adrenal glands play a vital role in the function of all the systems of our body, especially when it comes to energy, quality sleep, a strong immune system, hormonal balance, and proper weight management. When they’re functioning normally, we feel energized and our body functions properly.

For anyone who has been struggling with Adrenal Fatigue for years, it is hopeful to note that long-term healing and recovery is truly possible by implementing an individualized whole-body treatment approach.

With dedication, care, and the proper guidance, the road toward healing Adrenal Fatigue can be followed with success — and the rewards are endless.

WRITTEN BY

Dr. Andrew Neville
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