Eating to Support Your Adrenal Glands

13 08 2008

Eating to support your adrenal glands

— small choices can make a difference

by Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN NP

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms I hear about from my patients at the clinic. And when I ask these women to tell me about what’s going on in their lives, all too often the answers include more responsibility than seems humanly possible. They’re waking up still tired, unable to think straight in the morning without caffeine; needing high-carb snacks, more caffeine, or a nap to get through the afternoon; then burning the midnight oil because they’re too wired to sleep. Pretty soon these women are in a seemingly unending cycle of exhaustion and poor nutrition — and they feel desperate for the energy they once had.

Science tells us that if you experience stress on a chronic basis, the tiny adrenal glands that moderate your stress response and balance many other hormones in your body will suffer. Adrenal fatigue is what develops. And as the adrenal glands become increasingly compromised, women end up with excess abdominal weight, decreased immunity, lack of concentration, irritability, disrupted sleep, and ultimately, pure exhaustion. But the upside is: adrenal fatigue can be prevented and reversed. I’ve seen it time and again. And one of the best places to start is by paying closer attention to the choices you make about food — and not just what you eat, but when you eat it and how.

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To read more on this article visit: http://www.womentowomen.com/adrenalfatigue/adrenalglandnutrition.aspx

You will also be able to read other articles such as:

Adrenal Health in Women – http://www.womentowomen.com/adrenalfatigue/default.aspx

Effects of Stress and High Cortisol Levels – http://www.womentowomen.com/adrenalfatigue/effectsofhighcortisol.aspx

Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue – http://www.womentowomen.com/adrenalfatigue/symptoms.aspx

DHEA and Adrenal Fatigue – http://www.womentowomen.com/adrenalfatigue/dhea.aspx

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4 responses

4 01 2009
Jacqueline

That article from Women to Women is really great — thanks for posting it! I found a lot more there too about how to help hypothyroidism naturally (diet, exercise, and perhaps with use of armour/dessicated thyroid) http://www.womentowomen.com/hypothyroidism/hormonalimbalance.aspx

15 04 2009
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I read your blog for quite a long time and should tell that your articles are always valuable to readers.

16 04 2009
JI Soucie

Thank you for stopping by and for your comment. It made my day and showed me the content I post does indeed reach the people who need it most.

31 12 2009
Jacqueline

Hi Jl,

Just stopping by to see what’s up on your blog. I commented above about the Women to WOmen AF articles and just wanted to add a few more links. The site keeps putting out these really wonderful adrenals articles… (I get their newsletter):

Adrenal extremes — could you be on your way to Cushing’s or Addison’s disease?

Are you wired to worry? Restoring adrenal balance to quiet your anxious mind

Happy New Year!

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