DOs and DON’Ts in Recovering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue is a stress-related condition that results in symptoms like exhaustion, weakened immunity, sleep disturbances, and food cravings.

Your adrenal glands are also responsible for balancing hormones, such as:

Glucocorticoids – hormones that balance your body’s blood sugar, help with energy and food metabolism, help your body relieve stress and manage your immune response (e.g., cortisol).

Mineralocorticoids – hormones that maintain healthy blood pressure, manage your blood hydration level, and keep your blood healthy by keeping salt and water in balance (e.g., aldosterone).

Sex hormones – estrogen and testosterone.

Adrenaline/epinephrine – hormones that affect your heart health, make sure that all parts of the body are getting blood and convert glycogen into glucose in your liver.

The following are some of the most important things to do and not do to recover from adrenal fatigue:

Avoid These:

Pushing yourself to exhaustion

Sugar, caffeine and junk food

Being critical and harsh with yourself

Spiking meals

Eating carbohydrates by themselves

Staying up late and catching your “second wind”

Arising early if you do not have to

Food that you react to or are allergic

Drinking sodas, coffee, alcohol, juice

Making someone else responsible for your health care

People who steal your energy

Taking care of everyone and everything else

Excessive seriousness

The daily grind

Aggressive exercise

Do These:

Pace yourself

Eat real, whole, fresh food

Be compassionate and kind to yourself

Eat every two hours

Get to bed by 10:00 PM

Sleep until 8:00 AM when possible

Eat balanced, nutritious food

Drink water, herbal teas

Become empowered and informed about your health care

Be with people who are concerned about your well being and are helpful in your recovery

Take care of and nurture yourself

Find things that make you laugh

Do things you enjoy

Mild to moderate exercise

Our practitioners at Nutritional Wellness Center are trained to help people manage adrenal fatigue.

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