As you probably already know, the adrenals are small glands on top of the kidneys and an important part of the endocrine system. They regulate the production of many hormones (including cortisol, estrogen and testosterone) and the function of our kidneys as well, which makes them highly important for our health.
Additionally, the glands secrete hormones such as steroids and adrenaline, which play a role in how we handle stress, our immune system function and our metabolic rate as well. Due to their importance, any kind of problem with the adrenals can wreak havoc in our system.
What’s Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a common endocrine problem that applies to a set of symptoms including fatigue, pains and aches, anxiety, insomnia and digestive problems. It can lead to a reduced level of hormones in the body and if left untreated it can trigger adrenal insufficiency which is a serious problem.
Here are the signs of adrenal fatigue you should pay attention to:
- Physical and emotional fatigue;
- Sleeping disorders;
- Brain fog;
- Memory loss;
- Muscle weakness;
- Brittle nails and skin;
- Hair loss;
- Unexpected weight gain or loss;
- Low libido;
- Uterine fibroids;
- Low blood pressure;
- Heart palpitations;
- Thyroid problems;
- Blurry vision.
In order to treat adrenal fatigue, you don’t need to take harmful drugs and pills. In fact, there’s a simple recipe that can resolve the problem and you can see it below.
- 4 tablespoons honey
- 2/3 cup Brazilian nuts
- 5 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 2/3 cup parsley leaves
- 2 tablespoons dry ginger root
Mix the parsley and Brazil nuts in a blender, then add the coconut oil, raisins, ginger and honey. Mix well again and pour the drink in a glass jar. Take 2 tablespoons of it to improve the function of your adrenals. We suggest taking it before your breakfast as it will work best. Consume the whole amount in 2-3 weeks to stimulate your adrenals and resolve the hormonal imbalance. By the end of the treatment, you should notice the improvements – your skin and hair should look much better, you will feel more energetic and your sleeping will definitely improve.
Besides this remedy, the best way of keeping your adrenals healthy and properly functioning is to drink a lot of water, reduce your alcohol and caffeine intake, avoid sugar and hydrogenated oils and stop preparing food in the microwave.
Here are a few herbs and supplements which can also help:
Holy basil can regulate your cortisol and corticosterone levels and improve your adrenal gland function. Besides this, the herb will boost your pituitary gland and hypothalamus as well, resulting in much better overall health and hormonal balance.
Licorice root is full of saponins, phytonutrients that can regulate our cortisol levels and improve our adrenal glands function. Drink licorice root tea or take it in the form of capsules to regulate your sugar levels and keep your hormones in balance.
Although the taste is not for everyone, fish oil can reduce the stress on your adrenals and regulate your hormone production as well.
Magnesium is a relaxation mineral that will lower your cortisol production and keep your adrenals functioning properly.
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