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3 Tips For Dealing With Adrenal Fatigue and Stress

Adrenal fatigue is a condition that can develop when a person's adrenal glands, hypothalamus, and pituitary gland aren't working at the level they should be, resulting in a constant feeling of tiredness and/or a general lack of interest in things and depression. Causes of adrenal fatigue include:
  • Stress
  • Diet
  • Insufficient sleep
  • Chemicals and pollutants
  • Chronic disease
  • Trauma
Below are practices to adopt to naturally heal adrenal fatigue.

1. Get More Exercise

It sometimes feels like exercise is the answer to every health problem, but that's because it so often is, at least in part. The importance of getting enough exercise for general health purposes cannot be overstated, but when it comes to stress specifically, exercise can be a big help. Exercise can provide relief for depression and anxiety as it releases chemicals in the brain that make you naturally feel better.

Exercise is also key to helping you get enough sleep at night. Find a form of exercise that you love doing—for example, you might enjoy a daily swim - and that will make it a lot easier to make this a part of your everyday routine.

2. Eat For Sleep

Much like exercise, diet plays a major role in our overall health and how we feel. Foods to consume when battling adrenal fatigue include
  • Coconut
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Cruciferous vegetables
  • Fatty fish
  • Chicken and turkey
  • Nuts (walnuts and almonds)
  • Seeds (pumpkin, chia and flax)
  • Kelp and seaweed
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
But for getting better sleep in general, which should help in the adrenal fatigue department, there are other foods and beverages that can help. Fatty fish, chicken, turkey, walnuts, and almonds all apply here but some other foods to consider are:
  • Tart cherry juice
  • Chamomile Tea
  • Passionfruit Tea
  • Honey
  • Lettuce
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Pretzels
  • Rice
  • Fortified cereals
3. Read before Bed

Few activities are more relaxing than reading a good book; relaxing before bed allows you to unwind and your body for better sleep once you turn off the light. Many people like to watch television before bedtime to relax, but this can actually be detrimental to a good night's sleep as the light emitted from the screen can have an adverse effect. Try to avoid screens altogether before getting some shut-eye, and you're likely to rest better through the night.

Adrenal fatigue and the unwelcome stress that accompanies it are incredibly common - you are not alone in this. The important thing to do is to take care of your body, and you can do this through diet, exercise, and healthy sleep habits.

Patricia Sarmiento loves swimming and running. She channels her love of fitness and wellness into blogging about health and health-related topics. She played sports in high school and college and continues to make living an active lifestyle a goal for her and her family. She lives with her husband, two children, and their shih tzu in Maryland.


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