(NaturalNews) In our modern world, adrenal fatigue is extremely common and estimated by some experts to affect approximately 80 percent of the population to some degree. Adrenal fatigue is caused by all types of stress - physical and emotional - and if left unchecked, it can lead to other illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, thyroid disease and heart attack.
The symptoms caused by adrenal fatigue are numerous and varied. The following are some of the more common ones:
Needing caffeine to 'get going' in the morning
Inability to handle stress
Overthinking (having a brain that won't turn off)
Dizziness when rising from seated or lying position
Fluid retention in feet and ankles
Low blood pressure
As you can see, adrenal fatigue can cause many symptoms and eventually lead to many health challenges. However, the good news is that there are plenty of things we can do to support our adrenal glands to help return them to a healthy state.
Reduce or eliminate stimulants
Stimulants such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine and drugs cause a stress response in the body and, if used chronically, will wear out the adrenal glands. Those who feel that they need their morning coffee should understand that, although it might feel as though caffeine is helping, it is actually stealing their health by exacerbating their adrenal fatigue.
Meditating daily can help reduce stress levels. Finding even 10 or 15 minutes a day to quiet the mind by meditation has been proven to be of benefit for reducing stress.
Clean up your diet
Eating a highly processed diet creates stress in the body. Many people don't consider the stress caused to the body by eating processed foods. Processed foods contain chemicals that have no place in the body, such as preservatives, colors, stabilizers and more. These chemicals can have negative effects on the various systems of the body and add additional waste products that need to either be eliminated or stored.
Make good use of adaptogenic herbs
There are a number of adaptogens that are useful for the adrenal glands. These herbs can be taken in the form of teas, tinctures, powders or capsules and include:
Tulsi, or Holy basil
He Shou Wu
Licorice (Note: Licorice can raise blood pressure)
Make time to relax
Take time to chill out and make the time to do the things that you love doing and make you happy.
Eat more salt
Adrenal glands love salt. Buy a good quality, unprocessed salt, such as Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt, and use it liberally.
Try this adrenal cocktail
Try taking this adrenal cocktail either before bed if you suffer from insomnia or upon rising if you have trouble getting going in the morning. It really works!
1/2 cup orange juice (or another form of vitamin C) 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1/2 teaspoon Celtic sea salt Mix and drink.
Finally, don't watch horror movies and don't do things that get your adrenaline pumping. They will simply cause more stress for your already overworked adrenal glands, leaving you feeling tired and wired.
About the author: Sue Woledge is a natural therapist, writer and owner of Love, light & lessons: Living well in the 21st century. Sue is passionate about living well, eating REAL food and choosing safe, environmentally friendly products. Sue believes that living as naturally as possible and being mindful our thoughts and actions can reduce the impact we have on others and the planet and is key to good health and a brighter future for all. A number of books written by Sue Woledge including her latest raw food recipe book are available here.