YOU ALREADY KNOW...
Your energy levels are at a low, and it seems to be permanent. You aren’t feeling like yourself, and are more stressed than usual. You’re also craving sweet and salty food at strange times throughout the day, and frustratingly only get bursts of energy in the evening.
YOU MAY NOT KNOW...
Your symptoms may be indicators of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is a stress-related condition that results in symptoms like exhaustion, weakened immunity, sleep disturbances, and food cravings. When stress becomes chronic or is not well managed, the adrenal glands are unable to function optimally. While every individual suffering from adrenal fatigue tends to have a slightly different set of symptoms, there are always common complaints. Perimenopause and menopause stress go hand in hand with adrenal fatigue.
YOU NEED TO KNOW...
The stress caused by hormone imbalance, namely in perimenopause and menopause for women, is a huge contributor to adrenal fatigue. Bioidentical hormone therapy balances your hormones. This, combined with a healthy diet, individualized nutrition/supplement and fitness program, maintains normal hormone levels and can effectively eliminate the symptoms associated with menopause and perimenopause.
IMPROVE YOUR DIET. Your body depends on a huge variety of nutrients to function properly – and those suffering from adrenal fatigue are particularly depleted in nutrients due to the toll that stress has taken on their cells.
EAT AT THE RIGHT TIMES. Blood sugar levels play an important role in the maintenance of energy levels. Keeping your blood sugar levels steady means eating small, regular meals with a low glycemic index. Regular snacks are also a good idea. This will help in managing the dip in cortisol that can occur in the mid-late afternoon.
TRY MIND-BODY EXERCISES. Traditional health practitioners have known for centuries that mindfulness-based exercises such as meditation and yoga help to relieve stress and anxiety. A study published in the journal Psychiatry Research compared people in two different stress-management programs: one which involved meditation, one, which didn’t. Those who meditated regularly were found to produce fewer stress hormones and low levels of stress-induced inflammation. Those who didn’t meditate, however, suffered much higher levels of stress hormones and inflammation.
TAKE THE RIGHT SUPPLEMENTS. It would be great if we could get all of our daily nutritional requirements from food alone, but it’s rarely possible. Adrenal fatigue also wreaks havoc on the ability of your gut to absorb nutrients from food, as chronic stress hinders normal digestive function. That’s why supplements are a great way to “top up” your body’s nutritional needs, especially when your stores of a certain nutrient have been depleted for a while.
GET BETTER SLEEP. Addressing sleep problems should be a priority in recovering from adrenal fatigue. Poor sleep takes a huge toll on the body, and your cortisol levels may take weeks to adjust back to a more normal cycle.
B VITAMINS. This group of vitamins is the first step in getting your mind and body back into gear. B vitamins work together in helping the body create energy from the food you eat, while also supporting brain function and healthy skin, hair and muscles. Although the role of each B vitamin differs slightly, they’re all vital for a healthy metabolism and energy production.
MAGNESIUM. Magnesium is an essential trace mineral and the second most abundant intracellular electrolyte in the body. It’s also required for over 300 enzymatic reactions! In fact, it’s one of the most important supplements for recovering from adrenal fatigue. Magnesium is also required for healthy sleep, muscular relaxation, maintaining blood pressure, heart rhythm, promotes calcium absorption, and regulating blood sugar levels. Many people are magnesium deficient due to the lack of mineral content in foods and the body using up its natural stores of magnesium during stress.
HERBS. Adaptogenic herbs help the body to ‘adapt’ to stressful situations, and are extremely helpful in restoring adrenal function.
BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE THERAPY. Bioidentical hormone therapy balances your hormones, including the hormones released during stress (cortisol), with customized, natural prescriptions that are tailored by your healthcare provider to fit your body chemistry. Learn more about Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy.