Adrenal fatigue is a syndrome that really wears you out. The phrase “tired and wired” is great for describing the general fatigue paired with the inability to really rest. These five fast fixes for adrenal fatigue symptoms can help you survive and start to thrive on those days when you feel especially drained.
To truly treat and heal adrenal fatigue, you should have a further treatment plan in place. I’m an integrative medicine physician assistant, and you can get all the details on adrenal fatigue symptoms, testing, and treatments HERE.
It’s best to consult a holistic healthcare provider so that you can be accurately diagnosed and put on the treatments that will work best for your specific health concerns. This list is not meant to replace medical advice that you’ve received from your provider.
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This list is designed to be little pick-me-ups that can support your adrenals quickly. I’m still working on my great big extensive post about adrenal fatigue, and that will discuss some of the treatments that have been effective for long term healing of the adrenals.
I’ve seen great results with the patients that I’ve worked with! I’ve also personally used these on days when my adrenal fatigue was acting up!
Consider this like little vitamin shots for your adrenals. They can give you speedy support on a day when you’re lagging behind. They’ve worked for me and many of my patients. Let me know what you think in the comments!
Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms
“Tired and wired” sums up the most common symptoms of adrenal fatigue. Typically, you feel tired most of the time, and it’s significantly worse with exercise. Patients also tend to suffer from insomnia, so despite the overwhelming fatigue, they’re unable to rest.
It’s often accompanied with a mild depression or sense of anxiety. It’s harder to handle the normal stresses of life, and it seems to take more work to complete your usual activities of daily living.
It’s common to have a lowered core body temperature (you know those people that say, “oh, my normal temperature is really 97, so I have a fever when it’s 99”?). It’s also associated with a reactive hypoglycemia during times of real or perceived stress.
It can also tag along with other medical conditions, such as multiple food sensitivities, thyroid conditions, and hormone imbalances.
Adrenal Fatigue Treatments and Adrenal Fatigue Supplements
L-theanine is a prominent compound found in green tea, and it can be an excellent boon for adrenal fatigue.
L-theanine promotes the release of GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid, a neurotransmitter that encourages relaxation. With adrenal fatigue, the body thinks that it’s in a constant panic, fight-or-flight mode, and can have difficulty shutting off those pathways.
GABA tells the brain (which passes it along to the rest of your body) that everything is going to be okay and that you can relax. It doesn’t typically make people sleepy, and it promotes a sense of well-being and calm.
L-theanine is available as an over-the-counter supplement. I’ve had great results in patients with the sublingual form, which means that it melts under your tongue and gets into your bloodstream very quickly.
Personally, I’ve seen improvement with a cup of green tea. Sometimes, just brewing a hot cup of tea and taking a moment to savor it can calm down the adrenals. Add to that the L-theanine in the tea itself, and you’ve got your own mini adrenal fatigue spa going on.
2. Turmeric Tonics
Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory. When you have adrenal fatigue, cortisol, a pro-inflammation hormone, is coursing through your body. Turmeric acts quickly to decrease the levels of inflammation. Due to these properties, it’s also great for reducing chronic pain.
There are lots of fabulous ways to get a shot of turmeric into your day when you need a pick-me-up. Curry is packed with this anti-inflammatory spice.
You can also make the Singing Canary. This amazing Trim Healthy Mama tonic is full of turmeric and other ingredients to support your adrenals and overall health.
3. Practice Positive Thinking and Thankfulness
I know at first glance that this can seem kind of hokey. But, stick with me! There’s some amazing things that happen to your adrenals when you put this in place! For me personally, my adrenal fatigue symptoms faded away much faster when I added this into my daily activities.
When you tell your mind to look at the positive and to practice gratitude, you are starting the process of consciously overriding the fight-or-flight response that your adrenal glands are pushing out. You can train your mind to stress less, and this in turn starts to soothe the adrenals.
Start with writing down 10 things that you’re thankful for, and read that list out loud to yourself. Look in the mirror, smile, and tell yourself that it’s a great day for a great day. Start your morning with positive affirmations about yourself and your wonderful life.
I’ve found that saying Bible verses out loud can be especially helpful for quickly calming my adrenals and picking up my spirits.
4. Eat a Snack with Healthy Carbs
A carbohydrate rich snack can be a quick and easy way to support your adrenal glands. Carbs break down into serotonin, a well-known neurotransmitter that improves mood. This happier mood can help to balance out those wacky adrenal hormone levels.
Just be sure to pair your snack with protein to help balance out your blood sugar levels. Also, pick a complex carb like sweet potatoes, brown rice, sprouted whole wheat, or certain fruits.
Simple carbohydrates, which include foods featuring white flour, white rice, pasta, or potatoes, will raise blood sugar levels quickly and then fall quickly. That leads to a “sugar high” and subsequent “crash,” leaving you feeling worse than before.
Also, eat a meal or snack frequently throughout the day. It’s common to experience bouts of hypoglycemia with adrenal fatigue, so eating every three hours or so can be a great safeguard against this adrenal fatigue symptom.
5. Master the Art of the Power Nap
Insomnia is a frequent and frustrating symptom of adrenal fatigue. Ideally, you would heal your adrenals faster if you could just get a good night’s sleep, yet the elevated cortisol levels associated with this condition make that challenging.
For a quick improvement in symptoms, do your best to grab a quick little power nap. Set an alarm for 10-20 minutes, lay down in a darkened, quiet room, and rest. Even if you don’t fall asleep, you’re telling your adrenals that you’re not stressed and that rest is good.
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I like to combine several of these ideas. My favorite combo is to tell myself that I’m going to have a great rest (#3), take a power nap (#5), followed by a healthy snack (#4) washed down with some green tea (#1) or a turmeric drink (#2). This is a great way to get over the classic afternoon slump!
While you’re working on healing your adrenal fatigue, these five things can be just the thing to get you through the day!
What’s your story with adrenal fatigue?
What have you found to be helpful for a quick pick-me-up?
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