Do you wake in the morning feeling unmotivated, uninspired, fatigued and like you just want to crawl back into bed. If you answered yes then your adrenals glands are not firing optimally to help to give you a spark for the day!
Addressing adrenal fatigue is working towards re-patterning the body towards health and harmony. Quite simply put you need to do the opposite of everything that created the adrenal issues in the first place. This means taking time to experience quite, calm and a centred, harmonious environment.
EAT BREAKFAST BEFORE 10am
This is an important factor to ensure that hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) doesn’t occur, it is important to replenish waning glycogen in the morning.
DRINK A GLASS OF WATER IN THE MORNING WITH A PINCH OF SEA SALT
To hydrate yourself after sleep this can be a beneficial quick therapy. Salt water contains vital minerals, improves digestion and has a calming effect on the entire nervous system
EAT FREQUENT SMALL MEALS
Eat your first meal between 6-8am, lunch around noon and dinner around 6pm, with snacks around 10am and 3pm. Eating every 2-3 hours will help to ensure that your blood sugar levels remain balanced without creating duress to the adrenal glands
AVOID HIGH-GLYCEMIC CARBOHYDRATES
Avoiding high carbohydrate meals helps to maintain blood sugar levels and reduce adrenal fatigue by reducing blood sugar spikes
Rushed and hectic meals create more stress on your body and digestion. Taking the time to nourish your body starts with eating mindfully and slowly so that your body can get the most out of the foods that you consume.
AVOID FOODS THAT YOU ARE SENSITIVE TO
These foods cause further stress and strain on your body causing further adrenal depletion
LIMIT THE INTAKE OF POTASSIUM RICH FOODS
Foods high in Potassium can make adrenal fatigue worse, because of the sodium/ potassium imbalance they create. While it is ok to eat these foods occasionally, high potassium foods will cause adrenal depletion
COMBINE FATS, PROTEIN & CARBS AT EVERY MEAL
This will ensure that you receive a steady source of energy over a longer period of time. A wholesome diet with balanced protein, fats and carbohydrates fuels the body in a steady power rather than contributing to spikes and troughs of energy which create nervous system exhalation and draw on adrenal energy
AVOID REFINED FLOUR PRODUCTS
These are all robbed from nutrients and drop the blood sugar level too fast which further taxes the adrenal glands
Avoid also black tea, alcohol, sugar drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, chocolate, sports drinks (electrolyte drinks) and caffeine containing beverages. These drop the blood sugar level way too fast and overstimulate the adrenals to produce cortisol which drives anxiety and adrenal exhaustion. Sure they give you a lift to start with but then they drop you hard.
EAT A BEDTIME SNACK
This allows for a more peaceful sleep, quality sleep is an important part of healing adrenal exhaustion as it means that the body is able to rest, digest and repair during this tranquil time. Broken sleep, tossing and turning, insomnia and poor sleep quality will all deplete the energy from the adrenals and not allow them to reset overnight.