| Natural adrenal support — how to restore healthy adrenal function|
The first step is to have a full physical exam, to be certain there are no serious underlying medical issues causing your symptoms. In our experience, women with mild to moderate adrenal fatigue can see significant improvement through these simple steps:
Enrich your nutrition, reduce carbohydrates, and cut back on stimulants. For detailed advice and explanation, see our article on eating to support the adrenals.
Consider nutritional supplements that support adrenal function. Start with a high-quality multivitamin–mineral complex rich in stress vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. To learn how select herbs help restore adrenal balance, see our article on phytotherapy for adrenal health.
Reduce stress, including moderate exercise and taking more time for yourself. It’s helpful to make a list of your stressors, especially those that are ongoing or self-imposed.
Get more rest. Your body needs time to heal!
Women with more entrenched symptoms, or those who have reached complete adrenal exhaustion, may need further intervention. At our practice we use the steps outlined in our Personal Program for Adrenal Health along with targeted support such as phosphorylated serines, low-dose compounded DHEA, and deglycyrrhizinated licorice root. We personalize therapy to each woman’s symptoms and test results. (Please do not self-prescribe these substances, as they can have adverse interactions if used inappropriately.)
Finally, we can never underestimate the power of perceived stress. Guilt, pain from past hurts, self-destructive habits, unresolved relationship problems — your past and present emotional experience may be functioning as an ever-present stressor in your life. Dealing directly with these problems is far more beneficial than spending a lifetime compensating for the stress they create.
In all but the most extreme cases, we expect to see dramatic improvement in four to six months. For mild to moderate adrenal fatigue the turnaround can be faster. Remember, you may feel as though you’re just too tired to make changes now, but by moving forward in incremental stages, you’ll build the strength you need to stay with it. You will love how you feel when you do