10. Take some extra vitamin B-5, or pantothenic acid, as its also known. Pantothenic acid is necessary for adrenal gland health. While it is naturally present in the adrenal glands, it can become depleted as hormones are manufactured in response to stress. A common dose for adrenal fatigue is 1500 mg but should always accompany a B-complex vitamin since these nutrients work synergistically.
11. Avoid sugar and refined wheat products. They cause your blood sugar to fluctuate rapidly, which in turn causes your adrenals to overreact.
12. Eat some protein at every meal to stabilize blood sugar and prevent strain on the adrenals. That doesn’t necessarily mean meat. Some good vegetarian sources of protein include: legumes (beans), nuts, seeds, avocado, and quinoa (a delicious whole grain).
13. Supplement with Siberian ginseng. Depending on how serious your adrenal stress may be you may also benefit from herbal support from eleutherococcus senticosus as it is also known. It works primarily on the pituitary gland in the brain to better regulate adrenal gland function. In adrenal fatigue, communication between the pituitary gland and the adrenals may be impaired. A typical dose of Siberian ginseng for the treatment of adrenal fatigue is 100 to 200 mg daily.
14. Take a page from Ayurveda—the Indian form of natural medicine with a several-thousand-year-old history. Practitioners of Ayurvedic medicine recommend ashwagandha, or withania somnifera as it is also known. Ashwagandha is a tonic for fatigue and exhaustion, memory loss, muscle weakness, and other symptoms of adrenal fatigue. It can normalize adrenal gland hormones. One to two teaspoons of an ashwagandha tincture daily is the commonly recommended dose. Always consult your physician prior to use.
Michelle Schoffro Cook
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