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Combating Stressed Adrenal Glands: Foods and Herbs that Reduce Adrenal Burn out and Adrenal Fatigue

Posted Sep 13 2008 11:47pm 1 Comment

Four years ago I suffered from a bad case of Adrenal Fatigue. My adrenal glands were taxed and all I wanted to do was get my energy back. I was always tired and craved sugar and drank about 3 cups of coffee a day. Until, one day, I read an article about the link between our adrenal glands and stress and realized that I was in the full blows of Adrenal Burn out.

I read an amazing book that highlighted the fastest way to address reversing my adrenal burn out. From diet to herbal remedies- it is possible to replenish and rest the adrenal system.

Whole Foods Diet is Recommended

Buy organically grown produce as much as possible. Avoid consumption of sugar. Refined carbohydrate, caffeine (adrenal stimulants), and alcohol should be avoided. Fasting and detoxification should not be used at the beginning of adrenal strengthening. The diet should be a building and strengthening diet. Eat plenty of fresh and lightly steamed vegetables and their juices as they contain minerals to prevent fatigue.

In restoration of the adrenal gland function one should include potassium rich foods and avoid foods high in sodium. This will help to keep the sodium/potassium balance in the body. In the standard American diet, people consume way too much sodium. Researchers recommend a dietary potassium-to-sodium ratio of greater than 5 to 1. Intake of potassium should be about 3 to 5 grams per day.

Potassium Content of Selected Foods

Milligrams (mg) per 100 grams edible portion (100 grams = 3.5 ounces)

Sunflower seeds920Asparagus278
Wheat germ827Red cabbage268
Parsley727Lentils, cooked249
Brazil nuts715Tomato244
Peanuts674Sweet potatoes243
Figs, dried640Eggplant214
Avocados604Green peppers213
Swiss chard550Summer squash202
Soybeans, cooked540Oranges200
English walnuts450Strawberries164
Millet430Grapefruit juice162
Beans, cooked416Cucumbers160
Potato with skin407Onions157
Kale378Milk, whole144
Bananas370Lemon juice141-
Winter squash369Eggs129
Celery341Brown rice, cooked70

Source: "Nutritive Value of American Foods in Common Units," U.S.D.A.Agriculture Handbook No. 456

It is recommended that a person eat small, instead of large meals. According to the Oriental philosophy, foods which nurture deficient kidney energy are as follows:
milletbarlytofustring bean
black beanblack soybeanmung beanmung sprouts
kidney beanblackberrymulberryblueberry
melonswheat germpotatoseaweeds
spirulinachlorellablack sesame seedwater chestnut

Vitamin/Mineral Therapy for Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome

Nutrients important in adrenal gland function include: pantothenic acid, vitamin C, Vitamin B 6, Zinc, and Magnesium. Particularly important is pantothenic acid (100 milligrams a day), as a deficiency may result in adrenal atrophy. Foods rich in pantothenic acid include: whole grains, legumes, cauliflower, broccoli, salmon, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes.

Adrenal extracts made from beef have been used in medicine since the 1930's. The proper procedure is to start with a dosage lower than what is recommended on the label of most adrenal extract supplements (1/3 of the normal dosage), and then slowly increasing the dosage every two days until one notices the stimulatory effect. Once that effect is noticed then simply reduce the dosage to a level just below the level that will produce stimulation. As the adrenals rebuild, keep reducing the dosage until there comes a time when you no longer need the support.

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Thank you Melissa G.  I have been diagnosed with adreanal gland fatigue. I have been researching to learn more information about adreanal gland fatigue, changing my diet to achieve balanced nutrition, eating small amounts every 2 hours and hopefully I will be able to "sleep" and increase my energy level.     
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