Ways to Prevent and Recover from Adrenal Fatigue + Raw Chocolate Maca Mocha Recipe
Posted Nov 29 2012 10:11pm
Our hectic lifestyles and over crowded schedules have left many of us feeling excausted and feeling a little fatigued. Add in sleepless nights, everyday stressors and a diet lacking in nutrition and you've got yourself a full blown adrenal fatigue! We have to take care of these babies!
The adrenal glands secrete cortisol and adrenaline, hormones that kick into high gear during moments of intense anxiety or physical strain. But if stress has become a part of your daily life, continuous cortisol and adrenaline secretion may deplete your adrenal glands and wipe out energy reserves.
The usual suspects added to our diet when we're combating fatigue are caffeine, refined carbs, alcohol and sugar. These foods and substances further deplete our system of vital nutrients and lead to more exchaustion.
What happens when our adrenal glands are over worked and exchausted?
Compramized immune function
Chronic fatigue syndrome
Increased risk of cancer
How can you tell if you have adrenal exchaustion?
Feeling tired in the morning
Dizziness when standing up
Frequent bouts of low blood sugar
Increased moodiness and anger
Uncontrolled sugar and carb cravings
What can you do to prevent and recover from adrenal fatigue?
Vitamin and Mineral Support
Adding a B-Complex and vitamin C to your supplement plan can help to combat stress and retore depleted stores of these important anti-stress vitamins. There are multi vitamins on the market that already contain a high potency B-complex as well. Adding magnesium to your nightly routine can calm your nerves and help you get a deep relaxing sleep, one of the most important factors in reducing stress levels.
Adaptogens to the Rescue
Caffeine can give you a boost, but it comes with consequences. It can overstimulate and further deplete your adrenal glands, cause irritablility, anxiety and even lead to depression when over used. It also interferres with your sleep cycle if your body doesn't detoxify caffeine efficiently. Another option to give you a boost is maca root. It is an adaptogenic herb that is known to increase energy levels and acts as a tonic to the endocrine system, including adrenal glands. Adding a teaspoon of maca root powder to your smoothie in the morning can give you an energizing boost while soothing your adrenal glands!
Give Your Diet a Makeover
Easier said then done, I know. But you can start by simply switching your favorite ingredient staples to more nutrient dense and healing options.
Consider these substitutions:
Coffee Try raw cacao, which is loaded with antioxidants and magnesium, which help to keep you calm but still give you a little kick start. Antioxidant rich green tea is also an option that doesn't further deplete your body of vitamins and and give you the jitters! Sugar Try some low glycemic options, such as coconut syrup, stevia and yacon syrup. These don't spike up your blood sugar levels, which are always followed by a crash! They also contain some vitamins and minerals that support your health. Refined flour and baked goodies Choose whole grains, which have fibre, vitamins and minerals. They supply your body with nutrients and give you lasting sustainable energy, unlike refined flour. Try some new options like kamut, rye and spelt flours or gluten-free options like rice, millet, quinoa and buckwheat. Chips and Refined Crackers Opt for fresh fruits and vegetables. These are loaded with nutrients and live enzymes, which give you energy! Adding more greens to your diet delivers much needed oxygen to your cells and makes they feel happy and alive:) Try a green smoothie, wrap or salad. Check for recipes from my recipe page!
Here is a recipe to get you buzzing without the crash and burn! Next time you're reaching for that cup of joe, give this quick and nutritious treat a try :)
Raw Chocolate Maca Mocha
1 cup vanilla cashew milk (or vanilla almond milk)
2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
1 Tbsp hemp seeds
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp mesquite powder
1 tsp raw honey
1 frozen banana
4 ice cubes
How to make:
Combine all ingredients into a blender and buzz until smooth!