Lots of things can contribute to adrenal fatigue, or HPA axis dysfunction:
This allows bacteria to be released into the bloodstream, leading to inflammation. Chronic inflammation begins to affect the delicate feedback mechanisms between the brain and the adrenal glands.
High-sugar, low-fibre diets cause the adrenals to release cortisol to help balance blood sugar. Over time, cortisol doesn’t work as effectively as it should.
Foods that don’t agree with you can cause an inflammatory reaction. This leads to excessive release of cortisol, which gradually affects your adrenal function.
These cause the body to release cortisol as an anti-inflammatory measure. Eventually, the cells stop responding to cortisol.
If too much cortisol is released too often, the feedback mechanism between the adrenals and glands in the brain stop working properly.
Exercise is essential for good health, but excessive exercise becomes stressful for the body, contributing to adrenal insufficiency.
The approach will vary depending on how severe the fatigue is. Here are a few starting points:
These herbs have been found to support proper adrenal function.
A blood-sugar roller coaster makes your adrenals work very hard. Give them a break by reducing your sugar intake.
Sleep is hugely important for recovery. Practise sleep hygiene and try to get a full eight hours each night.
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