Supplements For Adrenal Fatigue

Supplements that help manage recovery from adrenal fatigue is a hotly debated topic where a few specific herbs and vitamins rise head and shoulders above the rest. These supplements are particularly effective at increasing recovery from adrenal fatigue.

What Is Adrenal Fatigue And Do I Need Supplements To Help?

As I discuss in this article, adrenal fatigue describes a state of diminished motivation, dysregulated hormone patterns and an overall feeling of not being healthy.

You have to understand that this is all caused by stress and stress can present in many forms. Exercise is a stress as is driving in traffic and financial worries are certainly a stress. Temperature, either being too hot or too cold, is a stress. Dehydration and overeating carbohydrates causing blood glucose fluctuations is a stress. These all start a vicious cycle a hyperactive stress state that leads to lowered DHEA and testosterone, thyroid deregulation and out of control blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol.

During adrenal fatigue your sympathetic nervous system, or your fight or flight system, can’t handle the overall amount of stress that you’re putting it under.

On the flip side, we also have a parasympathetic nervous system which is suppose to calm us down.Otherwise known as the “rest and digest” system, the parasympathetic system is responsible for helping us to repair our bodies and recover from stress. But getting show ready lean or making Crossfit regionals tends to trump one’s care for their parasympathetic nervous system. Who needs that weird system?

Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

You may be…

  • consistently sore from exercise routines that you normally would recover from
  • noticing that you never get a good nights sleep and you often have a hard time actually falling asleep.
  • yawning often.
  • lacking motivation to train.
  • holding water and getting bloated.
  • gaining body fat, specifically on your lower abs.
  • constantly tired.
  • bloating, having gas or having heart burn often.

There are numerous other factors in metabolic damage than just those noticeable signs.

For starters, on top of chronic cortisol production and lowered anabolic hormones, your digestion may be impaired as well. Your gut bacteria is extremely sensitive to these changes in your nervous system. As a result, it may decrease your stomach acid which results in food being poorly digested. This results in malnutrition and further increases your cycle of poor recovery.
There is some evidence that long term stress does shrink and damage the lining of your small intestines which is why chronically stressed folks often have food sensitivities and negatively react to foods that they normally were okay with.

Supplements For Adrenal Fatigue

We can look to a few specific supplements with proven results for helping you recover from adrenal fatigue.

Ashwagandha is universally studied and used to calm the central nervous system.
Holy Basil Extract has been used to normalize cortisol levels, improve digestion and improve stress tolerance
Rhodiola Extract has been used for decades to decrease depression, enhance work performance and renormalize levels of GABA and acetylcholine, two brain neurotransmitters involved in relaxtion. 
Reishi Mushroom is high in antioxidants and enhances immune system response and has been shown to be a natural stress buster in individuals who suffer from stress situations.
Magnesium has been shown to have a calming effect on both the central nervous system and muscular system and may lower high cortisol
Vitamin B5 is frequently used by the adrenal glands for proper function and is often depleted during times of stress.
Vitamin C has been shown to lower high cortisol which is typically seen on the blood work of individuals with adrenal fatigue characteristics

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