My apologies for being so late getting this post out. It’s been one crazy busy week.
This week, as requested, I want to share with you what I did and what I’ve learned to do to help heal my adrenal fatigue. In my experience it’s gotten better but not yet 100%. But this is my own fault. I have a very hard time sitting still when I feel good. My doctors have told me that just because I feel better doesn’t mean I am better and to follow instructions. I’ve never been very good at that. I used to get into trouble for not finishing my antibiotics when I was sick as a teenager and young adult. Today, I don’t really take antibiotics unless I have no option, but I’m still the same with taking direction when it comes to my body. I’m a firm believer in listening to my body BUT, I also need to listen to the doctor who understands the endocrine system way better than I do. So here we go. What I’ve learned and experienced in healing adrenal fatigue.
First things first. What got me to the doctor to begin with was starting a HIIT (high intensity interval training) program with a trainer. I had moved from Alaska to NC and from NC to CA in the span of 5 months. Then as soon as I got there I started traveling 2-3 weeks a month and training with my trainer. Stress, stress and more stress. Adrenal fatigue is the body’s way of saying STOP STRESSING ME OUT! And thus, the doctor said, “Stop stressing your body. You have to travel for work but the high intensity workouts must stop.” Here was the punch to the gut. How long do I have to wait to start working out again? Her reply, “The average time to heal the body from adrenal fatigue is 2 years.” WHAT?!? I was finally ready to do this deal and get healthy and now I had to start walking 30 minutes a day instead. OK, that’s my rant. Here’s what I did.
- Walk 30 minutes a day
- Take vitamin D – 5000 mg every day and get 20 minutes outside between 10:00 and 2:00. That’s the sun’s peak time and people with adrenal fatigue are grossly deficient usually.
- Take adrenal support. My naturopath at that time had products she kept on the shelf and I took them. This is what I take now if I’m feeling low energy, found in most natural foods stores.
- Drink licorice root tea everyday before 2:00 PM. Licorice root tea is great for helping us regulate cortisol which is the stress hormone and allows the adrenals to rest for a bit. The reason to drink it before 2:00 PM is it can hinder your sleep; so the earlier, the better. And I must say, it tastes amazing. Here is my favorite brand.
- Vitamin B was a huge deficiency for me. I took supplements AND added 2 tablespoons of Brewer’s yeast to my daily intake (which I will be writing all about next week). Brewer’s yeast is the miracle powder.
- 1000 milligrams of magnesium added to my daily supplements.
- Omega 3 & 6 which came from supplements, fish and flax seeds or oil.
- Iodine which I found mostly in fish. I also added table salt to the mix in small quantities.
These were all things that came back in my blood work as being deficient as well as a saliva test that is specific for adrenal fatigue coming back off the charts.
Today, I feel better but I have NEVER once waited the entire two years to allow my body to heal. I moved to Southern California about 9 months later (in 2014) and within 6 months, hired another personal trainer and started the cycle all over again. I ran/walked a 1/2 marathon in AZ, in 2015 and then traveled to China and ran/walked another one on the Great Wall in 2016. Of course, I had to train for the China marathon, too. Following that trip, my adrenal fatigue was in full swing again AND I found out that I had severe metal toxicity (lead and mercury). I have done much since then to heal my body, but I’m not perfect. I still workout every day (but modify if I need to), my diet could definitely be better (I tend to eat something sweet nearly every day but healthy for the most part) and I still travel 50-75% of my time for my job. However, I make a little progress toward my health every single day and I feel better now than I have in years. Baby steps, right?
If you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue or think you might be, feel free to message me here and I’ll share all the info I have with you. It definitely sucks to be tired all the time and there are ways to heal it. However, I’ve just touched on the possible symptoms and there are so many more. I’ll look to follow up with other posts about all this later this year. Until next week…..