Dr. James L. Wilson is the man behind the term “adrenal fatigue,” writing about the condition in his book Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. The job of the adrenal glands is to assist your body in dealing with stress from all types of sources, including everything from injury and disease to relationship and work difficulties. Your ability to bounce back from life’s challenges, maintain energy and endurance is all dependent on the proper functioning of these important glands.
When the adrenal glands aren’t functioning like they should, fatigue or even exhaustion develops, and the entire body suffers. In Dr. Wilson’s book, he reports that there are an estimated 80 percent of adults who experience this condition during their lifetime. Despite this, it remains one of the most under-diagnosed illnesses in America.
Just a few of the signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
Sleeping difficulties. With our extremely busy modern lifestyles, many of us, especially type-As, rush from one thing to the next continuously which causes our hormonal balance to be thrown off, making it difficult to fall or stay asleep.
Fatigue and weakness. You may feel especially sluggish in the morning and then again in the afternoon.
Weakened immune system and increased allergy symptoms. You may become sick more often and experience a greater instance of allergy symptoms like congestion, watery eyes and sinus headaches.
Hormonal imbalance. You may be having issues with your thyroid and/or menstrual cycle as the endocrine system, of which the adrenals are a part, face extreme exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
Depression or a lessened ability to handle stress. You’re stressed daily, feeling as if you’re on the verge of burnout
Sore muscles or achy joints. When you’re constantly stressed, your adrenals become overworked and your cortisol level plummets which can lead to stiff and achy joints as well as sore muscles.
So, what’s the best way to prevent or treat adrenal fatigue?
Preventing or treating adrenal fatigue can be addressed by consuming a healthy, nutritious diet focused on whole foods from the Earth, while avoiding processed foods, gluten products and refined sugars. Exercising regularly is a must too but avoiding overdoing it which can stress adrenal glands further. You may want to practicing deep breathing or meditation. It truly requires a whole-body approach. Oftentimes, as we don’t get the nutrients our body and mind are craving, whether it’s due to diet, nutrient-poor soil, toxins or all of the above, supplements can also be important to rescue us from that constant feeling of exhaustion.
How K Nutri’s Adrenal Strength Can Help
Supporting your adrenals with the nutrients they need can help diminish the toll stress can take and encourage healthy adrenal functioning. Nutri’s Adrenal Support was designed to do just that with scientifically proven ingredients, including these:
Vitamin C. This well-known vitamin is essential for the adrenal glands because the highest concentration of it in the body is stored within them. The glands utilize vitamin C in the production of hormones like cortisol (the fat storing and stress hormone).
Vitamin B6. B6 (pyridoxine) is one of the most important B vitamins for proper adrenal gland functioning as it aids in the production of adrenal hormones.
Ashwagandha. Adaptogenic herbs like Ashwagandha have been shown to improve insulin sensitivity and cortisol levels while helping to support a more balanced response to ongoing stress to prevent adrenal fatigue.
L-tyrosine. This amino acid is known to support healthier functioning of adrenal, pituitary and thyroid glands to ease chronic stress. In the body, it converts to norepinephrine which is the primary neurotransmitter in the sympathetic nervous system, controlling the “fight or flight” response,” as well as epinephrine. This important brain neurotransmitter is secreted from the adrenals in response to acute stress and low blood sugar.
Eleutherococcus senticosus. Better known as “eleuthero,” this is another adaptogen herb which is believed to aid adrenal gland functioning when the body is under stress. It boosts energy while lessening fatigue.
Panax ginseng. One of the most researched and commonly used types of ginseng, this ingredient contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects to strengthen the immune system.
Acerola Fruit. Acerola provide smany health benefits to the body, including protecting against oxidative stress as countless studies have shown.
Astragulus Root. Astragulus is also an adaptogenic herb, known to help normalize adrenal functioning while improving energy levels. It’s also long-been known to provide age-reversal effects in the immune system, used in ancient Chinese medicine for centuries.
Rhodiola rosea. This important adaptogen is been found in scientific research to boost energy metabolism and influence the release of stress hormones. It’s also long-been popular in both Asian and Eastern European traditional medicine for its fatigue-eliminating effects.
Licorice Root. Licorice root is known to help stimulate the adrenal glands, supporting healthier functioning as well as aiding in stress management through more optimal cortisol levels.
Suma Root. While sometimes referred to as Brazilian ginseng, this ingredient isn’t related to ginseng but is used as an adaptogen, helping the body adapt to stress by boosting the immune system and reducing oxidative stress.
Holy Basil Leaf. Also known as tulsi, an aromatic plant popular among Hinduists, Holy Basil Leaf has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine, shown in studies to strengthen the immune system, help one to respond to stress in a healthier way, support better adrenal health, improve brain functioning and memory, all while reducing fatigue and helping one feel more balanced.
BioPerine. An extract of piperine, this ingredient can significantly enhance bioavailability of supplemented nutrients by improving absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. It’s been scientifically tested with multiple nutrient groups like water-soluble vitamins and fat-soluble vitamins as well as coenzyme Q10.