Effects of Therapy for Adrenal Exhaustion
by Lauren Thompson
The adrenals are small glands that sit atop each of the kidneys and are responsible for the production of hormones in the body. The adrenals create cortisol, which is the body's response to stress and helps to regulate blood sugars: dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S), whose purpose is unknown, but linked to fatigue; aldosterone, a sodium-neutralizing hormone; and sex hormones estrogen and testosterone. According to some alternative medicine practitioners and websites like EnergyMed.org and HealthyWays.com, adrenal fatigue causes whole-body fatigue, immune response lag, achiness, poor response to stress, hypoglycemia and low blood pressure.
Eating less sugar and processed carbohydrates like wheat flour and sugar can help to level blood-sugar levels, as cortisone is released to even the peaks and valleys of blood sugar in the body. Enjoying smaller, more frequent meals also helps to regulate the amount of cortisone the adrenal glands must produce. People that are prone to hypoglycemia and blood-sugar crashes often are putting undue pressure on their adrenals to keep up with cortisone production.
Vitamins and Supplements
Vitamins C and B5 may be helpful in improving adrenal health, according to a January 2008 article in DeliciousLiving. Increase your daily intake of vitamin C by eating peppers, citrus fruits, leafy greens and broccoli. Select vitamin B5-rich foods like egg yolks, avocados, peanuts, lentils and broccoli.
Try taking ginseng supplements, as a 2003 study by the Journal of Pharmacological Sciences found that ginseng may help to increase the body's natural ability to adapt and deal with stress. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking any supplements that may interact with other medications.
Find an exercise that you like and stick with it. Increased oxygenation helps to bring up energy levels, relieves stress and helps the adrenal glands work more efficiently, says NaturalWays.com. Try exercises on a trampoline, walking, martial arts, yoga and bike riding.
Work on stress relief techniques and avoid stressful situations whenever possible, as cortisone production is released in reaction to stress. Repeated stress can cause depletion of the hormone from the adrenals and the inability to appropriately handle tough situations. Try meditation, yoga or going for a walk to ease stress.
Get a back massage as the relaxation associated may help to revive the production of cortisol in the adrenals. Back massages targeting the kidneys, adrenals and the lower back can improve health of the glands. Try acupuncture for adrenal therapy, with specifically targeted areas to help improve your adrenal function. Seek a licensed acupuncturist and request information on their record with adrenal fatigue.