How To Fight Back Against Adrenal Fatigue

How To Fight Back Against Adrenal Fatigue

By James Templeton

Feeling tired and worn out all the time seems to be an epidemic issue in our country. We’ve gotten so fast paced and busy and don’t take a break to disconnect from it all. It used to be that the phone hung on the wall and people knew it was hit-or-miss whether they’d reach you when they called. Now we’re rarely away from our phones and if we text or email we expect an immediate response.

No Quick Fix

When fatigue sets in, we turn to coffee and energy drinks or look to other quick fixes and stimulants to give us the boost we need to get through another day. Our busy schedules have us grabbing fast food because it’s the only thing we have time for in between appointments, sports, school functions and other responsibilities. We’re robbing Peter to pay Paul – these habits create a health deficit, add extra pounds around the middle, and bring on nutrient deficiencies. Sooner or later it all catches up to us and we feel blindsighted when disease hits.

Adrenal Fatigue

Whether you wake up tired, feel tired mid-afternoon, or are tired all day then get a burst of energy at night, it’s all sides of the same issue – adrenal fatigue. I like to use a rubber band analogy when it comes to adrenals: healthy adrenals get stretched and pulled on under stress and recover during times of rest, as opposed to adrenal fatigue where stress and overwork keep stretching and pulling on the adrenals until they stop recovering and stay stressed out.

Have you ever met someone who says their back went out when all they did was bend over? The root of this is in adrenal fatigue. The ligaments also fall under the rubber band analogy, and when stressed adrenals use the nutrients the ligaments need to be “stretchy,” they lose that stretch and then muscles spasm trying to hold things in place. I’ve seen chiropractors have a lot of success when they supplement for adrenal stress in these individuals while doing adjustments to hold everything in place.

Fatigue Fighting Strategies

1.  Cutting out caffeine and other stimulants is essential to healing the adrenals and getting your energy back. These are called stimulants because they stimulate the adrenal glands to produce cortisol, which is one of the body’s main stress hormones. High cortisol levels put the body into fight-or-flight mode, which increases heart rate, causes fast, shallow breathing, and raises blood pressure. We mistake this hyper-vigilance for a boost in energy, but the reality is we are wearing out our adrenals by making them work so hard.

2.  Sugars and alcohol (which is like a concentrated sugar to the body) need to be eliminated when healing the adrenals. When blood sugar rollercoasters up and down, it triggers a rise in both insulin and cortisol, which stresses both the adrenals and the pancreas. Eating regular small meals rich in protein is essential to keeping blood sugars stable. If you know blood sugar is an issue for you, consider a serving of good quality whey protein (or a dairy-free protein powder if you are sensitive) both first thing in the morning and last thing before bed to help you stabilize sugars.

3.  If your stress and fatigue go beyond normal lifestyle issues and into disease, I recommend testing and supplementing. I’ve rarely met a person dealing with a major disease who didn’t have adrenal fatigue. It seems like if the disease doesn’t get to you the fight against it will. This is when it’s important to test and see when cortisol is either too high or too low and supplement accordingly. UNI KEY’s Adrenal Stress Panel is saliva testing that coordinates to your body’s Circadian rhythms, the natural patterns of cortisol production that happen throughout the day and night. Based on the results, recommendations are given for diet modifications and supplements that may help you get your energy back. The best adrenal supplements contain the vitamins and minerals the adrenals need, amino acids and adaptogens to help with stress response, and glandular extracts to support endocrine function. I developed UNI KEY’s Adrenal Formula with all of this in mind and take it myself.  In order to give you the chance to test yourself and try our adrenal support formula for yourself, we’re offering a special discount, now through 8/31/2017. Save 15% off the Adrenal Stress Panel test and 20% off Adrenal Formula.

4.  Unplug your bedroom and get a good night’s sleep. Exposure to EMFs can produce nearly 20 different kinds of stress hormones. Turn off your cell phone or charge it outside of your bedroom, turn off your WiFi router at night, and disconnect all appliances (including the TV) in the bedroom. Keep your bedroom dark and cool, and commit to 7-9 hours of sleep per night. If falling asleep and staying asleep are issues for you despite these techniques, then supplementing with melatonin or saliva testing for adrenal and sex hormones are a good next step.

5.  It helps to think of energy like you think of money and put yourself on a budget. You only have so much energy to spend throughout the day, so choose activities that are unavoidable or meaningful to you, and build up a savings for when you have a particularly stressful or busy time coming. When stress hits, it helps to practice yoga, do deep breathing exercises, and strengthen your spiritual connection through meditation and prayer. Mild exercise like walking also helps calm an overactive stress response and can help aid weight loss.

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Comments (5)

  • Denise Sullivan /Charlotte NC August 21, 2017 - 10:28 pm Reply

    I find the Unikey Adrenal Formula pills difficult to swallow. Living alone I have almost developed a phobia at 59 of choking as you must take at least 3 if not 6 a day . I have chewed them out of desperation put could never get the taste out of my mouth. Horrible at best. Is there a reason this is such a big terrible tasting horse pill ? Thank you in advance I know after taking them for two years Dave is tired of me complaining when I reorder about how awful it is to try and ingest. Thank you in advance for addressing my complaint.

    • UKadmin August 22, 2017 - 3:38 pm Reply

      Hi Denise – Thank you for your comment. The Adrenal Formula tablets are some of the largest in our product line, but that is necessary in order to maintain our proven formula with the proper dosage. The taste you mention is due to the combination of glandular ingredients – so we definitely don’t suggest chewing them. While most customers who take Adrenal Formula have not reported having a problem swallowing them, we have another customer who has mentioned cutting the tablets into several pieces before swallowing. There is no negative effect to the product if the pills are cut into pieces that are more comfortable for you to swallow. You can purchase an inexpensive pill cutter at your local drug store.

  • Susan August 22, 2017 - 2:04 pm Reply

    Dear James,
    Thank you so much for helping me better understand what adrenal fatigue is all about and what we must do to overcome it.
    While one takes the proper supplements and follows proper diet and lifestyle, is there anything you recommend when one needs symptom relief to get through an important task or activity? Do you believe taking extra vitamin C and tyrosine, for example, can safely be used when symptoms are running strong and one feels quite debilitated? Thanks so much.

    • UKadmin August 22, 2017 - 2:48 pm Reply

      Thank you for your post. I am a strong proponent of Vitamin C and pantethine in these cases- at least 2000 mg of the latter. Tyrosine is a prime component of our Adrenal Formula!!

  • Kathleen Sullivan October 7, 2017 - 10:17 pm Reply

    I have benefited very much from taking your Adrenal Formula the last 3 years. They are healing and I just take for maintenance now. Thank you for creating supplements that actually work.

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