Adrenal Fatigue Diet Changes for a Better Quality of Life
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Today, I’m going to share with you some dietary suggestions for an adrenal fatigue diet to support healing and of course get you on feeling better since that is the important thing here. Adrenal fatigue is a difficult and unpredictable disorder that can have you wondering how you’re going to feel from one minute to the next.
An important step in dealing with adrenal fatigue is to identify what sorts of behaviors, habits, and foods might be a possible contributing cause to your condition. Once you have begun to identify some of the major factors, you can begin to make adjustments to your lifestyle so that you can increase the quality of your life.
Last night I talked about some of the common symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue. It’s unfortunate, but adrenal fatigue can manifest itself in a wide variety of ways. These symptoms can be so varied that the only way to know if there is any sort of deficiency, is to get an actual blood test that can reveal whether or not you lack or have lower counts of specific hormones that should be present under normal circumstances, but you want to feel better now right? I know I did.
So when it comes to an Adrenal Fatigue diet every person is different and so, it’s incredibly likely that the foods that work for one person might not be the same as for anyone else. This will require you to do a lot of your own research at home before, during and after meals.
This means that it becomes important for you to use a scientific method to determine what foods might be causing illness in the form of inflammation, or an allergic reaction in your body. So try eating your meals in a simpler way focusing on a smaller list of ingredients. As you add foods back into your diet, take a note of what you added and how it affected your body as it was digested. If you have a reaction, take a note of what foods you ate.
A good way to do this is to create a food journal. Write down everything that you are putting into your mouth. Notate how you feel before, during, and after eating. Keep track for at least a full week, but the longer the better.
Foods You Should Avoid on an Adrenal Fatigue Diet
There are certain foods that have been known to wreak havoc on your adrenal glands, and hormones.
Sugar and artificial sweeteners
You should add to the list any foods that have caused a negative reaction in you. Be sure to avoid these foods as much as possible whether you go cold turkey or you gradually start eliminating them.
Foods You Should Include in an Adrenal Fatigue Diet
There are certain foods that will help support your adrenal glands and hormones. These foods are high in antioxidants, nutrient-rich, whole plant-based, and easy to digest.
Nuts-walnuts and almonds
Seeds- flax and chia
Cruciferous vegetables- broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts
Foods high in omega 3’s- salmon, chia seeds, and hemp seeds
I’m sure if you are anything like me the foods to avoid in an adrenal fatigue diet will be tough. You are low in energy, having cravings, and sugar (along with caffeine) is the first thing you want to reach for to get that pick me up. I gotcha though read my next blog in the Adrenal Fatigue Series some suggestions that will help with this.
So, today just start with your food diary and adding the good for you foods into your day. I believe that if you add more of the good foods you are crowding out the “not so good” foods. That tends to make it a little easier.
Here are the links to the rest of the series on Adrenal Fatigue:
#3 Adrenal Fatigue Diet Changes for a Better Quality of Life
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