hey guys, dr. axe here, doctor of functionalmedicine and nutritionist. today i'm going to talk about how to overcome adrenal fatigue.and so many people today struggle with adrenal insufficiency, major fatigue issues, and it'sdue to problems with the adrenal glands. and the adrenal glands are two sort of thumb-sizedorgans that sit here in the back of your flank area, and there are so many people, i wouldsay about 80% of the population that at some point will struggle with adrenal fatigue atsome point in their life. and in this video i'm going to go throughthe three steps you must follow if you want to heal adrenal fatigue for good. and reallyit starts with diet. actually, before i get into that though, let me talk about warningsigns you have adrenal fatigue.
number one, if you struggle with fatigue,even if you get enough sleep at night and the next day you wake up and you're stilltired, that is a major warning sign you have adrenal fatigue. if you feel like you canjust never catch up or you're always tired, that's a warning sign you have adrenal fatigue. if you feel overwhelmed and stressed, youfeel anxiety, those are warning signs you have adrenal fatigue. if you have troublefocusing or concentrating or poor memory, those are warning signs you have adrenal fatigueor adrenal insufficiency. also, if you have a thyroid issue, prettymuch every person that has a thyroid condition, whether it's hypothyroidism, hashimoto's orgraves' disease, any of those issues, that
probably means you do have an adrenal issue. and some other warning signs could be thatyou are storing excess body fat. so if you have gone to the gym and you've worked outfor hours, and you're still not losing weight like you think you should. or you can't seemto lose that last five pounds or break through that weight loss plateau, those are warningsigns that you have adrenal fatigue. and so step number one in healing adrenalfatigue is changing your diet. the top foods you must get out of your diet to heal youradrenal glands is number one, caffeine. if you're consuming loads and loads of coffeeon a regular basis and large amounts of caffeine, that will definitely burn out your adrenalglands.
the other thing is consuming too much sugar.sugar will burn out your adrenal glands. hydrogenated oils in foods that are just stimulants, likei've already mentioned, foods that really imbalance blood sugar levels and will causespikes. but caffeine and sugar are the two biggies that you need to get out of your diet. now, the next thing here are the foods thatreally support your adrenal glands. and foods that are high in vitamin b-12 and magnesium,also foods that help stabilize blood sugar and energy levels. coconut products, like coconut oil, coconutmilk, coconut meat, those are great for supporting your adrenal glands. olives are great, olivesand olive oil. raw dairy products and grass-fed
butter are fantastic, organic meats. doingloads of vegetables, especially spinach, kale, and chard are great for the adrenal glands. also, seaweed. seaweed contains iodine alongwith other minerals that can support the adrenal glands as well. and so, again, adding someof those foods in your diet is a definite must in changing your diet if you want toovercome adrenal fatigue. now, the second thing you need to do to healadrenal fatigue is take supplements that support your adrenal glands, and there is a groupof herbs or roots called adaptogen or adaptogenic herbs which include a family of things, likeashwagandha, rhodiola, holy basil, licorice root and ginseng.
but adaptogen herbs are titled adaptogensbecause they help your body adapt and deal with stress, and these have big benefits. the number one you want to take, the numberone adaptogen for specifically your adrenals and your thyroid is called ashwagandha. soyou want to take ashwagandha, holy basil, and licorice root. i believe are the mostbeneficial for supporting your adrenal glands. also, getting b vitamins is very importantfor your adrenal glands, especially vitamin b-12. but i recommend taking a high qualityb vitamin complex supplement. and last but not least, magnesium, as wellas vitamin d can also support your adrenals and selenium. selenium is a mineral that worksas an antioxidant that also supports the adrenal
glands. so those are the most important nutrientsto support your adrenals in terms of the supplements. and last but not least, if you want to overcomeadrenal fatigue is you've got to lower your overall stress levels. step number one in lowering stress is gettingbetter quality sleep at night, sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night. the next step is if you are stressed out,you've got to start working on removing the stressors. and i recommend you get out a sheetof paper, write down all of those things that are causing stress. maybe it's your boss atwork. maybe it's your spouse doing something.
maybe it's something in your schedule. really look and address and know what's stressingyou out, and then work on rectifying those things. and you can't fix all forms of stress,but if you can reduce, let's say, reduce your stress by 50%, that alone will help you improveyour adrenal function and help heal your adrenal and then schedule in times of fun and joyin your schedule doing things you love to do, that also can help you overcome adrenalinsufficiency. so, again, getting more sleep, reducing stress, adding joy into your life.all of those things are going to help you overcome adrenal fatigue. and also doing certain forms of exercise thathelp reduce stress, like barre classes, pilates,
even going out for a jog. whatever exercisefor you, not overdoing it but just light amounts of exercise 20 to 30 minutes several timesa week. going out, going for a walk, going out innature. all of those things that can reduce stress are going to help you overcome adrenalfatigue. so remember, if you want to heal adrenal fatigueor cure your adrenal fatigue fast, what i recommend you do, number one, change yourdiet. get rid of the caffeine and sugar. start loading up on those nutrient dense foods,especially green leafy vegetables and healthy fats, like coconut oil. number two, take some good quality supplements,like ashwagandha and other adaptogenic herbs.
also b vitamins, and last but not least, reducestress. you follow those three steps, you are well on your way to curing your adrenalfatigue symptoms. hey guys, this has been dr. axe with naturalsteps to heal adrenal fatigue.