Dieting have been a very important tool in checkmating weight loss or weight gain, various kinds of diseases, and most especially, influencing our overall health. A diet is simply a controlled regimen of food or drink, which have a specific influence on human health, an example is Adrenal Fatigue Diet. In one of my previous post, i talked about adrenal fatigue, revealing a whole lot of information surrounding it, it causes and some of its symptoms. But i did not go as far as revealing how it can be remedied or treated. For as many that missed it, you can read the post from the link below:
In this page, i will be giving out some simple way adrenal fatigue can be remedied. And this can be achieved by engaging in an adrenal fatigue diet. Like the popular saying goes "you are what you eat", which simply indicates that the present state of health of your body system is directly proportional to the foods that you are consuming. The food that you eat is simply your first line of defence against adrenal fatigue.
The advantage of creating and sticking to an adrenal-supportive (or adrenal fatigue) diet plan is that it does not involve you having a consultative or scheduled meeting with your doctor, will not cost you more than you regular diet, and also it have a whole lot of benefits for your overall health too.
Adrenal Fatigue Diet Dos And Don'ts
The guidelines to adrenal fatigue diet incorporates two aspects of dos and don'ts.
- Firstly, you should try as much as possible to avoid any food that will make your adrenal fatigue worse.
- Secondly, You should also try as much as possible to actively eat foods that will hasten and aid your recovery.
Apart from those two, you should also be eating meals at the right time, avoiding foods which you are sensitive or have intolerances for, and also consuming lots of nutritious wholesome meals.
Identifying food allergies, sensitivities and intolerances
The first question we should ask ourselves is "what is the relationship between food sensitivities with sufferers of adrenal fatigue"? Well, the answer is that food sensitivities matters a lot because they prevent your bodies from absorbing and using the right nutrients they need. They also promote inflammation and interfere with our sleep/wake cycle.
Food sensitivities, allergies and intolerances serves as hindrances to your gut for proper digestion and excretion your foods. This is the manor reason why constipation, diarrhoea and other digestive problems are the first signs of intolerances. They also prevent optimal digestion of all the nutrients present in your foods, allowing you to feel weak and low in energy. Their promotion of inflammation in the gut, triggers the release of histamine. Also, by preventing the proper digestion of our foods they promote the growth of unhealthy bacteria in our gut. Thereby, causing our immune system to get weakened further.
Ways of dealing with food intolerances and sensitivities
1. Avoid the food that causes it: if you are familiar with the foods that triggers you problem, then it is proper you avoid them completely. If you are not really sure about the specific food that causes it, try by eliminating one at a time for a period of one week, till you eventually identify the culprit.
2. Take supplements: Take supplements that are capable of giving strength to your gut. The most popular supplement in this category is Glutamine, an amino acid which the intestinal walls use as a fuel source. Glutamine helps in repairing and regenerating the walls of the intestinal lining.
Some Simple Dietary Guidelines
If presently, your diet comprises lost of processed foods, soda and added sugars then you are predisposing yourself to some health hazards. These are contributory factor to most cases of adrenal fatigue. Improving your dietary habits is a very essential part to your recovery. Follow these simple guidelines listed below in order to achieve that.
1. Eat at the right times
Many of us are actively involved in unhealthy diet pattern. We are so in a haste every morning then we skip breakfast, have some little snacks for lunch, then in the evening we eat a very huge meal. Following this eating pattern is a sure way of making your adrenal fatigue worse.
The importance of breakfast for people suffering from adrenal fatigue cannot be over emphasized. Breakfast is one sure way of supplying fuel and energy to your body, because your body have been fasting for approximately 12 hours (except you are a late night eater). The food you eat for breakfast should contain a high quality source of protein combined with some minute amount of high quality carbohydrate. Meals containing eggs and vegetables will be a perfect example.
You should also be aware of the fact that adrenal fatigue sufferers struggle to maintain optimal blood sugar levels throughout the day. The reason is because cortisol is seriously involved with blood sugar stability. As a consequence. adrenal fatigue sufferers should focus on eating lots of small meals throughout the day, with a maximum of three intervals. This act will help in reducing their craving for foods, and stresses on their HPA axis.
2. Foods to eat and avoid
There are some foods, known as "superfoods" that people suffering from adrenal fatigue should eat. But i will also like to lay emphasis on some general guidelines on which proteins, fats and carbohydrates adrenal fatigue sufferers should be eating.
Adrenal fatigue sufferers should endeavour to eat less sugars, this is a great first step for healing. Excess sugar needs to be regulated by cortisol, so when you are eating too much of sugars, you are indirectly increasing the tax of your adrenal glands. In conclusion, excess sugars are bad news for adrenal fatigue sufferers.
You should also take note that sugary snacks are not the only source of excess sugar. Drinks like fruit juices, bottled beverages are also high on sugars. A preferable source of carbohydrates includes; vegetables, beans and whole grains. Fruits that contain low sugars can also be a great option.
Getting enough of protein in your system is a good way to increase your energy level without increasing your blood sugar level. Good sources of protein includes; beef, fish, eggs, chicken and good quality protein powders. Ensure to purchase an organic meat if possible.
For good fats, you should consider foods like avocado, coconut, nuts and seeds, cheese, butter and other dairy products. Regular consumption of fats is very important, and it is also a great source of energy. But you should make sure that the sources of the fat you eat are from natural whole foods.
3. Cut out the caffeine
Caffeinated drinks can make you feel great for a short period of time, but they are contributing significant amount of stress to your adrenal glands and endocrine system. Caffeine stimulates your adrenals to produce adrenaline and cortisol in exactly the same way as they do during a "fight or flight" reaction.
Cutting out that morning cup of tea, caffeinated soda or coffee is an important way of recovering from adrenal fatigue.
4. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated have always been an important part of our healthy living. But for adrenal fatigue sufferers, it is doubly important. You can also go a step further by adding a little sea salt or lemon to your glass of water.
Some Adrenal Fatigue Diet Superfoods For adrenal Fatigue Sufferers
Below are some superfoods for adrenal fatigue sufferers:
1. Bone broth
Bone broth have been proven to reduce inflammation, encourage healthy cholesterol and boost the immune system. Additionally, it provides essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids that are easily absorbed in our intestine.
Seaweed are highly rich in minerals and phytonutrients that are not easily seen in the rest of our diet. They are delicious and gives a nutritional boost to our meal.
3. Fermented drinks
Some fermented drinks are really useful for your digestive health and immune system. They are rich in minerals and provide a huge boost of "good bacteria" which provides improvement in your digestion and nutrient absorption.
Following this simple guidelines of adrenal fatigue diet will serve as a remedy to your adrenal fatigue, and give you that spark you needed for a healthy living.