Back in 2006 I left my job in the Australian Government to concentrate on raising my kids.
My job was very demanding and as with anything, I had put a great deal of energy into it. When I stopped, after 13 years of pushing myself to the max, I just crashed.
Cue chronic fatigue. Cue the onset of fibromyalgia.
One of the first things I did when the fatigue hit was to go to a naturopath.
They advised me that my adrenal gland had been compromised. Apparently I'd been running on adrenaline for so long that I now had adrenal fatigue which possibly triggered my fibromyalgia.
Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe symptoms caused by a poorly working adrenal gland. This often happens to people who are under mental, emotional or physical stress.
Our adrenal glands make hormones, one of which is cortisol, which helps our body deal with stress.
The good news is we can actually help our adrenal health with attention to our diet.
Foods to avoid include:
- Sugar and sweeteners
- Processed and microwaved foods
- Hydrogenated oils
Foods good for adrenal health include:
- Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts etc)
- Fatty fish (eg salmon)
- Himalayan sea salt
Healthy life habits include getting 8-10 hours sleep a night, getting to bed before 10pm, minimising work and relationship stress, eating well, reducing caffeine and sugar, exercising and laughing daily.
Are you experiencing fatigue?
How's your adrenal health?
Has your adrenal gland ever been compromised?
Good adrenal health helps us to age positively.
For more information head to Adrenal Fatigue Solution, Health Direct Australia , Edge Wellness or chat to your doctor or alternative health care professional.