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How to Choose Experts for an Adrenal Fatigue Management Team

By Richard Snyder, Wendy Jo Peterson

Many patients with adrenal fatigue not only see more than one medical doctor but also see more than one holistic healthcare provider. These practitioners can include your medical doctor, your holistic practitioner, a nutritionist, and a practitioner dealing with the mind and the spirit.

One of the best ways to choose any healthcare practitioner is by word of mouth. Find out the experiences of other people who’ve worked with this particular practitioner. You can also check out websites where people post their experiences with a particular healthcare practitioner.

A nutritionist

Nutrition is vital not only in the treatment of adrenal fatigue but also in total body health. Food is medicine; the right food has the power to heal. Treating adrenal fatigue effectively means improving your nutrition and eliminating the junk in your diet, in addition to lifestyle changes, supplements, medication, and/or hormonal replacement therapy.

Vitamin and nutritional deficiencies are significant causes of adrenal fatigue. This condition won’t get better without the right nutritional support.

If your healthcare provider isn’t well-versed in nutrition (which is often the case), then you should visit with a nutritionist. And in terms of general preventive health, routine visits to a nutritionist are ideal.

To find and choose a qualified nutritionist, try an online referral service, such as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietics. Another option is to contact your insurance company to see what nutrition services may be part of your plan. Many medical conditions, including diabetes, entitle you to a certain number of visits with a nutritionist.

A practitioner who deals with the mind and the spirit

Remember that the holistic approach involves more than just healing the body. Your mental, emotional, and spiritual states also need to be evaluated and treated. Renewal of the mind and spirit is crucial in the treatment of adrenal fatigue.

Yoga, meditation, and t’ai chi all are examples of therapies that strengthen the mind and the spirit. In addition, they’re great ways to relieve the stress that leads to adrenal fatigue.

Yoga and t’ai chi instructors should be included as practitioners to help in the treatment of adrenal fatigue. Use resources such as Yoga Alliance and Patience T’ai Chi Association to find out what types of instructors are available in your area. You should be able to find a school and instructor near you. Also ask your neighbors and friends for their recommendations.