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How to Treat Adrenal Fatigue with Daily Stress Reduction

By Richard Snyder, Wendy Jo Peterson

One way to address adrenal fatigue is to reduce the stress in your daily life. Here are some general ways to try to reduce stress in your daily life. These tips don’t take a lot of time!

  • Get to the root of the problem. Why are you so stressed out? Is it work? Is it family? Talk to someone — a trusted friend, a family member, and/or a therapist. Don’t shoulder the burden alone. Find out what’s causing the stress and how best to deal with it.

    If you’re able to get some distance from the stressor, that can be immensely helpful. Depending on the nature of the stressor, however, that may not be practical.

  • Learn how to say no. One of the hardest things to understand is that there are only 24 hours in a day. Learning when to say no can be a great way to avoid burnout. The first step is knowing your limits. Understanding when you’re maxed out and can’t add any more to your plate can help you say no when you’re asked to tackle yet another project.

  • Enjoy daily exercise. There’s no greater way to relieve stress than with a daily dose of exercise. The exercise that you engage in should help you relieve stress, and it may be enjoyable, too.

    What type of exercise should you engage in? Well, you know yourself better than anyone. For some, a solitary bike ride is more than enough to get some exercise and some quality “me time” in the process. For others, a basketball game can do the trick. You know what you need to do. The key is to be sure that you do it.

    Check with your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program; if you have adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion, you may need to modify your exercise plan, or you may need adrenal support

  • Take time to breathe deeply. For tips, check out the nearby sidebar “In and out: Breathing to reduce stress.”

  • Sleep better.

  • Get some sun daily. Not only does going outside give you a much-needed break, but it also gives you some sunlight, which allows your body to replenish its vitamin D. Vitamin D levels can help restore your immune system and help your body cope with daily stresses.

  • Stay hydrated. Your body is more than 60 percent water. Staying hydrated is important for keeping cells and tissues healthy, reducing inflammation. Choose filtered and purified water — you don’t need to add more toxins to an already stressed-out body

  • Avoid relying on the morning coffee. The caffeine from your morning cup of coffee can be one heck of a jolt to your adrenal glands. Most people don’t stop at just one cup. In addition, caffeine can raise blood pressure, make you jittery, and cause dehydration.

  • Eliminate the sugar rush. Not only is sugar a cause of total body inflammation, but it’s also a significant stressor on your adrenal glands. Imagine the major stress on the adrenal glands when they’re hit with a double dose of both caffeine and sugar.

    Sugar substitutes aren’t a good substitute for sugar. Aspartame, for example, is associated with weight gain and may increase the risk of developing diabetes. One of the best sources of a natural sweetener is stevia.

  • Don’t smoke. Cigarettes contain many toxins — including cadmium, mercury, and arsenic — that are just bad for the body. Nicotine increases adrenal stress and can raise blood pressure. Smoking increases total body inflammation as well as atherosclerosis (hardening of the blood vessels) exponentially.

  • Ward off electromagnetic radiation. People are exposed to a lot of electromagnetic radiation, which is a potent source of stress, on a daily basis. This radiation can be a source of constant fatigue, malaise, recurrent infections, and brain fog. Your cellphone, your microwave, the power lines outside your house, and multiple televisions and computers all can be sources of electromagnetic stress.

    In addition to being aware of your environment and reducing your exposure to electromagnetic fields, one potential solution is wearing a personal diode. Think of the diode as a filter that protects the body from the effects of radiation. You can wear radiation protection diodes or simply place them in your pocket.