Although there isn't an immediate method for restoring adrenal gland energy reserves, several months of therapy with certain herbs and vitamins will reassure you of a greater payoff than if accomplished with medicines or over-the-counter preparations. The use of adaptogenic herbs is an excellent way of revitalizing drained and overused adrenal glands, and it's natural. Adaptogenic herbs are those that establish a balance, automatically correcting levels of "highs" and "lows" without changing any levels that are already normal.
Things You'll Need
- Cordyceps sinensis
- Rhodiola Rodea
- Panax Ginseng
- Vitamin B5
- Magnesium chelate or glycinate
- Vitamin C
- R-lipoic Acid
- Essentail Fatty Acids
Cordyceps sinensis, also called "caterpillar fungus," is a mushroom extract that calms you down, helps you sleep, lowers bood pressure and helps with impotence. It enhances energy and is taken by Olympic athletes. Take 300-400 mg. daily twice daily.
Rhodiola Rosea is an herb from Siberia that calms, protects the heart, eases depression and enhances work performance. This herb also beats fatigue and helps you sleep better. Take 50-100 mg. a day.
Ashwagndha, also called Indian ginseng and "winter cherry" is an Ayurvedic herb from India that helps sleep, reduces anxiety, restlessness and insomnia, and eases arthritis pain and inflammation. Studies show it can boost thyroid function and control blood sugar and cholesterol. Take 440-550 mg. a day.
B5 or Pantethine is the perfect B vitamin because it works specifically for adrenal health, preventing infection, normalizing cholesterol and overcoming fatigue, whereas low levels of B5 can cause exhaustion, low appetite, burning hands and feet and hair loss. Take 500-1,000 mg. a day.
Magnesium Chelate is a necessary nutrient for manufacture adrenal hormaones and fight fatigue. These types of magnesium are easier to absorb and easier on the stomach. Magnesium chlate or glycinate is also good for leg cramps, depression and fybromalgia pain.. Too much magnesium can cause diarrhea, especially the sulfate or citrate form. Try 200-330 mg. a day.
DHEA is steroid that shows a shortage in fatigue, so taking a supplement may boost energy levels but it's important to have levels tested before taking this particular supplement because it sparks production of estrogen and testosterone. Take 50-100 mg. a day.
R-Lipoic acid is super antioxidant that helps mitochodndria, the cell's motor, generate energy. It also helps blood sugar imbalace, pesticide exposure, and periphal neuropathy pain. Take 100-200 mg. every morning.
Essentail fatty acids are fish oils that contain the esssential fatty acids EPA/DHA which help reduce inflammation and pain. Take 1,000 mg. twice a day.
Despite our best efforts, some stress in our lives is inevitable. The method of destressing defines the efficacy of reducing stress and how our bodies handle it. Remember to get enough sleep, relax more, catch a funny film, watch a sunset or get a massage. Anything that nourishes the spirit helps ease fatigue, but nature walks, exercise, meditation and hobbies are great ways to decompress and energize the soul. Proper supplementation and effective destressing techniques will contribute to revamping the adrenal glands safely and effectively.
Tips & Warnings
- Make sure vitamins and herbs are of the finest quality. Exercise is a proven regenerator on all levels, so make sure you take the time to find an appropriate exercise program.
- Be sure to get enough rest. Putting your body through an already-stressful condition without adequate rest is sure to have negative effects on mind, body and soul. Adrenal glands, energy and mood all suffer a powerful blow without adequate sleep.
- The 24 Hour Pharmacist, Suzy Cohen, RPh, Rodale 2008
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