Relax…Too Much Stress May Be A Recipe for Adrenal Fatigue

In a guest post on Chris Kresser’s excellent website, nutritionist Kelsey Marksteiner, RD, talks about how the modern world can be a hostile environment for your adrenal glands.

When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands pump the hormone cortisol throughout your body. Serious problems can develop when it’s difficult to put a cork in cortisol due to constant day to day stress.

You may be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome if you:

  • Wake up unrested
  • Find it difficult to handle stress
  • Experience brain fog or diminished cognitive abilities
  • Feel dizzy when you stand up or lay down
  • Have a low libido
  • Any allergic reactions you already have get worse
  • Have low blood pressure
  • Suffer from low blood sugar
  • Feel weaker than usual overall

So what can you do to lower your stress levels?

Kelsey’s top tips for reducing chronic stress include:

  • Get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep each night
  • Limit your exposure to blue light (computer/smartphone screens) especially in the evening
  • Eat regularly without going too long between meals
  • Enjoy a breakfast that includes plenty of protein
  • Don’t skip the carbs – eat plenty of fruit and starchy tubers too
  • Always eat protein and fat along with your carbs
  • Try a de-stressor such as meditation or yoga