As of 2010, the majority of the U.S. population currently experiences some level of adrenal insufficiency, according to Mike Adams, editor of the Natural News website. Even alternative health practitioners may overlook the early symptoms of adrenal fatigue, because in today’s hectic world stress-related disorders are commonplace. Although conventional medicine does not recognize adrenal fatigue as a treatable syndrome, doctors do recommend hormone replacement therapies to treat Addison's disease, an advanced stage of adrenal insufficiency, according to MayoClinic.com. In the absence of a medical diagnosis, emphasis on a healthy lifestyle and self-care measures may help to alleviate some symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Eat the first meal of the day before 10 a.m. People with adrenal fatigue require nutritious food at frequent and regular intervals in order to maintain consistent blood sugar levels. Choose a combination of fat, complex carbohydrates and protein at each meal to provide the body with a steady source of energy throughout the day, recommends nutritionist, Dr. James Wilson.
Investigate herbal therapies. Phytotherapy, or the practice of using herbal remedies to treat physical ailments, is beginning to gain in popularity as people realize the risks of some synthetic drugs. Consult with an herbalist and explore the history of the healing properties of astragalus root, Siberian ginseng and licorice root; herbs traditionally valued for energy and immune-enhancing qualities.
Practice relaxation techniques. Adrenal fatigue results from an overactive stress response that prompts the adrenal glands to release a constant stream of hormones that keep the body in a hypervigilant state. Some people may be genetically inclined to worry excessively, according to Dr. Michelle Pick. Commit to a period of daily meditation or practice deep-breathing exercises to help calm the mind and relax the stress response.
Cut back or eliminate caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands to release stress hormones that put the body on high alert and provide a temporary increase in energy. Caffeine also raises blood pressure and frequently interferes with a good night’s sleep. Choose tea, coffee and sodas with low caffeine content, and try to limit consumption to one or two servings each morning.
Avoid sugar and prepared foods. So called white food diets have little nutritional value, deprive the body of necessary nutrients and raise havoc with energy levels. Focus on vegetables and whole grains as a source of carbohydrates, and consume beans and nuts to help fulfill protein needs.