Balance: Adrenals, Stress and Energy

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Balance: Adrenals, Stress and Energy
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If you feel rundown, even after a decent sleep and it’s continually hard to get going in the morning (yes, without coffee!), this could be a sign of adrenal fatigue.

The adrenal glands mobilise your body’s responses to every kind of physical, emotional, or psychological stress in order to maintain balance. It does this through adrenal hormones that are required to regulate energy production, inflammation, heart rate and other vital essential processes.

With adrenal fatigue, the adrenal glands are functioning below the required level. This could occur after prolonged stress.

It is best to consult a Naturopath if symptoms are impacting your life more severely. Given the nature of 21st living, too much stress can be hard to avoid and it is good to support adrenal health prevent long-term adrenal fatigue.

How To Start Supporting Your Adrenal Glands:

1.Vitamin C

The adrenal gland is among the organs with the highest concentration of vitamin C in the body. Vitamin C is necessary for adrenal hormone production.

It makes sense that a lack of vitamin C means that the adrenals can’t function properly.

As the body can’t store vitamin C, it needs to be a plentiful part of the diet on a daily basis. Good food sources include cherries, oranges, kiwis, leafy greens and broccoli.

If good quality fruit and vegetables are sometimes lacking or just a garnish on your plate, an excellent natural vitamin C blend is Wild C by Eden Health Foods. It contains rosehips, acerola cherry powder, parsley leaf and a range of berries in a powder that can be added to water or smoothies.


Licorice root is prized herb with a huge variety of uses. Licorice is one of the few herbs that has been scientifically proven to balance the levels of the stress hormone, cortisol, in the body. It may be helpful by having an anti-inflammatory effect and helping the body to cope with stress.

Licorice is best avoided if you have high blood pressure or low potassium.

3.Withania (also known as Ashwagandha)

Withania is a herb from Ayurvedic medicine often used by herbalists for fatigue.

In India, Withania is known as the “strength of the stallion” since it has traditionally been used to strengthen the immune system after illness.

When supporting your adrenals, a slow and steady approach is the way to go. Keep eating fresher and better. Look into herbal teas as a start. Be kind to yourself. Let yourself feel supported.