Adrenal Fatigue: How to Help Yourself

In today’s world, busy and stressful lifestyles are the norm as people are trying to meet the standards required for work, family and other commitments. Excessive exhaustion and stress can usually be attributed to adrenal fatigue, a stress-related condition that occurs as a consequence of your adrenal glands constantly operating above optimal level, leading to the excretion of stress hormones. The adrenal glands, located on top of each kidney, are vital in their control of the body’s energy levels, immune system and regulation of your heart rate.

Naturally, stress causes adrenal fatigue, which occurs as a result of being overworked. The stress capable of causing adrenal fatigue can come from any aspect of your life, but is typically described as chronic as your adrenal glands eventually are unable to respond to your energy needs. Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Tiredness
  • Inability to deal with stressful situations
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Weakened immune system
  • Salty food cravings
  • Decreased libido
  • Feeling chronically stressed
  • Inability to concentrate

If this sounds like you, then it is likely that you, alongside millions of others, are suffering from adrenal fatigue. Although it is always advised to consult your doctor first, here are some simple ways in which you can treat adrenal fatigue naturally:

Sleep: The most obvious one, is naturally to go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep. This is easier said than done. Many people who suffer from adrenal fatigue are also victims of insomnia which can make sleeping difficult. But note that even if you find it difficult to sleep, just lying there and resting assists in rejuvenating the body. If you have trouble sleeping, try aromatherapy by putting a couple of drops of an essential oil or essential oil blend in am aroma diffuser.

Magnesium: Magnesium is your best friend, and not having enough of the nutrient can cause excessive tiredness and stress. Magnesium plays a vital role in the regulation of your nervous system, the management of muscle function and maintains a healthy immune system. Allow your body to soak in a bath with magnesium flakes or apply magnesium spray all over your body before bed for a good night’s sleep, a calm immune system and relief from stress.

Vitamins: Vitamin C and B will help improve your immune system to support healthy energy levels. This assists in combating adrenal fatigue, and vitamin B in particular serves to relieve stress.

Relaxation: Take some time out of your day to merely relax; whether it be reading a book, watching an episode of the Bachelor or simply sitting on the couch and sipping your tea. Organic green tea in particular supports the adrenal glands.

Breathe correctly: To help your body relax and to reduce stress, ensure that you are practicing controlled breathing. Breathing through the nose in a rhythmic pattern will assist in relieving tension, and concentrating on your breathing will free your mind from stress and help you become conscious of how your body is feeling.

Consume fresh fruits and vegetables: There is a lot to be said about eating well, and by eating green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits, you are supplying your body with nutrients and vitamins which are crucial in supporting your immune system and your adrenal glands. Additionally, limit your intake of stimulants such as coffee.

NOTE: We do not promote the use of natural therapies as a replacement for modern medicine under any circumstances. We believe that natural therapies should be utilised in conjunction with medicine, and we emphasise that your first point of call should obviously be a GP if you have a health condition.


Reflexology: All you need to know

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology, not to be confused with massage, is a science based on the belief that all organs, glands and parts of the body can be traced back to specific areas on your feet. By understanding the connection between the part of the foot and the corresponding organ/gland/body part, reflexologists can assist in the relief of stress, increasing energy levels and may help in the management of current medical conditions. It is not intended to replace traditional medicine, but to be used alongside it in order to promote health and wellness. And many people claim that it is extremely effective.

Despite not being acknowledged as a legitimate practice by the medical industry, reflexology is incredibly popular for the treatment of stress, nerve function, circulation, headaches, pregnancy and menstruation. Some people claim that it has helped them heal from minor surgery. It requires the removal of shoes and socks so that the reflexologist works solely on your feet. which contrasts against massage. Reflexologists can discern any problem areas in your body based on feeling tension or congestion in the corresponding part of the foot. Although they conduct the sessions, they view themselves as mere participants as they are guiding you body to rejuvenation, which allows the body to become balanced and to repair itself naturally.

Where does it originate from? 

There have been indications of reflexology or some form of it being applied in ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, China, India and even by the Native Americans.

An early practice of reflexology was introduced to America in 1913 by  Doctorm William H. Fitzgerald who spoke about having 10 vertical zones in the body. His work was expanded on by Dr Shelby Riley, and eventually by Eunice Ingham who created the detailed reflexology foot maps in 1938.

Does it actually work?

Skeptics claim that there is no sufficient evidence supporting the proposed benefits of reflexology, and that it has more of a placebo effect than anything else. Recent studies have been conducted to test the effectiveness of reflexology, however the results did not support that reflexology is an effective treatment for the medical conditions mentioned above. That being said, high quality trials can be difficult to conduct to test the effects of reflexology and there remains to be thousands of people around the world who swear by the benefits of the practice.

Another point of debate is the fact that there is no general consensus as to the reflexology maps. There are a range of foot charts exemplifying inconsistencies which points towards a lack of scientific basis. Fortunately, there are no adverse effects which accompany the practice of reflexology, so even if there is no benefit being derived, there will most likely be no negative consequences either.