Dealing with Adrenal Gland Fatigue

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Dealing with Adrenal Gland Fatigue

BY Leslie Herman

STRESS!! It surrounds us everyday and can be physiological, physical or psychological, disrupting the homeostasis of the body.  For some people, they thrive when they’re stressed and can live a long healthy life, free of illness or unwanted symptoms.  For others, even small amounts of stress is difficult to handle and can cause mild, moderate or severe adrenal gland fatigue.  The body responds to stress by mobilizing both a nervous system response and in cases of continued stress, the adrenal glands.  The adrenal glands are 2 busy little hormone factories that sit atop our kidneys and produce over 50 hormones like adrenaline, noradrenaline, dopamine, cortisol, DHEA, sex hormones, etc-many of which are essential for life.   These hormones together regulate our “fight or flight” reactions to emergencies, bodily responses to stress, maintenance of carbohydrate reserve, blood pressure, kidney function, secondary sexual characteristics, electrolyte balance, and so on.  When these glands become overworked and undernourished, the body becomes vulnerable to all sorts of illness.  People with type “A” personalities are particularly susceptible to this as they are constantly pushing their bodies and minds to the limits.Factors that overtax the adrenals include smoking, narcotics, alcohol, excessive exercise or a sedentary lifestyle, caffeine, chronic inflammation, exposure to pollution and environmental toxins, lack of sleep, negative thinking, excess dietary sugars, STRESS and intense emotional reactions.  Fear, anger, feelings of being overpowered and anxiety can be tolerated if experienced occasionally, but if these feelings become chronic and ingrained, they place the body into a constant “fight or flight” mode and adrenal gland fatigue sets in.

But how do you know if your adrenals aren’t functioning optimally?  Well, there are a few tests that can be done, like a saliva test or a blood pressure test, but remember, your body speaks to you through signs and symptoms.  Here is a list of some that may be present:

  • inability to concentrate
  • waking up at 3am and not being able to fall back asleep
  • nervousness/irritability/depression
  • unusual salt cravings
  • tension headaches
  • morning fatigue
  • decreased libido
  • digestive problems
  • skin pigmentation of the temples
  • excessive fatigue
  • feeling “wired” but “tired”
  • voice rises to a high pitch or is “lost” during stress/anger
  • tightness or “lump” in throat that hurts when stressed
  • feeling overwhelmed and powerless
  • perfectionist-sets high standards
  • mood swings, cries easily

It is estimated that adrenal exhaustion affects about 80% of the population.  Fortunately, there are things you can do to manage stress and combat adrenal exhaustion.  These include dietary changes, supplements, reducing stress and making other lifestyle adjustments.

From a dietary standpoint,  eating foods that are whole, nutrient-dense and low glycemic is very important.  Foods like coconut, flaxseed, chicken, cruciferous vegetables, kelp, walnuts and chia seeds are all great choices and should be included regularly.  Avoiding coffee, tea and stimulants, as well as sugar, artificial sweeteners and refined and simple carbohydrates is a must.  These foods may give you a burst of energy, but they actually contribute to the deterioration of the adrenal glands.  Avoiding foods that one is sensitive to is extremely helpful as the digestive system is already compromised during this time and adding insult to injury isn’t wise.  Drinking plenty of water, getting adequate protein, increasing fiber intake and alkalizing the diet are also great ways to improve function.

Supplements can be a huge help and are often recommended for a short period of time to help speed up healing.  Probiotics, antioxidants like vitamins A, C and E, sulphur amino acids found in garlic and onions, B-complex vitamins, magnesium, fish oil and adrenal glandulars are the most popular and effective.

Adaptogenic herbs are powerhouses when it comes to helping to deal with adrenal gland fatigue.  Adaptogens are plants with restorative and revitalizing properties that can enhance health and have been used in Ayurveda (the traditional system of herbalism in India) and in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for centuries.

Ashwagandha (also known as Indian ginseng) has been used for centuries and has a reputation as a soothing nervine that can help anxiety, fatigue and insomnia from stress.  It enhances the endocrine function and can help support an underactive thyroid and balanced function of the adrenal glands.   It helps prevent stress-related disorders and stress-related depletion of vitamin C and cortisol.

Holy Basil or tulsi is considered one of India’s most powerful herbs, and has been used in Ayuredic medicine for more than 3000 years.  Modern herbalists mostly employ tulsi for issues related to the nervous system, including to support memory and as a treatment for depression as well as normalizing cortisol levels in the body.

Maca is a root vegetable grown in Peru, it is rich in amino acids and high in protein.  It is mostly used for increasing libido and hormonal health in men and women and helping you heal from chronic fatigue syndrome.

Rhodiola is native to Canada, Russia and Scandinavian countries.  It is part of the official Russian pharmacopoeia as an antidepressant and nerve tonic.  Rhodiola is great for balancing blood sugar levels, protecting the heart, protecting the immune system and is used to boost physical and mental energy.

In addition, lemon, clove, rosemary, fennel seeds, ginger and sage stimulate the gland.

Lifestyle also plays a huge role in how quickly your adrenals re-balance.  Reducing stress is the most important aspect of healing your adrenals.  If you are still constantly stressed, nothing will change!  Practice deep breathing and obtain safe exposure to sunlight as both are great for increasing mood.  Light exercise is helpful, as is meditation and yoga.  Above all, listen to your body, when you are tired-sleep!


When your body is trying to heal itself it’s very beneficial to be kind to it. Don’t be around negative people and don’t be negative towards yourself.  Your environment and thoughts have a massive impact on your health, so choosing how you live is imperative.


Leslie Herman is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and help speople of all ages discover how to be the best version of themselves, by balancing their body systems and adopting life-long lifestyle habits to achieve optimal health. She focusses on educating and empowering people so that living a healthy lifestyle becomes “normal” and  believes in nourishing your body from the inside out so that you look and feel incredible every single day!

Leslie is hosting a cooking class starting next week at Body Fuel!  She is an amazing resource for those looking to take their health to the next level.  Follow her on Facebook: Leslie’s Lifestyle Nutrition



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*BROCCOLINI is on sale this week….might I recommend this over BROCCOLI which tends to be a bit pricey as of late!  Broccolini is baby broccoli which tastes divine on the BBQ!

*CRUCIFEROUS VEGGIES ARE GOOD FOR YOU!  That’s why we put CAULIFLOWER on sale for you!  It’s one of the most versatile veggies out there too!

*Prices are dropping on NECTARINES!  My favourite summer fruit!

*We anticipate PEACHES on our Wednesday truck so all Thursday routes are totally in luck!


*KIWI and STRAWBERRIES are summer priced.  It’s fruit salad season!

*SPAGHETTI SQUASH are down in price again!  My favourite alternative to pasta!

*MANGOs are delicious right now…and nicely priced!  We full on fight over who eats the mangos in our house every week.  I guess at this price I can buy one for everyone!

*Hit it bigtime on HONEYDEW MELON!  Grab one to slice up as a great afternoon snack!

*PINEAPPLES are simply trendy, cool, awesome….and yummy! PINEAPPLE PEN?

*RED NUGGET POTATOES are great on the BBQ!  and a great price!

This is what you can expect in the upcoming week (May 29th) We Think For You Bins *please note that at times we may have to substitute for quality or supplier shortages

$40 We Think For You Bin
1.5lb nugget potatoes (it’s BBQ season!)
1 bunch baby broccolini
1 yellow onion
1 long English cucumber
1 red pepper
1/2lb tomatoes
1 head green leaf lettuce
1 honeydew melon
5 cameo apples
1/2lb tangerines
6 bananas
2 nectarines
$25 We Think For You Bin
1 bunch baby broccolini
1 field cucumber
1 red pepper
1/2lb tomatoes
1/3lb spring mix lettuce
1 honeydew melon
3 cameo apples
4 bananas
2 nectarines
$40 Paleo Fresh Bin
1 baby carrot
1lb brussel sprouts
1 butternut squash
1 red onion
1 field cucumber
1 red pepper
1/2lb button mushrooms
1 head green leaf lettuce
5 cameo apples
4 bananas
2 nectarines
1lb strawberries
$50 Bordering on Boring Bin
1.5lb red nugget potatoes
1 pkg baby carrots
1 bunch baby broccolini
1/2lb yellow onions
1 long English cucumber
1 red pepper
1 romaine lettuce
1/2lb button mushrooms
1 honeydew melon
1/2lb tangerines
3 nectarines
6 bananas
2 d’anjou pears
Grocery item included in Bordering on Boring Bin – FRESH IS BEST YELLOW CORN TACO SHELLS, 156g
READINESS/LBD Bin -please view the Readiness Client on Friday for the newest LBD Bin!



*Radville -Wednesday afternoon delivery – 662 Crane Ave.

*Milestone/Wilcox – delivery Wednesday morning

*Weyburn – direct door drops Wednesday afternoon

*White City and neighbouring communities – Tuesday afternoon delivery direct door drops

*Lumsden/Regina Beach/Buena Vista  – Delivery cancelled due to low numbers.  Please register for Regina Thursday or Tuesday Pick Up

*Regina Tuesday Pick up route – Tuesday in-store pick up

*Estevan -Wednesday afternoon delivery direct door drops

*Indian Head – Tuesday late afternoon delivery to Surya Yoga

*Southey– delivery to Wild Beauty Studio on Tuesdays at 2pm.  Please pick up before 5pm

*Lumsden – delivery to your doorstep on Tuesdays late afternoon/early evening!

ORDER BY SUNDAY AT NOON for the following routes/communities:

*Cupar  –  Thursday delivery to Cupar

*Regina – Thursday in-store pick up and deliveries

*Grand Coulee/Pense – Thursday delivery


-Lana and the crew

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