Why Taking Care Of Your Adrenals Must Be A Top Priority


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taking care of your adrenals

If you’re a busy gal, taking care of your adrenals needs to be at the top of your to-do list. Adrenal fatigue has become all the more common because we lead uber active, always connected, never-seem-to-take-a-break lives. And these little glands that sit atop our kidneys become just as exhausted as all of us.

A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 adrenal fatigue. This, on top of my myriad of autoimmune diagnoses. But in hindsight, I now see how the puzzle pieces of my wellness journey all fit together. Because I was that busy gal, compromising my wellbeing by not listening to my body.

The good news? Your adrenals are resilient, like most aspects of your health. With a little TLC and self-care, your adrenal glands will bounce back and start functioning at full-speed again.

So what exactly are our adrenal glands?

Your adrenal glands are part of your endocrine system and chiefly responsible for regulating your stress response through hormone regulation. They’re also extremely important for a healthy immune system and for proper thyroid function. In short, when you become stressed, they become stressed and are unable to do their job properly.

Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue

  • Tiredness and exhaustion
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Cravings for salts, sweets and carbs
  • Low threshold for stress
  • Low blood pressure
  • Negative response to thyroid hormone
  • Chronic infections (bacterial, fungal, viral, yeast)
  • Light-headedness when standing
  • Low blood-sugar
  • Sensitivity to light or difficult seeing at night
  • Premature aging
  • Intolerance to alcohol
  • Lack of libido
  • Dry, unhealthy skin

Natural ways to support your adrenals

  1. Prioritizing restful and restorative sleep is the most important thing you can do for your adrenals. Develop a sleep ritual and aim for at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
  2. Remove foods from your diet that are taxing your adrenals, namely sugar, processed carbs and junk food.
  3. Reduce your coffee consumptions and drink more water.
  4. Eat clean, whole foods and lots of greens.
  5. Practice restorative exercise like yoga, pilates and tai chi as well as deep breathing exercises.
  6. Spend quiet time each day meditating, writing in a journal or reflecting.

You’ll notice when your adrenals start to recover because you’ll feel more energized, restful and alert. You’ll also regain that little spring in your step – an important, yet vastly underrated metric!

Have you ever suffered from adrenal fatigue? What did you do to recuperate? Share in the comments below!

About the author

Lisa Bryan

Lisa is a bestselling cookbook author, recipe developer, and YouTuber (with over 2.5 million subscribers) living in sunny Southern California. She started Downshiftology in 2014, and is passionate about making healthy food with fresh, simple and seasonal ingredients.

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  1. Lisa,
    I have been dealing with adrenal issues for four years now. As stress in my life lessens my adrenals begin to heal. If a significant stressful situation arises my adrenals can shut down the same day & I can crash where I must lay down & sleep, sometimes for hours. This can last days, weeks, or months. Also, I might be able to get through a stressful event & do what needs to be done & then experience a crash period 1 – 2 weeks later.
    Basically, I am at a place where my body requires deep healing & serious extra tlc without fail.
    I have found that green veggie drinks, large amounts of greens, vegetable based soups, & a small amount of fruit kept for the evenings has helped.
    I ditched any lingering chemical products that were in my home & use simple diy natural cleaning products, a chemical free shampoo, & olive oil mixed with brown sugar for my body.
    Also, walking in the sunshine upon rising & then again before sunset.
    A good church & loving supportive friends are invaluable. I went home for 2 months & all of my symptoms of adrenal fatique vanished. When I returned to our home out in the country far from friends & family, my symptoms returned. Seriously astonishing.
    Through this I have learned that I need to overcome the belief that I don’t deserve to care for myself well, that I can do without, that I can ignore my body telling me, ‘i can not go on like this’.
    Now I am taking steps to make the changes that I am able to make to be around those who care about me, be where I love to be, nuture a healthier body, change my financial situation, & to start caring for myself with much need tlc.
    I am looking forward to continuing making the changes that need to be made to reflect that my needs are important & smile at the thought of seeing the beautiful changes in my future self.
    Much love,


    1. Hi Teressa – thank you for sharing your story as I know that adrenal issues is not something to look past. But with the right amount of self-care, keeping a healthy diet, and minimizing stress, you will sure be back on the road to a more balanced and energized lifestyle! I am so happy to hear that you are taking the steps to make positive changes and I wish you all the best :)

  2. Lisa, such great, practical advice for treating a condition that can be completely debilitating. I’ve learnt the hard way about why self-care is so important, especially for my adrenal health. That’s why I’m making a concerted effort to make self-care a priority in 2015.

    1. Thanks Kristy! And kudos to you for making self-care a priority. It’s so important and we all need constant reminders (myself included!). :)