Are you really tired all the time?

really tired all the time

Are you really tired all the time?  

Are you really tired all the time?
Are you really tired all the time?

Even though you have slept well, are you feeling tired from the morning?  

Do you have symptoms like tiredness all the time, heavy body, lethargy, depression, and irritability? 

If you can’t keep up with anything you want, you might have one of the major medical conditions called adrenal fatigue syndrome.  

Adrenal fatigue syndrome is the most common cause of chronic fatigue.  It develops from stimulating the adrenal gland too much for a long period of time so that the gland won’t be able to secrete cortisol by itself and boost up your energy.

As a result, your energy goes down rapidly and makes you feel tired all the time.

Causes of Adrenal Fatigue

The adrenal glands are organs that fight for stress. When you feel stress, you may not be aware of it.

But, the adrenal glands secrete large amounts of cortisol to cope with the stress.

If it’s a short period, there’s nothing wrong with it. But, if you get stressed out for an extended time, the adrenal glands become exhausted.

Consequently, you won’t be able to secrete the sufficient amount of cortisol you need.

Thus, cortisol plays a significant role as an energy booster. One of the functions of cortisol is to control mental and physical stress.

In addition, cortisol also raises blood sugar, produces energy (resulting from raising blood sugar), raises blood pressure, controls psychological and physical stress, and suppresses inflammation and allergies.

The symptoms of adrenal fatigue syndrome

  • Easy to get tired
  • I can’t get up in the morning.
  • Easy to get cold 
  • Inflammation is likely to occur in various parts of the body and is difficult to heal.
  • Depression, poor memory, and poor concentration.
  • Hives, dermatitis, rhinitis, and asthma 
  • Arthritis and rheumatism develop
  • Palpitation 
  • Insomnia

Nutrients of the hormone” are needed to restore adrenal function and allow sufficient secretion of its own cortisol.  

To synthesize cortisol, protein, vitamin C, vitamin B, Zinc, vitamin E, vitamin A are required.  Most patients with adrenal fatigue are deficient in these nutrients due to long-term stress-induced digestive and absorptive disorders and increased demand for nutrients due to stress.   

One of the essential nutrients is vitamin C.  The organs with the highest levels of vitamin C in the human body are the brain and adrenal glands.  In other words, these organs are the ones that need the most vitamin C.  

Unlike other animals, humans cannot synthesize vitamin C in the body. When you are stressed out, more vitamin C is consumed to synthesize cortisol, and it depleted vitamin C out of the adrenal gland. 

Nutritions for Adrenal

Proteins

Fish contains omega 3 which help to nutrient adrenal gland
Fish contains omega 3 which help to nutrient adrenal gland

We want to eat good foods for the adrenal glands as “good quality proteins” and “good quality fat,” which are materials for hormones and tissues.  You can choose chicken, pork, and grass-fed beef.  When you want to eat fish, choose blue fish such as horse mackerel, sardines, and saury, containing omega 3 (n-3) fatty acids.   

 In addition to the blue-backed fish listed above, flaxseed oil and sesame oil, which contain α-linolenic acid, which is also a type of omega-3 fatty acid, are recommended as high-quality fat.  “When eating unheated foods such as dressings, omega 3 oils are mainly fine, but they are fragile against heat and easily oxidized. When you cook, coconut oil or olive oil, rich in heat-resistant medium-chain fatty acids, is recommended.  

Vegetables

Vegetables help detoxification and nutritions for fatigue
Vegetables help detoxification and nutritions for fatigue

The liver is an amazing organ that detoxifies harmful substances such as heavy metals. However, since people get tired of the liver due to stress, they could not detoxify toxins. Then, they spread to each organ and cause inflammation, including adrenal glands.  Let’s eat plenty of flavored vegetables, herbs, and spices such as garlic, onions, ginger, and cilantro, which are said to have a detoxifying effect.

The point is to choose various kinds of vegetables.  Phytochemicals, which are contained in pigments, aromas, bitterness, have antioxidant and anti-allergic effects. Indeed, they are useful for protecting liver function. We recommend you to eat vegetables in as many colors as possible.

Vitamin & Minerals 

In addition to other vitamins, the Vitamin B complex, which makes large quantities in hormone production, is a nutrient that people with adrenal fatigue tend to lack.  Let’s eat brown rice, pork, eggs, shellfish, and seaweed that contain vitamin B complex. In particular, folic acid, a type of vitamin B, is an important component for hematopoiesis and making new cells, such as shellfish, eels, etc.  It’s a good idea to actively take green and yellow vegetables, such as brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, green beans, kale, spinach. 

Similarly, people with adrenal fatigue tend to be a lack minerals as well.  They have weak intestines, and it can lead to inadequate absorption of minerals.  It would help if you had all the nutrients, such as zinc, magnesium, and calcium. These minerals regulate the immune system, help enzymes for hormone metabolism and relieve irritability.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Perspective

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we consider the adrenal glands as a Kidney.  The kidney in TCM is an organ to store prenatal energy that your mother gave you.  Once your pre-natal energy is depleted, it isn’t easy to replenish it.  To gain or restore the energy, you have to get it from the digestive system.  

Qi (energy) can be divided into two, prenatal and postnatal.

Pre-natal energy

  • The energy that you are born with
  • The energy that deletes by the age
  • The energy that store when you sleep at night
  • The energy that damaged by stress

Post-natal energy

  • Energy after birth
  • The energy that you gain from food
  • The energy that also damaged by the environment & stress

Chinese Herb

There are natural Chinese herbs to tonify Kidney energy (Pre-natal), nourish essence, and harmonize digestive systems (Post-natal) to replenish the energy.

Rehmannia (Di Huang)

Dried Rehmannia is a Chinese herb for Adrenal glands
Dried Rehmannia is a Chinese herb for fatigue

Rehmannia is one of the best single Chinese herbs to restore kidney and adrenal gland function as an adaptogen. It is thought to nourish blood and tonify the essence of the Kidney. This herb soothes stress and gives energy, and even restores the immune systems as well. It is often prepared in combination with other botanicals, including Licorice Root, Ashwagandha, and vitamin C.

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About Author: Satoru Ozawa – Doctor of Oriental Medicine, an acupuncturist, and a Chinese herb specialist.

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