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What You Can Do to Restore Adrenal Function

Nov 30, 2016 08:56AM
by Sushma Hirani, MD 
Healing the adrenal glands requires identifying and treating the causes of stress. The top three causes of stress are mental stress (negative emotions and overwork), dietary stress (glucose imbalance and food intolerances) and hidden gut infections. Once these have been identified, adaptogenic herbs, vitamins, glandulars and adrenal hormones will be required to help heal the adrenal glands. 

Learn stress reduction practices and make lifestyle changes. This means getting ample rest, exercising regularly and practicing yoga, participating in hobbies and other activities you enjoy, learning deep breathing exercises, utilizing biofeedback, massage therapy and acupuncture.

Make dietary modifications that you can make to help improve adrenal functions. These include eating breakfast daily, reducing simple carbohydrates (white flour and sugar) and replacing them with complex carbohydrates (whole grains), including healthy proteins with each meal, getting three to five servings of fruits and vegetables each day, increasing fiber intake, drinking purified water and eating frequently to help stabilize glucose levels and reduce the risk of insulin resistance.

Be checked for chronic inflammation which can decrease adrenal function. Common sources of inflammation include hidden gut infections, traumas, injuries, toxins, inflammatory bowel disease, joint inflammation, food allergies, obesity and chronic sinusitis.

Biochemical rebalancing of the adrenal glands using supplements adaptogenic herbs, vitamins, glandulars and bioidentical hormones, including cortisol, DHEA, pregnenolone and progesterone can help alleviate adrenal fatigue.

When stress becomes chronic, it can affect the adrenal glands which are responsible for the production of a variety of hormones, including sex hormones, hormones that help regulate blood pressure and metabolism and controls the fight or flight instinct. If stress is not relieved, adrenal hormone functions can begin to decline and cause hormonal imbalances in the body, which can lead to many symptoms. Learning how to relieve stress and nourish the body can help restore adrenal functions.

Sushma Hirani, MD practices functional and integrative medicine to treat chronic diseases, such as hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue at Rose Wellness Center in Oakton, VA. She specializes in women’s health care, natural hormone balancing and digestive disorders.

Join her for a free, live webinar, sponsored by Natural Awakenings on Tuesday, December 13 from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. to learn more about natural approaches to dealing with adrenal issues. Reserve your spot at



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