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Yes that sounds like a plan! Stick with it, and the changes you make will start to pay off soon 🙂
Yes, that seems like a lot! Taking that many supplements, all starting at the same time, certainly doesn’t give the body much time to adjust. All those supplements need to be metabolized and excreted, which can actually put more stress on your liver and body, not less.
Have you considered cutting back on the supplements and focusing more on other factors? A healthy diet, low stress levels, and the right kinds of regular exercise are all extremely important for getting back your energy levels. Fawne and Dr. Eric mention all of those supplements in their book, but they also spend a lot of time talking about other ways to recover.
Hi Tim! That’s really one of those ‘how long is a piece of strong’ questions. It depends on so much, including how bad your adrenal fatigue was to start, which therapies you are using to treat it, how committed you are, and whether you have any other conditions. However, you should expect to follow the plan for at least a few months before you start getting to where you want to be.
One thing I would say is that you should take the healthiest elements from Fawne’s plan and apply them to your long term lifestyle, even after you have recovered from adrenal fatigue. This will not only keep your energy high and prevent a relapse, but it will also help to prevent all kinds of other diseases and conditions. So… stick to a healthy diet, get some exercise every day, use supplements where necessary to ‘fill the gaps’, and get enough sleep. Those are lessons that should be taken and used forever!
Hi sarahjane, those symptoms certainly sound indicative of adrenal fatigue. The tiredness comes from the disruption of your HPA axis, while the food cravings some from imbalances in blood glucose and aldosterone.
Have you considered testing? One of the best ways to diagnose adrenal fatigue is through a 24 hour salivary cortisol test. If your cortisol cycle is dysregulated, there is a very good chance you are suffering from adrenal fatigue.
One of the functions of the adrenal glands is to stabilize blood sugar levels. It’s better to eat lower glycemic fruit like berries, green apples, and pears. Fruit like watermelon, bananas, grapes, and dates will put more stress on already stressed adrenal glands.
You can eat bananas, but keep them to a minimum. Eating too many foods high in potassium causes an electrolyte imbalance, which causes further decreased adrenal function.