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5 Ways to Support Healthy Adrenal Function and Why It Matters

July 22nd, 2015

Fight fatigue and low sex drive with these 5 ways to support your adrenal gland health.

Do you need a jolt of caffeine to get you going in the morning or keep you from dozing off after lunch, but feel wide awake and energized after 6 pm? This is a tell-tale sign of impaired adrenal function, aka adrenal fatigue.

Normally, the adrenal gland regulates the release of hormones that affect:

  • Blood sugar levels
  • Metabolism
  • Immune responses
  • Blood pressure
  • Central nervous system activation
  • Circadian rhythms
  • Sex drive

Obviously, when your adrenal gland is impaired you will not see healthy function in any of these areas. For example, your body may lose the ability to convert fat into energy in response to stress. This will not only lead to issues with fatigue, but may also lead to weight gain. This can have a devastating effect on sex drive in men because testosterone will convert to estrogen in stored belly fat.

Fortunately, there are ways to protect, preserve, and even rejuvenate your adrenal function to restore balance to your body and your life. Here are 5 possible suggestions.

Stress Management: Stress is one of the biggest contributors to adrenal fatigue. While it is not always possible to remove all sources of stress from your life, you can at least control how you respond to stress. Learning stress management techniques can help prevent the overstimulation of the adrenal gland that would otherwise lead to adrenal fatigue.

Salt: After years of hearing that salt was bad for you, it might surprise you to learn that adequate salt intake is actually very important for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. If you do not take in enough salt, the adrenal gland will have to work much harder to hold salt in your body. Give your adrenal gland a break and incorporate a healthy amount of salt into your diet.

Cholesterol: The hormones produced by the adrenal gland are steroids. This means they are made from cholesterol. If you do not have healthy levels of cholesterol in your body, it will be even harder for your body to produce the hormones you need to stay energized and maintain your sex life. One excellent source of healthy cholesterol is avocado.

Vitamin C: While Vitamin C is used by all kinds of systems in the body, the highest concentration of Vitamin C is found in the adrenal gland. If you’re not getting enough Vitamin C from your diet, you may need to supplement it in order to ensure your adrenal gland has enough of this important Vitamin to work with. Beware of low-quality supplements that are highly acidic and can irritate your digestive system. Instead, look for high-quality buffered Vitamin C supplements such as can be purchased through Renew Man™.

Pregnenolone: Pregnenolone is a very important adrenal hormone that provides the raw material for creating a variety of vital hormones like cortisol, DHEA, progesterone, testosterone, and estrogen. If you are suffering from poor adrenal function, taking a small dose of pregnenolone under the care of an experienced physician can greatly improve your symptoms.

Renew Man™ Can Help

At Renew Man™, we have several different treatment options to help support healthy adrenal gland function and relieve fatigue, low sex drive, and other related problems. Please contact us to learn more.

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