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Dr. Wilson’s Guidelines for Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue


September 29, 2009 | Published by

Here are some general guidelines to follow and things to avoid to help you recover from adrenal fatigue. Use this list as a reference guide and adapt it to your particular situation.

Dr. James L. WilsonThings to Do for Adrenal Fatigue

  • Make your lifestyle a healing one
  • Do something pleasurable every day
  • Be in bed before 10PM
  • Sleep in until 9AM whenever possible
  • Look for things that make you laugh
  • Eliminate the energy robbers (things in your life that drain your energy)
  • Take action on one of the “three things you can do” whenever you are not enjoying your life – first locate the energy robbers and then 1) change the situation, 2) change yourself to adapt to the situation, or 3) leave the situation. Notice at least one small, everyday thing that you are grateful for each day
  • Take your dietary supplements, regularly
  • Move your body and breathe deeply
  • Believe in your ability to recover
  • Use your mind as a powerful healing tool
  • Keep a journal – jot down your experiences each day
  • Eat the foods your body needs
  • Learn which foods make you feel bad (keep a list of them)
  • Read/Re-Read Part 3 of Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome
  • If you do not have high blood pressure, try having a glass of water in the morning containing ½ to 1 teaspoon of salt stirred in until dissolved. If this makes you feel better, continue doing it. Note: On mornings when you exercise fully, you may not want as much salt. Be mindful of your cravings for salt and potassium containing foods (e.g. bananas, melon, potatoes, tomatoes, beans) during the day. These desires may serve as rough indicators of adrenal function during the day.
  • When you eat fruit, have something with salt before or after the fruit and chew very well
  • Combine starchy carbohydrates, protein and fats at every meal, including breakfast
  • Always eat breakfast – it is very important for people experiencing adrenal fatigue
  • Eat an abundance of whole foods – those foods which are eaten like nature grows them
  • Eat lots of colored vegetables
  • Chew your food well
  • Take the power and responsibility of your health into your own hands
  • Make whatever lifestyle changes you need to make to regain your health
  • Laugh several times every day
  • Enjoy your recovery
  • Take 1,000 mg of Vitamin C complex with 200mg magnesium and pantothenic acid at approximately 2PM every day along with a small snack containing protein, complex carbohydrate and fat in order to help avoid the 3-4PM low
  • Follow my Program for Adrenal Fatigue and Stress

Things to Avoid with Adrenal Fatigue

  • Getting overtired
  • Caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and white flour products
  • Coffee, even decaf
  • Staying up past 11PM
  • Pushing yourself
  • Energy robbers
  • Being harsh or negative with yourself
  • Feeling sorry for yourself
  • Foods you are addicted to
  • Foods you suspect an allergy or sensitivity to
  • Foods that make you feel worse, cloud your thinking or pull you down in any way
  • Skipping breakfast
  • Avoid fruit in the morning
  • Never eat starchy carbohydrates (breads, pastas) by themselves
  • Do not eat foods that adversely affect you in any way, no matter how good they taste or how much you crave them

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