Balancing blood sugar for adrenal fatigue is one of my favorite natural treatments for healing AF. In this article, you’ll learn about how out of whack blood sugar is both a cause and effect of adrenal fatigue. You’ll also learn practical ways to balance blood sugar for healing and energy.
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is the 21st century syndrome that lends itself to chronic fatigue, sluggishness, and stress. It’s impacting more and more people than ever before all thanks to modern day society. Think: the need for more, the consumption of overly-processed foods, increase in environmental toxins, and the stress that comes with it all.
At the root of adrenal fatigue is HPA axis dysfunction. The HPA axis is our body’s stress system (hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands). When the HPA axis is consistently activated for a long period of time, it can overwhelm hormone production in the adrenals. When this happens, the hypothalamus tells the pituitary gland to stop signaling the adrenals to release hormones.
The HPA axis and adrenals can go into overdrive for a number of reasons, the main one being stress. But what is at the root of stress? Blood sugar issues for one and that’s what we are going to talk about today – but before we dive into that, let’s talk more about the symptoms you may be experiencing.
Adrenal fatigue symptoms
- Anxiety and depression
- Brain fog
- Poor memory
- Hair loss
- Skin issues
- Slow healing time
- Increased PMS symptoms
- Low libido
- Poor immunity
- Salt and sugar cravings
- And of course, blood sugar issues
Balancing Blood Sugar for Adrenal Fatigue
Paying attention to blood sugar is important for everyone, not just people with diabetes. Blood sugar affects weight, energy, mood, sleep, aging, susceptibility to chronic illness and more. It’s especially important to focus on blood sugar if you are suffering from adrenal fatigue and acne (another common symptom of adrenal fatigue).
What is blood sugar?
Blood sugar is also referred to as blood glucose and it’s the main source of sugar in your body. It comes from breaking down the food you eat into sugar molecules. Blood sugar is also primarily used to fuel your activities on a day to day basis. When you maintain balanced blood sugar, you’ll typically have sustained energy and feel great.
When blood sugar is out of balance, you can feel sluggish, deal with brain fog, irritability and more.
Skipping meals and compulsive eating create massive blood sugar swings. Eating meals that are not balanced also creates imbalances—particularly those that are too carb heavy or overly processed with sugar. Choosing the wrong snacks will also spike blood sugar and then crash it.
Blood Sugar & Adrenal Fatigue
Many people struggling with adrenal fatigue have lower blood sugar and they are very sensitive to blood sugar levels. People with adrenal fatigue can also crave sugar, because it is a quick source of energy. So what to do? If you have adrenal fatigue it is critical that you learn to balance blood sugar. Here are my top tips for balancing blood sugar to help heal adrenal fatigue.
6 Ways to Balance Blood Sugar for Adrenal Fatigue
1 – Don’t Skip Breakfast
First and foremost, there will be no skipping breakfast when healing adrenal fatigue. This is because eating breakfast within 30 minutes to an hour of waking up helps to balance blood sugar. If you miss this window, your body releases hormones that stress you out. The same thing happens if you drink black coffee on an empty stomach. Black coffee forces a major cortisol and adrenaline, adrenal gland hormones that lend themself to inflammation and stress when there is too much too fast. While these hormones are necessary, our modern life causes too much of them! If you want to balance blood sugar, have a balanced breakfast.
This was difficult for me, and I know it will be difficult for others and that’s why I designed our Beauty Collagen Complex. Add this to any morning elixir to get your protein and stress-fighting vitamins in. This formula was specifically created to help balance hormones, flood the body with essential nutrients and vitamins, and help heal adrenal fatigue.
2- Eat Small, Consistent Meals
Don’t fast if you have adrenal fatigue, your body needs nutrients to help everything nourish and function properly. Small, consistent meals will help steady energy and nourish the adrenal glands.
3 – Skip Processed Sugars and Foods
Skip processed foods that contain processed sugars and other bad stuff to help keep blood sugar balanced and stable. This is why we made sure to sweeten our supplements with stevia, so that your blood sugar won’t rise! We also formulated them with tons of fruits and vegetables, often the things that are missing from processed foods. Just one serving of any of our supplements like our Immunity Greens and Hydration Superfood Energy and you’re all set! No cravings.
4- Eat Balanced Meals
A balanced meal consists of whole foods: a healthy protein, high-quality fat, complex carb, and of course, fiber. Always adding in a bit of healthy fat will help balance blood sugar.
5 – Apple Cider Vinegar
A sip of apple cider vinegar before a meal will help balance a blood sugar spike. This is an easy, practical way to help stop a blood sugar spike before it happens.
6 – Walk it out
A walk post-meal will help calm high blood sugar levels. A short 5-10 minute walk after your meal can help lower stress, balance blood sugar levels, increase digestion, and aid in energy production. I hope this article has helped you understand how to balance blood sugar to help heal adrenal fatigue. It was one of the most important things that I focused on to help me along my healing journey. I know it will be yours, too. Try our supplements here.