Food and snacks to support your adrenal health
Tired for a few days after working out? Yawning all day after a good night’s sleep? Does your nervous system seem to feel overworked even when you haven’t done that much? Chances are, you’re struggling with adrenal fatigue due to your adrenal glands producing inadequate amounts of hormones. We’ve dealt with this problem on and off over the years – especially at school when we get up early to workout, followed by a full day’s worth of class. Afternoons become exhausting and it was hard to make it through the day without a nap. Even when we were home during this break and not doing much, we still seemed to feel the fatigue.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
Symptoms may include lack of energy, weakness, trouble concentrating, becoming easily confused, forgetfulness, trouble completing basic tasks, poor digestion, depression, and insomnia, etc.
What Are Adrenal Glands? What Do They Do? Why Do We Care?
So let’s break it down. Adrenal glands are small glands on top of each kidney. They produce hormones you can’t live without, including adrenaline and cortisol, which are an important response to stress. However, these responses are based on the idea that the stress response will be short-lived.
When you experience lots of stress (relationships, going to bed late every night, constant homework or work anxiety, etc.) for longer periods of time, your adrenal glands become overworked and can, in turn, burn out or act erratically. This will cause your adrenals to produce less or more hormones than needed and the negative health effects are profound.
If you overproduce adrenaline, this can drain your brain of important neurochemicals, leaving you feeling depressed. Excess cortisol can harm your liver, central nervous system, and brain. Whereas, too little cortisol can negatively affect thyroid function causing weight gain.
Miracle Foods For Your Adrenals
After learning about adrenal glands and fatigue, we started reading about the power of plant-based foods to heal the adrenal glands and liver from the Medical Medium. He said that apples and dates are a miracle food for these organs. Hmm all of these problems solved with 2 pretty normal fruits? We were a little skeptical for sure, but what was the worst thing that could happen? So we decided to try them.
How to Heal
If you think about it, we overlook the apple. When was the last time you ate an entire apple? With shiny piles of apples at the grocery store and apple imagery everywhere, we’re so used to seeing them that we think they are more prominent in our lives than they really are. Despite the apple a day saying, no one really eats one apple every day, let alone two, three, or four, so we don’t get a chance to see what they can really do for us.
After consuming two apples and two dates every day for a week, we realized we weren’t feeling the mid-day slump that we used to feel so strongly... We actually started to feel an increase in energy throughout our day.
According to the @medicalmedium, each fruit contains the right balance of the glucose, sodium, and potassium your body needs, and they prevent the blood sugar dips that force your adrenals to fill in and release adrenaline.
Dates improve energy, brain function, digestion, and are a good source of Vitamin A and B complex, magnesium, and potassium. They have been used by athletes for years to improve muscle strength, physical endurance, and stamina. They’re also incredibly anti-inflammatory and have anti-infective properties which make it a great food for those who suffer from any chronic infections or immune issues.
Apples release pectin which works like an intestinal broom to clean and sweep out debris from the colon. This is particularly beneficial for those who suffer from constipation or impactions. They also provide major support to the liver's hydration capabilities, so it can store water and then release it back into the bloodstream when dehydration occurs. Apples also have wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and provide significant results for those suffering from autoimmune diseases.
Obviously eating apple after apple and date after date can get a little boring. So we decided found some great ways to incorporate these foods into our diet:
Applesauce: Blend three dates, two apples, and half a teaspoon cinnamon in a Nutra-bullet
Caramel Dipping Sauce: Blend the dates with a little bit of water and cinnamon to make a caramel dipping sauce for the apple slices
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal: One cup water, one cup almond milk, one cup chopped apples, one cup gluten-free oats, one tablespoon of cinnamon. Optional: add chopped dates for topping. Directions: Put water, milk, apples, oats, and cinnamon into a pot and bring to a boil. Continue cooking for 15 minutes.
Warm Caramel Cinnamon Apples: Two large apples peeled and diced, three pitted dates, two tbsp 100% pure maple syrup or honey, 1/2 tsp nutmeg or cinnamon or both, 4 tablespoons water, ½ teaspoon lemon juice. Directions: Blend dates, water, and syrup or honey in a food processor or nutra bullet to get a chunky caramel-like substance. Next, pour caramel mixture and apples into a frying pan and cook for 5 minutes. Add cinnamon and lemon to the pan and continue cooking for 5 more minutes. *Can use these apples to make apple crumble*
Below are a few other snack ideas that taste great together and your adrenals will love (from The Medical Medium):
2. Orange, avocado and spinach
3. Dates, banana and romaine lettuce
4. Coconut water, banana and spinach
5. Pear, mache and berries
6. Berries, honey and celery juice
7. Apples, dates and kale
8. Grapes, banana and red leaf lettuce
9. Cauliflower, apple and cucumber
10. Watermelon with lime juice and celery juice on the side
Xo, Avo a Day