Dr. Michael Pangelinan of the Universal City Medical Group tells you how to avoid and/or overcome the debilitating effects of lethargy and fatigue associated with the health status of your adrenal glands.

Lethargy and fatigue symptoms are a frequent result of worn-out adrenal glands. Because their hormones regulate the fueling of cells, and especially those of the brain, under-fueling results in low energy and a worn out feeling, sluggishness, trouble getting up in the morning, fatigue and lethargy. Depression is another effect that may occur to an individual with an under-fueled brain and nervous system.

Magnesium Nutrition and the Causes of Lethargy and Adrenal Fatigue

Our current lifestyles present great stresses on our adrenal glands. Physical, emotional, and nutritional stress leads to the overproduction of adrenaline which leads to a magnesium deficiency in the body. A magnesium deficiency in the body is significant because of the many enzyme systems that require magnesium, with the most important ones being responsible for energy production and storage. A strain on the adrenal glands puts a strain on the magnesium dependent energy system of the body causing energy depletion that leads to lethargy and fatigue.

It is no great surprise that many of us feel lethargic or experience fatigue symptoms due to imperfect adrenal gland output, nor that some have adrenal glands that are really shot.

Overeating carbohydrates (sweet or starchy foods including sugar, breads, cereals, pasta, etc) will cause an insulin reaction. Over-secreting insulin burns out the adrenal glands. Not balancing food properly, overeating carbs, especially ones that arrive fast as sugar in the blood, is one factor that wears out adrenals.

Because insulin reactions to meals badly chosen in type and quantity are the leading causes of 1) overweight, 2) arterial plaque and clogged arteries, 3) heart attack and stroke (these two are the leading causes of death), eating better may be one of the best things you could do for yourself.

Magnesium Nutrition and Stress

Your adrenal glands are also known as your "Stress Glands". Mental and emotional stress, worry, anxiety over love, money, family, any of the usual (or unusual) sources, will eventually fatigue the adrenals, and cripple their hormonal output. Physical or chemical stresses can also cause adrenal fatigue. Ongoing pain, nervous system stress and malfunction, stimulant drugs, caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol are all on the list of causes for adrenal burnout. Magnesium nutrition supports adrenal health and is known as the anti-stress mineral.

Headaches and migraines similarly have important adrenal (and blood sugar) components and may have adrenal fatigue as a factor. Asthma and allergies have vital adrenal underpinnings. If ongoing medication is your recommended course, with no real end in sight, think then about strengthening your adrenals and fixing whatever else is contributing to the problem.

3 Ways to Restore Your Adrenal Glands

When your adrenals are weak and fatigued, the things that are harming them are generally winning, and those that could help them are losing. If you want to turn that around, you must try to discard or minimize the factors that are harmful, and bring on and support the helpers. Stress factors should be handled, imbalanced eating repaired, and supplementation are the key strategies to follow.

Something very helpful that can be instituted is to take adrenal support nutrients. Magnesium and malic acid are both crucial to the body's energy production and useful in the treatment of fatigue. The most common form of magnesium used is a magnesium citrate powder that is taken as a hot tea once or twice a day. This form has no fillers and is extremely absorbable. It does you no good if your supplements are not absorbed by your body.

Adrenal rebuilding, although not an overnight process, is a cornerstone of many health miracle cases. Chronically ill, pain-ridden, and profoundly sick people have been restored to normal healthy lives. Although many require other areas of the body to be treated at the same time in order to bring the desired result, without effective adrenal treatment this would never have occurred.


1.Discard or minimize stress factors as much as possible.
2. Eat properly and limit carbs in your diet.
3. Supplement with magnesium citrate powder and malic acid.

By doing so, you will strengthen your blood sugar handling system, avoid or overcome fatigue symptoms and lethargy, reduce your risk for numerous health problems and bring about healthy adrenal glands.

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Author's Bio: 

Doctor Michael Pangelinan of the Universal City Medical Group and member of the Nutritional Magnesium Association Nutritional Magnesium Association invites you to get more free tips and information that will help you avoid and/or overcome the lethargy and fatigue symptoms associated with adrenal gland health, go to ucmg.net