In my research for relief, I learned about adrenal fatigue. The concept of adrenal fatigue states that when there are high levels of chronic stress like with anxiety, it overworks the adrenal glands which force them to overproduce or underproduce the stress hormone cortisol. The process can affect blood pressure, disturb sleep, cause poor digestion, and produce feelings of stress, which can contribute to the anxiety pattern.
What's interesting about this concept is that foremost scientists have not been able to prove adrenal fatigue exists. The reason why they can't prove it exists is that many of its symptoms can be related to other irregularities like depression, sleep apnea, or fibromyalgia.
Because I had always been healthy, I decided to put the theory to the test. I found several ways to "heal" overworked adrenal glands. My favorite came in the form of a natural herb known as ashwagandha.
In a 2012 study of 64 randomized subjects with a history of chronic stress and mental or emotional strain were given capsules containing 300 mg of high-concentration full-spectrum extract from the root of the Ashwagandha plant.
The study included measurements of serum cortisol and assessed stressed levels throughout the study period.
After 60 days the group exhibited a significant reduction on all the stress-assessment scales, relative to the placebo group. The theory is that Ashwagandha helps soothe depleted adrenal glands which balance the release of cortisol in the body.
So I decided to try it. Within three days I began to feel calmer. I didn't have that constant nervous feeling anymore. I felt a gentle, steady feeling. I believe that was my nervous system settling down.
The improvement was a great beginning. Since I'm not a doctor I can't tell you that I had adrenal fatigue, or anything else, but I can tell you I tried something to break the mind/body anxiety cycle and it worked.
Before you try any natural remedy or change your diet, you should always consult your doctor to make sure you're doing the right thing.