The adrenal gland produces cortisol, A steroid that aids the use of the body in food, prevents inflammation and affects the body's immune system. According to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, hypofunction of the adrenal glands, or Addison's disease, is a condition in which the adrenal glands do not produce needed amounts of cortisol. Symptoms of hypofunction of the adrenal glands include fatigue, dizziness, rapid pulse, dark skin, black freckles, nausea, weight loss and dehydration. Cortisol injections, medications or both may be prescribed.
Natural health expert Andrew Weil, MD, suggests a low glycemic index diet, or a diet that supports healthy blood sugar balance, to help remedy hypofunction of the adrenal glands. Whereas low glycemic index foods have a slight effect on blood sugar, high glycemic index foods can have an intense or spiked effect. Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains are low glycemic and nutrient-rich. They can help keep blood sugar levels healthy, as well as overall physical well-being. Limit the consumption of processed carbohydrates, such as white flour and bread based on sugar, pasta, cereals and snacks that can cause blood sugar disorders and offer little nutritional value, instead incorporating an equivalent variety of whole grains, such as 100 percent whole wheat bread, whole grain pasta, long grain brown rice and whole grain and cereal based snacks on a regular basis to obtain the best possible results.
Moisturizing foods and drinks
According to the National Adrenal Diseases Foundation, avoiding dehydration is crucial for people with hypofunction of the adrenal glands. Fruits and vegetables provide water, as well as a wide variety of useful nutrients, such as antioxidants, which can help the body fight and prevent disease. Soups based on broth are also among the choice of moisturizing foods and can serve as a valuable option for those who have decreased appetite, as a result of their condition. Incorporate a variety of these foods and drink water, naturally sweetened juices, infusions or low-fat milk instead of sugary sodas or coffee with caffeine or tea regularly for better results.
Protein Rich Foods
Penn State experts Milton S. Hershey Medical Center College of Medicine suggest a high-protein diet for people with kidney failure.The protein provides amino acids, which contribute to lean tissue and the development of muscles in the body. High protein foods can also help maintain blood sugar levels. High protein foods are meats, poultry, fish, dairy products and soy products and legumes. Choose lean protein sources, especially skinless and boneless chicken, fish, low-fat dairy products and protein sources of plant origin, such as beans, lentils and other legumes more often because Red and processed meats are high in saturated fats. Eat protein-rich foods in most meals as part of a healthy, balanced diet for best results.