Honey and My Struggles with Adrenals

Honey is said to have many health benefits. I also learned that it can help with adrenal fatigue too.

I struggled with adrenal issues for many years.

One of the dietary changes I made was switching to raw honey.

Note 2021: I wrote this article a long time ago.

I’m not a doctor. This article is not intended as advice. It is just a part of my story. Consult your healthcare provider before starting any treatments.

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Honey for Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a stress syndrome. I was told that if I can reduce stress, it gives my adrenals a break and enable them to heal better.

Stress comes in various forms. It is not always emotional/mental, even though we most often mean that when we say we are stressed out.

Lack of sleep and nutrients are stressors so are viruses and harmful bacteria roaming in your body. Battling with allergies puts an additional strain on your body.

I used honey (among other things) to combat adrenal fatigue.

These are some of the things I learned about honey.

1. Honey as Digestive Aid

I suffered from low stomach acid and indigestion. That is very common for adrenal fatigue sufferers.

Chronic stress affects your body in many negative ways. For example, it interferes with hydrochloric acid (stomach acid) production.

Raw honey contains thousands of enzymes that can help with digestion. One of them is amylase that helps to break down carbohydrates.

2. Honey As Sleep Aid

One of the adrenal fatigue symptoms I had was insomnia.

Eating honey right before bed time helped me to keep the sugar levels balanced. And enabled me to sleep better. Sometimes I took it with a bit of sea salt.

3. Honey As Allergy Remedy

Adrenals produce cortisol which is an anti-inflammatory stress hormone. This stress hormone plays a vital role in responding to allergic reactions.

The cortisol levels decrease as the adrenal fatigue progresses. This means that there will be less cortisol to counteract allergic responses. Many adrenal fatigue patients struggle with ever increasing allergies.

Some say that local honey helps to alleviate pollen allergy symptoms. I’m not sure if it helped me… my allergies were quite severe.

4. Honey For Energy

Honey can boost energy levels. I read that this golden goodness contains both glucose and fructose.

The body quickly absorbs glucose, which gives you an energy boost. While the fructose is slowly released, sustaining the energy.

Since fructose has a low glycemic index, it does not spike up your sugar levels the way glucose does.

Of course, I didn’t want to overdo honey but I found it beneficial to enjoy it at small amounts.


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