Many of us are dealing with adrenal fatigue and may not even be aware. Perhaps you've been to the doctor with a list of symptoms, had tests run and told everything looks fine. You leave feeling frustrated on top of already feeling lousy. What you feel is very real. And there is help.
With our busy lives, the added stress of a pandemic and in many areas, boarded up businesses, economic hardship, signs of fear and social upheaval, many of us are on high alert even if we are unaware of it. When under stress, the immune system responds by revving up the adrenal glands ( small endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys). They respond by releasing hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones are part of the "fight or flight" response. The continuous production of stress hormones suppress immunity, hinder digestion, increase blood sugar and pressure and increase heart rate. Overtime, this stressed out state can take a major toll on our health.
Stress sends a signal to our body to hold off on non essential functions such as digestion, because if you are being chased by a wildebeest, do you want to spend your energy running away or digesting those berries you ate? This means those functions may constantly take second priority leaving us vulnerable to inflammation and disease.
While we can not remove all stressors in our life, we can try to control how we perceive stress and how we respond to it. Let's take a look at some signs of adrenal fatigue and some helpful hints to soothe the adrenals.
Feeling stressed out over little things
Feeling "tired and wired"
Blood sugar issues
Some tips to naturally support your adrenals
1. Eat clean and whole foods. Reducing processed foods is a great start. If you can't pronounce the ingrediants or don't know what they are, it is likely a good idea to make another choice.
2. Try to eat meals on a regular schedule and avoid meals on the go. Eating quickly sends a message to the nervous system, enhancing the stress response. You can help encourage the "rest and digest" part of the nervous system by slowing down.
3. Practice deep breathing. Slow, long, controlled breaths in through the nose massage the vagus nerve which plays a great role in reducing stress levels. Try to make your exhale twice as long as the inhale.
4. Reduce sugar. Sugar is not only highly addictive but highly inflammatory.
5. Prioritize sleep. Aim for 7.2 hours of sleep. Lack of sleep can cause a significant increase in cortisol levels Elevated cortisol levels make it difficult to fall asleep. A vicious circle!
6. Reduce caffeine. Caffeine has been shown to initiate the stress response by increasing cortisol.
7. Replace refined carbs with colorful veggies. Refined carbs rapidly increase blood sugar levels. Colorful veggies help ensure you get a wide variety of nutrients and vitamins.
8. Practice stress reduction techniques. Yoga, reading, petting a puppy.
9. Take a news and social media break when needed.
10. ANF Therapy. ANF therapy is a chemical and drug free frequency therapy shown to reduce inflammation and help control stress.
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