NUTRITION: FEELING STRESSED? THESE SIMPLE TIPS CAN CHANGE YOUR LIFE!
Our adrenal glands are two walnut sized organs that sit upon your kidneys and truly are your bodies hormone and stress regulators. They are small, but very mighty.
When you think of the adrenal glands, stress might come to mind. And rightly so—the adrenal glands are arguably best known for secreting the hormone adrenaline, which rapidly prepares your body to spring into action in a stressful situation.
But the adrenal glands contribute to your health even at times when your body isn’t under extreme stress. In fact, they release hormones that are essential for you to live. They also house your sex hormones
I'm sure you have also heard of Adrenal Fatigue, as it's become all too common, yet it isn't recognized in the mainstream medical community. Adrenal fatigue can wreak havoc with your life. In the more serious cases, the activity of the adrenal glands is so diminished that you may have difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. With each increment of reduction in adrenal function, every organ and system in your body is more profoundly affected. Changes occur in your carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, heart and cardiovascular system, and even sex drive. Many other alterations take place at the biochemical and cellular levels in response to and to compensate for the decrease in adrenal hormones that occurs with adrenal fatigue. Your body does its best to make up for under-functioning adrenal glands, but it does so at a price!
Below I'm sharing my top tips and suggestions for healing your adrenals and also keeping them in a healthy state. Some of them seem super, super simple, but when it comes down to it your body is asking you to breathe, relax, and take time to switch off, as stress is your adrenals worst nightmare. I hope some of these tips help you if you're struggling with adrenal fatigue symptoms:
- Schedule and commit to regular breathing exercises. It can literally change your life. Take 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes in the evening to shut out everything and breathe. Not just breathe, but DEEP belly breathing. Think of how a child breaths – from their stomach. As adults we are too much in our chest. This is VERY powerful.
-If you can find time to practice yoga or pilates. This can be just 1-2 times a week for 20-30min. This will help control your nervous system.
- Spend 5 minutes daily focusing on and giving voice to all the aspects of your life for which you are grateful: you can’t be stressed when you are grateful. Start a gratitude journal. Write 5 things in the morning or evening that you are grateful for.
-The adrenals love B vitamins and vitamin C (If you are on the pill stick to 2 grams per day). Foods like strawberries, red peppers, grapefruits, oranges and broccoli have HEAPS of Vitamin C.
-Herbs for your adrenals – licorice (I love yogi licorice tea), dandelion (also great in tea form), and astragalus (an adaptogen herb that can be find in tincture, powder or tea form as well). Tea can & should be your be your best friend! When it comes to herbs keep it simple, and seek further advice from a Chinese Medicine Practitioner for a more in depth protocol.
- JUST as important, if not the MOST important aspect of supporting adrenal function for a balanced and appropriate stress hormone response, is the application of emotional health strategies (meditation, stretching, yoga, gratitude journaling, hot baths, massage) and breathing. I know breathing sounds too simple to make a difference but diaphragmatic breathing (making your tummy move in and out as your breathe, as opposed to your upper chest) can literally change your life! And I do not say that lightly.
Of course, if you’re looking to lose weight in general, there are other important factors to consider like stress, allergies, digestion and detoxification. There is always a root cause that needs to be addressed. If you’re concerned about your weight and need more guidance, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org for a 20 free consultation! Or click HERE - I will get back to you within 12-24 hours.