The Adrenals

The adrenals are the triangle-shaped glands that help us deal with stress, along with controlling inflammation, sleep, depression, anxiety and appetite.

Most people do not realize just how important the adrenal gland is to their overall health and well-being. It is estimated that almost 80% of us are suffering from adrenal fatigue, where we are dealing with chronic stressors in our daily life, from work to finances, from family to diet (i.e.: coffee and sugar).

The Adrenals

The adrenals are the triangle-shaped glands that help us deal with stress, along with controlling inflammation, sleep, depression, anxiety and appetite.

Most people do not realize just how important the adrenal gland is to their overall health and well-being. It is estimated that almost 80% of us are suffering from adrenal fatigue, where we are dealing with chronic stressors in our daily life, from work to finances, from family to diet (i.e.: coffee and sugar).

The Adrenals

The adrenals are the triangle-shaped glands that help us deal with stress, along with controlling inflammation, sleep, depression, anxiety and appetite.

Most people do not realize just how important the adrenal gland is to their overall health and well-being. It is estimated that almost 80% of us are suffering from adrenal fatigue, where we are dealing with chronic stressors in our daily life, from work to finances, from family to diet (i.e.: coffee and sugar).

SYMPTOMS OF ADRENAL FATIGUE INCLUDE:

  • Excessive perspiration from little activity
  • Dark circles under eyes
  • A craving for salt
  • Chronic infections (bacterial, viral, fungal, yeast)
  • Low blood sugar
  • Low blood pressure
  • Muscle twitches
  • Lack of libido
  • Light-headed or dizziness
  • Poor concentration
  • And much more

Adrenal fatigue results in general fatigue. We are unable to wake up or get going in the morning. We have lulls throughout the day and quite often feel the need for a nap. Then there are the hypoglycemic symptoms of inability to regulate the blood sugar, causing shakes, sweats or irritability when we haven’t eaten in a while. Inflammation reactions begin to rise, such as allergies. Someone who may have not had any allergies all of their life are now having the standard symptoms including skin reactions (eczema). When the level of cortisol is too low we cannot properly handle inflammation.

Located on top of the kidneys, they are responsible for creating several hormones that encompasses a vast array of functions. One of the hormones they produce is Cortisol. When imbalanced, cortisol can be a causing factor in a multitude of health problems. Too much, and we see weight gain around the waist, poor sleep, fatigue, menstrual irregularities, increased thirst, elevated blood sugars, high blood pressure and more frequent infections. Too little, and we see anxiety and depression, salt and sugar cravings, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, skin rashes, allergies, fatigue and poor sleep.

The glands are responsible for regulating our stress response through the synthesis of corticosteroids, including adrenaline. In the past they were vital for the fight or flight response, where they would be called upon rarely and for short periods of time. In today’s society though, it is more of the opposite, where stressors are commonplace. Such as deadlines at work, family obligations, being on time, aggressive or angry bosses or coworkers. We have little time where we are not feeling some form of stress, but our adrenal glands are unable to distinguish between what is life-threatening (fight or flight) and what would be considered manageable. Therefore, each time they are called upon, they provide the same response and become overworked, causing our health to deteriorate.

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While controlling and even eliminating stress is very important, we need to ensure that we have proper nutrition, along with adequate rest and exercise. So what are some of the best ways to support the adrenal glands?

HERE ARE A FEW WAYS TO DO SO:

Go to bed early. Most of us require about seven to eight hours of sleep every night. Since our bodies do most of their healing between the hours of midnight and four a.m., we should be up no later than 10 or 11 p.m. This will give us the time to enter into the appropriate REM state for things to begin on schedule.

Kick stress to the curb. Figure out what your main source of stress is and get rid of it! While this is probably easier said than done, do what you can to reduce and eliminate it because your health depends on it.

Find ways to manage your stress. If you are not ready to remove yourself from a stressful relationship or job, then find ways to manage that stress. Excellent ways to calm your overactive adrenals is through yoga, meditation or Epsom salt baths.

Eliminate refined sugars and processed carbohydrates from your diet. Not only are these bad for your health for a plethora of other reasons, they also cause the adrenal gland to become overworked as they try to regulate the blood sugar levels.

Exercise! Regular exercise is known to combat stress, which in turn helps to improve adrenal function. A word of caution when it comes to exercising, it’s not always a good thing! If your adrenals are “tired”, a hard training regiment will make matters worse!

Get tested. A Saliva test is one of the best way to test for adrenal function as it measures your cortisol levels. Monitoring your diurnal variation (morning, before lunch, before supper and before bedtime) can truly help identify the three phases of adrenal stress which are: alarm, resistance and exhaustion. Each of the three phases will require a different healing approach.

Take an adrenal support supplement.

These suggestions are only the beginning of how you can improve the health of your adrenal glands and help your body get back into a healthy balance.

The Adrenals