Lately, there has been a lot of talk in the media, and in health publications, about adrenal fatigue. Although I knew it had something to do with being burnt out, I really did not realize the full encompassing impact of what adrenal glands even were, and the consequences of allowing them to fall into bad shape. If your adrenals are very severely depleted, we suggest waiting on the 21-Day Clean Program, and utilizing the Maintenance Kit to support an adrenal-nourishing lifestyle. This article will answer the questions regarding what our adrenal glands are, and how to care for them properly.
I remember when I was younger, I would hear of celebrities going to the hospital for ‘exhaustion’, and did not understand how that could be a real medical condition. Now, as an adult, I realize the impact that these two very important glands have on the body, and how vital it is that we are all taking preventative measures to ensure the health of our adrenals.
After reading an article on adrenal fatigue symptoms, I started to realize I was experiencing it, as all the symptoms all rang true for me:
- Waking up to a ‘foggy’ feeling, and the inability to wake up on time
- High levels of fatigue during the day
- Peaking energy levels late at night
I didn’t realize that all of these symptoms could potentially be created from a weakening of an important hormone-producing system in my body.
WHAT ARE THE ADRENAL GLANDS?
The adrenal glands sit on top of our kidneys and regulate important hormones in our body like adrenaline, cortisol, and aldosterone.
Why is this important?
Well, cortisol is incredibly important in your body as it regulates your metabolism, as well as helps you to handle stress. Two things that we need to be mindful of every day.
Adrenaline helps your body spring into action and react to acute stress with ‘fight-or-flight’ mechanisms that help you avoid danger. Aldosterone helps to regulate your blood pressure and blood levels of electrolytes. These hormones are essential in living a healthy, balanced, and happy life.
What’s important to know is that certain changes in your diet, sleep patterns and habits can dramatically diminish the power of these all important glands, and make it hard for your body to produce them when it needs to.
WHAT IS HURTING OUR ADRENALS?
Late nights out, growing amounts of stress from work, over-consumption of coffee, and a high-sugar diet. Sounds like a pretty typical North American lifestyle, right?
The bright side is, it's not too late for our adrenals. We can work to reverse the effects of tired-out adrenals and restore them back to health, and the answer is something we know we should be doing anyway: aiming to find balance in our life, and cherishing the body and health we have.
We often put the health of our bodies on the back burner (to complete that report, make a deadline, or stay up late for one last episode of your favorite show on Netflix). The thing is, this body is the only one we've got, so it’s important to remember to practice daily self-love and positive self-talk and remember to put health on the forefront. That means opting for healthy food and drink choices, aiming to get at least 8 hours of sleep, and creating environments for ourselves that are low-stress.
We can also nourish our body with regular resets, take appropriate supplements like DHA-EPA for the important omegas (which reduce cortisol spikes), and take a good magnesium supplement to ensure we are both replenishing our magenesium stores, and getting a good night's sleep.
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