Adrenal Health 101

Adrenal fatigue is no joke! It can wreak havoc on your day-to-day life, making stress unmanageable and causing relentless exhaustion even though you are mainlining caffeine. Chances are your little adrenal glands are the last thing you've thought of when wondering, "why is everything so damn difficult right now?" The good news is that with a change in diet, routine and a lot of self-love, your adrenals can be back fighting fit in no time! Read on to learn more...

What are adrenal glands and where are they located?

Your adrenal glands play a very important role in maintaining your health. They are incredibly small, about the size and weight of a coin. They are located above your kidneys, just below the muscle tissue of your lower back.

What do adrenal glands do?

Our adrenal glands are responsible for many things that assist in regulating our body and produce steroid hormones such as cortisol, estrogen and testosterone. They are also responsible for managing stress, the amount of inflammation in our body, our immune system, our blood sugar levels and the electrolytes in our blood. They influence all the physiological functions of the body and help stave off physical fatigue.

Signs your adrenal health may be in trouble...

When there is something wrong with our body, it will start to signal us that something needs to be addressed. Here is how your adrenal glands may signal you that something is wrong:

  1. Your blood sugar level fluctuate, either dropping or spiking suddenly.

  2. Your hormones are all over the place. One moment you are happy and the next moment you find yourself crying over something that doesn't even bother you that much.

  3. You get sick more often because your immune system doesn't function properly without healthy adrenal glands.

  4. You may be stressed and it may be harder for you to manage your stress levels.

  5. Your sex drive has decreased, you just can't get in the mood.

  6. It's difficult for you to complete your daily tasks because those tasks feel like they require a lot more effort than usual and it's harder to concentrate.

  7. You are constantly tired, it's a struggle to wake up in the morning and it's hard to maintain energy throughout the day especially during that afternoon slump.

  8. You will constantly crave food, mostly salty and savory foods, and it will be hard you satisfy your cravings. You will find yourself craving them more even if you have just eaten something.

  9. Your body will take longer to heal properly.

  10. You will fail to find happiness or excitement in tasks and hobbies that you enjoyed before.

  11. You may find yourself skipping meals.

Anyone from birth to old age and from any race or culture can experience adrenal fatigue. People vary greatly in their ability to respond to and withstand stress. An illness, a life crisis, or a continuing difficult situation can drain the adrenals of even the healthiest person.

How to improve your adrenal health...

If you suspect your adrenal glands may need some care and attention, try adding some of the following tips to your daily health routine:

  1. Get your sleep schedule in sync: Make sure that you get quality sleep for 8 to 10 hours. Sleep and wake up at the same times each day to get your body in a rhythm. It needs to follow a routine to begin the healing process. You can also take a 20 minute nap throughout the day to rest your adrenals.

  2. Daily exercise: Set aside at least 30 minutes a day for exercise, no matter how busy or tired you may be. Exercise is an important part of the recovery process, helping the adrenals boost their function, thus providing increased energy levels.

  3. Be sure to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, adding more of these to your diet: Proteins, healthy fats, zinc, calcium, and vitamins (especially B, C and D) to your diet. Also increase foods like coconuts, avocados, olives, chia seeds, bone broth, nuts, seaweed, fermented foods, leafy greens, vegetables and fish.

  4. Be sure to stay hydrated! Struggle to drink enough water? Try infused water for flavor!

  5. Identify any food sensitivities and intolerances that may contribute to the issue, and also reduce and limit these elements in your diet: Cut out sugar (especially any added sugar), remove caffeine from your diet (trust me, it's only a short-term energy fix) and avoid drinking alcohol as it's a depressant and effects hormone production.

  6. Stress reducing activities and self-care: Now this is a biggie and sometimes the hardest to incorporate into your routine if you aren't used to getting into zen mode. Meditation and yoga are both very healing for the mind and body, as well as diaphragmatic breathing, reducing stress levels significantly.

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