Stress….is a part of everyday life, however, the key to handling stress is how you react to it and how you support your body with it. Recently I posted a blog, “Stress is Life and Life is Stress.” Check it out to learn more.
With this post, I want to dive a bit further into some problems that can arise when the body becomes overworked and over stressed or what is referred to as,”adrenal fatigue.”
Our body’s adrenal glands are designed for the “fight or flight” survival response to stress. They kick into gear to cope with extreme stress for short amounts of time such as when an animal is chasing you down for dinner! However, the evolution of stress in this modern time usually entails frequent amounts of stress stretched over a longer period of time such as getting the kids up and to school daily, dealing with traffic and honking horns and trying to finish a deadline with your boss peering over your shoulder.
Our bodies are not made to live with prolonged stress. There are two avenues in which a person can take – consciously or subconsciously – to adapt or cope with prolonged stress.
- Exercise, eat whole colourful foods, deep breath, laugh and sleep
- None of the above thus leading to adrenal fatigue
Adrenal fatigue is often overlooked in the doctors office. Lab work can indicate a fully functioning body, but daily symptoms ( see below) might indicate something indeed is going on. Having your symptoms or complaints heard and understood by your physician is the key to finding the right treatment plan and ultimately feeling better.
Possible adrenal fatigue symptoms:
- sleep disruptions ( although falling asleep with no problem): difficulty staying asleep and feeling fatigue when you wake up
- low blood sugar tendencies
- frequent urination
- feeling dizzy or light headed when your rise too quickly
- extremely tired after exercising
To rule out disease and pathology, blood tests are the norm. However, to get in depth understanding of adrenal function, testing saliva samples with intervals over a 24 hour period, is recommended.
The following diet and lifestyle changes can help prevent adrenal fatigue and make a profound difference in overall health.
- Avoid white foods: sugar, bread, rice
- Eat 3 meals a day ( with a protein at eat meal) plus healthy snacks in between
- Drink pure filtered water
- Avoid or greatly reduce caffeine and alcohol intake
Botanical and Nutritional Recommendations:
- Vitamin B complex
- Vitamin C
- Magnesium before bed if difficulty falling asleep
- Glycyrrhiza Glabra ( licorice root, though not if you have high blood pressure)
- Calming herbal tea with chamomile
Our bodies do not want to be sick or unhealthy and will do their best to stay healthy. The key is for us to pay attention to our bodies’ cues and symptoms when we feel out of balance. If you experience an unhealthy amount of stress in your life, it might be time to examine your lifestyle and take steps to support your adrenals – so they can work to support you!
PS You can purchase supplements through my site with Emerson Ecologics
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