It is definitely not uncommon for people to experience adrenal fatigue. With the list of errands to run in a day from grocery shopping, paying bills, work, traffic, loud noises, excessive temperature changes, problems with loved ones and the list certainly continues on uniquely for all of us. These events can be very taxing on our bodies.
We know that stress is bad but did you know that it is the underlying cause of many serious illnesses. Understanding our bodies and how we react to stress is important as we gain appreciation, compassion and the right tools to soothe our stresses.
It’s quite fascinating how our bodies get ready for a perceived threat. A series of psychological changes begins to take place as your heart rate and adrenaline hormone increases, blood pressure and cholesterol rises, muscles tighten and our blood composition changes to ensure proper clotting. We’re ready to take on this threat head on…or run for the hills.
But wait, there’s more. Adrenaline production causes the body to step up it’s metabolism for a quick jolt of energy. As our digestion slows or stops, the fat and sugar stores in the body are released. Prolonged stress will actually make you nutritionally deprived if you’re not covering your grounds nutritionally because your body will have a hard time replacing these lost nutrients.
Stressful events cause the adrenal gland to secrete several hormones. The main one being cortisol. It’s role is to balance blood sugar to meet the energy demands of your body. But when your adrenals are exhausted cortisol levels drop, blood sugar spikes and insulin resistance results. This means that insulin begins to have a hard time passing into cells and your blood levels of insulin start to increase. Weight gain, syndrome X and eventually diabetes may result if not treated.
The increased production of adrenal hormones is largely responsible for most of the symptoms associated with stress. Remember to take time for yourself and put your foot down when people begin to take to much of your “you” time. Finding your hobby outside will bring wonderful benefits to your overall well being from stress reduction to feeling whole and one with the universe.
Keep it to 1 -2 cups a day or less
Coffee is a pleasurable drink especially when we’re feeling the drag but excessive coffee consumption exceeding 500-600 mg a day ( 4 or more cups a day) is compromising our adrenals . Also, caffeine goes hand in hand with sugar for some coffee goers. Caffeine and sugar consumed in excess amounts will sucker punch your adrenal glands faster than just about anything else.
Signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue may include:
Fatigue and wired much of the time
Inability to deal with day to day stresses
Hard time recovering for illness, infection or trauma
Inability to stay asleep or fall asleep
Food cravings and weight changes or unexplained weight loss
Low blood pressure
Loss of body hair
Skin discoloration (hyperpigmentation)
Worsening of perimenopausal symptoms, low libido, severe PMS
The following herbs and vitamins are essential to healthy adrenals.
Vitamin B complex
A wonderful, wholefood vitamin complex that offers 61 of the 100 different nutrients we require daily in their prefect form is a nutritional supplement called Bio-Strath, a high quality, traditional Swiss product.
Bio-Strath, a “good food yeast” grown on sugar beet molasses and selected herbs provides us with a complete spectrum of macro and micronutrients, a definite super food that brings back our energy and vitality. If you’re left tired and stressed from your daily demands I highly recommend either the Elixir, drops or tablets of Bio-Strath.
Calcium and Magnesium
Alone or in a synergistic combination:
Ashwagandha, action is wide spread but for the purpose of supporting our adrenals it is a wonderful adaptogen, meaning it enhances the body’s ability to resist a broad spectrum of stressors (biological, chemical, and physical) while helping to maintain a constant internal environment regardless of environmental change. Adaptogens are very important during adrenal fatigue as they will improve the function of your whole body system.