What are the adrenal glands?
The adrenal glands are two small, triangular shaped glands (about the size of your thumb) that sit on top of the kidneys. Their role is to help keep the body in homeostasis (equilibrium and balance) by responding to changes of daily stress through hormone production (such as cortisol).
What causes “adrenal fatigue?”
Stressors can come from various sources and eventually cause a dysfunction in adrenal hormone output. The brain and adrenal glands are in constant communication to regulate homeostasis through the HPA-axis (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal axis). Stressors can be in the form of physical, emotional, mental, physiological, and spiritual. Other circumstances such as lack of nutrients, poor sleep, fluctuating blood sugar levels, chronic illnesses/infections, or traumatic events can also negatively affect the functioning of the adrenal glands.
What are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue?
- Feeling wired and tired
- Difficulty waking up in the morning, even after a full night’s rest
- Experiencing a spike in energy in the evening resulting in difficulty falling asleep
- Cravings for salty or sweet foods
- Brain fog or lack of concentration
- Poor ability to respond to or handle stress, moodiness, or irritability
- Decrease in immune function, unable to recover from illness
- Decreased libido, hormone imbalances
- Exercise intolerance, taking days to recover from a workout
How do you repair and improve adrenal function?
- Sleep is foundational. Practice healthy sleep habits by setting a routine; 1-2 hours prior to bed, wind down and relax to prepare for sleep (read a book, sip tea, take a warm bath). Get to bed by 10pm and do your best to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night.
- Get adequate sunshine. Getting outdoors and exposing yourself to sunlight first thing in the morning can help align your body’s circadian rhythm, as well as provide the important vitamin D for the body.
- Cut out processed sugar and caffeine. Too much added sugar can dysregulate blood sugar levels which can add stress to the adrenal glands and caffeine can spike cortisol levels, resulting in disrupted sleep.
- Exercise wisely. Moderate, gentle exercise is a great way to restore balance for the adrenal glands. Avoid frequent and overly intense workouts, as the body perceives the high physical demand as stress.
- Journal! Writing down your thoughts, emotions, dreams, and challenges is a therapeutic way to manage stress and unload a burdened mind.
- Set aside “you” time. Whether it is yoga, painting, meditation, going for walks in nature, or playing with your pets; having designated time to decompress is an easy yet vital way to improve adrenal health.
- Consume a nourishing diet. Eat an ample amount of antioxidants from plant foods always balanced with healthy protein and fat sources, this will keep blood sugar levels even all day long.
- Supplement strategically. The adrenal glands, when stressed or exhausted, can be depleted of certain nutrients including: B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D3, zinc, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acids.
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