Adrenal Health

Our adrenals are the little triangular shaped glands above the kidneys responsible for giving us those bursts of energy, and provide the adrenaline needed to handle life's challenges. I like to think of them as my army backup when i'm dealing with a situation that requires to me to be energized, and on my game. If you've heard of a fight or flight response, that's your adrenals kicking into action releasing cortisol to cope with the task at hand. 

The problem lies in chronic stress causing adrenal fatigue.  It's like having your foot on the gas but the car isn't going anywhere.  People suffering from adrenal 

Losing sleep won't get you anywhere.. literally.  Getting a minimum of seven hours every night is crucial to allow the body to recover, and replenish it's energy stores.  Avoid caffeine, and mind stimulating activities near bedtime to prevent insomnia.  

Regular exercise releases endorphins, and helps to maintain a healthy weight. People  already experiencing adrenal exhaustion may find it best to engage in lower intensity workouts such as yoga or swimming to reduce stress on the glands.  Listen to your body, and don't push yourself if you're feeling depleted.  

Adaptogen herbs work to counteract the negative effects of stress, and create a feeling of well being. Some popular options that are easy to find are ginseng, rhodiola, ashwaghanda, astralgus, and licorice.  These natural "treatments" are highly effective, but can interfere with certain medications, and existing conditions, so ask your doctor if these options are appropriate for you.

Maintaining adrenal health will improve your immunity, and boost energy.  Be kind to your body, and learn to say no to unwanted stress.

~Adriane Rosenberg