Today’s world and lifestyle is a constant attack on our adrenal glands… whether it’s from the excessive stress in our lives, nutritional deficiencies, poor diets or dependency on stimulant (such as too many caffeinated drinks), our adrenals are constantly working hard and they can begin to burn out.
Adrenals have many important roles in the body as they produce many essential hormones. They affect our energy production, fat storage, immune system and blood sugar balance. Adrenal fatigue can also affect the function your thyroid or hormonal balance and really cause complete havoc to your health and well-being.
I never actually heard about adrenal fatigued until I learned the hard way and completely burned out… it wasn’t pretty! I was a complete mess and didn’t realize it until my whole system was out of balance. This is also when I discovered that recovering from adrenal fatigue can take a long time – up to two years is common. So let’s have a look at some ways to avoid this and improving our overall quality of life at the same time!
Here are 5 Amazing ways to Support your Adrenals
1. Remove/Reduce the Excessive Use of Stimulants
Coffee, Caffeine, Chocolate, Sugar, Nicotine, Drugs, these cause a stress response and put a huge strain on your adrenals. I’m not saying you have to be a saint, however I would recommend keeping these for occasional pleasure versus a survival tactic. If you are depending on stimulants to get through your day, it’s likely time to reassess your intake and the reason behind your lack of energy in the first place!
2. Nourish Your Adrenals
Eat healthy and load up on Fresh Whole foods such as Sprouts, Vegetables and Leafy greens. Keeping well hydrated with purified or distilled water is also very important, and start juicing for increased nutritional intake.
Your adrenals need lots of good nutrients and plenty of Vitamin C, B’s and Minerals to perform well. You may also want to consider supplements from a whole food source if you feel you need a little extra support, or dealing with increased stress levels.
3. Herbal Teas & Tinctures
Enjoy some herbal teas with stress relieving properties or with adaptogens herbs to support your adrenals, immune and nervous system. Adaptogenic herbs will help normalize body functions and are great for your adrenals. Some great ones are Ashwagandha, Holy Basil, and Rhodiola, or visit an herbal store as they have some great blends for stress support. Tinctures are also available that you can easily incorporate into your life.
4. Be In The Present Moment
Getting out of your head and be in the present moment works wonders at reducing stress levels. There are many gentle ways of achieving this, simply find one you enjoy. Meditation, Yoga and Deep Breathing has worked well for me, however it can be a gentle form of exercise such as walking and enjoying nature, or doing something fun everyday where you are enjoying yourself and laughing! Do one of these everyday at least for 15-20 minutes.
5. Proper Rest, Relaxing and Sleep
When your body is stressed it needs proper sleep! (most of us don’t even get enough to begin with for our overall health). Create a routine to wind down at night, something you enjoy that calms you such as journaling, stretching, listening to calming music or a soothing bath. Try to be consistent, go to bed early and prepare for a good night sleep of 8-10 hours. Naps are also great if you feel like your body needs one and you have the opportunity too, go for it and enjoy this simple pleasure.
Other things that will help achieve restful sleep is to avoid watching the TV or using a computer right before bed, and closing the curtains for darkness. Essential oils are also very beneficial, you can choose from many of the relaxation scents that can be part of your evening relaxation routine.
We certainly live in a busy world, and if we care for ourselves we can remain healthy and happy. Remember you are Amazing and deserve to be loved, so treat yourself to these simple habits and enjoy your life!
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