When we hear the word adrenaline, we think of panic and the energy you need for your body’s nature fight or flight response, right? Well, the adrenal glands do far, far more than just secrete adrenaline, and when they fall out of balance for any reason, you can feel ill effects throughout your entire system for quite some time to come.
Are your adrenals imbalanced?
Our adrenals produce bio-chemicals that our body needs to function on a daily basis. Women with adrenal issues often say they have issues in other areas of their bodies as well, such as, irregular blood-sugar; thyroid and sex hormone imbalance; digestive problems; cardiovascular difficulties; immune and autoimmune disorders; mood complaints such as anxiety and depression; and cognitive difficulties, such as poor memory, fogginess, and an inability to concentrate and think clearly. whois domain name This increase of symptoms can make adrenal dysfunction problematic to recognize. But if you know what you’re looking for, it can be done.
Below is a simple list of questions which may help you to identify whether your adrenal glands are functioning correctly and whether they are in-sync with your mind and body. Should you answer yes to more than one of these questions, I would suggest that you consult with a functional medicine practitioner regarding your adrenal glands.
- Are you always on the run?
- Do you often feel the inability to cope with things around you?
- Do you feel that you need to use far more energy than normal when you need to do something?
- Are you struggling to get out of bed in the morning?
- When your energy levels are low do you turn to caffeine and sugar to give you a boost?
- Do you feel tired and irritated with those around you?
- Are reading and watching movies as your cue to fall asleep?
- Are you so hyped up at night that it is difficult to fall asleep?
- Do you feel listless, depressed, or emotionally numb?
– via www.womentowomen.com
If you worry that your body is suffering from adrenal fatigue or adrenal insufficiency, there are some simple changes you can put into practice starting today to give yourself the best shot at improving your health, gaining more energy, and putting yourself back in control.
5 Natural Remedies for Adrenal Insufficiency
Adjust Your Diet
One of the most important steps you can take to naturally support adrenal and hormonal balance is taking out foods that stress your body and adding in foods that replenish your adrenal energy.
Removing common allergens or sensitives, toxins, and chemicals can help your body heal itself. These include:
- too much alcohol or caffeine, which interfere with your sleep cycle and can result in anxiety or depression — in addition to caffeine overdose
- most sources of sugar and sweeteners (including high-fructose corn syrup, packaged sweet products and refined grains that trigger a sugar addiction), which are inflammatory and irritating to the gut
- as much packaged and processed foods as possible, since these are filled with many types of artificial ingredients, preservatives, sugars and sodium
- hydrogenated and refined vegetable oils (soybean, canola, safflower, sunflower and corn), which are highly inflammatory
Replace these with as much whole, unrefined food as possible. Some of the best choices included in a healing diet are:
- natural, healthy fats (coconuts and coconut oil, butter, avocado, nuts, seeds, and olive oil, for example)
- plenty of vegetables (especially all leafy greens and cruciferous veggies like cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.)
- wild-caught fish (such as salmon, mackerel or sardines that provide anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids)
- high-quality animal products that are grass-fed, pasture-raised and organic (eggs, beef, chicken and turkey, for example)
- sea vegetables like kelp and seaweed (high in iodine to support thyroid health)
- Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
- high-fiber foods like berries, chia seeds, flaxseeds and starchy veggies
- probiotic foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, yogurt and kefir
– via Dr. Axe
Do you experience any of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue? What are you doing to help get your body and hormones back in balance?