Are Your Adrenal Glands Shot?

What are your adrenal glands?

Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys, which are located on your lower back.  Your adrenal glands are an integral part of your hormonal and glandular system.  Your adrenal glands are responsible or an extremely important task inside of your body: managing your stress. 

 

What causes adrenal fatigue?

Your adrenals can become drained form being overly stressed.  Chronic stress, whether physical, emotional and mental, as well as life altering stressful events and time periods also contribute to adrenal fatigue.  Adrenal fatigue is extremely common and often goes completely undiagnosed and unnoticed. 

While adrenal fatigue is associated with lack of energy and tiredness, it can also be the underlying contributing factor in so many health conditions ranging from metabolic imbalances to weight gain to depression. 

 

Do you experience the following:

1. Do you wake up feeling tired and groggy in the morning, even if you went to sleep at an early hour and had 7-8 hours of sleep?  
2. Do you experience low energy throughout the day and feel like it is a challenge to stay focused and alert?
3. Do you feel a bit foggy or hazy during the day?
4. Do you crave sweets or salty foods?
5. Do you feel more awake at night time, even though during the day you might have been more tired?
6. Is your mind active and awake, but your body still feels tired?
7. Do you have lower back pain or discomfort?
8. Do you feel like you need coffee or tea or some type of stimulant to get going in the morning?

 

What do you do about restoring your adrenal glands?

1. You need to sleep.  Sleeping and resting is the most important things for repairing your adrenal glands.  Please go to sleep by 10pm or 11pm.  The time period between 10pm and 1am is when adrenal repair happens inside of your body and you must be sleeping for this to occur.
2. Manage your stress.  You must implement techniques in your life to reduce your stress.  This is different for everyone- it might be exercise or it might be breathing exercises and meditation.  Relieving your stress might be as simple as spending time with friends and laughing.  You need to do stress relieving activities every day, so that your stress does not become chronic.
3. Pay attention to the your diet and nutrition choices.  We could write a book about what you need to eat to support your adrenal glands.  To keep it simple, focus on the following for now:

  • Eat protein at every meal, to maintain balanced, stable blood sugar. 

  • Eat leafy greens and fresh vegetables at every meal to make sure you are getting the proper vitamins and minerals you need to feed your adrenal glands.

  • Drink lots of water.  Staying hydrated is vital for your adrenal glands and processing stress toxins and excess hormones out of the body.

  • Stay away from inflammatory causing foods (dairy, red meat, processed foods, refined sugar)

  • Avoid sugar, alcohol, and caffeine

  • Integrate fresh vegetable juices into your daily routine, or least drink a fresh veggie juice a few times a week. 

  • Eat regularly throughout the day.  Make sure you eat before you are shaky and unable to think straight.  It is important to maintain a steady stream of energy and fuel for your body.

  • Supplements and nutrients to focus on: vitamin C, B-complex vitamin, vitamin E, magnesium, and omega 3 fatty acids

 

Need Help?

If you want the help of a Certified Nutritional Practitioner to get you eating the proper foods and maintaining a lifestyle that will restore your adrenal gland health and give you your energy  back, get in touch with us.  We offer private nutritional coaching as well as meal preparation.