Adrenal fatigue or HPA Axis dysfunctionwhile a mouthful, an easier way of describing it is that it's a condition whereby chronic stress has quite simply taken its toll on your health and mental wellbeing. We were not meant to be in fight or flight, or run from a bear all day, every day.
And it’s not just that you’re tired. It’s that your body does not have the resilience that it once did. You might look older, sleep can be off, immunity not as strong, your digestive system all over the place, slow wound healing and then more serious issues of diabetes, high blood pressure, hormonal imbalance, thyroid issues, worsening PMS or erectile dysfunction and so on.
What can you do?
Mental health hygiene of stayingoff social media, but further to that is that your computer and phone screens, that blue light that comes from both, mess with your circadian rhythm and your ability to sleep. When you have that light in your eyes, your body won’t pump out melatonin which is what helps you fall asleep. Turn off that phone and screen at least an hour before bed becausesleep hygiene is imperative for your adrenals to be able to take a breath.
Eat regular meals to stabilize your blood sugar. I know you crave the sugar, neeeeed that caffeine, only have time to refined foods from a box or package, but that all creates stress in the body. The more refined, the less fiber, the faster the release of carbs.That means your blood sugar rises, butwhat goes up, must come down, so that right there is even more stressbecause when your blood sugar crashes, your body acts like it’s stressed and running from the bear. That rollercoaster is hard on insulin and your diabetic potential, plus puts weight on around your middle and is messing with your cortisol again.
Eat anti inflammatory.Stress is inflammatory, so what you eat has to be anti-inflammatory. Eat whole foods, in it’s real state — a potato, not potato chips or boxed mashed.Add in fish like salmon, tuna, herring, mackerel and sardines, because they are anti-inflammatory. All the colourful andpolyphenol and anthocyanin berries like strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and cherries (also found in both my Skin Boost and Kid Boost Superfood Powder); dark green leaves — all of them from watercress to arugula, kale, spinach, romaine lettuce instead of iceberg and chard.All those orange foods likesweet potato, carrots, peppers are packed with antioxidants too. And don’t skip meals. It can be hard for your body to recover from skipping meals if you have adrenal dysfunction.
Switch your coffee to green tea — I just heard you groan at me, but for a while you need to ditch the coffee. It’s not keeping you going, it’s giving you a false lift and covering that your body is suffering. Green tea contains theanine, which helps your adrenals.
Supplements — here’s a list of essentials to start with
Kid Boost or Skin Boost for those antioxidant packed superfoods. I take this every day without fail.
Liposome B Complex Liquid - the b’s get zapped so fast during stress, that once you start taking this, your body will thank you with more energy, better resilience and sleep.
Alka C - like the b’s, C is inhaled during stress. Wonder why your wounds aren’t healing? Because there’s no C to help that along. You need about 2000mg twice a day as you start your healing journey.
Magnesium - the relaxation mineral is deficient in about 70% of the population. Everytime I speak with someone about their intake of magnesium supplements, I tell them to double it. Magnesium bis-glycinate can be taken at higher doses, and has better absorption, so take at least two a day, up to four. Can take 2 in the morning and 2 at bedtime for better and more sound sleep.
Bio Boost - while your immune system is pooped too, taking a probiotic is essential to help your immunity and because your gut is switched off during stress, those bad bugs are having a field day. Take 3 caps a day.
All these supplements are available on sproutright.com so head over there and get 'em quick. I know we are low in stock on a few of them, so don’t delay.
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