Why Taking Care Of Your Adrenals Must Be A Top Priority
If you’re a busy gal, taking care of your adrenals needs to be at the top of your to-do list. Adrenal fatigue has become all the more common because we lead uber active, always connected, never-seem-to-take-a-break lives. And these little glands that sit atop our kidneys become just as exhausted as all of us.
A year and a half ago I was diagnosed with stage 3 adrenal fatigue. This, on top of my myriad of autoimmune diagnoses. But in hindsight, I now see how the puzzle pieces of my wellness journey all fit together. Because I was that busy gal, compromising my wellbeing by not listening to my body.
The good news? Your adrenals are resilient, like most aspects of your health. With a little TLC and self-care, your adrenal glands will bounce back and start functioning at full-speed again.
So what exactly are our adrenal glands?
Your adrenal glands are part of your endocrine system and chiefly responsible for regulating your stress response through hormone regulation. They’re also extremely important for a healthy immune system and for proper thyroid function. In short, when you become stressed, they become stressed and are unable to do their job properly.
Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue
- Tiredness and exhaustion
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Cravings for salts, sweets and carbs
- Low threshold for stress
- Low blood pressure
- Negative response to thyroid hormone
- Chronic infections (bacterial, fungal, viral, yeast)
- Light-headedness when standing
- Low blood-sugar
- Sensitivity to light or difficult seeing at night
- Premature aging
- Intolerance to alcohol
- Lack of libido
- Dry, unhealthy skin
Natural ways to support your adrenals
- Prioritizing restful and restorative sleep is the most important thing you can do for your adrenals. Develop a sleep ritual and aim for at least 8 hours of sleep per night.
- Remove foods from your diet that are taxing your adrenals, namely sugar, processed carbs and junk food.
- Reduce your coffee consumptions and drink more water.
- Eat clean, whole foods and lots of greens.
- Practice restorative exercise like yoga, pilates and tai chi as well as deep breathing exercises.
- Spend quiet time each day meditating, writing in a journal or reflecting.
You’ll notice when your adrenals start to recover because you’ll feel more energized, restful and alert. You’ll also regain that little spring in your step – an important, yet vastly underrated metric!
Have you ever suffered from adrenal fatigue? What did you do to recuperate? Share in the comments below!