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These Little things called Adrenal Glands


Do you have any of the following:

  • Body aches

  • Trouble concentrating

  • Racing thoughts

  • Moodiness and irritability

  • Constant tiredness

  • Feeling overwhelmed

  • Hormonal imbalance

  • Cravings for sweet and salty foods

  • Wide awake at night time

  • Cant loose any body fat no matter how hard you try

  • You use caffeine to get through the day

If you answered yes to any of the above, then you could have this thing called ‘Adrenal Fatigue’.

Almost 80% of people have this condition, yet almost no one receives direct help for it!

The symptoms are overlooked and masked by prescription medication (shock).

Adrenal fatigue is a major cause of excessive fat storage and extremely low energy levels – sound like you?

If so, then please read on...

What are Adrenal Glands?

Put simply, they are the powerhouse of the body - if they do work properly, nothing will.

They are two very small organs that sit on top of your kidneys that are involved in producing 50 plus hormones that are responsible for nearly every bodily function.

Without these glands, we would not be able to live!

They play a huge role in your stress response and play a vital role in balancing hormones:

  • Blood sugar management

  • Energy management

  • Stress management

  • Immune strength

  • Blood pressure

  • Estrogen and testosterone balance

  • Heart health

If you have any health issues related to these, then adrenal fatigue may be the cause.

Why does this happen?

Your adrenal glands simply can’t keep up with our lifestyle – they burn out and just stop working.

They can be caused by any of the following:

  • Stressful experience – death of a loved one

  • Exposure to environmental toxins and pollutants

  • Prolonged stress – financial issues, relationship breakdown, work environment

  • Negative thinking

  • Lack of sleep

  • Poor diet

  • Lack of exercise

They usually burn out over a period of time, but you rarely notice the decline – it can just hit you all of a sudden.

Usually, there is a big stressor placed on the body where the adrenal glands have to over secrete hormones and they run out of energy to keep going.

What happens when they stop working?

Your hormones are all out of balance – even a small shift in the balance can wreak havoc:

  • Morning fatigue

  • Trouble waking up

  • Depression

  • Muscle weakness

  • Poor focus

  • Bone loss

  • Inflammation

  • Increased allergies

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Irritability

  • Fatigue

  • Sugar cravings

  • Hair loss

  • Weight gain

  • Muscle tension

  • Poor digestion

How can we fix it?

Diet

We want a diet that will support our adrenal glands and get them working again.

Start by avoiding these foods:

  • Caffeine

  • Sugar and sweeteners

  • Processed and microwaved foods

  • Hydrogenated oils

Add in some superfoods:

  • Coconut

  • Olives

  • Avocadoes

  • Sea salt – celtic or Himalayan

  • Green, leafy veggies

  • Fatty fish – salmon

  • Chicken

  • Turkey

  • Nuts

  • Seeds

  • Kelp

  • Seaweed

Supplemental Support

Supplements are pretty important when getting your adrenal glands back on board.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Fish oil

  • Vitamin B5

  • Vitamin B12

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin D3

  • Zinc

  • Multivitamin

Reduce Stress

This is essential if you are rebuilding your adrenal glands – if the stress is still around, all your hard work will go out the window.

  • If you are tired, then rest – as much as you need to

  • Get 8-10 hours of sleep every night

  • Avoid staying up late

  • Stay on a regular sleep cycle

  • Do something enjoyable every day

  • Minimize work and relationship stress

  • Eat on a regular basis

  • Reduce sugar and caffeine

  • Exercise – even a walk can help

  • Avoid negative self talk and negative people

  • Take time for yourself

  • Seek support

Sleep and then Sleep Again

You can do everything right, but if you don’t sleep, everything will fall apart!

Why is sleep so important?

  • Improves body composition – makes you nice and skinny

  • Reduces our ‘bad’ food intake – less likely to crave bad food

  • Decreases stress

  • Improves mood

  • Increases energy

  • Improves mental health

How can we get more sleep?

  • Make your sleeping area as dark as possible

  • Remove all electronic devices from your room

  • Turn all lights off

  • No tv’s on

  • Nap regularly

  • Keep a Grateful Log/Journal

  • Ditch the Sleeping Pills

  • Eat Right - Having some carbs at night will help you wind down – they increase serotonin which is our happy/sleepy hormone. Try some mashed sweet potato with some chicken and veg.

  • Supplement your Diet - Start with some high quality magnesium before bed to help you wind down and fall into a deep sleep. Glutamine 45 minutes before bed will help to get you ready for bed.

One thhing you can do tomorrow to help:

Grab a fresh lime and some celtic sea salt. Add half the lime to a glass of water with 1/4 tsp celtic sea salt. Mix it all together and shot it down.

The salt will helo nourish your adrenal glads and the lime will make you more alkaline!

As always, consult your doctor, we aren't medical professionals - we just have a clue!

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