Millions of people all around the world are stressed and their bodies systems and functions are negatively affected because of that. One gland that is affected is the adrenal gland. The adrenal gland located directly on top of the kidney’s and is responsible for producing hormones that regulate blood pressure, the blood levels of minerals, which is very important to our health and stress affecting our health because when our blood and body is deficient of minerals such as magnesium we feel the negative affects of stress more. The adrenals are also responsible for regulating your heart-beat as well as responding to stress within the body.
Cortisol is often called “The Adrenal Hormone” because it is produced in the adrenal glands and is responsible for metabolizing fats, proteins and carbohydrates as well as maintaining blood sugar (blood glucose) levels. The adrenal glands because so closely linked to cortisol and hormones are very important for maintaining homeostasis within the body.
When you are stressed in life your body produces more cortisol to deal with and handle the stress. The problem is that this puts your adrenal glands on overdrive and overworks then which causes stress not only on the adrenal glands but on other parts of the body such as the Thyroid which regulates and monitors your body’s temperature.
The more self-induced stress in your life, the more imbalanced and negatively affected your adrenal glands and thyroid will be. Notice I said “Self-induced stress” in the last sentence. I said this for a reason, and that reason is to be aware of what is currently stressing you in life? and why is it stressing you out? is there a need for it to stress you out? ask yourself, are there other people on the planet right now that do NOT get stressed about the same things that you are getting stressed about? Believe it or not the choice to get stressed is a choice.
There are situations in life however that are stressful and aren’t as clear cut as choosing to be stressed because you are stuck in traffic. Death, trauma, pain, and experiences in life that are just sad can cause stress but these are just part of life. Most reasons for getting stressed are reaction based and up to you and in your control 100%. Being stuck in traffic, getting a bill that was larger than you thought it would be in the mail, getting pulled over by an ‘officer of the law’ and all of those types of scenarios. If we choose to be at peace and not let these things stress us then they will not affect our adrenal glands and health as negatively as they did before.
The first way to give your adrenal glands a break, to give them ease is to simply choose to not let the ‘regular stressors of life’ that stress others to stress you. If you can continuously become more zen-like in your approach to life and stressful situations you grow on a personal level and your adrenal glands and health will thank you for it as well.
A few other daily habits you can make are to get more magnesium in your diet. Magnesium is called ‘the relaxing mineral for a reason, it helps to give your body and your adrenal glands a break because of it’s relaxing, loosing and soothing properties. I recommend the natural calm magnesium supplement at least once if not twice a day if you know that you have adrenal fatigue. I also recommend walking on a daily basis, walking is great for regulatory function of your health and just to de-stress and regulate your health as a whole walking is one of the best recommendations I can make for health and wellness overall. You can read more about walking your way to wellness here on the blog.
Laughing is also a great anti-stressor, so instead of spending time stressing out spend that time laughing and you’ve just made a 180 degree flip in your health and wellness simply by using your mind and shifting your mindset to use that time to do something great for your health as opposed to harming it.
A great herbal blend that can also help is called ‘sumacazon‘ which is a blend of Suma, Maca, muria puama, and stevia. The herbs in this blend (first three) are adaptogenic herbs that help to regulate and balance hormones and are very effective at getting the hormone gears to work properly.
If you get more magnesium in your diet, walk daily, laugh instead of stress and make sure to eat plenty of green in your diet your adrenal glands will begin to be at more ease and thank you for it!
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P.S. Just a cool fact to end the article… Did you know that your adrenal glands also produce ‘adrenaline’ which is a hormone that is often referred to as ‘fight or flight’ and when enough stress is induced on a person their adrenaline can literally give them super-strength! People have reported lifting cars of children among other things when the adrenaline kicks in! (Quite amazing beings we are huh?)