Running Down Adrenals

Adrenal glands sit on top of each kidney and are responsible for regulating hormones and sending signals to virtually every system you have in your body.  When adrenals get taxed, it can wreak havoc on your hormone levels, especially cortisol.  As an emergency situation occurs, our bodies respond by releasing cortisol and adrenaline into our systems - it’s a direct shot of immunity boosting to help our bodies fight off whatever it perceives to be the danger.  Adrenals are like the best friend that always shows up when you need her - so it's important to be a good friend back  When our bodies reach a certain level of fatigue - it’s likely the adrenals calling out for some tender loving care.  

Top herbal recommendations:

  • Licorice Root - is great for stress reduction and may enhance effects of anti-anxiety medications
  • Ashwagandha - It’s a great adaptogen to help your body deal with stress
  • Maca - Helps boost vigor and energy in a balancing way
  • Astragalus & Eleuthero combo- works together to support immune function and physical stress, along with cognition  
  • Add Mushrooms!  -  Great adaptogens,  Reishi is readily available and a number one pick for the adrenals. Cordyceps & Chaga can also be very helpful

And of course, pay attention to the Adrenal Support three R’s Rest: Relaxation & Reduce Caffeine intake (gradually).  Rest when your body calls for it, and find at least one go-to to relax:  Is it yoga, hanging with friends, making some art? Pick something simple that always makes you happy and doesn’t trigger your guilt complex if you aren’t able to do it one day.   Try a lower caffeine green tea - the antioxidants support your adrenals while you reduce your intake.  If you choose exercise to reduce stress, make sure it is gentle in nature and not a hard core workout - which amps up adrenal response. The key to support adrenals is to reduce stress in gentle  loving ways, & start slow! Too much at once can also tax the system, so pick one and get started supporting your system today.  

This article originally appeared in the San Lorenzo Valley Post, which Jen writes the health column for.

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