The National Institutes of Health define stress as the brain’s response to any demand. Stress is inevitable to deal with from time to time but can really weigh on you if it persists.
We've all been there before, your palms get sweaty, your heart starts beating out of your chest and your muscles ache.
It can be a real unpleasant feeling that overwhelms you if you have trouble controlling it. You might not realize it but your body and mind go into an adrenal "fight or flight mode" as a defense mechanism.
Your central nervous system is in charge of your adrenaline or "fight or flight" sensory. This is triggered every time you experience any external situation of high pressure or duress.
Your brain then sends the signal to your adrenal glands to release the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.
These defense mechanisms may be helpful if you're dealing with an isolated emergency. It will give you the strength to protect yourself or burst of energy you need to escape a situation.
However, intense and prolonged periods of stress can have a negative impact on your health. It really affects your whole body and inhibits its ability to function optinally.
As we discussed earlier, your body's reaction to stress and fight or flight situations produces a state of adrenaline.But what happens when your body is going into an adrenaline state too often?
Your adrenal glands that produce these chemicals and hormones will start to become fatigued and over-utilized. This can cause symptomatic imbalances and put your body into a state of Adrenal Fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue is characterized by a series of spikes in energy and crashes throughout the day. This is what happens when your body is struggling to find a balance.
During Adrenal Fatigue you might experience bouts of extreme headaches, exhaustion, mood swings, digestive irregularity, joint swelling and fever.
It can be difficult to counteract this imbalance and regulate your mind and body. However, there are many proven exercises and regiment changes that can slowly bring your body and mind back to stability.
1. Following an Adrenal Diet:
The power of food as medicine cannot be overlooked when solving your adrenal fatigue.
This involves knowing your body and its sensitivity to certain foods and avoiding them. High Stress Situations can be worsened by consuming foods that cause inflammation and flare-ups in your digestive system.
Typical culprit foods include dairy, gluten, carbohydrates and processed sugars. Replace these for a mixed color of healing fruits and vegetables to help regulate stress and fatigue.
2. Concentrating on Sleep:
It's important that you focus on quality sleep habits and comfort. Setting aside at least 8 hours a night for deep sleep is important.
It's essential to turn off all electronics and lights so that your body can reach maximum comfort and restful sleep.
The more your body can come to a deep sleep, the better chance of resting your adrenal glands and reducing your fatigue.
3. Focusing on Hydration:
Hydration is a huge part of reducing fatigue, restoring important minerals and balancing your adrenal levels. We recommend drink enough water each day, to keep hydrated.
4. Reducing External Stress Factors:
Huge Stress Factors can cause your body to burn-out quicker and bring about adrenal fatigue. Whether it involves reducing your work hours, clearing your social calendar or finding time to meditate or speak to someone, you need to ease your stress levels.
5. Avoid Caffeine and Excess Sugar:
During a rapid Adrenal State, it's best to avoid the stimulation that comes with cafffeine. This will further magnify your adrenaline and release excess hormones. Excessive Blood Sugar Levels force the adrenals to overwork to regulate levels.
6. Low Intensity Movement:
Light Cardio and low intensity movement helps to slowly bring your adrenaline levels down to a normal range. We recommend movement such as walking, light cycling and swimming.
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4. “Adrenal Fatigue: Is It Real?” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/adrenal-fatigue-is-it-real.
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