DO YOU HAVE ANXIETY OR SLEEP PROBLEMS – CAN IT BE RELATED TO YOUR ADRENAL GLANDS?
Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys either side of your lower back. When they get worn out, this is usually called adrenal fatigue.
Your adrenal glands help to control stress levels and blood sugar levels in your body.
When you have adrenal fatigue or I like to call it adrenal insufficiency, you may be feeling fatigued and tired out along with other symptoms such as weight gain, insomnia, brain fog, pretty much not feeling very good.
If you are feeling these symptoms and you are dragging your body out of bed every day, this is a sign that you need to get to grips with whatever your stress is because your body is probably in “stress mode” all the time and not having time to rest and relax.
If your stress levels continue over a number of years, this can then lead to adrenal insufficiency and this can then lead to other problems such as gut issues, thyroid issues, mineral imbalances and hormone imbalances.
Here are some signs that your adrenals are suffering.
YOUR HORMONES ARE IMBALANCED
When your body is prioritising stress, your hormones are not being made. The hormone affected is progesterone and this is being used to control stress levels. This can put your estrogen and progesterone out of balance. When estrogen levels go high, this can affect your thyroid working correctly. Your adrenal glands and thyroid are best friends and both work together.
This can lead to fatigue, weight gain, dry skin, lower metabolism and menstrual problems. You can also be suffering from PMS as well.
YOU FEEL ANXIOUS AND DEPRESSED
Your adrenal glands help with brain, mood and mental health. You will have problems tolerating stress levels which can lead to anxiety and depression.
YOUR FEEL OVERWHELMED EVERY DAY
Are you putting yourself last and not making yourself a priority? If you are on the go all the time and not making time for rest and relaxation, it can make you feel a bit overwhelmed with day to day life. It is ok to say no and not to think that you have to be able to do everything and please everyone. Put yourself first and give yourself some more self care.
Stop and re-focus on your day to day activities and find more time for yourself. You need this time for yourself every day to help reduce stress and feel much better.
YOU CAN’T SLEEP
Are you getting enough sleep? You know how much you need to be able to rest, recharge and repair every night. Usually it is around 8-10 hours every night. So, if you are not feeling energised every morning or you are relying on an alarm clock to get you up every day, this is a big sign you need to get more sleep.
Are you going to sleep and getting up at roughly the same time every day? This can help to set your circadium rhythm so you get more productive sleep. Taking time to get ready for sleep is also important and to stop blue light and stimulants in the evening.
Set the scene for sleep, take an epsom salt bath, don’t eat a heavy meal too close to bed, make sure your room is dark and cool.
YOU HAVE CRAVINGS FOR SALT
When your adrenal glands are not functioning correctly, your body is wanting more sodium and other minerals. This is because your adrenal glands produce aldosterone which controls the salt levels in your body and when they are not functioning correctly, they will not be producing aldosterone to control your salt levels and you can be losing more salt than you can retain. This can lead to low blood pressure, heart palpitations and cravings for salt, dizziness or light headedness when you stand up.
To help with this, you can add a pinch of celtic sea salt or Himalayan pink salt in every litre of water you drink. Also include these salts in your food and cooking. You can also add in seaweed such as dulse, kelp or nori.
YOU DON’T FEEL GOOD AFTER EXERCISE
You should feel good and energised after exercised. If you feel tired instead, this is a sign that your adrenal glands are not functioning well.
High impact exercise can also put more stress on your adrenal glands. What they want is rest and repair. Include more less strenuous exercise such as walking and yoga.
YOU FEEL STIFF AND PAIN
You can feel stiff and pain when your body is not able to heal itself correctly. You can be feeling stiff in any area of your body but particularly your neck and back area.
An Epsom bath can help with this. Supplementing with magnesium and eating an anti inflammatory diet.
YOU ARE RELYING ON CAFFEINE TO WAKE YOU UP
Do you need caffeine to wake you up? Caffeine is a stimulant and this is like slapping your adrenal glands in the face to wake up. This can put more stress on your adrenal glands and weaken them even more.
Caffeine can keep your body in stress mode and increases cortisol levels.
When the effects of caffeine wear off, this can leave you feeling worse and more tired and irritable.
Swap to herbal teas such as holy basil tea. Holy basil has been known to be able to help reduce stress levels.
YOU HAVE DIGESTION PROBLEMS
During high levels of stress, your digestion will not be functioning properly because your body will put more emphasis on bodily processes to cope with stress.
Over time, this can affect the way your digest food, lower stomach acid and increase your risk of infections and overgrowth of bad bacteria in your digestive tract.
You can also be suffering from bloating, gas, indigestion, constipation or diarrhea.
When you are not digesting your food correctly, you can also be suffering from malnutrition because you cannot take in all the nutrients from your food very well.
You may be eating healthy but if you can’t digest your food properly, it can affect absorption.
It is so important to get to the root cause of your stress. Stress comes in all shapes and sizes. It can be diet, lifestyle, toxins, exercise, sleep, mindset.
When you find the root cause, you can begin to heal and correct the stress in your life.
You can put a plan together to begin your healing process and set you on the road to recovery and feeling better so you can look good and feel good inside and out.
I can help and support you to put a plan together to heal your body.
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