Stress and Your Adrenal Glands: Three Easy Ways to Nourish the Adrenals
Most of us know at least a little something about stress. It seems like we hear about it so much anymore, it’s become cliche. So let’s look at what stress really is and what parts of the body are responsible for the ‘stress response.’
Stress begins in our mind. We either perceive a threat, get startled, or sometimes think ourselves into a stress response by excessive worrying or anticipation. Once our brain is convinced there is some kind of problem, a small gland above our kidneys takes over.
Our adrenal glands are tiny glands that sit atop our kidneys, very close to the abdominal aorta and inferior vena cava, two of the largest arterial and venous blood vessels in the body. The hypothalamus, a very important gland in the brain, stimulates the adrenal glands, which in turn release stress hormones into our bloodstream. Think about how quickly after you get startled that you feel your heart pounding. In that instant, your senses had to detect the threat, your brain had to process it, determine whether or not it is a potential threat, stimulate the hypothalamus to stimulate the adrenal glands, secrete the stress hormone and have it travel through your bloodstreeam. Amazing how fast that happens!
This time of year we begin the ever so steady and stressful entry into the holiday season. It starts with halloween, where the massive sugar consumption can decrease our immunity to a point of inneffectiveness, rendering many of our children and ourselves sick. Then there’s thanksgiving, and right around the corner is Hanukkah, Christmas and New Years. The indulgence in junk food, alcohol, and toleration of, um… less than desirable relatives creates stress that is unrivaled at any time of year!
In our last blog post we discussed how you can increase your immunity NOW to avoid getting sick this winter. I’d like to focus more on the Adrenal glands for this post. There are three main ways to nourish these little glands:
1) Avoid or Adapt
There are definite ways to avoid stress and stressful situations. However sometimes we can’t. It is ineveitable that we will all experience stress in some form throughout the day. So we need to focus on adapting. In the last blog post we talked briefly about how exercise can help you adapt to the stress you experience.
2) Mind over Matter
With regular practice we can overide some of the mental activity that stimulates the stress response. Meditation, prayer as well as activities like yoga can decrease the stress response and establish better thought patterns to help in the future.
Most of our diets are lacking in the proper vitamins and minerals that nourish our glands. There are also many synthesized substances that interfere with our hormone production (called endocrine disruptors). These factors combined with the fact that most of us are wearing out our adrenal glands makes it absolutely ESSENTIAL that we nourish these glands regularly. We carry products known as ‘glandulars’ which directly feed the part of the endocrine system they are desinged for. We also have the highest quality whole food type supplements to nourish and build up the particular gland they are designed for. We also use the highest quality naturally sourced herbs, as herbs have been shown to cause a quicker physiological change in the tissues they effect. More information can be found HERE.
The endocrine system is a massive, tangled web, whereby one part effects multiple other parts, which effect multiple other parts, etc, etc. Adrenal exhaustion directly effects the thyroid gland, leading to many false diagnoses of thyroid problems that are actually just adrenal fatigue. It can also effect the sex hormones, the pancreas, Para-thyroid, liver, immune system, digestive system, and well, most every other body system directly or indirectly. For more information about the thyroid/adrenla connection take a look at www.stopthethyroidmadness.com
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