Are you already feeling the stress of the holidays? Staying healthy and feeling energized is key to enjoying the holiday season with friends and family but, as you already know, not always easy. However, knowing how to take care of your Adrenal Glands (stress handling glands) can not only keep you from getting sick but also give you the energy to fully participate in the holiday festivities.
Since some of you may not be familiar with the adrenal glands let me take a minute, ok more than a minute, for a quick review.
The Adrenal Glands are walnut shaped glands that sit on top of your kidneys. They are the “stress handling” glands and are responsible for producing a variety of hormones that help you handle all types of stress; physical, mental and/or emotional. In addition to this major function they control…
- fluid balance
- blood sugar balance
- immune response and strength
- inflammatory and anti-inflammatory responses
- mobilize the fight or flight response
Let’s get back to the hormones that the adrenal glands produce and their individual functions.
- Adrenalin and Noradrenalin – “fight or flight” response
- DHEA, Pregnenolone, Progesterone, Estrogen, Testosterone – functions include; tissue repair, body rebuilding, sex hormones, anti-aging
- Cortisol, Glucocorticoids – functions include; blood sugar regulation, anti-inflammatory actions, immune response
- Aldosterone, Mineralcorticoids – regulates sodium, potassium and fluid volume, inflammation
Whew, that’s a mouthful wouldn’t you say? I put this here not for you to remember the names and function of each hormone but for you to understand the importance of these life saving glands that your very intelligent body has provided for you.
The adrenals release these hormones directly into the bloodstream where they are carried to essentially all of the cells of the body.
Producing and distributing these hormones gives us…
- overall strength, energy and stamina
- a sense of well-being
- a healthy state of mind
- essential for anti-aging
- the back-up system for sex hormones
“HOW WELL YOU LIVE DEPENDS, TO A LARGE DEGREE, UPON HOW WELL YOUR ADRENAL GLANDS FUNCTION.” James Wilson, N.D., D.C., PhD (Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome)
How do our Adrenal Glands get into trouble you ask? Let me count the ways.
- White Sugar and Flour Products
- Skipping meals
- Devitalized Food
- Financial Stress
- Sedentary Lifestyle
- Excessive Exercise
- Marital Stress
- Repeated Traumas
- Hormonal Imbalances
- Non-Prescription Drugs
- Emotional Stress
- Lack of Sleep
- Prescription Drugs
- Poor Attitude
- Job Loss
- Death of a Loved One
- Relationship Troubles
- and more…
You may have adrenal fatigue if you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- exhaustion or fatigue
- problems handling stress
- difficulty sleeping
- the 2pm blahs..
Take the Adrenal Fatigue Test
Well, how did you do?
If your score is between 20-40 you may have mild adrenal stress and now is the time to be sure to take precautions by eliminating any known stress factors.
If you are between 40-70 this indicates a more serious problem and you, not only, should be thinking about what you can do to eliminate stress factors but also how you can heal the adrenal glands.
A Turkeys’ Stress Reduction Technique
And, of course, if you are 70 and above it is time you take a closer look at how you got there, what you can do on your own by eliminating stressors, adopting stress reducing techniques and seriously considering alternative actions to heal the adrenal glands now.
Take a look at the Do’s and Don’ts of Adrenal Fatigue
You now have more knowledge on the adrenal glands than most people. And, you have the needed information to take care of yourself during this holiday season and all year long.
If you want to take your health to a higher level by examining what is causing your health issues & you are willing to follow through with whole food nutrition and lifestyle recommendations call 732-991-2065 to schedule a complimentary health strategy session to see if I can help you accomplish your health goals.
As always, wishing you the best of great health, and a Very Happy Holiday Season.
To Your Balance,
Dr. Brenda Sahlin