Understanding The Endocrine System – Adrenals
Having healthy adrenals may be the most important hormonal factor for overall health. If you struggle with fatigue, stress, anxiety, blood sugars, low blood pressure or poor concentration, adrenal fatigue is likely a component. Strengthening the adrenals is important for ANY healing program. If you have energy, clear thinking and can handle the stresses of like, it makes it easier to eat healthily and follow a good healing program. When the adrenals are weak, people feel like quitting or giving up.
Blood sugar metabolism
Controls Autonomic Nervous System (digestion, heartbeat, breathing)
Worry and Handling the Stress Response (Fight or Flight)
Symptoms of Adrenal Weakness:
Fatigue: Often ok in the morning, but having a PM crash (3-5pm) or overwhelming fatigue
Difficulty with focus, concentration, memory, and willpower (ADD/ADHD).
Hyperactivity: Hyperactivity is actually a lack of energy because we are exhausted, and we push life to continue
Depression: As you get more tired, you start to focus on the negative.
Difficulty handling stress/anxiety, sometimes as extreme as panic attacks
Feeling easily worried, fearful, overwhelmed and struggling to deal with basic life situations
Major uncontrollable cravings for sugar or caffeine
Low blood pressure and low blood sugars and difficulty managing blood sugars
Abnormal cravings for salt
Weight gain around the middle
Loss of libido/sexual function
Allergies, asthma, eczema, psoriasis due to weakened adrenals inability to properly produce steroid hormones
Deep breathing into the diaphragm turns off the stress response
Prayer and quiet time must be a part of your life
Getting to bed between 9-10pm at the latest. Sleep is crucial for adrenals
Sunshine heals the adrenals, especially sun in the eyes. Avoid sunglasses and sunscreens
Light candles after dark, avoiding electronics as much as possible
Light exercise, walking, connecting to God through nature
Avoiding grains and sugars (complex sugars and starches stress the adrenals)
Choose fruit as your main fuel source, but also ancient seed grains in moderation like quinoa, millet, amaranth, and buckwheat
Healthy fats (in moderation) help adrenals and blood sugars such as coconut, avocado, olives, nuts, seeds, and fish
Minerals and hydration are important. Add minerals to drinking water; salt can be especially helpful
Avoid coffee, energy drinks, sugar and all other "stimulants" which block the adrenals from healing and cause a hyperactive nervous system response
Herbs & Supplements for the Adrenals:
NHI - Himalayan Salt Stones: Sole method in water, 1 teaspoon, each morning upon rising
Ridgecrest - Adrenal Fatigue Fighter: Our clients have been using this for YEARS with great success!
Ridgecrest - Anxiety Free: Excellent for stress, anxiety and panic attacks
Cedar Bear - Holy Basil: 2 droppers under the tongue twice daily or more as needed). This is our FAVORITE herb for calming and relaxing. It does not make you sleepy, but can and will change your life if stress is a concern for you.
Cedar Bear - Licorice Root: Great for weak adrenals, low blood pressure, poor circulation
Jing Herbs - Shen-Nong Ginseng: Concentrated extract of multiple ginsengs in one formula!
Jing Herbs - Great Adaptor: Chinese tonic herbs are great for balancing the adrenals long-term
North American Herb and Spice - Royal Oil: Royal jelly is a great adrenal booster
Elixinol - CBD Oil - Best herb for healing the nervous system overall (call store 816-492-5648 to order)
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