ADRENALS 101 : Everything You Need to Know About Balancing Your Adrenal Glands and Reducing Stress
This year we are prioritizing stress management. Last year was a whirlwind of emotional stress, physical stress, psychological stress, environmental stress, and relationship stress for us all- the common denominator was STRESS. In a complicated cascading process, our body responds to the stressors from our environment. The pathway of stress from top to bottom has recently been mapped in this new STRESS AXIS.
One of the key players in your body’s stress response is the Adrenal Glands. Learn more about them and the importance of properly functioning adrenals below!
-What Do Your Adrenal Glands Do? Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys. They regulate the flow of critical hormones that respond to fight or flight mode, blood sugar regulation, sleep cycles, blood pressure, mineral regulation, reproductive organs, and more. Your adrenals actually release over 50 essential hormones that are essential for energy and stamina. Imbalances in these hormone levels are due to a dysfunction of your brain's communication with your adrenals along the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Get the flow back in balance with my program Serena’s Ultimate Health Reset!
Below are a few vital hormones your adrenals make!
Cortisol - A hormone released during times of stress for an energy boost in a stressful situation. Your adrenal glands react to signals from the pituitary gland in the brain, stimulating them to produce cortisol.
Aldosterone - Plays a central role in regulating blood pressure and certain electrolytes (sodium and potassium). This hormone essentially regulates salt and water in the body.
DHEA & Androgenic Steroids - Weak male hormones. DHEA & Androgenic Steroids are precursor hormones that are converted in the ovaries into estrogens (female hormones) and androgens (male hormones) in the testes.
Epinephrine & Norepinephrine - The inner part of your adrenal glands, control hormones that initiate your flight or fight response. Epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline) are the major hormones secreted from this area.
Did you know you can boost your metabolism & burn fat by balancing your Catecholamines (epinephrine + norepinephrine)? These catecholamines immediately provide glucose for your body by breaking down stored glycogen and stored fat, releasing it to your muscles, so that you can perform that famous "fight or flight" response. When you ramp up the intensity of your workouts, this same reaction occurs. Epinephrine and Norepinephrine get to work breaking down stored body fat by interacting with your adrenergic receptors.
The Negative Effects of Malfunctioning Adrenals and Unbalanced Hormones? One of the key identifiers for malfunctioning, unbalanced adrenal glands is fatigue. Other symptoms include difficulty sleeping, a clouded mind, depression, weak immune system response, digestion issues, infertility, low blood pressure, and anemia. Treating your adrenal glands is essential in regaining your vibrancy and general wellbeing. You may already know that chronic stress & high levels of cortisol in your body will do some damage to your body’s systems. Your body's systems all work together and an imbalance in one hormone can cause many other negative responses, the cascading result of constant hormonal imbalance is negative inflammation.
Did you know that this imbalance of hormones affects the structure and functionality of your adrenal glands specifically? Here’s how -
You speed up the aging process and damage your body's systems if you don't rebalance your adrenal glands and find healthy ways to reduce stress in your life. As your body ages more rapidly, it will gradually increase the production and secretion of cortisol and decrease in androgen levels. High levels of cortisol due to chronic stress in the body accelerates aging in that it damages your cells - which is expressed in system dysfunction and aging. When many vital systems in your body become dysfunctional, it leads to neural and cognitive issues, osteopenia, diabetes, obesity, and more.
The ugly cycle is that this dysfunction of your brain - causing your adrenals to release more cortisol - is actually slowly causing damage to your brain cells in return. You can reduce this aging process - It's time to stop the cycle! Balance your adrenals with my new program Serena’s Ultimate Health Reset!
How Can I Heal My Adrenals? Restoring proper function of your adrenals begins with getting good rest, balanced nutrition, and supplements if needed. Avoid foods that are taxing to your body - foods you are allergic to, intolerant of, or highly processed. Look for whole foods high in minerals and try adding in some adaptogens to your smoothies, dressings, or in supplement form. Resist the urge to reach for highly caffeinated drinks and choose a low-caffeine tea, herbal tea, or kombucha instead.
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One simple way to start is getting the right amount of mineral rich salt in your body. The truth is that the vast majority of people are salt-deficient! There is a clear relationship between inadequate dietary sodium and signs of adrenal fatigue. When your diet is low in sodium, your adrenals make a hormone called aldosterone that causes your kidneys to conserve sodium and waste potassium. It also triggers the adrenal gland to increase production of aldosterone, cortisol, and adrenaline. High levels of these hormones in the body have many negative effects on your overall wellbeing and accelerate aging.
NOTE : Unrefined salt is the best source and refined salt should be avoided.
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