Running on Empty -Adrenal SupportBy Kari Barronin Lifestyle
“I need more energy.” “I’m so tired I can’t get anything done.” Which of these phrases did you hear or speak today? The adrenal glands are arguably the most abused organs by most Americans. There are ways you can support your adrenal system and bring balance back to your life.
The adrenal glands sit right on top of the kidneys. Because of their close proximity, kidney health is also related to adrenal health. Proper hydration helps support both organ systems.
Indications of a stressed adrenal system include1:
– tiredness – panic attacks – sleeplessness
– spiked blood sugar – infertility – lower back pain
– dizziness – knee weakness – salt cravings
– mental problems – blood pressure imbalances – dry, flaky skin and nails
Problems with the adrenal glands can cascade into sex hormone imbalances too. It may be that adrenaline is pushing around the estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, and the imbalance is not specifically an issue with the production of those hormones.
What causes adrenal issues? Emotional stress is the most widely recognized culprit. Dehydration, frequent use of stimulants, and physical stress are also contributors to adrenal dysfunction. For many people, getting adequate water while avoiding coffee and wine will improve the health of their adrenal glands.
For those that have consistent hydration and have avoided stimulants, there are some things that can help bring balance to the adrenal system:
– stress reduction – stretching for better blood flow – sleep as often as possible
There are natural whole food nutrients that support the adrenal system. Ginseng root and Eleuthero root (formerly known as Siberian Ginseng) “strengthen the adrenal glands.”2 Licorice root “stimulates the adrenal glands which produce energy.”3 Niacin can help improve resistance to stress and regulate blood sugar.4
Supporting proper digestion can also free up energy for the body. Pepsin is a special digestive enzyme that is very valuable for high protein diets where digesting the extra protein is a challenge. Inadequate digestion can be a cause of low energy levels and stressed adrenals.
When looking for supplements to improve energy and support the adrenal glands, look for whole plant sources. The body better recognizes and accepts the natural harmony found in whole herbs.
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2 Vitamin and Mineral Reference Guide pg 21-22
3 Vitamin and Mineral Reference Guide pg 24
4 Vitamin and Mineral Reference Guide pg 5
This information is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified Health Care Professional and is not intended as medical advice. It is only intended to share the knowledge and information from the research and experience of Burt Goulding and his associates. Be encouraged to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified Health Care Professional.