...and Low Energy Levels
The adrenal glands are where the body makes its adrenaline – and you know that’s how your body deals with stress. Anytime that your blood gets pumping from the obnoxious driver in front of you, or your stomach gets butterflies when you’re presenting at a big meeting, you are using your adrenal glands. Because we live with these daily stresses sometimes our adrenals can get fatigued resulting in poor sleep, feelings of exhaustion, and poor responses to daily stress. If you must have that cup of coffee to get going in the morning, chances are you have adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is common and, if not treated properly, it can lead to very serious health problems.
It’s important to pin down what’s going on with adrenal glands in order to properly treat them. I usually recommend testing your cortisol levels through an Adrenal Stress Index (ASI) test. Patients sometimes have too little, too much, or inappropriate modulation of cortisol. If this is the case then various supplements and lifestyle changes can make a big difference.
Practical "Quick" Fixes:
- Get to bed early ~ 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep is a must.
- Reduce grains in the diet
- Eliminate coffee and refined sugar
- Good Salt ~ One of the most popular, celtic sea salt contains over 80 minerals, including iodine, and is part of a healthy diet. It imparts superior flavor to food and helps normalize all functions in the body that require salt to take place such as protein and carbohydrate digestion, brain development in children, and optimal functioning of the adrenal glands.
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