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Important Note - If you are taking any medication, please check with your GP or Healthcare Practitioner.
October, that time of year, which means weather is warming up and much needed sunshine is upon us. Its also important to stay healthy and get outdoors to soak up some extra vitamin D in the months ahead, it can become challenging to say the least when we’re feeling exhausted, especially after such a challenging year so far. So, here’s a few tips on how to support your adrenal glands through the coming months.
What are adrenal glands?
The adrenal glands are a pair of triangular-shaped organs that rest on top of the kidneys. Responsible for cortisol, which is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of blood sugar.
Adrenals can only do so much.
Adrenals usually produce enough hormones to maintain a relatively normal state of health. But stressful situations increase the need for hormones that the malfunctioning adrenals cannot produce, leading from anything to fatigue to total collapse.
Symptoms of stress and low adrenal function.
Coping with stress.
Consume plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, eat deep water fish such as salmon/tuna at least 3 times a week. Brewers yeast, brown rice, legumes, nuts, olive oil/safflower wheatgerm and wholegrains are healthy additions.
Helpful herbs such as Liquorice, Astragalus, Echinacea, may be helpful additions supporting adrenals when under stress, to name just a few.
Minerals and Vitamins.
Vitamin B-Complex-All B vitamins are necessary for adrenal function.
Pantothenic B5- The adrenals do not function properly without B5.
Vitamin C-Vital for proper functioning of the adrenal glands.
Magnesium - Is a vital catalyst in enzyme activity, especially the activity of those enzymes involved in energy production.
Multivitamin and Mineral Complex. All nutrients are needed to support proper adrenal function. Use a high potency formula.
Don’t under-estimate the importance of protein shakes and green foods such as Spirulina, able to give the adrenals support when we are not receiving enough nutrients through our daily diet.
Plenty of quality water, fresh juices (organic if possible).
Follow a healthy nutrition plan, be creative try different foods.
Regular exercise at least a minimum of three times per/week.
Relaxation try to fit this into your normal routine, good examples are yoga, reading, music, watching a movie (comedy is great because it makes you laugh therefore increasing serotonin levels which makes us feel good.
Treat yourself now and then, have a massage, go for a bush walk, head out for dinner with friends, RELAX your adrenals will love you for it.