Daily living causes stress, which isn’t easy on the adrenal glands – the small endocrine glands that sit atop the kidneys. These glands are key players in initiating our “fight or flight” response and regulate the stress response through the synthesis of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline.
With busy lives that leave us on high alert most of the time, the daily stress we experience causes the continuous production of these hormones, which can suppress immunity, hinder proper digestion, and increase both blood sugar and blood pressure. Overtime, this constant stressed-out state takes a major toll on our health.
This stress sends a message to our body to hold off on functions that are not essential, such as digestion, until the stressor has been removed and our body is safe to rest and repair. This means that those functions may constantly take second priority, leaving us more vulnerable to inflammation and disease.
We may not be able to remove all forms of stress in life, but we can try to control how we perceive that stress and how we respond to it.
Eat whole foods
Eat a balanced diet, including nutritious sources for carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. Try to eat meals on a regular schedule and limit the amount of meals you have “on the go.”
Get good sleep
Aim for a regular sleep schedule and try to get 7–9 hours of sleep per night. Lack of sleep can cause a significant increase in cortisol levels. Unfortunately, elevated cortisol levels may make falling asleep more difficult. Try taking some time to do something relaxing right before bed to help your body unwind and allow your adrenals to get their beauty sleep!
Reduce caffeine & increase water intake
Caffeine intake has been shown to initiate a stress response by increasing the amount of cortisol released by the adrenals. When paired with outside stressors, caffeine consumption can lead to excessive cortisol production. Chronically elevated cortisol levels
may contribute to high blood glucose and decreased insulin sensitivity, making obesity and type 2 diabetes more likely.
Refined carbohydrates can stress the adrenals and lead to a disrupted insulin response. These foods are known to rapidly elevate blood sugar levels. As mentioned above, stress hormones can also increase circulating blood sugar, so it’s easy to see how this combination can be harmful to your health, especially if it occurs frequently.
Activate your parasympathetic nervous system and engage in calming activities like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises.
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