We’ve all felt fatigue.
It’s become normal to feel tired – to not get restful sleep, to cover up dark under eye circles with foundation, to press ahead and “power through”. But chronic exhaustion is not normal.
There’s a key to unlocking greater energy, and it’s simpler than you might think.
What if I said that focusing on just one part of your body could improve your energy levels, increase stamina, improve focus, and boost your mood?
THE MISSING PIECE
I’m talking about the adrenal glands – the heroes of the endocrine system.
The health of our adrenals affects our day-to-day life more than we realize. The adrenals produce 56 blends of hormones, which allow our bodies to do everything from lifting a bag of groceries to urinating to riding a bike.
In our fast-paced society, it is so easy to burn out the adrenals, leading to tiredness and an inability to check off our to-do lists. Fatigue is commonplace.We’re so used to feeling tired that we’ve come up with endless excuses to justify feeling rundown. Click To Tweet
“I’m tired because I didn’t sleep well.”
“I’m tired because I had a long day.”
“I’m tired because I’m pregnant – it’s normal for pregnant women to feel constantly tired.”
“I’m tired because I just had a baby – every new mom is tired.”
“I’m tired because I have three kids and work full-time.”
If we spoke this truth more often, we would recognize the warning signs of adrenal fatigue more often and put an end to our energy crashes.
ADRENAL FATIGUE WARNING SIGNS
Common symptoms of adrenal fatigue include: bodily weakness, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, confusion, forgetfulness, trouble completing basic tasks, hoarse voice, poor digestion, hair loss, constipation, depression, insomnia, waking up tired after a full night’s sleep, wanting or needing naps, lack of dreaming, and lack of libido.
THE TRUE PURPOSE OF OUR ADRENALS
Our adrenal glands signal danger and help to save us from that danger. The adrenals power the fight-or-flight response when we are faced with perceived danger.
When our bodies secrete adrenaline, it’s like an emergency alarm bell ringing. Body systems kick into high gear to give you the speed and strength to escape the threat.Just as fire alarms aren’t meant to be constant, our bodies were not designed to live in a perpetual state of threat or stress. Click To Tweet
The adrenaline our bodies produce when we are in a state of fear/stress/anxiety is extremely corrosive. We constantly produce this corrosive adrenaline when we live in a state of overwhelm.
56 BLENDS OF ADRENAL HORMONES
We have a total of 56 different blends of adrenal hormones.
30 of those blends are produced for positive emotions, while the remaining 26 are reserved for stressful situations (birth, death, financial struggle, or conflict).
Negative emotions create toxic and corrosive adrenaline, which your liver constantly works to neutralize.
High amounts of corrosive adrenaline weakens the immune system and makes us vulnerable to illness. Stress is not the root cause of illness but can be a trigger for this reason.
Negative emotions like fear and anxiety trigger corrosive adrenaline, which feeds the pathogens at the root cause of your illness.
ADRENALS = THE HERO GLANDS
These heroes of your endocrine system are located directly above the kidneys. They are the master glands and control all the reproductive hormones in the body.
Our adrenals also produce critical hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol.
Adrenal glands produce an excess of hormones when there is a stress trigger because they are trying to save your life.
In turn, we must protect and safeguard our adrenals by reducing stress triggers where possible and eating nourishing foods that restore the nervous system and prevent adrenal triggers.
When our blood sugar is low, the adrenals kick in to provide the body with adrenaline as a safety measure.
Eating healthy sources of glucose like apples, mangoes, bananas, and raw honey keeps us alive – the central nervous system, brain, and every organ in the body run on glucose.
Maintaining stable blood sugar feeds the body, allows the adrenals to rest, and is critical for health.
Grazing throughout the day on adrenal snacks consisting of the right balance of potassium, sodium, and glucose is imperative – such snacks maintain your blood sugar levels so that your adrenals don’t kick in to “save your life” by pumping adrenaline that will give you false energy.
Check out my FREE resource, 16 Adrenal Healing Snacks, for powerful adrenal support. Each snack has the perfect combination of glucose, potassium, and mineral salts to beat fatigue and help you thrive.
ADRENALINE & THE NEUROLOGICAL SYSTEM
Our bodies compensate for adrenal imbalances.
When we have too much cortisol, our heart, pancreas, liver, and nervous system are affected. When we don’t have enough cortisol, this creates a thyroid imbalance.
People with a sensitive central nervous system or neurological symptoms do not do well under stress or pressure…why? Because the nerves are already sensitive to adrenaline, so when more is produced, it causes greater strain on a weakened system leading to energy crashes, fatigue, and other symptoms.
This is why “fatigue” as a diagnosis is so common – it’s a sign that our overall system is struggling. And it’s important to take a step back and rebuild our lost reserves.
ADRENALINE & BRAIN FOG
When you have prolonged periods of stress, fear, or anxiety, this creates erratic adrenal activity with unbalanced spurts of adrenaline. The liver then sponges up as much as possible to protect you from this corrosive adrenaline.
Eventually the liver becomes stagnant and sluggish, furthering impacting overall energy levels and leading to symptoms like brain fog as the liver loses its ability to function properly and the nervous system gets depleted.
When highly corrosive adrenaline gets into the brain, it can cause brain fog.
ADRENALINE & THE GUT
Those with a hypersensitive central nervous system also tend to have a hypersensitive gut.
Adrenaline can saturate and scorch the intestinal lining, and the nerves of your intestinal lining can become inflamed, causing discomfort or bloating when eating.
Elevated adrenaline from stress can also lead to nutrient depletion. When the gut nerves are inflamed, you will not be able to absorb nutrients as well.
High stress saturates the liver with adrenaline If the liver cannot neutralize this adrenaline because it is already overloaded, it can lead to bile issues and a weakening of your stomach’s digestive hydrochloric acid (HCL).
Bottom line – stress increases adrenaline which lowers HCL.
Low HCL and weakened bile function means food is not properly prepared for digestion. The small intestine is hindered from absorbing all the nutrients it should.
Excess adrenaline weakens overall digestion in the gut and is one of the reasons why so many people struggle with bloating, cramping, under-digested food in the stool, gas, and constipation.
HOPE AND HEALING
It is important to know that your adrenal glands support each other, they lean on each other because they never weaken equally. Thus, when one adrenal gland struggles, the other is there to pick up the slack.
As you work toward healing your adrenals, always keep in mind that your body is on your side – it has a brilliant system put in place that is supporting and protecting you constantly.
And never doubt that you can beat fatigue and enjoy vibrant energy. I’ve seen clients come back from the brink, and have experienced this myself! It is possible.
All that’s needed are the right tools, consistency, patience, and a belief in your body’s ability to heal.
There is nothing normal about being tired all the time.
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To your health and peace,
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