Habits That Support Your Adrenal Glands
The adrenal glands are small glands that sit on top of the kidneys yet with a big responsibility as they are responsible for producing hormones that regulate our:
Sexual Development and Function
Long term stressors such as
Emotional or mental stressors
Lyme + Coinfections
and much more can produce long term stress on the adrenals leading to what is referred to as adrenal fatigue/ hypofunction/ mitochondrial dysfunction. Symptoms include low blood sugar, fatigue, dizziness + weakness, slow starting your day in the A.M., salt cravings, PMS and menstrual problems, and feeling tired throughout the day.
In order to nourish the adrenal glands there needs to be big changes in nutrition, emotions, exercise habits, mindset, sleep patterns and more.
This looks like optimizing your sleep. This starts at night rather than the morning by going to bed at the same time every night rather than binge watching that favorite show. Then setting your alarm and getting up at the same time (a reasonable hour!). This sets up your circadian rhythm on the right foot. Get bright sunlight on your pupils early in the morning as you wake up.
Next, drink a tall glass of water (with minerals!) or pink himalayan sea salt for adequate amounts of so
dium + minerals that the body needs (and is probably deficient in because of that stress we were talking about…yep- it burned up a lot of your minerals!). You bet you need more!
Incorporate diaphragmatic deep belly breathing throughout your day to stimulate your parasympathetic nervous system (we are often too much in the sympathetic!) which has been shown to lower cortisol levels and swapping out intense exercise for more gentle and low impact movement like walking, stretching, pilates, and more. Give the adrenals a break from that high impact exercise and opt for gentle movement for a season instead.
Consume meals every 2-3 hours and aim to stabilize your blood sugar. You do this by swapping that carbohydrate rich meal for a balanced meal with protein + healthy fats + complex carbs to bring stability to blood sugar, reducing excess cortisol, and allowing the adrenal glands to do their job in a more balanced state. Not overeating and simultaneously not under eating or eating on the go relying too much on granola bars, protein shakes, and packaged foods.
Lastly- addressing root cause issues that are often the BIGGEST stressors (besides the emotional stressors). In my practice I see things like heavy metals, molds, parasites, stealth pathogens, and more as some of the biggest underlying problems that conventional doctors aren't picking up and addressing leaving so many wandering from doctor to doctor seeking answers to their problems.
These are things that all create a great deal of inflammation all throughout the body and things we pick up along the way that our body becomes overwhelmed with and then begins to shout at us. If ignored it begins to scream at us with symptoms we cannot ignore and in the midst of it the adrenals remind us we need help!
Incorporate each of these daily to provide nourishment and healing and balance to the body once again! Healing the adrenal glands is possible but it takes time, consistency, and a willingness to address root cause issues that may be holding you back.
Stefanie is a Bioenergetic Practitioner, Holistic Nutritionist, & Functional Medicine Health Coach who specializes in whole body detoxification, addressing Lyme + Co, improving digestion, fatigue, autoimmunity, overcoming chronic illness, functional nutrition, mold illness and more.
She is available for one-on-one appointments to support you throughout your entire healing journey.