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Smarter Self Care means protecting your vital energy. Throughout adulthood, nourishing your adrenal glands is foundational for a lifetime of wellness. In this article, Tam John, founder of EatRight-LiveWell explains the nuances of adrenal fatigue and how to support yourself well.

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Nurturing your adrenal glands is a sure fire way to realize more of the energetic life you desire.

The adrenals are two walnut sized glands that sit atop your kidneys. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the adrenal glands produce hormones that help regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, response to stress and other essential functions.

Adrenal sufficiency is particularly important for women approaching menopause and beyond since the job of making estrogen shifts from the ovaries to the adrenals during the change. How you nurture yourself and fend off the ill effects of stress in your earlier decades aids how the change of life goes for you.  Even if you have already arrived in perimenopause, premenopause or menopause, every aligned change you make to nourish tired adrenals can support you to a much better feeling life.   

For everyone, one of the major stress management hormones, cortisol, is released from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is amazingly functional to enable the human body to deal with stress. In the original design of the human, cortisol helped fend off life threatening emergencies like charging animals by shuttling blood from the organs to extremities to run faster or take necessary action.

In a modern busy life, seldom if ever is there a life threatening emergency. Stress is perceived nearly constantly: at stop lights, getting to work on time, waiting in line for what you want, and raising a family. Even the good stress of new homes, vacation preparation, weddings and graduations impart a stress response.

Cortisol is released at the perception of stress. The human body doesn’t perceive a difference in life threatening stress or a busy life. Overtime and chronic cortisol release is catabolic, meaning it breaks down healthful function and structure. Adrenal glands can become depleted.

With depleted adrenals your body is left to struggle (reference all the healthful function the adrenals are involved in). That’s why you feel bad. When the adrenals are no longer able to release cortisol because of depletion, Addison’s disease may result.

Some of the symptoms of adrenal burnout include:

  • Blood sugar imbalance

  • Tired but wired or insomnia

  • Waking after a reasonable number hours of sleep and feeling exhausted

  • Auto-immune disorders

  • Fungal or other infections

  • Weight issues especially around the middle

  • Overall tiredness and lack of zeal

Tips to support adrenal health and sufficiency at every stage in life:

  • Tend to your blood sugar balance by managing macronutrients to a personally healthful ratio.

  • Eliminate refined sugar. Read labels on packaged food to keep sugar in check. A Fresh Wellness Mindset offers healthful recommendations and guides to manage sugar consumption and integrate lots of real lively food in your life.

  • Calm down your routines including not over-exercising. Regular motion with strength, flexibility and cardiovascular training is vital, but especially as we age our bodies respond well to ease.

  • Integrate calming routines into daily life. Practice deep breathing and a ten minute meditation twice every day.

  • Get tested. Circadian Saliva Testing is an excellent means to analyze eight assays including cortisol. The focus of this testing is to provide natural and targeted support to the five principal stress regulating systems of the body including the HPA (hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal). This is not hormone replacement or augmentation. It provides personalized recommendations to support your body to make what it needs with cofactors and synergistic nutrients. Results are illuminating. It is a small investment. What is it costing you to live life feeling badly?

  • Some supplements, vitamins, minerals and adaptogens can be very supportive, but don’t guess. Get tested. Find out what's right for you. EatRight-LiveWell™ offers several avenues of testing, assessment and evaluation to explore the best fit for you. One size does not fit all and this is especially true with supplementation. Be mindful of quality and don’t rely on product labeling claims. EatRight-LiveWell offers smart nutritional supplementation plans scaled for your wellness wishes.

If you want to feel and live better, don’t give up. Take the guess work out of trying to figure out what’s healthful for you.  Schedule a complimentary 15 minute call with the EatRight-LiveWell™ founder Tam John. Ask your Qs and find out if the EatRight-LiveWell holistic system is a fit for you.

Schedule a complimentary 15 minute call with the EatRight-LiveWell™ founder Tam John. Ask your Qs and find out if her approach is a fit for you.