Adrenal glands are really important, because they help you respond to stress. If you have chronic stress, your adrenals get beat up, and it is difficult to manage your life, and your energy plummets.
You feel tired and wired. You get palpitations. You feel anxious. You have trouble sleeping. You might crave salt. You may get dizzy when you stand up. You might have low blood pressure. You might even have sugar cravings, because your blood sugar can’t be regulated. All these are clues that you could have adrenal problems.
So, why do we get adrenal burnout?
We get it from the chronic, unremitting, ongoing stresses of everyday life: stresses of our families, stresses of relationships, stresses of work, the stresses of constant interaction with Facebook and Twitter and the online world, and all these inputs that never let us pause.
How many of you know where your pause button is? I bet you haven’t found it yet, and you don’t know how to turn it on.
So, how do you know if you have adrenal burnout or if you’re on the way to adrenal burnout? These are some of the symptoms to lookout for:
· Are you feeling tired and wired?
· Are you irritable?
· Do you have trouble falling or staying asleep?
· Are you having trouble with low blood pressure or low blood sugar?
· Are you craving sweets?
· Are you craving salt?
· Are you just feeling kind of overwhelmed?
Alternatively go through Dr Hyman’s concise adrenal stress quiz that’s on his website. Simply register here for the UltraWellness Community. Once registered, login here and go to your profile. Then, select Available Quizzes and choose the Adrenal Quiz.
Find your pause button
The first thing to do if you have adrenal fatigue is to find your pause button. I do it through yoga—that’s one of my favorite pause buttons.
I also use a hot bath at night, with 2 cups of Epsom salt, half a cup of baking soda, 10 drops of lavender oil, and you soak for 20 minutes.
Massages are great, as is meditation and deep breathing. There are all sorts of tools and resources available for you everywhere online, where you can actually be guided through the experience of how to do this.
Exercise is also really important. Do something out in the fresh air to get natural light that affects your pineal gland and helps reset your brain and the stress response.
I also recommend regular rhythm in your life because your hormones are balanced in rhythms. So, waking at the same time every day, going to bed at the same time every day, eating at the same time every day—these are the rhythms in life that help to reset your natural balance. Take natural breaks when you are tired. Our bodies function best on ultradian rhythm cycles of 90 minutes of activity punctuated by a few minutes of rest or zoning out!
You can also boost Your Stress Resilience with Supplements (always check with your doctor before taking any supplements):
· Siberian ginseng or Rhodiola or Cordyceps are wonderful herbs that you can use to help balance your adrenal and stress response.
· Vitamin C, zinc, B complex vitamins, especially vitamin B5 help to balance your adrenals.
· Ashwagandha, magnolia, theanine (from green tea), and phosphatidyIserine can help calm an overactive stress response and improve sleep.
Source: Dr. Mark Hyman