Tired of being tired -all the time- take the quiz!
Life is stressful. We are all affected by stress, how we respond to it is key to health as the consequences of stress are different for each individual.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself, read and see how many apply to you:
1. Are you easily overwhelmed by everyday tasks that were once a breeze?
2. Do you get angry over things that never used to bother you?
3. Are you experiencing difficulty falling or staying asleep?
4. Are you having difficulty concentrating?
5. Do you crave foods that you know are unhealthy for you?
6. Do you suffer from chronic infections or frequent illness?
7. Is your libido not what it once was?
8. Are you easily irritated by family members or co-workers?
9. Do you feel like you have no energy by the middle of the afternoon?
10. Are you relying on chocolate or caffeine to make it through the day?
11. Are you relying on alcohol to relieve stress?
12. Do aches and pains linger longer than they once did?
If you identify with more than three or four of these statements, you body is sending signals that life’s stresses are overwhelming its ability to cope with it. SOmething needs to be done!
The adrenal glands are the little glands that sit on top of the kidney and help you cope with life and it’s stressors. Over time they become deficient from poor diet, lack of sleep, and overworking or overexercising. These glands help you not only cope with life but are so important in the backbone of your hormones, regulation of blood sugar, and endurance in everyday activities.
Ways to help nurish your adrenal glands and body:
1. Be sure you are getting a proper breakfast that is high in protein and complex carbohydrates. Aim for 20g of protein per meal for women and 30g of protein per meal for men. The most important meal is breakfast as it sets up your blood sugars for the rest of the day. Skipping breakfast drains your adrenals and does a number on your body especially if you are trying to lose weight.
2. Make sure you are getting in enough sleep! Aim for at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep per night. Going to bed before midnight is a plus and each hour slept before midnight is double the sleep. Be sure your room is dark , using dark curtains and eliminating any excessive light from the street lamps or night stands. Also it is very important not to sleep right near your cell phone as the radiation does affect pituitary function which can also affect your adrenal glands.
3. Reduce or avoid sugars! Sugar is poison to the body, the hard part is if you are under a lot of stress, not getting enough sleep, or not eating enough protein, then you will probably have a very strong craving for sweets and sugar. Eating enough protein and healthy fats – will help eliminate these cravings which will also help you sleep better.
4. Make sure you have an outlet for stress! As a mother, I’m guilty of this, when I’m not spending time with my three small children, then I’m either cooking, cleaning, or working on articles like these. A lot of time theres a feeling that there is no time for stress management or exercise. But scheduling times to do so or making sure you have someone to exercise with will help to keep you accountable. Make sure it’s fun and something you enjoy and most importantly make sure you feel great afterwards! If the exercise causes you to feel even more fatigued and unmotivated then it’s too much! Aim for something more relaxing like walking, yoga, or stretching.
All in all, if you are experiencing adrenal fatigue, don’t do it on your own. Find a great Naturopathic Doctor to help support and guide you through it and begin to feel better sooner than later!!
Call today for your free 15 minute phone consultation: 704-543-5540. Get Healthy and Stay Healthy!!