No bigger than the size of walnut, your two adrenal glands are tiny but serve a massive job in your body. These powerful endocrine glands sit over your kidneys (“ad”: over, “renal”= kidneys) and secrete and regulate hormones such as cortisol, estrogen, and testosterone–hormones that are essential for our body’s processes. Proper adrenal health and balance are vital to our overall health and vitality.
The main function of your adrenal glands is to help your body to process and deal with stress from every angle. This includes stress from physical injury and more mental stressors. Thus, if your adrenal health is poor and its function low, your body will have difficulty responding to these stresses.
Adrenal Fatigue and Imbalance
Adrenal fatigue is a term used to describe a collection of symptoms that results when adrenal health is low and adrenal glands are functioning below the necessary lever. These symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Sleep Disturbances
- Body Aches
- Hair Loss
- Digestive Symptoms
These symptoms of adrenal fatigue can range from mild to debilitating. In cases of the latter, fatigue is so intense that you may have difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours each day. The effect of this fatigue, however, does not only affect your adrenal system. When adrenal function is low, it affects every orand ans system in your body.
Adrenal Stress and Weight Gain
Another important side effect of poor adrenal health is weight gain. As we’ve learned, the adrenal glands govern how our bodies respond to stress. When there is an imbalance, the fight-or-flight response can occur, and our bodies will prepare for the worst by storing calories.
Belly fat is one of the first symptoms of adrenal dysfunction. If we go for long periods of time without food, our blood sugar drops and sends chemical messages to the adrenal glands to release the hormone cortisol. Cortisol then mobilizes amino acids, glucose, and fat to prevent our blood sugar from going to low. This gives our body and brain the energy it requires when food is not available. After a period of prolonged stress, cortisol and insulin levels remain high in the blood and the extra glucose gets stored as fat. Special receptors for cortisol in fat cells is particularly high in the abdominal area.
How to Maintain Good Adrenal Health:
Adrenal health is very important to combat all of the above symptoms of adrenal fatigue and dysfunction. Adrenal fatigue affects about 80% of the population. But, there are steps you can take to combat this syndrome naturally.
1. A Healthy Diet
The number one way to combat adrenal fatigue is to change your diet. Increasing your intake of nutritious, whole foods and decreasing junk and other harmful foods is key.
Unfortunately for you coffee drinkers, this includes caffeine. A study at the Duke University Medical Center found that “caffeine may exaggerate sympathetic adrenal-medullary responses to the stressful events of normal daily life” (1). The second thing you want to avoid is sugar. When we eat excess sugar, our adrenal glands produce extra cortisol and insulin to handle all of the empty calories—leading to all of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
Foods with high levels of B12 and magnesium are great in combatting adrenal fatigue. Coconut oil, olive oil, and raw dairy products are also great, as healthy fats help regulate the adrenal glands. And, of course, lots and lots of vegetables are very beneficial for proper adrenal health.
2. Lower Stress Levels
The adrenal glans are the glands that govern our stress, so it makes sense that relieving stress will thus lessen the stress on our adrenal glands. Better quality sleep is the number one way to relieve stress in the body. This, incidentally, works hand in hand with decreasing your caffeine intake. Exercise, meditation, and yoga are other ways to reduce mental and physical stress.
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3. Adrenal-Assisting Supplements
The last, and easiest thing you need to do to heal adrenal fatigue is take supplements that support your adrenal glands. Revitalogy’s Adrenal Assist supplements are a glandular-based product that offers comprehensive support for your adrenal glands. This physician-formulated supplement is fortified with N-acetyl tyrosine, vitamin C, and a comprehensive spectrum of B vitamins. Adrenal Complex is ideal for those under chronic stress due to its ability to balance cortisol and replenish catecholamines (dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine).
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Dr. Matteo Rosselli, D.O.
Medical Director and Co-Founder of Revitalogy
An expert in the field of pro-vitality medicine, Dr. Rosselli’s priority is to provide the safest and most effective strategies for slowing the aging process and restoring the youthful vitality that decreases as we age. He believes that the integration of revolutionary medical research with his patients’ individual health profiles is the most optimal method for prescribing anti-aging medicine programs that will produce effective results.
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