Stresses like a demanding job, raising a family, relationship issues, lack of sleep, financial pressures, improper nutrition, dieting, and unresolved emotional distress cause the adrenal glands to produce cortisol.
However, when our adrenal glands chronically sustain high cortisol levels, they eventually become fatigued leading to adrenal dysfunction.
This not only affects cortisol production, but also impairs the adrenals’ ability to produce and balance hormones like DHEA, oestrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.
The adrenals are primarily responsible for activating your stress (“fight or flight”) response, shifting energy away from restorative processes like digestion and toward the organs of action — your heart and skeletal muscles — by pumping adrenaline and cortisol into your bloodstream. But they also synthesise numerous other hormones, including androgens and their precursors, such as testosterone and DHEA, as well as oestrogens and progesterone — which is why it becomes more important than ever to support our adrenal glands when a woman wants to prepare to get presence and when a woman is approaching menopause, a time when the body relies more upon the regulation of hormones.
Cortisol has a natural cycle that synchronises with your circadian rhythm. In the morning cortisol level increases around 6 am, throughout the day cortisol gradually declines — with small upward bumps at meal times — in preparation for night-time rest.
The hormone cortisol itself is not a bad thing as it has a powerful role in so many other regulatory processes over all your systems: protecting the body from stress by regulating blood pressure, normalising blood sugar levels, helping to regulate the immune and inflammatory responses, and influencing mood, memory, and clarity of thought.
During late stage adrenal exhaustion cortisol eventually falls to levels which are insufficient to adequately maintain normal physiological function and can lead to:
- Decreased immunity
- Lack of concentration
- Elevated blood pressure
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Poor concentration
- Food sensitivity
- Muscle tension
- Excessive worry
The good news is that can be reversed by first start to make health choices with your foods. Other important thing don’t stay without eating more than 3 hours as your blood sugar level gets lower and it will put stress on your adrenal glands.
The steps to restore your adrenals health are:
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar. Eat 3 meals and 2 or 3 healthy snacks, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meat, chicken, eggs, fish
- Decrease salt
- Drink at least 6 -8 glasses of water daily
- Do not skip breakfast
- Vitamins C , Minerals (Calcium, magnesium, Zinc), EFFA’s
Recommended Life style:
- get more rest
- stress management (energy balancing, Reiki, Reflexology)