Stress and its impact on your body!
When Stress Becomes Distress
- Chronic anxiety
- Overwhelming feeling of fatigue
- Sleep Problems
- Brain Fog
- Afternoon fatigue, caffeine, or sugar cravings, usually around 3 to 4 pm
- Allergies, food reactions, hives
- Anxiety, irritability, or depression
- Being in constant overdrive or overly driven, taking on too much, finding yourself unable to stop and relax
- Cravings for sugary, salty or fatty foods, or carbs (starches, baked goods)
- Difficulty sticking with a diet or exercise plan, trouble with “willpower”
- Difficulty with focus or memory (“brain fog”)
- Digestive problems
- Eczema or hives
- Fatigue, exhaustion, feeling overwhelmed
- Hashimoto’s or autoimmune disorders show up
- Hormonal imbalances
- Insulin resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, or Diabetes
- Low sex drive
- Extra belly fat
- Osteopenia or osteoporosis
- PCOS, endometriosis, and infertility
- Perfectionism, feeling that you’re never doing enough, or never doing things well enough
- Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up still tired
STEP #1 Recognize the Feeling
STEP #2: Breathe…………just breathe…………….
STEP #3 Create Safe Space for Your Brain
- Take a hot bath or shower 30 minutes before bed; I prefer using an Epsom salt bath with 10-15 drops of a good quality Lavender essential oil.
- After your bath or shower, grab a notebook and pen, and jot down one thing you’re proud of from your day, one thing you’re grateful for, and one thing you’re looking forward to the next day.
- Hop into bed and click on the Headspace app (free if you have an Android or Iphone). Then do a series of 5-7 paced breaths while you listen to a guided meditation. I love this app. For ‘retraining the brain’. It works!
STEP #4 Nourish your body from the inside/out
- Organ meats (e.g. liver)
- Organic meats (e.g. beef, chicken) wild better, no GMO or grain fed ideal.
- Eggs (if not sensitive)
- Low sugar fruits
- Beans (If no SIBO or yeast issues)
- Avocado, Nuts and seeds
- High sugar fruits
- Sugary snacks
- Fast food
- Processed foods
- Refined grains (e.g. white bread)
- Dried fruits
- The No. 1 adaptogen specifically for your adrenals is called ashwagandha. Ashwagandha benefits adrenals because it lowers cortisol levels and maintains healthy adrenal function. The same is true of the other adaptogen herbs, including ashwagandha, holy basil and licorice root (caution with high blood pressure here), which are the most beneficial for supporting your adrenal glands.
- Also, getting B (methylated) vitamins is very important for your adrenal glands, especially Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency has been linked to adrenal cortex stress, so supplementing with vitamin B12 can be a beneficial addition to your adrenal fatigue diet.
- Last but not least, magnesium as well as vitamin D can also support your adrenals, along with selenium. Magnesium plays a vital role in combatting adrenal insufficiency and is an important cofactor for almost every bodily function. I love Magnesium!
- Selenium benefits adrenals because it’s a mineral that works as an antioxidant that also supports the adrenal glands. That’s why selenium deficiency can lead to adrenal issues.
And again... here's the link to part 1.