Feeling stressed out lately? Everyone encounters stress in their lives. You may have been affected by the current economic crisis or other bad news. Perhaps you get stressed out at work or you have family problems or an illness. Maybe you eat too much sugar or don't get enough sleep. Whether physical or emotional your adrenal glands help you beat stress and help you cope.
These 2 glands that sit on top of your kidneys produce the hormone cortisol to help you go beyond the limits if of usual endurance when you need it. Cortisol is meant to help relieve various types of stress for only a short period. Once the stress is over your body should return to a relaxed state and the cortisol levels should return to normal. Unfortunately in today's high paced lifestyles the stress response is being activated virtually all the time.
When these higher levels of cortisol stay in the blood stream it can have adverse effects on your health. It can:
Interfere with brain chemicals and prevent normal memory function
Suppress thyroid function
Cause blood sugar imbalances
Decrease bone density
Cause breakdown in muscle tissue
Increase blood pressure
Impair wound healing and other health consequences
Increase bad cholesterol
Increase abdominal fat with all the associated health risks
In the short term the increase in cortisol increases metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fat producing instant energy for your body to use. Many of the detrimental effects of stress are related to the increased loss of nutrients caused by the increase in metabolism.
Some Natural Health Remedies to help you beat stress
It is important to have a well balanced nutritious diet to replace the nutrients that may be lost during stress. High levels of stress often leads to unhealthy eating and drinking. Refined and junk foods just put extra stress on your body. Coffee creates anxiety and panic. Alcohol is a poison and a depressant although many people believe it to be a stimulant and should not be used to handle stress.
Whole grains, fresh vegetables, fruits and some good protein will help replace the nutrients that are being lost. Complex carbohydrates like whole grain cereals, beans and potatoes have a calming effect on the brain.
B complex vitamins are needed by the nervous system and to produce adrenal hormones. A lot of Vitamin C is used by the adrenal glands during stressful episodes. Adding some extra B Vitamins and Vitamin C can help support your body.
Herbs such as Astragalus and Ginseng are adaptogenic herbs and can help the body resist stress and have a balancing effect. They are often found in combination with other adaptogens such as Ashwagandha, Schizandra, Wild Yam, Dandelion Root, and Licorice Root. Ginseng should not be used of you have high blood pressure or hypoglycemia. Licorice root should be deglycyrrhized.
Trying to get by on too little sleep leads to depression and irritability. Getting enough sleep is important for the body to repair itself and could make a significant difference in the quality of your life.
Exercise is a great stress reducer even if you don't feel like it. It increases the circulation to help get rid of stress hormones and helps to increase the production of endorphins, those brain chemicals that make you feel good. Just a word of warning - too much exercise without adequate rest can increase cortisol levels.
Regularly practising some form of relaxation is a great stress buster and can dramatically improve your physical and mental wellbeing.
Yoga can help you manage stress and anxiety and induce a complete peacefulness of body and mind. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation,a tranquil mind and sense of calm.
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