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Stress and the Adrenals

By the time most Women connect with me, they have no energy reserves left, they have hit the wall. They have generally been through a long period of chronic stress or long term illness, running off stress hormones, which worked for them. Until it didn’t. Depletion hit.  

Our bodies don’t have the reserves to continue pumping stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol at that pace forever.  Sooner or later what goes up, must come down. 

We always associate stress with outside factors like emotional stress, but stress can also come from within.  Surgeries, nutrient depletions, food allergies and intolerances and basically all health conditions are a stress on the body. It is important to always look at the full picture when you find yourself depleted and this is what I do with my clients also by putting together a time line of all factors.  

There is a saying “If you do what you have always done, you will get what you’ve always got”.  In a nutshell if the way you were living life got you into a depleted state, it is not going to get you out of it.  

I will probably repeat this again but more likely then not it is in your lifestyle where the biggest changes need to be made.  We will cover that more below. 

 

    What happens during stress?

    Stress starts in the brain, which sends a signal to the adrenal glands, to create stress hormones.  Our adrenals are little grape sized glands which sit on top of our kidneys and are the producers of our stress hormones, like adrenaline and cortisol.  

    Sometimes the signals are also picked up by our other glands as well, such as our thyroid and ovaries. This is one of the reasons why stress has such a systemic effect interrupting many body processes. All of our organs need to be well nourished to work correctly and when we are stressed we are burning up more of our resources (vitamins and minerals) then we are putting back in.

     

    restoring your adrenals & mojo

    I can guide you on restoring  nutrients to help you build physical resilience to stress, however – You can not underestimate the importance of lifestyle practices in recovery from chronic stress.  It is important you work on finding balance in all aspects of life.

    Identifying how you got to where you are, is the first step in making sure you don’t return.

    Healthy Boundaries

    You do not have to  be superwoman.  If you are continuously running yourself ragged, then you will keep going around in circles here.  You are healing and you need boundaries.  Sure if people are used to you always saying yes,  some won’t like it when you suddenly start saying no but it really is an investment in your health.

    Often the people who react when you instill health boundaries have not seen healthy boundaries expressed.  Maybe their parents also lacked boundaries? It is your job to look after yourself.  Whenever you do first aid training you are told to ensure your own safety first as you are no good to anyone if you get hurt. Well apply that concept to your life. Look after your needs and conserve your energy first, then you can assist others with your overflow.

    A time to take it down a notch

    You are probably going to have to slow down a lot more then you want to.  You would not walk non stop on a broken leg and expect it to heal. You can’t expect to recover from chronic stress when you are constantly pumping out stress hormones.

    Relying on caffeine or sugar to get through the day will only make things worse in the long run. On that note make sure you download my free Balanced meal formula for hormonal harmony guide as balanced blood sugars and healthy meals will be a bit part of the healing process.  

     

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    Move

    Restorative exercise – Yes you can and should exercise, but it’s really not a great time for you to be signing up for marathons to be honest. 

    Walking in nature and yoga are my top choices at this stage.  Both aid fitness and recovery by helping you clear your mind while you connect with your body .  If your current exercise regime is not leaving you feeling amazing or giving you the results you expect, then it is time to reassess.  For now anyway, consider this period an investment in your future health.

    Breathe

    Breathe baby – Our body’s have not really fully adapted to modern stress in many ways.  When we start pumping out stress hormones in our normal day to day lives, from sitting in traffic or whatever sets off our stress hormones, our body goes into fight or flight mode to prepare us to run from danger.  Our body is trying to protect us and it does not want to be focusing on reproduction or digestion when in danger. Our body will instead focus on short term survival and helping us to run away from danger. 

    The problem with chronic daily stress is that we are not in danger, and we may actually want to relax, digest our food and reproduce (or just have normal hormonal function).  One of the fastest ways we can communicate to our bodies that we are ok, and the ‘danger’ has passed is to breathe deeply.  This is why I love yoga as it combines movement with breathwork.

    Moving Forward 

    Stress is not in itself an entirely bad thing.  A bit of stress helps us meet deadlines and get stuff done.  The problems occur when our bodies do not have the resources (vitamins and minerals for example) to call upon or when we get stay in that state, and do not make the effort to ‘switch off’ and replenish.  The key is mixing in the calm.

    I hope this has helped.  I love working with Women, one on one to restore their mojo, and help them thrive.  If you are ready to feel better and want my support, then check out the ways we can work together here. I am now offering a mini 20 minute consultation stress and energy consultation for $50. This gives you some tools to manage stress and restore your energy as well as a personalised prescription for practitioner only supplements. I can also recommend any tests (thyroid, cortisol or food intolerance for example) or make any recommendations for further help as well. I can support and coach you through this.  

    Julie McGill

    Julie McGill

    Holistic Nutritionist, Mother to 4 young Humans.
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