Living with chronic stress at work or at home is an all-too-familiar scenario for many of us these days. In response to stress the adrenal glands pump out various levels of stress hormones (i.e. adrenaline and cortisol). Excess stress can create hormonal imbalances that lead to premature aging and an obesity like condition characterized by an excessive accumulation of abdominal fat. Chronic daily stress (ie. work, school or constant worrying) can also rapidly deplete the brains serotonin reserves, causing the brain to send out ravenous craving for sweet starchy foods. A few common signs of weak adrenal function are: overeating and weight gain, low feeling of energy or fatigue, irritability, chronic tiredness, oversleeping and frequent immune system break down.
Adrenal Glands: What Do They Do?
Adrenal glands are small glands located on the upper pole of each kidney. There are two main areas of the adrenals. The cortex produces sex hormones, stress hormones and other hormones responsible for water & sugar balance. The medulla produces the stress hormones adrenaline and nor adrenaline.
Signs of low adrenal function can be similar to signs of being “stressed out” such as lethargy, dizziness, headaches, memory problems, food cravings and blood sugar imbalances.
The most important way to avoid adrenal burnout is to deal with stress in a healthy way. Regular exercise both stimulates the adrenal glands and relieves stress.
Support your adrenal glands:
Don't drink coffee; it puts further stress on the adrenals.
Exercise on a regular basis.
Don't skip meals.
Limit your intake of sugar.
Use a herbal complex with licorice, Siberian ginseng, and suma.
Stress is usually thought of as a negative factor in our daily lives but it is necessary part of life. Without stress life becomes boring. The key to stress, as with everything else in life, is balance. Enough to keep you interested but not enough to become overwhelmed. Individuals have different thresholds for stress. What is seen as stressful to one person may not be stressful to another.
The stress response is the body’s way of preparing for action. As our species evolved it kept us safe, allowing us to fight for survival, or to flee from dangerous situations. The sympathetic nervous system response involves increased heart rate, blood pressure and adrenal output, as well as increased blood flow to the brain, muscles, lungs and heart. Those organs that are not needed to fight or flee receive less blood flow, for example, the digestive organs. This response is very efficient for a short period of time but it is meant to be used sparingly.
The result of constant stress can be tense muscles, headaches, stomach cramps, teeth grinding, decreased immunity, exhaustion and insomnia. Emotionally stress can lead to memory problems, depression, emotional outbursts, panic attacks, and anxiety. It is believed that constant stress is a factor in the development of many chronic diseases.
We often ignore the first signs of stress, such as headaches and insomnia, and use medication to stop the symptoms. We use stimulants, like caffeine, to allow ourselves to keep working when the body is trying to tell us to slow down. The masking of stress symptoms eventually causes the body to breakdown. The standard North American diet is deficient in vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids. It is high in saturated fat, refined carbohydrates and chemical additives and preservatives. These substances not only do not give your body usable energy, but they also inhibit the use of good quality food by depleting enzymes and hormones necessary for energy conversion. The body must also deal with the toxic by-products of foods like bleached flour and sugar, artificial sweeteners and flavours and trans-fatty acids. All of these stressors compromise the health of an individual.
Help reduce the effects of stress on the body by:
Eating a whole food diet high in leafy greens and fresh fruit
Avoiding refined, packaged and processed foods
Minimizing caffeinated beverages
Supplementing with B-complex vitamins
Using herbs to support the adrenals
Performing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and meditation
2-4 capsules in the afternoon or evening or as directed by a qualified health professional.
Ingredients and Nutritional Information
|Serving Size: 2 capsules|
|Amount Per Serving||% Daily Value*|
|Ashwagandha Extract (Withanis somnifera) (3% Withanolides)||375 mg||**|
|Valerian Extract (Valeriana officinalis) (root) (0.8% Valerenic Acid)||300 mg||**|
|Citrus Bioflavonoids||200 mg||**|
|Lyophilized Adrenal Tissue||75 mg||**|
|Rhodiola Extract (Rhodiola rosea) (root) (3.5% Rosavins)||25 mg||**|
|Black Pepper Extract 1:5 (Piper nigrum) (fruit) (95% Piperin)||1.25 mg||**|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Percent Daily Value Not Established.