Your gut health cannot be fully repaired if you fail to eliminate one of the biggest toxins from your life—stress. Stress is one of the most prevalent toxins in our modern world and leads to countless health conditions.
Adrenal fatigue, one of the most under-diagnosed health issues and is actually one of the main by-products of prolonged stress.
Your adrenals are the endocrine organs that sit on top of each of your kidneys. The adrenal cortex is the outer part of the gland that produces hormones that are essential to life, such as cortisol (which helps your body respond to stress). The adrenal medulla is the inner part of the gland that produces nonessential hormones, such as adrenaline (which helps your body react to stress). When you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue, your adrenals are under a great amount of pressure and do not function properly, which can disrupt the entire functioning of your body.
SOME SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ADRENAL FATIGUE ARE
- Waking up tired in the morning after a full night’s sleep
- Frequent infections
- Weight gain
- Decreased sex drive
- Hormonal issues
- Cravings for sweet or salty foods
- Lowered immune system
- Long recovery time from illnesses
- Recurrent yeast infections
To self care and reduce the stress that may be causing Adrenal fatigue try these:
On waking do 1 minute of deep breathing to get your oxygen pumping around your body.
Think for a few moments of the tasks ahead, write them down so you can clearly see your priorities. being able to visualise your days tasks is proven to reduce stress and improve your overall time management which in itself reduces stress too = Win Win situation.
Be a little be grateful for the day ahead. Attitude of gratitude is an excellent tonic. It allows you to become mindful of your actions.
Before you eat breakfast or drink your usual morning drink, drink water with freshly squeezed lemon and a dash f cayenne pepper. A super boost for your digestive system.
If you use probiotics to promote a healthy immune system now is the ideal time to take them before you eat your breakfast.
Do you body brush? It is a great stimulation for your lymphatic system to rid toxins, but also invigorating to your entire body.
Fill your reusable water bottle ready for your day ahead.
When eating sit down. Allow time to eat, chew your food, become mindful during eating and allow time for digestion to occur.
Eat organic produces as much as possible, reducing your intake of chemicals known to irritate your digestive system and be toxic to your health.
Be active, park the car a street away from your destination, take the stairs not the lift, walk whenever possible.
Start a journal one of reflection – look back at what you have achieved and be grateful for that. How did you feel during the day? what made you feel like that? If you felt alive and positive, aim to repeat that event or action that led to that feeling.
Find a space that can become your quiet zone. Sit rest your eyes, breath deeply and calmly. Meditate if you wish, just allow your body and mind to be still for a minimum of 20 minutes a day.