Improving Compromised Adrenal Health

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While you may have heard the term “adrenal fatigue” all over the Internet or IG, it’s not a phrase accepted by the medical community & that “HPA Axis Dysregulation” might be a more appropriate term.⁣

The HPA encompasses the Hypothalamus, Pituitary, and Adrenal Glands. Together, they work to regulate stress, mood metabolism, energy, & more.⁣

Potential Symptoms of Compromised Adrenal Health:⁣
• Blood sugar irregularities⁣
• Chronic fatigue⁣
• Compromised immune system, constantly getting sick/injured⁣
• Craving sweet/salty foods⁣
• Depression, mood swings, agitation ⁣
• Difficulty getting out of bed⁣
• Difficulty losing weight⁣
• Feeling worse after caffeine⁣
• Gut woes – alternating diarrhea/constipation, etc⁣
• Insomnia, trouble falling/staying asleep⁣
• Irregular cortisol levels⁣
• Irregular menstrual cycles, hormonal imbalances⁣
• Low blood pressure, feeling faint if standing up quickly⁣
• No/low sex drive⁣
• Poor concentration, mental fogginess⁣
…and others.⁣

We live in a society that condones the “hustle hard, sleep when I’m dead, survive on coffee” mentality – so it’s no surprise that stress is a helluva drug & can wreak some serious havoc on our health/wellbeing if not careful.⁣

Since we don’t live in a vacuum, adrenal health can play into thyroid, hormone, & digestive health (:⁣

Easy Examples on Ways to Reduce Stress:⁣
• Journal⁣
• Transition from HIIT/CrossFit to something like @paragonperformancetraining
• Go for long walks⁣
• Deep breathing exercises, yoga⁣
• Mediate via apps like Insight Timer⁣
• Spend time outside without electronics⁣
• Set boundaries on work⁣
• Embrace the art of “saying no”⁣

Easy Ways to Support Adrenal Health:⁣
• Thoroughly salt food⁣
• Consider minimizing coffee/go caffeine-free (hello decaf!)⁣
• Consume ample cholesterol & healthy dietary fats from sources like avocados, olive oil, whole eggs, red meat, salmon⁣
• Consider supplementing with adrenal glandular & adaptogens (Eleuthero, American Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Rhodiola, etc)⁣
• Prioritize ample sleep 8-10 hrs/night⁣
• Keep tabs on blood sugar regulation
• Consume well-rounded meals with pro/carb/fat/veggies/fiber at every meal & eat every few hours⁣

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