Do you hit a wall between 1 and 3 pm? Many people feel like they either need a nap, something sugary or caffeine. If you are one of those people, don't reach fall for the cravings. There are easy natural ways to bump up your energy and help you get through that midday slump.
When you hit this wall or feel like you need sugary foods or caffeine during these hours it means your adrenal glands are tired. Adrenal glands are considered your stress glands. They pump out hormones to keep you going day in and day out. They fire up with both good and bad stress, so each time there is a stressor it is like asking them to run a marathon. Then another stressor comes and they have to run again. It's just an endless cycle!
If you had to run a one marathon after another, you eventually couldn't go anymore, but our bodies are amazing and the adrenals keep working day in and out. They get tired too, though. When the adrenals are overworked, you feel tired. When things get really bad, severe adrenal fatigue sets in and you feel overwhelmed very easily. Another symptom people complain of is mid to lower back pain that feels like a deep bruise or ache that never goes away.
You are not destined to feel this way forever- by supporting your adrenal glands it is amazing how much better you can feel. I see this multiple times a day and it still amazes me how much better people feel by adding in the correct support. Many patients come in lifeless and ‘down’ on their first visit and by the second visit you can see their face get brighter, have happier dispositions and just feel better in general. It takes a lot time to rebuild, but getting on the right support can make a HUGE difference.
What can you do?
Try to avoid stress! That is what most people say, but how realistic is it? Not very - but you can choose to minimize it. Do not say yes to everything and everyone - you will wear yourself down. Create boundaries and make time for yourself daily, even if it just 10 minutes a day.
Eat an avocado a day - great hormones and fuel for the adrenals
If you hit a dip in the afternoon, drink hot tea with 1 tbs of coconut oil - this keeps your blood sugar levels stable and doesn't spike them which stresses the adrenal glands even more
Keep your protein intake up - make sure to get 30 grams of protein in for breakfast. I do it through a smoothie or eat turkey, chicken sausage, etc. with eggs for breakfast. You want to have protein at each meal.
Snack on nuts and seeds
If you are craving sugar - eat some protein first and a glass of water, then wait 15 minutes before indulging. If you have to indulge try natural sugars like honey and maple syrup in moderation.
You can also support your adrenals through great supplements that we commonly use in the office. These are just a few of the many ones we use. The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system - so we have to look at everything and not just single out the adrenals!
- Adrenal Support by Nature Sunshine
- Great to take a bottle when big stressors come up or life throws you a curve ball
- Nervous Fatigue TCM by Nature Sunshine
- Great for maintenance and protection of the adrenals
- Mineral Chi Tonic by Nature Sunshine
- Minerals are fuel for adrenals and this also has other great herbs for them too. Its is a liquid which is easy to mix or take straight (not the best tasting thing but you can do it :)
- Adrenal Desiccated by Standard Process
- For very severe cases
- Drenamin by Standard Process
- Whole food based supplement for the adrenals
- Min Tran by Standard Process
- Relaxing minerals to relax the body and adrenals; Great for when the mind starts racing when you lay down to go to sleep!
Again there are SO many other supplements we use, but this is just a quick overview. If the symptoms above sound like you, give us a call and we can help out. You don't have to live run down or in a constant state of feeling overwhelmed.
For order instructions on Nature Sunshine click here and for Standard Process visit the office or call 615-656-3558.