Stress. We all have it. But did you know that stress can come in many forms? Financial, emotional, physical, environmental, etc. When your body undergoes stress your adrenal glands respond by releasing the hormones cortisol and epinephrine. The adrenal glands are made to help you deal with stress but if the stress is prolonged your adrenal glands become unable to properly help you respond.
While there are many stressors in our life that we can’t seem to control, many are things that we have within our power to handle.
Step one is to lower your refined sugar intake. Eating sugar will cause an imbalance in your blood sugar levels, which stresses the adrenal glands by releasing more cortisol than needed. Even fake sugars such as aspartame and sucralose cause these blood sugar spikes, which will affect your adrenal glands.
Step two is cutting out your caffeine intake. Be it slow drip, an espresso, energy drinks or even coffee, caffeine is caffeine. Yeah, it has some anti-oxidants, but so does virtually every other food on the planet. Caffeine intake will put your adrenal glands into overdrive; giving you short-term energy and the feeling you can handle stress. But why is it you start to feel 1 cup is not enough after several days/weeks. You need an extra in the morning, one in the afternoon, and it keeps growing. This is because caffeine isn’t making you any healthier, it’s just artificially making you feel better, like a band-aid. However, it is actually putting your body in a more more stressed state, increasing your crash after the effects of the caffeine wears off.
Step three is to get adequate levels of sleep.Try to get 8+ hours of sleep per night in a dark and quiet room. Ideally you should be in bed by 10PM, which we will talk about more in another post.
Step four is getting proper recovery time in between working out. Many of us push ourselves day in and day out with no proper recovery time between workouts. This will cause your body additional physical stress.
Good things can also cause stress. Moving to a new location, a new job (even if its better), getting married, etc. are all stressors, which take time to recover from.
Obviously, we can never get rid of all stress, nor should we (good stress). But we can try our best to minimize the bad things we can control like refined sugar, caffeine, and getting to bed earlier. We can also take certain supplements to help us deal with the stress we can’t control.
One of the more common things I use in my practice is the amino acid L-Tyrosine. It is one of the main raw building blocks your adrenal glands use to form adrenaline as well as used by your thyroid gland to produce thyroid hormone. This will help ease the job of the adrenal glands, not stimulating them artificially, but allow them to produce natural hormones in an easier manner. B Vitamins also are known to increase energy and ease the stress on your body. Lastly, different herbs work in your body as an adaptogen. These will not only help ease the load of the adrenal glands, they will also make your adrenal glands healthier, giving you more energy naturally which is self maintain and lasting.Elite Energy is a unique product, which contains all of these ingredients without any extra fillers, or artificial & potentially harmful stimulants contained in most energy supplements. So remember, control the stressors in your body you can, most importantly sugar intake, caffeine intake, and getting enough sleep to allow your adrenal glands to heal. While they are healing take a supplement to give you natural energy (no caffeine) and also heal your body from the inside.
Following these principles are key to you to living to your potential!
Dr. Noah Lebowitz is a second generation Chiropractor and Applied Kinesiologist practicing in Scottsdale AZ. Dr. Lebowitz treats the chronically ill patient with fatigue, intestinal issues, depression, autoimmune conditions, etc. He also works with professional athletes (including NHL and MLB All-Stars and MVP players) and amateurs working to optimize muscle function and nutrition helping decrease injuries and increase performance.
More information can be found at www.DrNoahLebowitz.com
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