I’ve been away from my blog for about a month now. My sweet, strong, beautiful mother passed away on March 20th, and I’ve been dealing with all of the issues… practical and emotional… that arise with the death of a loved one.
My mother would have been 101 next month, so I would be hard pressed to say that her death has been a shock. As a matter of fact, each time I’ve seen her for the past number of years, I’ve wondered as I was leaving her if this would be the last time I saw her.
- They’re responsible for our “fight or flight” response, that’s been in effect since the beginning of our time on this earth.
- They produce and pump hormones such as cortisol, and epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline)into our bodies.
- They manufacture all of our steroid hormones, with the exception of the sex hormones. Actually, they even take over the production of our sex hormones from our ovaries and testes at mid-life (menopause/andropause).
- being chased by a saber toothed tiger,
- getting in a fight with your spouse,
- being caught in gridlock in traffic when late to a meeting,
- too much chemical exposure,
- too much sugar sending your blood sugar and insulin levels skyrocketing,
- too much loud noise,
- toxic people… etc… you get the picture.
2. What Can You Do to Support Your Adrenal Glands?
- The absoulte best thing you can do is to live in healthy balance (clever of me to throw that in isn’t it?). But seriously, moderation in all things is key.
- Get plenty of rest. Go to bed by 10:00. (This avoids a cortisol surge that happens as a part of our natural circadian rhythms…. you know. the 2nd wind)
- Avoid caffeine, sugar, alcohol, processed foods, especially white flour products.
- Stop pushing yourself.
- Never skip breakfast and make it a high protein meal. Avoid fruit (& sugar) in the morning.
- Eat high quality whole foods. Don’t eat any more processed fake foods… get them out of your life.
- Get rid of sugar!
- Get regular exercise and adequate rest.
- Resist the urge to think negatively. Surround yourself with positive thoughts, postive people, and get away from energy suckers in all forms.
- Nurture yourself… to a massage, a new book, an afternoon break, a walk in nature… bottom line, make your physical and emotional well-being a priority.
- James Wilson advocates figuring out what and who drains the energy from you. He says you have 3 choices: either change that situation or relationship; change yourself so that you can adapt to the situation or relationship; or leave the situation/relationship
- Vitamin C
- Co Q 10
- Vitamin B complex
- Adaptocrine: an adaptogenic herb blend that combines Vitamin C, Panax Ginseng, Ashwaganda, Holy Basil, Rhodiola, Eleutherococcus, and Pantethine.
- AdrenaCalm: a cream that contains phosphatidylserine and key B vitamins as well as valerian root, lemon balm, milk thistle, hazel bud extact.. CoQ10, St Johns Wort, Magnesium phosphate, etc…..It also contains some pituitary, adrenal, and thyroid, which I usually don’t dive into, but in this case…. I do.
It can take months to restore your adrenal glands if you have entered into a fatigued state, so don’t become discouraged. You can only win with the above suggestions, so keep it up and you’re bound to start feeling better.
My husband used to have a term he’d throw at me called “self-imposed stress” and you know what? It’s true. We all subject ourselves to self-imposed stress and we need to recognize it and stop over-doing, over-extending, burning the candle at both ends, etc…. so here’s the opposite of Nike’s slogan….. Just STOP.
If we make nurturing ourselves a priority, we’ll hopefully have the stamina, strength and energy to get through the inevitable times that life throws at us… when we have no choice but to put our head down and get through it.
So Mom… I will nurture myself and I will get through everything that I need to get through with closing down your house, your belongings, your life… all of your kids will…. but I have to say that I am sad and I am going to miss you very much. I’ll hold onto the beautiful memories.