Tips for Stress & Adrenal Health
Written by: Jayne Hopper DipNT CNM BANT CNCH TCE Practitioner in Training
Your adrenal glands are the foundation on which to thrive, get you up in the mornings and give you energy throughout the day. Your continued health and vitality depend on them so take time to look after them and have the energy and good health to fully enjoy life.
The primary raw materials you need are cholesterol and amino acid’s. Cholesterol is essential to adrenal health, so eating daily healthy fats such as eggs, oily fish, coconut oil, avocados, nuts and seeds are essential. Eating the correct amount of protein every meal (not just toast for breakfast) will ensure you have all your essential amino acids.
A Vegetable rich diet will provide you a broad range of vitamins, minerals, fibre and phytonutrients for adrenal, digestive and general health. Soaking seeds, nuts and pulses support easier digestion and increases bioavailability of nutrients.
Hydration is important with daily intake of around 1 1/2 to 2 L of beverages including filtered water, herbal and fruit teas or coconut water. Mix with daily, body alkalising green powders for an added nutrient boost.
Animal proteins such as meat, fish and eggs provide essential nutrients that can be difficult to digest if your gut function is compromised. Broad-spectrum digestive enzymes, and a probiotic formulation can support this. Avoiding gluten rich grains is also recommended, along with eliminating or reducing greatly sugar, chocolate, caffeine and alcohol.
Adrenal support supplements and lifestyle factors
Adrenal recovery often takes a shift in lifestyle and attitude. Nurturing your body with mindful exercise like walking in the fresh air, yoga, tai chi or Pilates can be an enormous benefit.
Supplementary vitamin B5 and B6 (although best to take a B complex), in conjunction with vitamin C provide cofactors for adrenal hormone production. B vitamins are also needed for metabolism and modulating inflammation, as is EPA and DHA, essential fatty acids found in fish or krill oil. Phospholipids in lecithin powder formulations support energy production and cell membrane structure and function. Supplementary magnesium is also recommended for energy and relaxation.
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