Using Food To Calm Your Adrenal Glands

Today’s lifestyle can lead to stress, plenty of it, and seemingly just about everywhere. Now I won’t promise to be the expert on stress but I work with esteemed colleagues who are. I’ve listened to lectures on the brain’s reaction to danger or perceived danger. I’ve read articles about how stress creates physical problems, and have attended stress conferences and workshops. We’ve had fantastic specialists on stress come as guests to our radio show, The Wellness Coaches, to shed light on what stress is and how it affects us. All of my clients have stress as one of the top 5 reasons for coming to see me.

In times of stress in my own lifetime, I felt as if an alarm clock started ringing somewhere in my body and could not be turned off. I had physical problems in times of stress as well, such as chronic bladder infections, weight gain, an infected appendix, flu and colds, heart palpitations, and red spots on face and body. I am a robustly healthy person, yet in the past 35 years, if asked to give an honest answer, I could say that stress regularly showed up somewhere in the body until I took care of both problems, the cause of the stress and it’s mysterious manifestation. Then years of robust health returned again.

My colleague, Barbara Grimwade, explained to me that those alarm clocks are the adrenal glands running on overtime. A fight-or-flight response had turned into a tiring ‘help!’ mode. Adrenal glands have their function, as I understood it from Barbara, but are certainly not meant to be active all of the time. These glands are to be ready, the way a fireman is on duty, but otherwise are to be in a resting state. Getting a grip on stress is a multi-pronged approach and takes some effort, but the awards are worth it.

Did you know that eating the right kinds of food and taking the right supplements can help? Below is a direct quotation from Barbara that is worth capturing here. Barbara’s contact information is available at the end of this article.

How To Nourish Your Adrenals

Vitamin C 200mg-1000 mg/day – Helps glucose metabolism and supports your immune system. The best form to take is calcium or magnesium ascorbate as these are gentler on your stomach and are easily absorbed.

Vitamin C Rich Foods – Sweet peppers, kale, parsley, broccoli, Brussels’ sprouts, red cabbage, parsley, citrus fruits, black currants, Kiwi fruit and strawberries.

Vitamin B100 Complex One A Day – The B vitamins are used to make your stress hormones so are easily depleted. They also help balance your blood sugar. Take a vitamin B complex because taking individual B’s can upset the balance of the rest of your B vitamins.

Magnesium Citrate 400mg/day – Your magnesium balance is often depleted by stress. It is strongly calming for your adrenals, is a muscle relaxant, can help you sleep and helps balance your blood sugar.

Magnesium rich foods – Pumpkin seeds, black eye peas, brown rice, Brazil nuts
Zinc As Citrate 50mg/day – Helps insulin production, supports your immune system and is involved in the production of reproductive hormones.

Zinc rich foods – oysters, sesame seeds, chicken breast, walnuts, sardines

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) 2-3g /day – Fish and krill oils, linseed and walnut oils. Be sure to buy organic, cold-pressed nut oils and fish oils that are from those low on the food chain. Krill oil is one of the best for this reason.

I recommend you are tested to assess your unique requirements as they can vary greatly and you may be wasting your money by taking vitamins that your body doesn’t need.*

Don’t let stress get the better of you! Feel free to comment below or contact us to find out more on how to get started on a balanced lifestyle.

*Copyright Barbara Grimwade 2012. All rights reserved.

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