No matter who you are or what your daily life involves, stress is a part of it. Even being stressed causes stress!
Stress that ebbs and flows in hours or even a couple of days is acute. You may experience acute stress in traffic, in line at the store, or while having dinner with people you might not like.
Stress that doesn’t lessen in less than a week or so is considered chronic. The triggers for chronic stress can be illness, grief, loss of a relationship, being in a toxic relationship, loss of a job, or any situation that influences your happiness, safety, or wellbeing for a month or longer. It’s a vicious cycle that breaks your body (and spirit) down a little bit at a time.Chronic stress over months, years, or even decades will kill you.Click To Tweet
Stress depletes your nutrients and vitamins (especially the B vitamins), which throws your hormones out of balance. This leads to massive system-wide inflammation as your body struggles to regain stability. Adrenal gland health is often the first casualty of chronic stress.
The Importance of Your HPA Axis
The adrenal glands sit above each of your kidneys. Small and unassuming, they are a mighty part of a complex system known as the HPA Axis. This includes your hypothalamus (the portion of your brain that signals body temperature, energy levels, and sleep), your pituitary (located at the base of your brain and considered the “master” gland), and your adrenals (which produce massive amounts of hormones that include cortisol, adrenaline, and dopamine).
Your adrenal glands regulate the function of at least 50 hormones and directly affect your fight-or-flight response. Under stress that doesn’t stop, your adrenal glands are continuously triggered to produce more cortisol – even when the last thing you need is more cortisol pumping through your body.
The health of adrenal glands and the rest of your HPA Axis affects every aspect of your life physically, mentally, and emotionally. When your adrenal glands malfunction, it can disrupt things you might not realize depend on them.
Adrenal Fatigue – The Symptoms Are Real
Those in the health industry refer to this as adrenal fatigue but mainstream science is still uncertain if this condition stands alone or is a symptom of something else that hasn’t been identified. After all, it has only been in the last decade that the medical community has named inflammation due to chronic stress as the root cause of every major disease.
There was a time when stress and inflammation were considered “emotional” issues. Now science knows better. Long-term stress has a devastating impact on your health and there’s no doubt that the signs of adrenal fatigue are serious and should not be ignored.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
- Fluctuating blood pressure (high or low)
- Changes to metabolism, weight, or appetite
- Flagging energy levels
- Poor digestion or digestive distress (constipation, diarrhea, or gas)
- Loss of mental clarity
- Compromised immunity (frequent sickness or infection)
- Decrease in sex drive
- Changes to menstrual symptoms in severity
- Disruption to sleep cycle (and never feeling truly rested)
- Emotional distress and feelings of being overwhelmed or mood swings
You need to know how you can treat it naturally, effectively, and affordably.
One proven method of improving adrenal gland health is getting enough vitamin B. While other vitamins (such as C and E) contribute to adrenal wellness, it is the variety of B vitamins that truly keep things running strong.
Why You Need the B Vitamins
- Critical to regulating metabolism
- They lower stroke risk
- Healthy development of central nervous system in unborn children
- Creation of new red blood cells
- Keep your skin and hair healthy
- Food to fuel conversion
- Boost energy levels
- Keep the lining of the heart and your gut healthy
- Hormone production
- Regulation of more than 100 enzyme functions
Everyone requires a constant supply of vitamin B in their body to keep fighting stress, and to stay fit. It is also the best way to ensure adrenal gland health!
Some of the best foods might be in your pantry right now. Here’s a few of our favorite vitamin B-rich foods that are an inexpensive and readily available source of these essential vitamins.
- B1 (thiamine): sunflower seeds, beans, peas, steel cut oats
- B2 (riboflavin): spinach, greens, yogurt, mushrooms, eggs, asparagus, turkey
- B3 (niacin): tuna, chicken, salmon, beef, sardines, shrimp
- B5 (pantothenic acid): avocado, sweet potato, mushrooms, broccoli, yogurt
- B6 (pyridoxine): turkey, beef, chicken, salmon, potatoes, bananas
- B7 (biotin): walnuts, almonds, sweet potato, eggs, onions, tomatoes, carrots
- B9 (folate): beans, asparagus, spinach, turnip greens, broccoli
- B12 (cobalamin): sardines, salmon, tuna, scallops, yogurt, milk
If you are pregnant or nursing, getting enough B9 (folate) cannot be stressed enough. A deficiency in this specific vitamin has been linked to birth defects.
To maintain adrenal gland health, you must know the importance of the B vitamins. I like to ramp up my B vitamins with my morning shake. I also take a supplement B-complex just in case.
Adrenal fatigue is serious and there is no quick fix. Also, if you never resolve the chronic stress in your daily life, you aren’t addressing the root problem. Before you allow stress to take one more day – get to the bottom of it. You won’t believe how it will change your life.
In the meantime, boost your intake of B vitamin foods and ensure your adrenal gland health. Your internal HPA Axis will thank you.