Facts About Stress
Adrenal Glands & Blood Sugar Balance


Facts about stress - Life can be extremely busy and over- stimulating with family, work, school, modern technology and activities, so how do we find the time to take care of our body, mind and soul? Why is it when we get too busy and overwhelmed so many of us forget, or simply don’t know how to, take care of ourselves?   

Facts about stress - The consequences of ignoring the signs and symptoms of too much stress, bad or good, can result in poor health both physically and emotionally.  The adrenal glands, which play a big role in stress management, are really affected.  

Facts about stress - Adrenal fatigue is known as “America’s invisible epidemic” and when the adrenals are tired it affects all the entire endocrine system (glandular/hormonal) including the pancreas that regulates our blood sugar.

Facts about stress – The thyroid gland which is also part of the endocrine system is governed by the liver which also has a part in blood sugar control.

When there is too much stress it affects the entire glandular system and our organs

Facts about stress – The liver has an important role in the metabolism of carbohydrates by responding to pancreatic hormones like insulin and glucagon, which help maintain blood sugar balance.

Facts about stress – Environmental substances such as cleaning, laundry, insect control,weed killer products, synthetic air fresheners or anything used in our around the house that is carcinogenic is stressful for the body, especially the respiratory system,  liver and kidneys.  

Facts about stress What we put on our body can affect our immune system and blood, for example synthetic substances such as personal hygiene products, cosmetics and perfumes.  Read the label; if you can’t read the names of the ingredients then don’t buy the product.

Facts about stress - Everyday millions of people miss the joys of existence and lose work time because there is too much STRESS from life and/or poor nutrition.

Sign & Symptoms of Adrenal Exhaustion

  • Often tired,  low energy, mild exercise is a burden
  • Poor digestion
  • Heartburn
  • Low or no libido
  • Constantly craving salty or sweet
  • Candida yeast over-growth or fungal infection
  • Getting colds and flus easily; more than once a year
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Feeling anxious and nervous
  • May have trouble sleeping
  • Suffering from hot flashes
  • Often feeling the need to cry
  • Frequent night sweats often
  • Lower back pain, or sensitivity to touch, where you adrenals are
  • May sleep a lot
  • Brittle and peeling nails or extremely dry skin
  • Twitching, heart palpitations
  • Severely cracked and painful heels
  • Needing a pick me up - coffee, black tea, sugar, chocolate - between 2p.m - 4p.m.

Sign & Symptoms High Blood Sugar and Low

  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Feeling very energetic after eating
  • Cravings for sweet, especially after eating
  • Feeling very energetic after eating
  • Poor concentration and attention
  • Brain fog
  • Mood swings
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeping issues
  • Excessive thirst
  • Feeling tired during the day
  • Excessive sweating
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Low or no appetite for breakfast
  • Extra abdominal fat
  • Enlarged breasts in males
  • Darkened skin along the jaw line and neck

Signs & Symptoms of Too Much Stress

  • Immune system disorders such as allergies/asthma and auto-immune
  • Blood sugar imbalances  especially low blood sugar
  • Digestive issues
  • Adrenal exhaustion symptoms
  • Get sick easily and often
  • Insomnia
  • Tired a lot
  • Scattered
  • Jumpy and nervous
  • Blood pressure – high or low
  • Lock jaw
  • Tinnitus (ringing of the ear)
  • Upper body tension
  • Sciatica
  • Mononucleosis
  • Shingles
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia – body pain
  • Cancer

Finding ways to balance stress in your life is the best way to prevent chronic illness and it can be as simple as taking some time to quiet the mind, breathe deeply, move, and eat foods suited for your body.

 Tips to relieve stress

  • Quieting the mind helps strengthen digestion, relax the body and soothe the nerves.
  • Deep breathing helps increase oxygen to the blood which nourishes us and helps aid in digestion.
  • Eat foods suited for you strengthens digestion and replenishes nutrient reserves, providing good health.
  • Use cleaning and gardening/lawn products that are not harmful to you or the environment in and around the home.
  • Choose personal hygiene and cosmetics that are chemical-free
  • Movement helps clear the mind and increase circulation and it provides good energy.

Facts about stress

Being super active and/or an athlete puts stress on the body   again, the body does not know the difference between good stress and bad   therefore it is important to be conscious about replenishing the adrenal glands  nourishing them food and herbs especially rich in antioxidants, B vitamins and adaptogens.

When the adrenal glands are functioning optimally we are able to cope with stress and have natural good energy and vitality.

Adaptogens

What are adaptogens? Why are they so important for people’s vitality, libido, and hormonal balance?

Adaptogen herbs help the body adapt to stress by normalizing body chemistry, which helps increase the resistance to stress by replenishing the adrenal glands. The beauty of whole food and herbs is that they support glands and/or organs most in need as well as supporting other glands and organs.

In traditional Chinese herbalism a tonic is a remedy that nourishes or supports general or specific physiological functions and is used to correct deficiency and weakness.  A tonic helps nourish, strengthen and build the body’s organs and glands.

 Adaptogens that are also Tonic Herbs for Natural Energy

  • Astragalus root - chi tonic
  • Ginseng - chi tonic
  • Licorice root - chi tonic
  • Siberian Ginseng - chi tonic
  • Maca root - chi tonic
  • Ashwanganda root - yang tonic
  • Schisandra berries - overall tonic

Facts about stress - We require 13 vitamins from our food and/or herbs in order to maintain good health and the B vitamins account for eight of those 13
Required Vitamins
A, C, D, E, K and B-complex B1, B2, B7 (biotin), B9 (folate), B12

B Vitamins are Necessary for:

  • The nervous system - nerve health
  • Strong brain function
  • The cardiovascular system
  • Energy production, red blood cell formation
  • Healthy red blood cells
  • Aiding the digestive system in utilizing fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
  • Adrenal gland and other gland health
  • Healthy respiratory function
  • Overall health! 

    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Hippocrates                 

One of the best ways to replenish and nourish the adrenal glands is to take those herbs and food best suited for you therefore tonifying (building) and strengthening the body and mind. 

It is important to make sure you are taking a full spectrum of B vitamin rich food and herbs ensure to keep those B vitamins stay in balance. B vitamins work synergistically and if there is too much or not enough of one B vitamin (such as B5, known to support adrenal gland health), can create an imbalance with the other B vitamins.  It is always best when taking a B vitamin supplement to get a complex formula and build on individual B vitamins from there.

Facts about stress - B Vitamins are very important!

One of the best ways to replenish and nourish the adrenal glands is to take those herbs and food best suited for you thereby tonifying (building) and strengthening the body and mind.

B Vitamin Rich Foods

B Vitamin Rich Herbs

Super Greens are going to give you the most B vitamins possible; make sure you get a plant base of algae, deep rooted grasses and herbs.

Stress depletes our nutrient reserves. We can build up our strength with foods that nourish and replenish our nutrient reserves.

When regulating blood sugar it is important to eat fat and proteins, lots of leafy green vegetables, small amounts of tart fruit with a focus on small amounts of complex carbohydrates from whole grains (quinoa, amaranth, brown rice...), sweet fruit and breads which are made with sourdough. It is important to limit your intake of simple carbohydrate foods (sugar,  breads, pasta, pastries, candy). It is better to focus on complex sweets which are rich in  minerals, such as unpasteurized honey, pure No 3 maple syrup, rice syrup, barley malt, molasses, when dealing with blood sugar issues.

A blood sugar diet would include protein and fat with every meal

My Story

Over the years, I have suffered the consequences of too much stress, which caused adrenal exhaustion, blood sugar fluctuation, low blood pressure and liver over-load. This iswhy I know the importance of finding balance.

For me,  when I become over stimulated from too much stress, it shows up: 

  • In my nervous system; my eye begins to twitch, I become jumpy
  • In my digestive system; it becomes sluggish or I become constipated or have loose stool.  
  • In my endocrine glands and kidneys; I become easily tired 
  • In my circulatory system;  I can get tinnitus that comes and goes (thankfully it rarely happens).
  • In my respiratory system; I get asthmatic.
  • As  liver wind – body pain that comes and goes.
  • In my mood; I can become, irritable, cry easily, feel sad, get depressed, and feel anxious.

I have learned to listen to my body and have had to learn to pace myself, eat foods that support me, takes my herbal remedies, find quiet time and fun time. I am thankful for my animal friends; my dogs get me out to the lake or into the mountains daily which is very peaceful and a great way to move my body.

When my life is moving smoothly and there is little stimulation or stress, I feel calm and grounded, have good sleep and accomplish a great deal with ease and grace.


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