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.
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.
– 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.
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.
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.
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.
B Vitamins are Necessary for:
"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 foods
best suited for you therefore tonifying (building) and strengthening the body
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.
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.
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 regulating diet would include protein and fat with every meal
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 is why I know the importance of finding
For me, when I become over stimulated from too much
stress, it shows up:
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.