In a guest post on Chris Kresser’s excellent website, nutritionist Kelsey Marksteiner, RD, talks about how the modern world can be a hostile environment for your adrenal glands.
When you’re stressed, your adrenal glands pump the hormone cortisol throughout your body. Serious problems can develop when it’s difficult to put a cork in cortisol due to constant day to day stress.
You may be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome if you:
- Wake up unrested
- Find it difficult to handle stress
- Experience brain fog or diminished cognitive abilities
- Feel dizzy when you stand up or lay down
- Have a low libido
- Any allergic reactions you already have get worse
- Have low blood pressure
- Suffer from low blood sugar
- Feel weaker than usual overall
So what can you do to lower your stress levels?
Kelsey’s top tips for reducing chronic stress include:
- Get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep each night
- Limit your exposure to blue light (computer/smartphone screens) especially in the evening
- Eat regularly without going too long between meals
- Enjoy a breakfast that includes plenty of protein
- Don’t skip the carbs – eat plenty of fruit and starchy tubers too
- Always eat protein and fat along with your carbs
- Try a de-stressor such as meditation or yoga