If you’re alive, you’ve got stress. It’s a natural physical and mental reaction to both good and bad experiences. There are also two kinds of stress, each with different effects on the mind and body.
Acute stress can make you feel pumped and is thrilling and exciting in small doses and can be good for you because the stress hormones released help your mind and body to deal with the situation. However overdoing short-term stress can lead to irritability, anxiety and depression. Acute stress can also cause muscular problems including tension headaches, muscular tensions, stomach, gut and bowel problems such as heartburn, acid stomach, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome.
While acute stress can be thrilling and exciting, chronic stress is not.
Chronic stress can lead to weight gain, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type II diabetes, and depression. Unhealthy lifestyle habits, paired with chronic stress can flip the switch that turns on these health problems.
Cortisol is the primary hormone responsible for the prolonged stress response. In the short term, it’s not necessarily a bad thing, but chronic stress puts your health at risk because it causes the ongoing elevation of cortisol, also known as “cortisol resistance’. Eating a wholefood balanced diet, minimizing environmental toxins, and committing to a regular exercise and sleep routine are great ways to regulate cortisol levels.
Adrenal fatigue is most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress. If you often have to use coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning or prop your energy up during the day your adrenals may be on route to exhaustion. When they are unable to produce adequate stress hormones the thyroid function is affected. Every cell in the body has receptors for both cortisol and thyroid and nearly every cellular process requires the optimal functioning of thyroid.
When cortisol gets too high, you start getting resistance from the hormone receptors and none of the hormones such as insulin, progesterone, estrogens, testosterones and even cortisol itself are able to work at their optimal levels.
Your body does its best to make up for under-functioning adrenal glands, but it does so at a price.
Here are 7 supplements to support the adrenals and help prevent cortisol dysregulation.
- Vitality Adrenal Support helps the body better handle stress, reduces inflammation, increases DHEA and sports endurance and optimizes immune system.
- B-Complex helps support nervous system
- Vitamin B12 can help healthy secretion of cortisol during periods of stress.
- Magnesium is important for energy production of every cell in your body and is essential for adrenal gland recovery.
- Probiotics can be beneficial during times of stress to help populate good gut bacteria. ( dosage 10 billion CFU daily with food)
- Vitamin D3: Cortisol desensitizes the Vitamin D receptor sites in the body, which results in lower Vitamin D levels in people who have chronic stress. (Dosage 2000-4000IU)