You’re sitting at your desk, feeling sluggish and exhausted. You’ve been dealing with a lot of stress recently, and you can’t seem to get motivated enough to do anything about it. What’s going on?
Your adrenals are affecting your energy levels! Your mood is connected to your adrenal health as well – the two go hand in hand.
What are the adrenals? They’re a pair of glands that sit on top of your kidneys and produce chemicals called hormones. Hormones secreted by your adrenals influence all of the major physiological processes in your body. They affect the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, conversion of fats and proteins into energy.
Your Adrenal Health:
- Connected to healthy blood sugar regulation
- Healthy heart function
- Healthy digestive function
- Healthy adrenals help to keep inflammation down in the body.
Adrenal fatigue occurs when you have been experiencing chronic stress, which causes an imbalance in these hormones. Hormones give instructions to cells in order for them to carry out their tasks, so if there is a hormone imbalance, it can lead to all sorts of problems, such as:
- Lack of energy
- Low blood sugar issues – hypoglycemia
- Weight gain/loss
- Arthritic pain
- Weak immune system
- PMS for cycling women/Hot flashes for menopausal women
- Difficulty concentrating Less tolerant of emotional stressors/change
- Insomnia – “Too tired to sleep”
Today, we’ll look at a few of these problems that impact us all the time. A lack of energy is one of the primary signs of adrenal fatigue. You may feel like you have no get-up-and-go, and all you want to do is curl up in a ball and sleep. This happens because when your adrenals are tired, they produce less cortisol – a hormone that is responsible for giving you energy and keeping you alert.
Another important area that can be affected by adrenal fatigue is your mood and mental state. You may find yourself feeling more anxious, stressed, depressed, or more irritable than usual. This happens because when the adrenals are fatigued, they can’t produce enough of the hormones that are responsible for keeping your mood stable.
And you might be experiencing any or all of these mood-related issues:
- Wanting to be able to focus more
- Hard to achieve goals and move forward
- Be calm enough to be in the present moment
- Have more mental clarity
So what can you do to help your adrenals? There are a few things you can try:
- Get plenty of rest. When your body is tired, it’s more difficult for your adrenals to function properly. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep every night.
- Address your stress levels. If you can find ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life, your adrenals will thank you! Try some relaxation techniques like yoga, breathing exercises or meditation, and make time for yourself each day to relax and rejuvenate.
- Eat a healthy diet. Make sure you’re eating plenty of whole foods, and avoid processed foods.
- Hydrate with pure clean water – half of your body weight in oz.
- Take natural supplements if needed. There are some natural adrenal support products on the market that can help to get your hormones back in balance.
By taking care of your adrenals, you’ll start to see improvements in both your energy levels and mood!
What else is affecting your daily energy levels? Poor nutrition and digestion are two factors that can contribute to low energy, as well as bad mood. When you don’t have good digestion, your body can’t absorb the nutrients it needs from food to function properly. This can lead to deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals, which can cause problems like fatigue, mood swings and irritability.
Another factor that impacts energy is neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that allow messages to be transmitted between nerve cells. They are responsible for controlling mood, memory, concentration and ability to focus. Neurotransmitters also play an important role in the central nervous system which controls many body functions like sleep, appetite and energy levels.
Hormones, (as we’ve mentioned earlier) can also affect your daily energy levels as well – these include insulin (blood sugar level), cortisol (stress hormone), and melatonin (sleep/wake cycle).
So what can you do to ensure all these factors are in balance? One of the most important things is to eat a nutrient-dense diet. This means eating plenty of whole foods like lean proteins, fruits and vegetables, healthy fats such as avocado or coconut oil, seeds and nuts. Make sure you’re also getting enough fiber, water and probiotics.
Another thing you can do is to take natural supplements that support mood, digestion, neurotransmitters and hormones. There are many products on the market that can help to address these issues, so find one that works best for you. Feel free to reach out if you need assistance in choosing the right ones.
By taking care of all these areas, you’ll start to see a difference in your energy levels and mood! And you’ll feel like yourself again- with plenty of get-up-and-go!
And if you have tried everything and are still feeling down and have no energy, then I would love for you to reach out! You can schedule your Complimentary session and learn how I can help you: https://bit.ly/biofeedbackcall
Have a Beautiful Day!