Have you been:
- feeling stressed out?
- having difficulty sleeping?
- feeling exhausted?
- having mood swings?
- gaining weight around your abdomen?
These are all signs that your hormones may be imbalanced. The adrenal glands, which are 2 walnut sized glands that sit on top of the kidneys, work in conjunction with the thyroid gland as your energy producing system. When we experience chronic stress, our adrenal glands suffer. The adrenal glands produce some very important hormones:
- Cortisol, which helps regulate blood sugar, metabolism, and your body’s stress response.
- Aldosterone, which regulates blood pressure.
- Adrenaline, which prepares the body to respond to a “fight or flight” situation. The adrenals also affect kidney function.
When our cortisol levels increase due to stress, and they stay elevated, it can affect our immune function, digestion, sleep, and our ability to produce other hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormones. This compromises our health, and can lead to inflammation, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and excess abdominal fat. If the adrenals are compromised for a while, we may stop producing cortisol, and produce excess adrenaline instead, which causes irritability, anxiety, and lightheadedness. This can also lead to adrenal fatigue.
So, what can you do to prevent this from happening? Or, if you feel that this may be happening already, how do you fix it? Besides decreasing chronic stress, changing what you eat is also important. Make sure that you eat breakfast within one hour of waking up, and eat meals throughout the day (3 meals and 2-3 snacks). This will help balance your blood sugars (I will also discuss this in a future newsletter on sleep) It is also best to avoid sweets (such as cookies, cake, and candy) and caffeine as these tend to make us “crash.”
Also, by detoxing the body in the winter, the organs that get detoxed in the winter are the kidneys, bladder, and adrenals, so it’s really good to take care of these organs this time of year. During the winter, our natural tendency is to slow down, go within, and reflect. Hippocrates said, “Consider the seasons of the year and what each of them produces.” When you eat whole, fresh foods that are in season, you will detox the body naturally, and, in the winter, that means you will naturally detox these 3 organs, which are associated with winter in Chinese medicine.
Good kidney function is vital for your health also, as the kidneys are responsible for keeping the composition of the blood stable. Every day the kidneys filter between 120-150 quarts of blood to eliminate waste through the urine. They also help keep the electrolytes balanced in the body. Weak kidneys or adrenals can cause the following symptoms:
- Lower back pain
- Fatigue, even after a good night’s sleep
- Cold hands and feet
- Hormonal imbalances
- Constipation or IBS
- Stomach gurgling after eating
- Cravings for sweets or caffeine
If you feel that your hormones may be imbalanced, or if you are suffering from any of the symptoms mentioned, you may want to consider doing a cleanse. I am currently offering my 7 day or 14 day New Year, New You Winter Cleanse. It is designed to support your body during the winter season. You will nourish the kidneys and adrenals by avoiding stressors such as caffeine, eating carefully selected foods, and drinking the cranberry water tonic. For more information or to sign up, click here.
If you are still interested in doing the Essential Reset, but weren’t able to sign up for the group program that started yesterday, email me, and I will still be able to get you the materials. I started yesterday, and so far, I’m feeling pretty good. No huge side effects yet, but I made sure to gradually cut down on my coffee. I’m also used to cleansing as I try to do one at least every season. Also, my new program, Get Your Body Back, is now available for purchase. Click here for more information on that, and feel free to email me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.