Almost every patient I see requires some form of adrenal support (patients, I'm sure you can attest).
The most common question I get asked by my patients after identifying some kind of adrenal dysfunction is, "What can I do to help my adrenal glands?'
So this post is all about rehabbing the adrenal glands!
The adrenal glands have many jobs, and I tend to describe them as foundational to our health. The adrenal glands are partially responsible for our stress response, hormonal balance, blood sugar regulation, inflammation control, blood pressure regulation, proper water and mineral retention, and more. The adrenal glands are often depleted over time due to a variety of stressors, including food allergens, prescription drugs, chemical toxins, physical stresses such as injuries or loss of sleep, extreme temperature changes, and emotional stressors.
Inside the office, I am busy at work adjusting adrenal related bones, stimulating adrenal lymphatic, vascular, and acupuncture points, balancing the nervous system, address emotional stressors with mind-body techniques, and supplementing my patients with adrenal supports.
But how do we rehab our adrenals outside of the office? Here are some of my very best suggestions:
1. Eliminate problematic foods, including wheat and other allergenic grains, dairy, corn soy, sugar, alcohol and caffeine.
2. Reduce your toxin exposure by switching to non-toxic cleaning and hygiene products, getting out into nature, investing in an air purifier for your home, and living more clean.
3. Exercising aerobically. Aerobic exercise aka sustained cardio in a healthy zone (180-yoru age-10) will build up your adrenal glands. So will other low-impact forms of exercise.
4. Reduce your stress. Cut back your work hours, hire help, meditate more, practice yoga, do puzzles, whatever works!
5. Get adequate sleep, at least 8 hours per night.
6. Eat regular meals throughout the day. Snack if you need to. Don't let yourself become starving. This results in blood sugar stress, which the adrenals must manage.
7. Take epsom salt baths.
8. Add a pinch of sea salt or Celtic salt to your water bottle and drink plenty of water.
9. Eat foods that will nourish your adrenal glands. These include lean meats and plenty of protein, leafy greens, avocados, and low-sugar fruits.