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“Why do I always feel rubbish?” – The endocrine struggle

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“Why do I always feel rubbish?” – The endocrine struggle

Ever woken up feeling stuck to the pillow? Lethargic, headache-y, thinking you’re getting a cold and feeling really grumpy about it? Then you may have an imbalance with your endocrine system.

This is my absolute favourite topic. Yes, its up there with bowel movements as my ‘most talked about subject’ because nearly everyone I meet can relate to having a run down endocrine system.

The endocrine system sends messages all around our bodies to keep everything ticking along nicely. One of our most important glands is the adrenals. These triangle-shaped glands sit on top of the kidneys and produce our fight or flight response. It's the burst of adrenaline when we are nervous or excited that gives us the butterflies in our belly.

In today’s ridiculous routines, we pretty much all live off adrenaline; the noisy alarm clock first thing in the morning, the rushed breakfast, the traffic jams, the deadlines at work, the coffee hit, the gym work out and the school run. All these things produce an adrenaline response.

Our adrenals are not supposed to be on the go all the time like this and after a period of time, the adrenals become exhausted. The glandular system is designed to work together like a beautiful orchestra; if the adrenals become tired, this then has a knock on effect to the rest of the body:

  • The pineal gland, which controls sleep by producing the hormone melotonin and our happy hormone serotonin, struggles and we can’t sleep and we begin to feel low and depressed for no reason.
  • The thyroid gland, which regulates metabolism, struggles and we start putting on weight as well as feeling tired and emotional.
  • The thymus gland, which governs the immune system, struggles and we get colds and flu.
  • The pancreas, which processes sugar, struggles and we start craving the food we know we shouldn’t be eating.
  • The ovaries or testes struggle and a woman's monthly cycle goes all over the place and sex drive decreases.

If you suffer with these symptoms, what can you do? Here are six top tips to get your endocrine back into balance...

Eat well

It's so easy to eat rubbish when you’re stressed, especially when your pancreas is demanding it. Start the day with protein rather than carbs to avoid the sugar highs and lows throughout the day and make sure there are lots of greens on your plates

Cut out the coffee and tea

Caffeine is a stimulant, which triggers an adrenaline response as well as being a diuretic which uses water in the body rather than hydrating it.

Sleep in the dark

The pineal gland responds to light, so make sure you turn off all TV and stereo lights and sleep in the pitch black

Stop running

If you’re stressed and functioning on adrenaline all day long, a run at the gym is going to make things worse. Go for a swim, do some yoga or go for a nice stroll.


Turn off the TV (which stimulates your mind) and have a bath, read a book or do absolutely nothing. It's so important to rest your body especially when things are crazy.

Endocrine boost

In Kinesiology, we have a powerful technique called the endocrine boost. This pinpoints what is happening with the glandular system and finds nutritional, physical and emotional solutions to re-balance it. It can pull you down from the ceiling or scrap you off the floor, depending on where you’re at.

To discuss your individual stress and whether an endocrine boost can help, contact me at Balanced Wellness Centre.

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