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:
If you suffer with these symptoms, what can you do? Here are six top tips to get your endocrine back into balance...
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
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.
The pineal gland responds to light, so make sure you turn off all TV and stereo lights and sleep in the pitch black
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.
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.
Laura Knowles is a Nutritionist, Kinesiologist, and Yoga Teacher at the Balanced Wellness Clinic in Havant near Portsmouth. Loves blogging about the really important stuff - life, love, vitamins and poo.See my profile »