In our busy modern world, being “stressed out” is the new norm. The demands to maintain a frantic work pace, family and social life, and dozens of daily obligations don’t give us much time for mental or physical breaks.
Our adrenal glands help carry us through short-term periods of stress without feeling worn down, but they can’t handle constant stress without becoming exhausted. Without a break, they are forced to pump out steady, high levels of cortisol. Over time, the sustained production of cortisol damages healthy tissues in our body and our adrenals get totally worn out and can no longer support steady hormone production.
When adrenal fatigue sets in, and our hormones go out of balance, every system in our body starts to break down.
80% of our country is experiencing adrenal fatigue right now because of their stressful lifestyle!
Are you experiencing any of these adrenal related symptoms?
- Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
- Fatigue throughout the day
- Unexplained weight gain or hair loss
- Fuzzy thinking and trouble concentrating
- Depression, mood swings, and irritability
- Shaky or lightheaded; anxious without knowing why
- Racing thoughts or feeling overwhelmed
- Cravings for sweet and salty foods
- Low sex drive
- Random dizziness
- Prone to sickness/lowered immune system
Where are the Adrenal Glands?
The two adrenal glands sit just above your two kidneys and are critical to your overall well-being. They produce hormones and regulate your body’s response to stress.
The Cortex: The cortex makes up 80% of the adrenal glands. It produces important hormones like DHEA, DHEA-S, and androstenedione, which are converted to testosterone in both men and women. It controls your corticosteriod levels which regulate your wake/sleep cycle, suppress inflammation, generate energy, and regulate blood pressure.
The Medulla: The medulla secretes three stress hormones: epinephrine (adrenaline), norepinephrine, and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are released by your brain to help you react quickly in moments of stress, trauma, or danger. They slow down your digestion, increase your mental awareness, and divert blood flow to important areas like your muscles.
Did you know all of these factors can contribute to adrenal fatigue?
- Emotionally stressful situations such as the death of someone you love, physical illness, or divorce
- Any kind of prolonged stress (difficult relationships, poor working environment, and/or financial troubles)
- Exposure to environmental pollution
- Lack of sleep or consistently interrupted sleep
- Poor diet, poor digestion
- Lack of minerals/vitamins
- Lack of physical exercise or too much exercise
- Too much time spent at the computer or sitting at a desk
The Great News? You CAN reverse adrenal fatigue
By using nature as your guide to break the stress cycle and stop the constant production of cortisol, you can heal your adrenal glands and set the stage for long-term health. The benefits of strong adrenals include:
1 – Saying Goodbye to Fatigue
Restore and maintain the sky-high energy levels of your youth.
2 – Sleeping Deeply
Wake up feeling rested and ready to take on the day.
3 – No More Food Cravings
Support weight loss to feel comfortable and confident in your body.
4 – Feeling Mentally Balanced
Reduce stress levels, think clearly, and cultivate emotional strength.
The Herbal Answer
Certain superfoods and superherbs support all aspects of adrenal health, strength, and power. Longevity Warehouse® has put together a well-rounded herbal tea recipe called “The Best Adrenal Tonic Ever!” that tastes amazing and will replenish low functioning adrenals faster than you can say “I’m tired”. It is arguably one of the most important drinks for the average person to be consuming regularly.
It contains some of the top herbs in Chinese medicine for replenishing kidney adrenal energy as well as herbs that address issues that affect adrenal health – everything from replenishing Jing energy to balancing blood sugar to maintaining healthy bacteria levels for a truly comprehensive tonic beverage.
1 – Rehmannia Root
Rehmannia is known as “the kidney’s own food.” It is the most important Chinese herb for replenishing the kidneys and adrenal glands. Prepared Rehmannia Root is sweet, slightly warm, and relates to the heart, liver, and kidney channels to provide life force. It supports blood production and tonifies yin.* Known in traditional Chinese herbalism, Rehmannia is “the kidney’s own food.” If you’re deeply depleted from stress and/or lack of sleep, drinking a tea with Rehmannia is the fastest way to restore your energy.
2 – Pau D’Arco
Pau d’Arco has a long history as a traditional herbal remedy amongst the ancient Incas and natives of the South American rainforests. Pau d’Arco contains antioxidants, alkaloids, quercetin, quinoids, naphthoquinones, anthraquinones, and flavonoids. It is used as a supportive herb for healthy blood pressure and circulation, as well as general cardiovascular support. It promotes a healthy respiratory system, digestive system, immune system, as well as the overall detoxification practices of the body.
3 – Licorice Root
Licorice root comes from the liquorice plant, an herbaceous perennial legume native to southern Europe and parts of Asia. Licorice extends the life of circulating cortisol, giving the adrenals a break from having to produce so much. It also supports production of the adrenal hormone aldosterone. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, licorice is believed to harmonize the ingredients in a formula and to carry the formula into all 12 meridians. Licorice has been traditionally known and used in Ayurveda to support rejuvenation and reduce stress. It is also used to increase energy and vitality, and support endurance.
4 – Goji Berries
Goji berries are revered for their nutritional density and their powerful antioxidant effects. Depending on their growing conditions and variety, goji berries can contain beta-sitosterol, linoleic acid, sesquiterpenoids, betaine, and tetraterpenoids. They are also high in vitamin C and are known to support joint and digestive health, provide sustained energy, and promote beauty and longevity.
5 – Cat’s Claw
Also called Una de Gato, Cat’s Claw is a vine that grows in the Amazon rainforest. It is considered one of the premier medicinal herbs in all of South America. Not only does it taste delicious, but both the root and bark of Cat’s Claw have long been used in traditional herbalism for their powerful health properties. Cat’s Claw is known to support healthy joints and bones, promote digestive, support immune system health, restore and replenish energy stores.