Ok, before I finish my other post… I want to address adrenal glands. I have previously talked about how cortisol hinders weight loss. Sadly, so does adrenal fatigue. All the pre-workout supplements we take, the excess of caffeine, weight loss pills, and etc. all effects the adrenal glands ability to work naturally.
What is adrenal fatigue, you ask?
Ok, ok. I shall tell you ✴
Adrenal fatigue is a direct result of the adrenal glands not functioning properly. The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys and secrete adrenaline allowing your body to react properly to stress. Yet, when these adrenal glands have been exhausted… you may turn to outside resources for energy (coffee, caffeine pills). It is important not to burn out the adrenal glands because the adrenal cortex hormone, includes hydrocortisone aka cortisol. Though we have discussed cortisol, we shall revisit the fact that it regulates how the body converts fats, proteins, and carbs into energy. When the adrenal glands are not functioning properly, it doesn’t allow your body to convert your food into energy properly. Thus, your weight loss will be affected negatively.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue consist of tiredness, inability to utilize personal energy efficiently, overwhelmed, rundown, crave sweets and so on.
According to Dr. Jennifer Landa, 66% of the world population is affected by adrenal fatigue. (foxnews.com)
Thankfully, there are natural treatments to combat adrenal fatigue!
I take Adrenal Support, already stated in the cortisol post. But there are other herbs that can be taken instead; Licorice root, Ashwagandha, Siberian Ginseng, Rhodiola Rosea, Omega-3, just to name a few. Then there is food!
- You must avoid the foods that you may be allergic too or have little tolerance for. ☹
- You might want to take Probiotics if you do have a sensitivity to foods in order to strengthen your gut. IM NOT A DOCTOR… CONTACT ONE, before taking any of these supplements or suggestions in relation to food intolerances. I have lactose intolerance and take probiotics to help with my gut flora.
- You want to cut out sugar and of course ANY CAFFEINE so that your body can repair itself.
- Drink water.
- Eat whole foods!!!
I try to do all of these. Adrenal support by Now costs $14.48, depending on where you buy it. It has helped me, but I have to try to abstain from coffee. I used to love coffee… but after not drinking it so much… the taste isn’t so great.
This is just a tidbit on what could be the culprit to the negative effects of your weight loss journey.
Happy Reading ☺