Are you menopausal…or adrenally fatigued?
Adrenal Glands. We don’t think too much about them until something goes wrong. Unfortunately, we are not talking about them enough even when something does go wrong.
Your adrenal glands sit quietly on top of your kidneys until a crisis comes along. When our brain signals DANGER!! The adrenals jump into action, releasing cortisol and adrenaline, causing our heart to beat faster, our digestion to slow down and readies our muscles for either fight or flight. Which is great if it’s a random attack by a sabre toothed tiger once or twice a month, but not so good if it’s a response to our daily commute to and from work or our toddler’s (or bosses’) temper tantrum. But why? Isn’t an adrenaline rush a natural high? The thrill of the chase, the heart pounding excitement of a rollercoaster ride, the anticipation – will it work out or will everything fall apart this time? Well, no, actually. Because our adrenals can run out of juice if they are constantly overused – this adrenaline and cortisol rush is only meant for life threatening situations, not daily traffic turmoil.
And the reason it’s even more serious for women?
As we cruise towards peri-menopause, our ovaries start to slow down their hormone production and our adrenals should be able to step up their hormonal output, allowing for a nice smooth transition, barely noticeable….
If our adrenals are fatigued, stressed and overworked, because we are fatigued, stressed and overworked, then that production line of hormones is severely compromised. Symptoms such as weight gain around the middle, difficulty sleeping, low energy, depression, anxiety, hot flashes and night sweats can all be signs of adrenal fatigue, along with flatlining energy levels. (not to mention what it does to your libido…). That feeling of being wired and tired at the same time
So, what’s a girl to do?
We think of an intensive care unit in a hospital where high risk patients are sent for monitoring and seriously thorough healthcare measure are taken. And that’s whats called for here.
For adrenal restoration, we need to talk about what goes into your body, including food and energy and emotions. Anything that doesn’t bring you joy needs to be eliminated – this is the most important elimination diet of them all. Everytime you say ‘Yes’ to something that doesn’t feed your soul, you say ‘No’ to yourself. Every thought you have produces a physical reaction in your body (for more on the neuroscience behind this, check out ‘Molecules of Emotion’ by Candace Pert). This is about nothing less important than restoring your soul. William Morris once said ‘Have nothing in your house that is not useful or beautiful’. I think our lives deserve the same respect as our homes, don’t you? After all, for most women, our homes are a reflection of ourselves…Make a list of how you spend your days. From the moment your feet hit the ground, to when they swing back up into bed at night. Now get a red pen and edit…what can you say ‘No’ to here, so you can say ‘yes’ to with all your heart? If not now, then when?
The next post in this series will be about nourishing and replenishing your adrenals.
Take Intensive Care! Michelle x