Ever wake up stuck to the pillow? Lethargic, head achy, thinking you're getting a cold and feeling really grumpy about it? Is this a common feeling?
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. Its the burst of adrenaline when we are nervous or excited that gives us the butterflies in the belly.
In today's ridiculous routine, we pretty much all live off of 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. After a period of time the adrenals become exhausted. The glandular system works together like a beautiful orchestra. If the adrenals become tired this has a knock on effect to the rest of the family.
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 governs 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 flus
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 womans monthly cycle goes all over the place and sex drive decreases
These are just some of the symptoms that are caused by ongoing stress on the adrenals.
But what can we do? Here are six top tips to get your endocrine back into balance
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