When we think about our health, we don't just want to be not sick. We want more. We want health that feels strong, vital, and radiant. We want to thrive, not just survive. And I think this is a brilliant goal. But here is the deal. In order to achieve vibrant health, we have to address what is getting in the way. For most of us, stress is a HUGE obstacle. So, to gain back our vitality, we are going to tackle stress.
Basically, stress is a psychological and physiological reaction to a stressor. A stressor can be anything. For most of us, half the things in our lives are stressors. Driving, work, money, relationships, cooking, and exercising are all stressors. And not just the things themselves but the thought of them is stressful.
And this is a problem.
We spend most of our day in our head, thinking about everything we need to get done today, tomorrow, in 2 weeks. We exist in a constant state of stress because of our thoughts.
The solution: mindfulness.
Mindfulness is the state of being completely present and in the moment. When we only exist in the now, most of our anxieties and worries just slip away. And poof! The stress is gone.
Yoga, meditation, and deep breathing are all ways to practice mindfulness.
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The adrenal glands provide the physiology behind the stress. In response to a stressor, our brain tells the adrenal glands to release cortisol. Spikes in cortisol act to get fuel and blood to our muscles so that we can run away. Which is completely useless since modern stress is portable.
When we are constantly stressed and our adrenal gland is constantly pumping out cortisol, it wears down our body. We lose our appetite, we feel wired and tired, we can't think, can't sleep, can't function.
So while we are working on mindfulness to cut stress off at the source, we also need to do some physical repair. And since the adrenal glands bear the brunt of the stress burden, they often need the most repair.
The best treatment for the adrenal glands is not flashy or sexy. It is routine. Wake up at the same time every morning. Eat your meals at the same time every day. Exercise at the same time. Go to bed at the same time. Will this get you results right away? No. But it is the best long-term treatment strategy.
Diet is also very important for restoring the adrenal glands. Try to eat 10-15 grams of protein for breakfast. It is best if you eat breakfast within 1 hour of waking. Eat 3 cups of vegetables a day to get adequate vitamins and nutrients. And just as with Skittles, eat the rainbow. Each day, eat vegetables of all different colors.
For more ideas on how to tackle stress including specific tips to restore the adrenal glands, watch my 30-minute presentation. It's free. Just enter your email to access.
I'm Dr. Carly and my mission is to create a health revolution. I believe that another prescription is not the answer. I believe in using natural therapies that go beyond the symptoms. And I believe that doctors should spend way more than 7 minutes with a patient.