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When 'Stress Handlers' Get Exhausted

By Friday, 31 July 2015 05:04 PM Current | Bio | Archive

The sugar addict is constantly reacting to stressful stimuli in the environment, which activates the adrenal glands to produce the stress-handler hormones cortisol and epinephrine (adrenaline).

When your adrenals become overtaxed by the constant tension of modern life and don’t respond by giving you a kick of energy, you may reach for sugar to "pump them up."

But this effect is short-lived, followed by a drop in blood sugar known as hypoglycemia. Starved of glucose (its food), your brain feels like it’s suffocating.

You become anxious, jittery, and light-headed. You need to eat now. You can’t wait. And if you don’t eat — preferably something sweet — the symptoms just get worse.

Here’s a couple of things you can do:

• Diet ― Cut down on sugar, increase protein, and eat frequent small meals during the day instead of three larger ones. Increase your water intake (and if you have low blood pressure, you may need more salt — but get your doctor’s OK first).

• Mental Adjustment — Life is NOT a constant crisis, despite what the news would have you believe or the worries we sometimes imagine. When you are stressed, ask yourself the simple question: "Am I in imminent danger?" Almost always, the answer will be no, and you will feel a sense of relaxation come over you as your adrenal glands relax.

In addition to the above, natural therapies can be VERY helpful. Especially helpful are:

• Adrenal Glandular — Supplies the raw materials that your adrenal glands need to heal. It is critical however that you get them from reputable companies so that the purity and potency is guaranteed and so you can be sure that they come from cows that are not at risk of transmitting infections.

• Vitamin C — Critical for adrenal function. Your body's highest levels of vitamin C are found in the adrenal glands and brain tissues, and the urinary excretion of vitamin C is increased during stress. Optimizing vitamin C intake by taking 500 to 1,000 mg a day will also help immune function.

• Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) — Supports adrenal function. And Pantothenic acid deficiency causes shrinking of your adrenal glands. Optimal doses are approximately 100 to 150 mg daily, although some physicians use even higher levels for adrenal support.

• Licorice — Slows the breakdown of adrenal hormones in your body, helping to maintain optimal levels. There is no licorice in licorice candies in the U.S. because of this. Another beneficial effect of the licorice is that it helps in treat indigestion, and is even as effective as the prescription heartburn medication Tagamet. Do not take licorice if you have high blood pressure, as too much licorice can cause excess adrenal function and worsen high blood pressure. You can safely take 200 to 400 mg a day of a licorice extract standardized to contain 5 percent glycyrrhizic acid.

• Chromium — Helps decrease the symptoms of low blood sugar. Take 200 mcg a day.

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The sugar addict is constantly reacting to stimuli in the environment, which activates the adrenal glands to produce the stress-handler hormones cortisol and epinephrine.
adrenals, cortisol, sugar, chromium
Friday, 31 July 2015 05:04 PM
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