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14 Ways to Boost Your Stress Glands

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5.  Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands only to cause an energy crash later on.  Try herbal teas instead.  Peppermint tea is a natural pick-me-up that doesn’t stimulate the adrenal glands.

6.  Try to get at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep at night. And if possible, don’t wake to a blaring alarm clock since the noise causes a flood of stress hormones to be released.

7.  Practice the yoga posture Viparita Karani. For those of you who don’t speak Sanskrit (myself included) that means “legs up the wall.”  While keeping your legs up the wall, elevate your pelvis on a bolster or folded blankets.  According to yoga expert, Roger Cole: “If the legs tire of being straight, bend the knees and cross the legs, with knees near the wall.”  According to Cole, “This pose stimulates baroreceptors (blood pressure sensors) in the neck and upper chest, triggering reflexes that reduce nerve input into the adrenal glands, slow the heart rate, slow the brain waves, relax blood vessels, and reduce the amount of norepinephrine circulating in the bloodstream.”  For more yoga poses, check out Cole’s article in Yoga Journal here.

8.  Exercise regularly but don’t overdo. Exercise is a valuable release for pent-up stresses.  Just know your limits and don’t overexercise, since it can cause stress on the adrenals.

9.  Take some vitamin C. The adrenal glands use more vitamin C than any other organ or gland in the body.  Vitamin C is essential to manufacture adrenal gland hormones.  So, when you’ve been chronically stressed, your adrenals may have depleted your vitamin C stores.  A typical dose to assist with adrenal stress is 500 to 2000 mg or higher– higher doses may be necessary in extreme cases.  Of course, a qualified health professional should be consulted when using higher doses or before beginning any new supplements.

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1:56PM PDT on May 1, 2013

thankyou! Recovering from 2+ years on prednisone and trying to get my adrenals functioning normally again. Did not know about the vitamins and herbs, will try. !!

8:21AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting, read the previous installment.

11:32AM PDT on May 30, 2012

Going to try the suggestions, hope it helps, thanks for sharing!

6:51AM PDT on May 22, 2012

great article

2:08PM PDT on May 20, 2012

noted, thanks!

2:05PM PDT on May 20, 2012

"If the pace of life has left you exhausted, your adrenal glands may need some support."

This is false information, the adrenal glands do NOT need support, the adrenal glands are what CAUSE depression because they excrete TOO MUCH ADRENALIN. To start curing yourself, you must remove the STRESS that CAUSED your adrenal glands to pump out a constant flow of Adrenalin. That is the key to success. All the other things mentioned will
not help unless you deal with the REASON you are STRESSED in the first place. After that
it's a slow recovery and there are no quick fixes. Of course eating healthy is good for your health but eating healthy will not cure post traumatic stress syndrome. That is incurable. If you are exhausted from stress then the only way to get better is to do things that "cause" happy hormones to be excreted in your body. Some of those things would be falling in love, laughing, listening to music and socializing.

2:56PM PDT on May 19, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

1:22PM PDT on May 17, 2012

good tips

6:58AM PDT on May 3, 2012

Thanks, extremely helpful! peace!

9:45AM PDT on Apr 8, 2012


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