Supporting every aspect of your physical, mental and emotional body is always important. It’s especially important to be intentional with supporting your adrenal function when going through difficult times.
Emotional and mental stress can become so burdensome that your body takes over the responsibility of coping in an effort to give your tired mind and heart a break. This is something to be thankful for. Overtime, however, this can result in overworked adrenals, as well as other physical issues.
Without proper balance between cortisol (aka the stress hormone) and DHEA (the hormone that balances cortisol), cortisol becomes a burden on the body. If left untreated, this can result in adrenal fatigue.
Supporting the adrenals with targeted nutrition and supplementation can make a big difference in coping with unavoidable stresses. Here are some micronutrients that can relieve overworked adrenals:
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C depletion is very common in adrenal fatigue. It supports adrenals and reduces cortisol. Adrenal glands have highest amount of Vitamin C than any tissue in the body. Since humans are one of the few mammals unable to manufacture ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) in their liver, we must consume it in our diet or supplement.
- B5 and B6: B5 (pantothenic acid) sometimes called the “anti-stress” vitamin can reverse damage to overworked adrenals. Deficiency results in an inablity to respond appropriately to physical or emotional stress. Chronic stress can deplete B6, which is a important cofactor to several enzymes found in healthy adrenal glands.
- Serine: an amino acid that buffers the adrenal response to physical and mental stress. It protects the body and mind against cellular damage from chronically high cortisol.
- Inositol: sometimes called vitamin B8. The more cortisol pumping in your body, the more inositol is required to regulate adrenaline induced stress responses.
- Glutathione: Adrenal glands need high amount of this antioxidant and its precursor, cysteine, to prevent stress-induced or age-related adrenal fatigue.
We can’t always control the stressful situations in our life. Oftentimes, the feeling of lack of control intensifies already stressful feelings. Although life’s problems may not be controllable, supporting your body is within your control.
If you have uncontrolled stress or suspect that you may have high/low cortisol levels, reach out to schedule a naturopathic appointment with Dr. Melanie. Dr. Melanie can provide a holistic recovery program including micronutrient and stress hormone testing, supplementation, acupuncture, and yoga.
Contact Dr. Melanie at (317) 344-9840 to learn more or to schedule an appointment.