What are the consequences of chronic stress?
Whether it is the pressure of finishing tax returns or driving to work in rush hour, our adrenal glands work overtime producing cortisol and adrenaline.
Cortisol suppresses functions that are nonessential, such as digestion or the immune system, during what the mind perceives as a fight-or-flight situation.
While high cortisol levels are good in the acute, short-term state, they are linked to high blood pressure, prediabetes and diabetes, increased belly fat and brain changes over time.
First-line approaches are relaxation techniques or exercise. Equally important are foods that contain nutrients that nourish the adrenal glands.
Below are a few of the many nutrients important for healthy adrenals.Vitamin C. Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5). Omega 3 fatty acids. Magnesium.
It’s tasty to support the adrenals. A spinach salad with bell peppers, orange slices, sautéed shiitakes, avocado, walnuts, quinoa and olive oil vinaigrette beautifully supplies every important nutrient.