Adaptogens: Food for Your Adrenals
Do you feel exhausted or worn out? If so, there's a good chance you have adrenal fatigue, an ongoing condition of nervous system overload.
If your sympathetic nervous system has gone into hyperdrive and isn’t communicating properly with your parasympathetic, the result can lock you into "fight-or-flight"...a constant battle of living life from a standpoint of fighting for survival.
Too much of that and you'll get burned out with adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue doesn’t just target your adrenals
We tend to think things happen in isolation but it’s never the case, especially when it comes to stress and your glandular system. One of your other glands has to compensate for your underperforming adrenals and it’s usually your thyroid.
One of the best ways to deal with thyroid issues is by relieving stress and correcting adrenal fatigue. This is almost always missed by western medicine. Your body has two different nervous systems - sympathetic and parasympathetic.
Sympathetic is activated when your stressed and in fight-or-flight. Parasympathetic is activated when you’re relaxed or present, in the now. There is supposed to be a balance between the two with parasympathetic being the dominant one.
Modern living has created the exact opposite - sympathetic dominance.
Basically we are locked into a fight-or-flight lifestyle and the result is adrenal fatigue or exhaustion.
Adaptogenic herbs are "nature’s perfect food"
Adaptogenic herbs are perfect for striking a balance between your two nervous systems and bringing you back to parasympathetic dominance. In other words, they are the perfect food for your stressed-out adrenals.
The adaptogens rhodiola, reishi, eleuthero, and ashwagandha start to take you back into parasympathetic nervous system dominance, and once that happens your adrenals are ready for soaking up energy. That’s where the extra herbs like cistanches, epimedium, eucommia and he sho wu kick in to make sure it happens.
We all want to be healthy and live vibrant lives but we often overlook the main thing undermining all of our efforts to get healthy. By healing your nervous system you heal your glandular system, which runs most of your internal programming. Taking care of both puts you back on the road to vibrant health.
Related Podcast - Adaptogenic Herbs in Inner Peace