The Deadly Connection Between Stress and Your Thyroid – Saturday Strategy
I recently found out I have adrenal fatigue.
This may be surprising to some because I live a pretty healthy lifestyle.
Although I do my best to eat healthy, stay active, get enough sleep and keep a good mindset, I am a busy guy! And sometimes the business catches up with me and I experience a lot of STRESS. I’m sure you can relate.
Turns out, stress takes a toll on your adrenals! And this has consequences for your THYROID as well as your entire immune system. Everything in your body is connected and works together synchronistically to keep you functioning at optimum levels. So when one thing falls out of balance, there are inevitably other consequences follow.
Adrenal fatigue affects approximately 80% of the people in the world! So more likely than not, you are or will experience some form of it in your lifetime. But what is it exactly?
Your adrenal glands are two organs the size of your thumbs that sit on top of your kidneys. And they produce over 50 different hormones that affect functions throughout your entire body. They are particularly important in regulating your body’s natural stress response.
Adrenal fatigue is what happens when your adrenal glands can’t keep up with the amount of daily stress in your life. This could include: prolonged stress from work, family relationships, an unhealthy diet or weak immune system, a traumatic experience like the death of a loved one or a divorce, lack of sleep, chronic negativity, etc.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:
- Difficulty waking up
- Low libido
- Muscle weakness
- Hair loss
- Weight gain
- Trouble focusing
- Bone loss
- Sugar and carb cravings
- Muscle tension
Your Thyroid and Adrenal Fatigue
Your thyroid is another gland that regulates hormones to keep your body running optimally. Your adrenals and your thyroid work together to supply and deliver essential hormones.
Remember, everything in your body is connected. When your adrenals are stressed to the max, your thyroid also begins to suffer. Basically, inflammation from adrenal stress causes the receptors on cells for thyroid hormones to become less sensitive, leading to symptoms of hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid). It’s kind of like how your body becomes insensitive to insulin if you have diabetes!
A large number of adrenal fatigue symptoms are also symptoms for hypothyroidism. The worse your symptoms are, the more likely you are suffering from both.
What’s interesting about this is you might be tested for thyroid dysfunction and have labs that come back completely normal because the hormones are at regular levels in your blood, but they are NOT being received by your cells.
What This Means For You
So what’s the solution? If you remember at the beginning of this post, the culprit behind my adrenal fatigue was STRESS.
So let’s take some steps to REDUCE the stress hormones in your body and give your endocrine system a chance to breath!
#1 Juice Recipe To Relieve Stress On Your Adrenals and Thyroid
Juicing vegetables is one of the best ways to flood your body with healing micronutrients while also giving your hard-working digestive system a break. The detox abilities of pure juice from vegetables and superfoods is unmatched.
Today, I have a juice recipe for you that can help to normalize blood sugar levels AND relieve cortisol levels!
One of the ingredients in this recipe, ashwagandha, has been shown in clinical trials to reduce cortisol levels in the body by up to 26%!
Sweet Potato Juice Recipe
- 1-2 raw sweet potatoes
- 2 carrots
- 1 jicama
- 5 ribs celery
- 1 tsp ashwagandha powder OR 1 scoop Organifi
- Pinch of cinnamon
Directions: Juice the sweet potatoes, carrot, jicama and celery. Stir in ashwagandha (or Organifi) and cinnamon.
Don’t have a juicer? Don’t sweat! Organifi contains the healing herb ashwagandha and all you have to do is mix it with water and go!
Our friends at Kuvings are offering our community a special offer – grab your very own Kuvings Wide Mouth Slow Juicer (the one you see in all my videos) right here!
#2 Adrenal Fatigue Diet
If you are trying to recover from adrenal fatigue, there are a few things you should switch up in your diet. Mostly, you need to change stimulating foods and sweeteners for foods that support adrenal function and promote relaxation.
|Instead of THIS
||Whole fruits and vegetables
||Coconut oil, olive oil, ghee, organic pastured butter
||Raw nuts and seeds
||Healthy, good-fat foods like avocado, fatty fish, baked chicken and turkey
||Sea salt (Celtic or Himalayan)
||Kelp and seaweed, baked kale chips
||Cruciferous vegetables, pumpkin, chia, flax
#3 Slow Down
Your health should be one of our top priorities. If your life is going too fast and you are stressed more than you’re not, it’s time to slow down. Take a deep breath. Let go of some commitments and focus on healing.
Take time to meditate. Take time to breath. Take time to sit outside and enjoy the sunset with someone you love. Our culture has made business a virtue, and it’s costing us our health. Don’t feel like a failure if you have to take a few things off your to-do list.
Sleep for 8-10 hours every night if at all possible. Rest when you feel tired during the day. Try turning off screens well before bedtime so that you are more likely to fall asleep before 11pm.
If you can learn to let go and enjoy the moment, your health will thank you. As you take the steps we talked about in this post you will begin to notice your life improve.
Remember, we’re in this together.
Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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