“They enhance blood flow to the heart, lungs and muscles, and in doing so divert energy from less imminently vital tasks like digestion and detoxification.
This is called the ‘stress response’ and is intended to be temporary: see a bear, run from a bear, survive or die. Once the threat has gone, your biology is designed to return to normal.”
Nowadays however, it’s harder to return to our baseline ‘rest and digest’ state, said Clarissa.
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We’re under increasing amounts of emotional, relational, financial, environmental and physical stress: unread emails, arguments with a loved one, environmental toxic exposure, food intolerances, bad weather, energy bills, health worries and more add up every single day. and keep our bodies in an extended state of activation.
“Chronic stress unchecked means that your body stays in the stress response, causing your hormones to become dysregulated, the adrenal glands to become fatigued and a cascade of negative health outcomes.”
Clarissa offered some signs that your adrenals need support.
Clarissa said: “Similarly, fatigue can lead to increased sugar cravings as your body seeks external sources of energy.
Instead of leaning into these cravings, try to nourish your body with whole foods, protein and healthy fats to keep your blood sugar balanced and nutrient intake up.
4. Salt crackers
Clarissa said: “Unlike sugar cravings, you may want to heed your salt cravings. The adrenal glands require a lot of salt to function, so salt cravings can be a sign that your adrenals are working overdrive.
“Make sure to choose a quality sea salt or Himalayan rock salt and to eat foods rich in potassium and magnesium too.”
5. Low stress tolerance
Clarissa said: “When your stress load is high and your adrenals are overworked, a seemingly tiny event can feel enormous and unsurpassable.”
6. Frequent illness
Clarissa said: “Chronic stress and adrenaline fatigue can impact the immune system, causing reduced immunity and leading to frequent illness.”
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