What are adrenal glands and where are they located?
Your adrenal glands play a very important role in maintaining your health. They are incredibly small, about the size and weight of a coin. They are located above your kidneys, just below the muscle tissue of your lower back.
What do adrenal glands do?
Our adrenal glands are responsible for many things that assist in regulating our body and hormones, including thyroid and reproductive hormones. They are also responsible for managing stress, the amount of inflammation in our body, our immune system, our blood sugar levels and the electrolytes in our blood. They influence all the physiological functions processes of the body and help stave off physical fatigue.
Signs your adrenal health is bad
When there is something wrong with our body, it will start to signal us that something needs to be addressed. Here is how your adrenal glands will signal you that something is wrong.
Your blood sugar level will either drop or spike suddenly.
Your hormones will be all over the place. One moment you are happy and the other moment you will find yourself crying over something that does not even bother you that much.
You get sick more often because your immune system will not function properly without healthy adrenal glands.
You will be stressed and it will be hard for you to manage your stress levels.
Your sex drive will decrease.
It will be hard for you to complete your daily tasks because those tasks will require a lot more effort than usual.
You will find it hard to keep yourself awake even if you know that you need to sacrifice sleep for a very important task.
You will constantly crave food, mostly salty and savoury foods, and it will be hard you satisfy your cravings. You will find yourself craving them more even if you have just eaten something.
Your body will take longer to heal properly
You will fail to find happiness or excitement in tasks and hobbies that you enjoyed before.
You may find yourself skipping meals.
How to improve your adrenal health
If you suspect your adrenal glands may need some care and attention, try some of the following tips.
Get your sleep schedule in sync
Make sure that you get quality sleep for 8-9 hours. Sleep and wake up at the same times to get your body in a rhythm. It needs to follow a routine to start to heal.
Set aside at least 30 minutes a day for exercise, no matter how busy or tired you may be.
Add these to your diet
To improve your adrenal health, add proteins, healthy carbs, zinc, calcium, and vitamins (especially C and D) to your diet. Also increase foods like coconuts, avocados, olives, chia seeds, bone broth, nuts, vegetables and fish, but make sure you do all of this in moderation.
Adaptogenic Green Juice For Thyroid Health
There is major uncertainty surrounding green juice and thyroid patients. A common myth is that cruciferous vegetables cause goiters and that people suffering from hypothyroidism should avoid eating them. However, research shows that kale, spinach, broccoli, and leafy greens can help you boost your body’s glutathione levels. Elevated glutathione levels will help support healthy thyroid function.
Recent research has shown that cruciferous vegetables are among the healthiest foods in the world. Many thyroid patients are genuinely confused on whether or not to consume them, uncertain if they are harmful. Cruciferous vegetables are a source of glucosinolates, which turn into isothiocyanates inside your body. These are a great way to help protect your body from various kinds of cancer. Furthermore, cruciferous vegetables are a great source of various vitamins, phytochemicals, and minerals that help support multiple body systems in numerous ways.
The fact of the matter is that if your thyroid deficiency wasn’t caused by iodine deficiency, these cruciferous vegetables blocking your iodine are nothing you need to worry about. Keep in mind that your diet must be healthy and contain natural sources of selenium and iodine. It's noted that more than 90% of thyroid patients suffer from autoimmune thyroid, which is not due to iodine deficiency; consuming cruciferous vegetables will not cause an issue as long as you are part of that 90%.
There are studies that suggest that too much iodine in your body can increase the risk of autoimmune diseases. Research shows that when iodine was purposely added to combat thyroid issues, the rate of autoimmune thyroid disease increased.
Many studies show that cruciferous vegetables help your body produce glutathione, which is an antioxidant used to improve your thyroid health and helps in mitigating autoimmune diseases. These vegetables have been studied extensively for their anti-cancer properties. The information obtained from this in-depth research allows us to be more certain on the matter because it confirms that adaptogenic green juice is great for your body and will help balance your thyroid in a healthy manner.
Green Juice to Help Balance Your Thyroid
● ½ cup of chopped pineapple
● One bunch of cilantro
● One medium sized cucumber
● A single fennel stalk
● 2 medium sized lemons
● Powdered ashwagandha root, 1 or 3 pinches (your preference)
● Chlorophyll extract, 6 drops exactly or powder
● Mix all ingredients except chlorophyll and ashwagandha in a juicer; add them at the end. This juice is full of nutrients that will provide your body with vibrancy and longevity.
Try to buy organic ingredients to maximize the nutrient base of the juice. Many pesticides are soluble in water, meaning any pesticides present on the vegetables will remain in the juice. Your body automatically absorbs the juice and anything in it, including those toxic pesticides. Choose organic ingredients to ensure your body is absorbing only healthy substances.
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Yours in holistic wellness