Adrenal Stimulators to Avoid for Energy Recovery

What are adrenal stimulators?

Adrenal stimulants are chemicals that take energy from your body and can lead to increased fatigue, brain fog, sleep problems, and decrease other body functions.  These can be found in everyday life, from the foods we eat to the type of exercise we complete. The adrenal glands are important for the body’s reaction to stress as well as providing function for several other functions. Stress is the most common problem with the adrenal glands, and it can quickly lead to negative reactions and symptoms. Listed below are some of the most common adrenal stimulators and how they affect the body.

Foods That Can Affect Adrenal Glands

  • Concentrated Sugars: Concentrated sugar puts our body on a roller coaster ride. This is where you have energy for a short period of time and crash throughout the day, eat more sugar to increase energy, and again have a crash after your body uses that energy. This includes things such as grape, orange, and apple juice. Stable blood sugar is crucial for adequate adrenal function.
  • Caffeine: Caffeine also has a similar effect on the body as concentrated sugars. The body at this point can secrete too much adrenaline and influence cortisol function.
  • Histamine foods: Some foods that we don’t recognize as real problems can give your body an allergic reaction. This reaction does not mean the typical allergic reaction with swelling or decreased breathing function, it could lead to increased inflammation within the body which can result in increased pain and other symptoms. Gluten is one common food where this reaction is seen.
  • PUFAs: Known as Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids, this tends to be what foods are fried in and cooking oils. Oils such as canola oil inhibit our body from synthesizing hormones. 
  • Artificial sweeteners: This is similar to concentrated sugars. Most commonly found in soft drinks, artificial sweeteners block dopamine and epinephrine. These beverages give us a momentary boost in energy, but the effects will most likely take place in the next few days. Your brain will not work as well and motivation and drive have dropped.

Overtraining and Inadequate Sleep

  • Exercise is great when we push and recover. If we have enough energy, we keep pushing and we are stressing the adrenal glands by the continuous pushing, which exhausts your body. At a certain point, your body will start telling you no and exercise may become difficult or the recovery stages are taking longer than expected.
  • Inadequate sleep: When our bodies aren’t recuperating, we are stealing energy from tomorrow and the next day. Adequate sleep is when you do not wake up at early times throughout the night because the body is stressed. This also applies to those who have trouble falling asleep. When your body is constantly in fight or flight, it is hard to decrease the hormones that keep us awake.

How to Decrease Adrenal Stimulants

To decrease these stimulants and get your body back to a stage of recovery, lifestyle changes will need to take place. This includes, modifying your diet, getting the correct amount of exercise, and getting good sleep. The body needs time to recover in order to start to handle stresses more efficiently. At certain stages, this can be difficult, and that is where adjustments can make a difference in your condition. Connecting the brain and the body can assist with recovery for your adrenal glands and can improve your immune system, bodily function, brain fog, and many other symptoms that you may be experiencing. 

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Here’s To A Better Life,

Dr. Steve Puckette