I recently had the honor of training over 60 men and women of the Air Force Academy Fire Department. Our first session was on Adrenal Stress. As a profession, firefighters have the top probability of heart disease. . . . for a reason: constantly ‘putting out fires.”
Adrenaline is the body’s emergency fuel Adrenaline is expensive for the body to make and is intended to be used for emergencies to ‘fight’ or ‘flee/flight.’ The problem is that most Americans now live on adrenaline, which is similar to living on credit cards. Although credit cards serve a purpose, when we live on them constantly, without making payments . . . well payment does come due and eventually it can lead to bankruptcy.
Adrenal fatigue is like the body experiencing ‘bankruptcy’ from using too much adrenaline on a daily basis instead of emergencies here and there. How could you know if you are dealing with adrenal fatigue? Check out the common symptoms. The top 3 symptoms are very common for Adrenal stress.
- Poor sleep (can’t get to sleep, stay asleep or wake up refreshed)
- Brain fog
- Compromised immune function (getting sick more often)
- Mood swings and irritability
- Tight muscles
- Increase in allergies
- Weight gain in the mid-section
- Unable to take in ‘new’ information (tunnel vision)
- Hair loss and or poor fingernail quality
What nourishes the adrenals:
- Protein and minerals
- Movement, exercise
- R&R pose (check out this simple pose at http://www.lifestyleforhealth.com/randrpose)
A good protein shake gives you the top nutrients, with the enzymes to ensure the protein is digested. I highly recommend it if there is any adrenal fatigue. If you are having trouble sleeping, try doing a shake before going to bed to help stabilize blood sugar and improve sleep. Avoid adding fruit to the shake if sleep is a problem.
You can switch from ‘credit cards’ to ‘CASH’ with your body’s energy source! Switch to cellular energy and use that adrenaline for emergencies. Restore your adrenals and watch your health improve!
Thanks to the Air Force Academy Fire Fighters for doing a great job of support and for learning to take care of themselves! Your families appreciate you!