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Adrenal Body Type Part Two: What changes have I made?

Thursday, 26 April 2018

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Following on from my last post telling you a bit more about the adrenal glands and the adrenal body type, I wanted to chat to you about changes I have made to start to help de-stress my adrenal glands and therefore eventually lower the amount of cortisol (stress hormone) it produces. Thus improving my mental and physical health as well as helping me lose weight.

I did quite a bit of research in simple changes I could make which was quite hard at first as most websites want money off you to give you a diet plan (I can appreciate people need to make money but this girl is skint y'all) These are changes I have been implementing for about six weeks now and already I am noticing a difference. In fact, I am noticing a difference because these past two days I have slipped back into old habits simply because I have been busy catching up on work and have noticed my stress levels rising again.

Here's what I have been doing:

YOGA

Gentle exercise is best for adrenal body types as appose to hard exercise like HIIT. Adrenal body types see hard exercise or fast paced exercise as stress and so the adrenal glands produce more cortisol because of that. Gentle exercise like yoga or walking not only help de-stress but improve posture, fitness, strength, breathing and mental health. I have simply been doing a ten minute beginners morning yoga video via YouTube because I have never done it before but am planning on upping my yoga game very soon. I have also been doing gentle toning exercises and going for more walks. It's definitely working.

EATING KETO

The ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carb diet so you cut out starchy carbohydrates like pasta and potatoes and up your fat intake with foods like cream  and red meat. This makes your body switch fuel sources and you go from running on glucose to ketones and burn fat. This keeps your sugar levels from being spiked and lowers risks of diabetes in later life, it also reduces stress put on the adrenal body type which is caused by eating carbs and spiking sugar levels. Eating a low carb, no sugar and high fat diet also benefits you if you have PCOS.

CUTTING CAFFEINE

Caffeine causes major stress on the adrenal glands. I suffer issues with my sleep and am terrible for just drinking cup after cup of coffee. I knew it could be affecting my sleep but didn't realise it could actually be causing my body great stress so I have cut it out. If I fancy coffee or tea then I have decaf however, I am trying to get back into drinking herbal teas like I used to. I am finding it very difficult at the moment but am persevering!

EATING MORE VEG

Darky leafy greens to be precise. They are great for the adrenal glands. Because of being on keto, I only tend to have one big meal a day now which doesn't always mean I am getting enough greens so have starting drinking green juices around lunchtime that consist of a large cup of kale, lemon juice, ginger, teaspoon of sea salt,  teaspoon of xylitol sweetener. It actually tastes really nice! (I like spicy, zesty drinks) those ingredients are also great for your electrolytes (body's natural energy source) and the adrenal glands so drink up! :)

TAKING SUPPLEMENTS

I am never usually one to take supplements, not long term anyway but upon reading that Holy Basil and Ashwaganda are both natural ways to improve cognitive function and lower stress levels in the body I thought they were worth giving a go. They have definitely helped me out a lot and I will continue to take them from now on. I just finished my period and my mood had improved tenfold: I haven't felt anywhere near as agitated, stressed, angry or depressed as I usually feel. I haven't woken up in the middle of the night feeling anxious for no reason either.

I bought my supplements online at PLANET ORGANIC.

WATER

I always drink water, if I drink a cold / soft drink then it is always water however my water drinking has slipped by the wayside a lot over the past few months so I am making a conscious effort to drink more. I start the day with a big glass of water when I take my supplements and make sure I drink it of an evening too. It isn't just good for hydration and concentration but also good for your skin too and I have neglected my skin a lot lately due to being busy. I need to get back to looking after it again! My skin is suffering!

UNWINDING PROPERLY

I feel like this one is one of the most important changes on this list but one many people wouldn't be willing to take part in because it is quite a big change: How I unwind in the evenings.
(Apart from when I am working late) I try not to look at screens past 7pm and that includes the TV. I love watching soaps so am sure to catch up on them in the daytime when Savannah is at nursery and I am caught up with everything and spend the evening doing more relaxing things like having a bubble bath and reading a book. When Patrick is working away I have even found relaxing music on Spotify and gone to bed early to relax and unwind. Don't get me wrong, this isn't every single night. We sometimes like to catch up on TV programmes of an evening when Savannah is in bed especially of a weekend but I hope that eventually it will be something I do most nights. If that is too much of a change for you then definitely make the first step by putting your phone away at 7pm. That way you're only watching the TV and not two screens at once which is really distracting and not helping your mind relax one bit. I tell Savannah she isn't allowed two screens if she ever asks for her tablet while the TV is on so I should be leading by example. It is good for me and good in helping Savannah form healthy smart device habits for the future too.


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