Christmas, Stress & Your Adrenals…
Christmas can be a very stressful time of the year as I am sure you already know….so here are some easy tips to help you to get through it…
The adrenals are tiny glands located above the kidneys, they perform many functions and release hormones that assist with balancing stress, blood sugar, inflammation producing sex hormones and much more. When there is a continued amount of high stress, there is a flood of adrenaline throughout the body and this can be disruptive to the functioning of the rest of the body.
In reflexology sessions, I usually find the adrenal points to be sore on most people… I mean, who isn’t under some form of stress?
The adrenal glands are located on both feet, one for each side of the body. If you trace a line down between the big toe and second toe and get to about halfway down the foot, you need to press down and in with your thumb and towards the inner side of the foot (midline).
If you’re sitting down and watching a movie, you can bring your foot towards you in a comfortable position and work the adrenals glands. Find the sore spot and work it out! Or if you are lucky enough to have a partner to work on your feet, you can stretch out on the sofa with your feet propped up on a pillow!
By stimulating the painful reflex, you are signalling to the brain to send more blood supply to that part of the body, which will bring a flood of vitamins and minerals and increased nerve supply to increase the support needed by congested area.
Adrenals that are out of balance and in need of support can cause fatigue, bad food cravings (in particular refined processed sugars and bad carbohydrates), insomnia, frequent infections and low immunity,
To support your adrenals further:
Keep well hydrated with pure filtered water
Eat healthy snacks such as celery sticks, dates, cucumber, or fruit every 2 hours to avoid the adrenals secreting too much adrenalin. When there has been no food ingested for many hours, the body starts to run on adrenaline. Eat frequently to maintain good blood sugar levels throughout the day.
Drink liquorice root tea….its a powerful support to your adrenal glands and helps stable blood sugar levels and is an anti viral too. Be careful of you have high blood pressure as it can elevate it a little.
The supplement Siberian Ginseng is a favourite of mine. It’s a powerful adaptogen that helps regulate stress hormones and help you to adapt to any stressful situation.
Michelle – Retreat reflexologist & kinesiologist