What are adrenals (and why should I care?)

We talk a lot about our adrenals at Inspire Organics because they are SO important to good health. In this post, we will help you to understand what they are and why they are important.

Adrenals or more specifically, the adrenal glands, are glands that are located on the top of each kidney. Most people don’t even know that they have adrenal glands, but knowing what they do and making sure that they are supported is essential to our well-being.

Our adrenal glands produce hormones that help to regulate key bodily functions like blood pressure, your metabolism and your body’s response to stress (including adrenaline & cortisol).

Why is this important? Well, when you live in today’s society, you may be perpetually under stress. When we think of stress we think of typical things like work, family demands, relationship issues, money, etc. but there are so many types of stress, mental, emotional and physical. Even being on social media has been shown to cause a stress response. (I’m guessing that doesn’t surprise you!)

When you are under stress, your adrenals are activated. (You can learn more about that process in this article from Harvard.) When you are under stress on a regular basis, your adrenals go into overdrive. And when your adrenals are fatigued from being in overdrive is when you will see negative effects on your health and well-being.

According to the Mayo Clinic, some of the health issues that can occur from your adrenals being overworked due to stress are:

  • Fatigue
  • Weakened immune system
  • Brain fog
  • Anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Weight gain

So now that you know what your adrenal glands are, what they do and what happens to them when you’re under stress, you are probably asking, “what can I do to support my adrenals and avoid that nasty list of symptoms?’ There are a lot of things you can do to support your adrenals that we’ll talk about more in future posts, but here are some of our favorites:

  • Get more rest
  • Take daily supplements that support your adrenals (like the organic energy drink, Light Up!)
  • Reduce your exposure to the media (social and otherwise)
  • Spend time in nature
  • Reduce coffee consumption

We want to support you with all of the knowledge you need to live your best life so stay tuned for more info on this and other health and wellness topics!

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