Adrenal Health 

Adrenals  ⁃ Crank out 57 hormones 

 ⁃ Govern blood sugar, circadian rhythms, inflammation and immune system. 

 ⁃ Cortisol cycle govern many other rhythms.

 ⁃ Adrenal function impact sleep ( crash at 2-3 pm in afternoon or wake at 3am with racing mind ) this indicates adrenal dysfunction.

 ⁃ A certain time is the distinguishing factor!

 ⁃ Addisons Disease – adrenals cannot make cortisol!

 ⁃ Adrenal Fatigue – not the same.
Causes:

 ⁃ food ( GMO’s , processed foods)

 ⁃ Environmental toxins

 ⁃ Noise pollution 

 ⁃ Stress 

 ⁃ Blood sugar issue connection.
Symptoms:

 ⁃ Physically exhausted 

 ⁃ Mentally over loaded 
Adrenal Reset Diet 

 ⁃ organic foods

 ⁃ eliminate GMO’s , processed sugars

 ⁃ Cortisol influences blood sugar ( so skipping meals and not getting enough carbs can drive cortisol levels up)

 ⁃ Missing breakfast is a factor.

 ⁃ More fats and proteins in am.

 ⁃ Need some healthy carbs in evening.

 ⁃ Need some glucose production ( 80/20 carbs / protein).
Higher Fiber to fructose ratio is important !

 ⁃ beans 

 ⁃ lentils 

 ⁃ white beans ( resistance starch)

 ⁃ Bacteria in gut will adapt when you introduce low daily amounts to start !
Resistance Starches are great for regulating blood sugar!
 ⁃ Blood sugar crashes right before people wake.

 ⁃ Cortisol levels are spiking when they should be low.
Exercise Role 

 ⁃ avoid over training leads to insomnia !

 ⁃ Regular exercise helps stabilize blood sugar and cortisol.
Testing 

 ⁃ look at thyroid 

 ⁃ blood sugar and anemia issues.

 ⁃ Salivary cortisol rhythm tests. 
Good to have a routine 

 ⁃ sleep and wake at same times 

 ⁃ Eat small amounts of carbs at night to stabilize blood sugar.

 ⁃ Exercise daily.

 ⁃ Avoid sleep aids 

 ⁃ Gut health is important