Stress. We all have it. We all want to get rid of it –It is all around us wreaking havoc with our bodies and our adrenal glands.
With chronic stress, our adrenal glands are pushed to their limit and cortisol levels increase. This leads to increased risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack.
When the adrenal glands are continually compromised, there is less cortisol produced and more adrenaline – leading to symptoms of irritability, light-headedness and anxiety. This is commonly known as “adrenal fatigue” and we discussed this in my last blog.
Below is a graph of our normal cortisol levels during the day and night. As you can see, cortisol levels peak at 6:00 am then steeply decline thereafter.
What are some ways that we can support our adrenal glands to maintain normal cortisol levels?
5 Tips to Support Your Natural Cortisol cycle: Using Food as Medicine
- Eat breakfast. Yes, we’ve heard this over and over again. But it’s true! This is the most important meal of the day. Your blood sugar levels were depleted during the night and you need to restore them. Try to eat breakfast within one hour of getting up or by 8:00 am.
- Eat a healthy snack around 9 am.
- Eat lunch between 11 am and 12 pm to prevent steep decline in cortisol levels.
- Eat another snack around 2 and 3 pm. Right around this time, some of you may be reaching for a candy bar or a Starbuck’s Latte. Instead, grab some non-fat yogurt, half a protein bar or some veggies and hummus.
- Eat dinner between 5 – 6 pm. Yes, this may be a little difficult at first, especially with your family’s schedule, but doing this will allow your body to digest less food in the evening and improve your sleep.
Start using these 5 tips today. I would love to hear how you are feeling over the next 1-2 weeks!
I would like to personally invite you to attend the upcoming Vibrantly You Event. Dr. Lauren Noel and I will be providing valuable information about adrenal fatigue, hormonal balance and using food as medicine. Please join us for wine and appetizers, too!