Friday, May 1, 2009

Support Your Adrenals

There are many stress causing factors (our jobs, our commute, our children, house buying...) that we all deal with on a daily basis, and how well our bodies handle this stress makes all the difference. Two small glands known as the adrenal glands, which are situated above each of the kidneys, are the body’s first line of defense when it comes to stress, and the working condition of these glands must be in tip top shape. As with any part of the body, there are key nutrients that are needed in order to maintain an optimum working level.

At the top of the list (as is in most cases) is Vitamin C. Its importance when it comes to a healthy diet cannot be stressed enough, and most people get far too little of it. Switching from a diet high in processed foods to one that is high in fresh fruits and vegetables will definitely give you the "C" boost you need.

Another important player when it comes to adrenal support is Vitamin B, and once again most Americans don't get enough of it do to diets high in processed foods. Switching to a diet high in Whole Grains, nuts, and fish (wild caught) is a sure fire way to increase your intake of vitamin B.

And because poor digestion can negatively affect most of the body’s internal defense systems, it is important to make sure your body is getting the digestive enzymes it needs. One good example is Bromelain, which can be found in both foods and supplement form; pineapples are a great source, but make sure that they are fresh and not pre-cut.

So help your body handle stress by supporting your adrenal glands with the nutrients they need.

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