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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Back to Balanced Healthy Adrenals

Back to Balanced Healthy Adrenals 

It is possible to restore, replenish and bring your adrenals back to balance and get your energy levels back up to how they used to be?  The answer is, yes. 

However, stress has become a "normal" part of life and the same is true for that "never-ending list" of things to do in a day, but when you are at optimal adrenal health you will take all this and more in your stride. You will feel a normal level of tiredness at the end of the day, as opposed to feeling exhausted after dragging yourself through the day. You will wake up refreshed, ready for a new day after a full night of restful sleep.

How do you go about restoring your Adrenals?  The most popular and natural way to do this is by the use of herbs and nutrients to support adrenal gland health. The use of plants and herbs for the purposes of healing is known as Phytotherapy. Many people around the world have practiced the ancient art of botanical medicine and followed plant-based diets for thousands of years, but now there is evidence-based research to back up phytotherapy’s treatment benefits. For example, researchers in the U.S. and around the globe have demonstrated that the herb Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus), also commonly referred to as Siberian ginseng, supports the adrenal glands with its anti-fatigue and anti-stress properties. In 2009, Swedish researchers proposed one way it does this is by increasing the specific molecules the body typically releases to protect the body against physical and emotional stress. These “molecular chaperones” help treat and repair damaged proteins during times of intense physical demand. Having more “repair” molecules on board helps build our tolerance to stress and allows for less physical destruction, and thus less feelings of exhaustion and fatigue. In Australia, another team demonstrated how Eleuthero inhibits the binding of stress hormones to their receptors. 
 
Eleuthero is an adaptogen, a group of herbs known for their restorative and gland-toning properties, and is widely used by doctors and healthcare practitioners in cases of adrenal fatigue, adrenal exhaustion, stress, low function endocrine system and when the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal-axis is compromised.  By restoring glandular function, your personal energy levels are restored, making it seem as though you have increased your energy levels, when in fact you are just running at normal energy levels.