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When it comes to fuel, adrenal hormones affect the utilization of carbohydrates and fats as well as the conversion of fats and proteins into energy. The adrenal hormones affect the distribution of stored fat, and more stress (cortisol) promotes storage of fat in the belly.

Stress comes in many forms. Often we don't put two and two together and realize that stress is piling up. Most people just consider stress to be normal.

Factors Affecting Adrenal Function

The following is a list of factors that affect your adrenal response.

  • Lack of sleep
  • Trauma
  • Death of a loved one
  • Marital stress
  • Financial pressures
  • Too much caffeine
  • Sugar and white flour
  • Smoking
  • Toxins and pollution
  • Infections
  • Allergies
  • Too little exercise
  • Too much exercise
  • Over-exertion
  • Lack of relaxation

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Diet and Your Adrenals

In addition to the above, your dietary lifestyle can drain the adrenals. Many nutrients not found in typical fast food meals are required to make necessary hormones in the adrenal glands.

If you're surviving on processed and pre-made foods and eat very few fresh fruits and vegetables, your adrenals are not getting the nutrients they need to function optimally and respond well to any of the stresses above.

I know many athletes who feel that since they exercise frequently, they can eat whatever they want. Think again. Want to be full of real energy? Proper nourishment is a key element. When it comes to healing from adrenal fatigue, a proper diet is a must.

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