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I LOVE MY ADRENAL GLANDS! I mean, when was the last time (or ever) that you thought the function of your adrenal glands – probably never, right? The adrenal glands are an integral part of the body’s overall function, yet we rarely hear about how to nourish, protect and enhance the function of our adrenal glands. 

I am currently obsessed with herbs and all the magical benefits they have for our bodies to achieve optimal health and wellness. Centered around the idea of eating, and fueling my body with a purpose – that goes along with fluids I take in as well. My main drink of choice is filtered alkaline water, but when it comes to teas you can usually find me sippin’ on ginger tea, milk thistle or these Teaonic elixirs. I’m a big fan of the I LOVE MY LIVER teonic elixir, but this one has such pure and beneficial ingredients and I’m only recently reading up on the adrenal glands and their integral role in our optimal health and wellness!

So, what are the adrenal glands?

Found on top of each kidney, the adrenal glands are two organs (the size of your thumb!👍🏼) that produce hormones that help the body control blood sugar, burn protein and fat, react to stressors like an illness or injury, and regulate blood pressure. An integral part of the endocrine system, two of the most important adrenal hormones are cortisol and aldosterone. Our adrenals produce over 50 hormones 😱 that are essential for life! 🌀As I’ve learned from my girl, @drjessmd – imbalanced hormones can throw off our body significantly leading to serious conditions. Due to daily life stressors, exposure to toxins, rigorous work schedules, and just day to day STUFF – “adrenal fatigue” 😴 has been named the culprit behind imbalanced hormones, weight gain, sluggishness, and so much more. That’s where FOOD comes in! 

Foods and Herbs that Enhance Adrenal Gland Function:

🍄Shiitake mushroom: A great source of B vitamins, (millions of Americans are B-vitamin deficient – not just vegans).  Shiitake mushrooms turn nutrients from food into useable energy. They also help balance hormones naturally and break through the brain fog.

🌿Seaweed. Seaweed contains iodine along with other minerals that can support the adrenal glands and help normalize elevated adrenal secretion. 

🌱Adaptogen herbs. These unique healing plants promote hormone balance while helping to protect you from stress-related diseases; ashwagandha, rhodiola and holy basil. 

🍃Eleuthero Root: In traditional herbal medicine, Eleuthera was used to calm the spirit, awaken he mind and increase overall energy.

🌹Rose hips: An excellent source of vitamin C, bioflavonoids and antioxidants, rose hips supports overall health of the skin, tissues in the body and a healthy inflammatory response and immune system functions.

-Gotu Kola: Known as the “brain food” of herbs, Gotu Kola has been used for centuries to promote mental clarity, alertness, and memory, and support cognitive function.

-Rooibos: Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals and has been used to support a healthy immune system.

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