In a culture where multitasking is key and life seems to run on fast forward, a woman’s adrenal system can get quite a workout. When you add menopause to the mix, the adrenals can go on high alert. Keeping the adrenal glands healthy plays a very important role for women in menopause. This is especially true for those feeling worn down from dealing with the effects of hormone fluctuations and battling weight gain.
Stress and Cortisol
Many patients are often aware of the hormonal fluctuations that occur in menopause but don’t see the connection between adrenal health and menopause. When stressed, either physically or emotionally, the adrenals will release adrenaline and cortisol to moderate stress. When a woman in menopause also has chronic stress, cortisol production can be in excess, and she may experience adrenal fatigue. This can result in cravings for sweet or salty foods, weight gain, or stubborn pounds that won’t go away, even with diet and exercise. Without the support of a healthy adrenal system, menopausal symptoms can be more pronounced and make life miserable.
Caffeine-Fueled Lives Don’t Promote Energy
Women facing the combination of menopause and hectic lives often feel tired. Many think they need caffeine in their morning coffee, energy drinks at lunch, and midafternoon lattes just to keep going. These stimulants make the adrenal glands work harder, and though there may be a temporary lift in energy, in the long run it won’t last. The delicate adrenal system was not meant to run on high speed at all times. Supporting adrenal health can help provide a solid foundation for easing menopausal symptoms.
A Healthy Diet and Nutritional Support
Stress on the adrenal system can come from many sources, and menopause is definitely one of them. By reviewing your eating habits, you can suggest healthy alternatives to foods that aren’t friendly to their waistlines. You can also look into how much sugar, caffeine, and processed foods you are consuming, since all these things can affect mood and stress levels. For some, we suggest eating smaller meals throughout the day to keep blood sugar levels and energy even. You can also recommend nutritional supplements that help support the physiology, function, and nutritional needs of the adrenal glands.
We recommend Drenamin from Standard Process as a nutritional support for the adrenal glands along with regular chiropractic adjustments. Drenamin promotes healthy adrenal gland function, encourages a healthy response to environmental stresses, maintains energy production, and supports a balanced mood.