You may not think about them very often, but your adrenal glands are critical to achieving your best health and wellness. These small, triangular-shaped glands sit on top of your kidneys and are responsible for producing valuable hormones that regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure, and stress response, as well as other essential functions.1 Dr. Robert Marshall, Ph.D. and co-founder of Quantum Nutrition Labs, discusses adrenal health on this episode of HealthLine Live Radio Show.
“Everybody’s at some coffee shop, drinking coffee to flog their adrenals and make them sharp and alert enough to get through the day and make them feel good. I’m stunned to see that.” Dr. Marshall explains. He warns against the consumption of coffee, explaining that with a regular coffee habit, “you can pretty much count on a slow but steady destruction of your adrenal glands.”
Dr. Marshall recommends one quick fix for some adrenal concerns: drinking more water. “You simply don’t get enough water,” he warns. “Your baseline for water is half of your body weight, in ounces, per day. But for every 6 – 8 ounces of coffee you drink, you need an extra 32 ounces of water. Almost nobody in America is getting enough water.”
Another common problem facing Americans is a lack of sleep. Dr. Marshall discusses the importance of restful sleep to ensure the health of the adrenal glands: “Your adrenal glands need five straight hours of sleep or more. If this isn’t happening, if you’re waking up for no reason or if it’s hard to go to sleep, it’s important to get that squared away.” Sleep can help reset many different functions in the body, but it is critical for making sure that your adrenal glands are functioning optimally. When you develop adrenal fatigue, your hormone levels may have become too low. These low levels of hormones can actually make it more difficult to sleep, leading to a vicious cycle.2
To help amp up your adrenal function naturally, Dr. Marshall also recommends maintaining adequate amounts of natural vitamin C, B vitamins, iron, and salt: “If you find yourself short on natural salt requirements, you may be producing aldosterone instead of adrenaline, and you will feel like you need something like coffee, which puts you in trouble.” Dr. Marshall recommends using an air-dried salt that is rich in trace elements to provide ionic mineral support to your body.
“Natural vitamin C is another player needed,” says Dr. Marshall. “... and it is fairly easy to get if you’re eating citrus fruit, but many of you through the winter do not get anything in the way of good vitamin C-rich fruit.” Dr. Marshall recommends maintaining natural vitamin C levels with a high-quality supplement from a reputable company.
Listen to the full episode of HealthLine Live now to learn how you can support your own best adrenal health!
- “Adrenal Glands.” Adrenal Glands | Johns Hopkins Medicine, www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/conditions-and-diseases/adrenal-glands.
- “Sleep Disruptions and Adrenal Function: Dr. Wilson's AdrenalFatigue.org.” Dr. James L. Wilson's AdrenalFatigue.org, adrenalfatigue.org/sleep-disruptions/#:~:text=When%20the%20adrenals%20fatigue%2C%20adrenal,glucose)%20levels%20around%20the%20clock.