The adrenal glands have long been linked to mood and energy levels. They produce essential hormones that are vital to life, and regulate your metabolism, control your blood pressure, and manage your stress response. In times of physical or emotional stress, these hormones are released to give your body an energy boost, so it can endure the unusual strain. In this episode of HealthLine Live Radio Show, Dr. Robert Marshall, Ph.D. and co-founder of Quantum Nutrition Labs, shares his advice for keeping the adrenal glands happy and functioning at their best.
“The adrenal glands are really the workhorse of most people who live in America, because we're always engaged in a lot of activity, and we're almost never truly relaxed. That means the adrenals are really called upon to do a lot of work,” Dr. Marshall points out. If you learn how to take proper care of your adrenals, and give them the nutrition they need, only then can they provide you with their best performance. “Give the adrenals what they want, and they’ll give you great energy through the day.”
So what do the adrenal glands need? First of all, B vitamins. Dr. Marshall elaborates, “Your adrenals need vitamins B6, B2, PABA, pantothenic acid and more - quite a broad spectrum of B vitamins, in order to be able to make corticosteroids as well as adrenaline.” Adrenaline is an important hormone that helps your body react to stress. Taking a B vitamin complex in a highly absorbable, probiotic-fermented form can ensure the adrenals receive the nutrition they desperately need.
Next, be sure to give your adrenal glands a natural source of vitamin C, but choose wisely. Dr. Marshall warns us: “Years ago, someone waved their hand and magically said ascorbic acid was vitamin C. Well, not really! If you take typical chemically made ascorbic acid thinking it's genuine vitamin C, you will find that very quickly it becomes metabolized to dehydroascorbate, which is a damaging free radical. And if you didn't escort that ascorbic acid with some real vitamin C from plant sources and natural bioflavonoids, then you've got yourself a little tiger by the tail that can make a mess in your adrenal glands and in your brain. That’s not desirable at all.” Instead, Dr. Marshall recommends looking for vitamin C that has naturally occurring, nature- sourced ascorbic acid that has loads of accompanying bioflavonoids, so that you can keep recycling that vitamin C to work for you the way it was originally engineered for the body.
Dr. Marshall notes that many people often overwork the adrenal glands because they don't drink enough water every day. In a cool climate, you need to drink about a half ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. For example, if you weigh 200 lbs, you should be drinking about 100 oz. of water per day. Dr. Marshall advises, “If you're not drinking enough water, it causes the adrenals to shift gears and make excess aldosterone, instead of the adrenaline you'd prefer for them to make. The aldosterone kicks in to hold onto the water that you're not getting enough of.” The same goes for salt. When we get enough water and enough salt during the day, we no longer have to worry about the adrenals shifting gears to make excess aldosterone to hold onto salt and water. Instead, they can focus on making corticosteroids that are in high demand for the body.
Finally, sufficient amounts of adrenal hormones are required for you to get quality sleep. Dr. Marshall clarifies, “For best adrenal function, you need a minimum of five hours straight of uninterrupted sleep each night. Many of you don't get that and after a few months of not getting uninterrupted sleep, you may find that you’ve really beat up the adrenals.”
Listen to the full episode of HealthLine Live Radio Show below to hear more of Dr. Marshall’s advice on how to best support the adrenal glands.