When we think of "vitamins," we know they're super-important for health.
But vitamin D is special.
It's difficult to get enough vitamin D; vitamin D is, therefore, a very common deficiency.
I actually found out I was deficient in vitamin D after I went to the Dr. because I felt SO terrible. I didn't know what was wrong with me. I felt super fatigued and beyond exhausted all of the time. So I went to the Dr. and they did a blood test and found out that I was really low on vitamin D even though I lived in Arizona and was in the sun all of the time?! I thought I was getting lots of vitamin D but I just wasn't.
So, let's talk about how much of this critical fat-soluble vitamin we need, and how you can get enough. The three ways to vitamin D are exposure to the sun, consuming vitamin D containing food, and through supplements.
Vitamin D helps us absorb calcium from our food and acts like a hormone to help us...
Stressed? Tired? Craving sugar? Can’t sleep?
All of these can be related to the constant stress we feel in our lives. We know that stress can have a huge impact on our health and wellness. And, since your adrenal glands produce stress hormones, adrenal fatigue (or “HPA Axis Dysregulation,”) is a popular theme lately.
Your adrenal glands look like walnuts that live on top of both of your kidneys. These important glands produce many hormones, including stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol.
But what happens when they become “overworked?”
You’ve heard of “adrenaline junkies,” right?
Adrenaline and cortisol are the stress hormones that give you the commonly known adrenaline rush; when you're totally alert and living in the moment. This feeling is known as your body's "fight or flight" response.
Some people (perhaps you?) just love that intense feeling. I know I did until I burned out!
The release of hormones in the fight or flight...
We all have some level of stress, right?
Especially as an event professional! Forbes listed event coordination in the top 5 most stressful jobs list behind being a police officer, pilot, firefighter, and soldier!
Stress may be temporary (acute), or long-term (chronic).
Acute stress usually won’t mess with your health too much. It is your body’s natural reaction to circumstances and can even be life-saving.
Then, when the “threat” (a.k.a. “stressor”) is gone, the reaction subsides, and all is well.
It's the chronic stress that's a problem. You see, your body has specific stress reactions. If these stress reactions are triggered every day or many times a day that can mess with your health.
Stress (and stress hormones) can have a huge impact on your health.
Let's dive into the "stress mess."
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