The poor little adrenal glands sit quietly on top of your kidneys, trying to mind their own business. But the moment some kind of stress comes along, they spring into action. Cortisol, aka your stress hormone, is produced in response to stressors. This is a good thing – when the proverbial bear jumps out at you in the woods, you want to be able to snap into gear pretty quickly and run away. In a perfect world, we’d be able to call upon our adrenals to help us out with the cortisol in periods of acute stress, and then when the stress was gone, the cortisol would fall back down and the adrenals would be calm and happy again.
The problem these days is that stress is never gone. We live in a fast-paced world juggling kids, jobs, exercise routines, social engagements, play dates, and family obligations. Even getting to yoga class is stressful! [Read more…]