Adrenaline: Friend or Foe (or Both)?

Adrenaline is our culprit for many of the physical symptoms you’re experiencing, including flares of IBS, hot flashes, and nausea. Adrenaline helps us get away from scary events but raises blood pressure, shuts down our digestion, increases our cravings, and interferes with the immune system and its ability to handle threats.

The strategy to support long-​term stress is this:

  1. Getting rid of the adrenaline
  2. Helping your body to calm and feel safe

The first consideration is that adrenaline needs movement. If you don’t run away from a bear to get rid of it, you have to do it somehow in your regular life!

Exercises that help adrenaline include:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Jumping
  • Skipping rope
  • Bouncing
  • Dancing
  • Swaying
  • Hopping
  • Shaking

Make a commitment to yourself in the next month to regularly discharge your adrenaline if you are not already, and if you are, to try something new to get rid of it.

Once you discharge your adrenaline, magic happens.

Then you’ll need to working on supporting your body to feel safe. Stay tuned for those tips in the next post.

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