Between my one-on-one clients and skype sessions, there is one question that
comes up in my office over and over and over again.
Even after going through the diet and the supplements, everyone wants to know,
“What can I do right now (to help my hormones)?”
Over the course of years (by years, I mean the 13 that I’ve been in practice- eeeeks where has the time gone?),
I’ve come up with one simple habit that can make all the difference in your hormones.
A Bit of Background Before We Start
When the “h-word” comes up, it’s really tempting to put all the attention on the thyroid gland.
Some may say the thyroid is a movie star of sorts when it comes to the endocrine system for two reasons:
1. Easy to Test. Blood tests are routinely used to check
thyroid status (...even if they’re not foolproof.)
2. Easy to Treat. There are meds that are easily prescribed to deal with
thyroid concerns (although the meds might not be the only answer for you.)
Even with this sort of “star power”, you need to understand that your thyroid is not your endocrine system.
Ahem….did you get that?
Your thyroid isnotyour endocrine system.
In fact, there are 8 glands in all that make-up your endocrine system,
and 4 that are the big players. I call them the:
4 Corners of Your Endocrine House.
They are the pituitary, thyroid, adrenals and ovaries in childbearing women-
or the pancreas in menopausal ladies.
If you want to be the master of your “Endocrine House”, then all four of these glands need to be
communicating in a healthy way. In particular, the relationship between the
adrenal glands and thyroid is muy importante (note: too much cortisol depresses thyroid function in a snap.)
Get Your Legs Up The Wall
Getting your legs up the wall has many benefits:
• Calms the mind (Can I have an hallelujah?)
• Adrenals rest and recalibrate so that they can communicate with your thyroid gland better
• Takes pressure off the venous return (That’s fancy speak for, “it helps varicose veins".)
• The heart has to pump stronger to get the blood back up the legs (So, you’re exercising while resting.)
This is not one of those it-sounds-too-good-to-be-true tips. Trust me on this; it works.
Here’s what to do:
Set the stage: Make sure that you’re in a quiet place and you’ve got at least 10 minutes. You’re going to want to be able to close your eyes and deeply relax. Legs Up the Wall doesn’t have the same effect if you’re chatting away on the phone or flipping through messages, so make sure to create the space to give your adrenals the love that they need.
Step 1: Lay on your back with your hips about 6 – 12 inches away from the wall. Tip: Bend your knees and put your feet on the wall. If your thighs are at a right angle to your back, then your hips will be the perfect distance from the wall.
Step 2: Straighten your legs up the wall, so that your heels are making contact. Keep your knees straight and your legs relaxed.
Step 3: Place a pillow under your head. You should feel really comfy here.
Step 4: Clasp your hands and place them either under your head OR under the pillow.
Step 5: Close your eyes and bring your awareness to your breath. Inhale for a count of 2 and exhale for a count of 4.
Step 6: “Hang out” here with your eyes closed for 10 minutes and breathe in the adrenal love.
That's it. Now go ahead and give it a try, and make sure to let me know how it goes in the comments section.
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Here's to happy, rested adrenals!