Pump Your Adrenaline!
Adrenaline, a hormone released when your body is in flight or fight response, increases blood sugar levels, heart beat, and blood flow to muscles.
Ever felt that rush while on a roller coaster, or your plane is about to take off, or even when you just manage to catch your train?
This rush is your body pumping adrenaline: an important neurotransmitter that our body uses to keep us alert in fight or flight (and the modern equivalents of) responses. Adrenaline is used to treat many conditions - from cardiac arrest, superficial bleeding, and even during an asthma attack.
So how do you create this powerful hormone and use it to your advantage?
The best way to pump adrenaline is by exercising! When you exercise, adrenaline levels spike in your blood - leading to lower blood pressure, stress release and control, a positive and balanced mood, and a feeling of 'lightness' in your body.
be physically active throughout the day
Whenever you get time during office work, take advantage and go for a short walk. Bonus points if you take the stairs!
Breath slowly & deeply
When you're feeling overwhelmed or stressed, your adrenaline levels can spike too high and create serious anxiety. Taking slow and deep breaths can help get this under control so you can use the adrenaline to your advantage. Breathe in and out slowly, as if you were blowing out a candle - this will lower your blood pressure and help you relax.
antioxidant & vitamin rich foods
Foods like berries, oranges, avocados, and spinach are rich in antioxidants & Vitamin B and C. This helps to control and maintain your adrenaline hormones, and lowers stress levels.
Coffee contains caffeine, which acts as a boost to your adrenal gland to release adrenaline. However, consuming too much coffee (or any caffeine) will be counterproductive as it reverses the release of adrenaline and can make you feel tired.
why should you boost adrenaline?
Flexing your adrenaline levels in a controlled and productive way is important in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Get out of your comfort zone and do something that will help your body learn how to keep you alert!
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