Hey, there! Dr. Alan Christianson here, and I want to talk about a way to heal your adrenals that you may not have thought of. This is a good, easy, daily reset, using your skin. Your adrenal glands are affected by your nervous system. Your brain has a “fight or flight” response, which is affected by information coming from your senses and tactile nerves below the skin. At any given moment, you’re receiving millions of points of communication from every nerve ending under your skin to your brain. When you have relaxing, soothing, tactile input that’s stimulating the nerves in the right way, it calms your brain. It lowers the “fight or flight” response, diminishing the output of stress hormones. A couple of steps to make this happen are skin brushing and using good, skin moisturizers on a regular basis.
There are many benefits to this in terms of regulating your cortisol (so you can sleep better, lose weight easier and have the energy levels you want) and assimilating vitamin D more effectively. Proper amounts of vitamin D have been proven to cut the risk of over 17 cancers, keep your bones strong and your brain healthy. When you’re assimilating nutrients from your skin more effectively, diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s are less common. If these benefits aren’t enough, you will also have better skin, and who doesn’t want that? When your skin looks healthy, you’re unconsciously judged as being healthier and more approachable. The skin is the outermost extension of our chemistry. By keeping it healthy, we keep our inner chemistry more stable, lowering our stress response.