Alane Archer, ND, CNC

Holidays are fun, but can be stressful giving is healthy

For many of you, the holidays are rather nerve-racking whether it be caused by the overbearing, overwhelming relatives or just the excess of crazed shoppers in the grocery store check-out line. You’re on edge, maybe even snapping at your significant other when he or she asks if you could “please fold the laundry; I’ve run out of socks.” You know all of this stress piles up over the course of November and December, and ever year, you brace for the raging storm of emotion that it entails. However, while stress of any kind affects other parts of your body, what you probably are not aware of is that it also inhibits your adrenal glands (the little organs on top of your kidneys that produce the hormones that help you deal with stress – yes, those). Due to the adrenal glands either over or under producing, you’re subjecting yourself to many side effects such as insomnia, weight gain, fatigue, and more depending if your cortisol levels are too high or too low. So, with that being said, what can we do to support our adrenal health? Why is it even important to keep them producing hormones at optimal levels?

During the holiday season in particular, I have a simple answer for you: gift giving. You’ve probably heard the old saying, “It’s better to give than to receive.” While the philosophical perspective of those words proves true, many people don’t realize that giving improves our general health – including that of our adrenal glands. If the adrenal glands are producing at an optimal level, you’ll find yourself with the amount of energy you need to feel better overall.


Gift giving in and of itself lays bare the relationships we have with others. It connects us with other people, family members or not, and we human beings thrive off of those relationships. Showing your appreciation for a coworker by buying him a pair of woolly socks or watching your daughter open the box full of dress-up goodies she’s been asking for brings a smile to your face and melts away a little bit of the stress that sat, waiting in the wings. Giving and connecting with others reduces stress levels, which in turn promotes optimal adrenal health. Good adrenal health equals a happier, healthier you.

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