Before I started Reforged, I used to manage 4 rental car branches simultaneously. Weekdays, I would work from 7am-6:30 pm - stressed out of my mind.
We would need more than two managers running the branches, and we were down one. Our branches did not have their own car washes, so we had to wash them ourselves and use the dealer's car wash.
At times, there would be unexpected and stressful situations where we would rent 60+ cars daily at our biggest branch... at times, we didn't have these cars and would have to grab them a few cities over.
My average sleep was around 4.5 hours, which is nowhere near healthy for anyone. 3 months into managing these branches took a toll on me mentally with the sleep deprivation and chronic stress.
During this time, I decided to research cortisol and stress in their entirety, and found that sleep, proper nutrition, supplementation, exercise, time management, and practicing stoic philosophy helped me get through this time.
So with that, I wanted to explore stress, cortisol and a theory known as adrenal fatigue in this post.
Let's conquer your stress and dive in!
Your adrenals produce and regulate cortisol. When our cortisol is properly "balanced" or regulated, we are able to operate our best. This allows us to handle stressful or intense situations we encounter.
Let's dive into cortisol, then follow it with the theory of Adrenal Fatigue.
Cortisol is a hormone that is made within our adrenal glands. It helps with a variety of things:
While cortisol manages our stress response, it also assists us in our sleep-wake cycle. In the morning, a rise in cortisol prompts us to wake up. In the evening, cortisol tends to fall.
Cortisol isn't necessary bad... unless it's in significantly large amounts. This is what leads to insulin resistance, reduced immune function, and other issues.
When our adrenals are not efficiently operating (due to stress, poor sleep, fatigue, and more), we encounter a collective group of symptoms which is known as adrenal fatigue.
Adrenal fatigue (in theory) is caused by various things: poor sleep, excess caffeine drinking, prolonged levels of stress, and more.
In the most practical way, here are some things you should optimize to reduce high levels of stress:
We can, however, focus on providing adaptogens to our bodies to aid in supporting the adrenal glands. Adaptogens like Ashwagandha, Bacopa Monnieri and Rhodiola Rosea are common herbs that are found in our adrenal support supplement, Spark.
This nootropic adaptogen is a great way to prepare for stress - to prepare for tomorrow's battle at hand.
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Until next time, Reforged Warriors.
Go seize your destiny.
If you look at your body in a biological standpoint, we have various processes that occur in a Yin & Yang like-way. For example, anabolic and catabolic processes are both a necessity for our sleep/wake cycles, for exercise & recovery, and more.
These are a part of our Circadian Rhythm, which are physical, mental & even behavioral changes that follow our 24-hour sleep-wake cycle.
In understanding this, we can explore a new and promising area of study: Chrononutrition.
In this post, we are going to talk about Chrononutrition, an area that could potentially be great opportunity for building healthy habits towards fitness.
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Everyone uses the scale to track progress, but I’d argue it’s one of the least important methods to track progress.
It's never consistent, due to a variety of factors: sodium intake, water intake, stress, hormones, poor sleep, and more.
So today, I wanted to talk about all of the Body Performance Indicators you can utilize to measure progress.
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One of the more common questions that gets asked in fitness is if 6 meals a day is "mandatory".
It's not necessarily mandatory, but it is commonly utilized by pro bodybuilders in their contest prep phases.
I have been eating 3-5 meals a day for years, implementing 4 strategies I typically prioritize my nutrition with.
So with that, we are going to dive into 4 Nutrient Timing strategies you should utilize in this post.
Let's dive in!