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.
Any questions, comments, or insights you'd like to add? Comment below, or email me at email@example.com.
Until next time, Reforged Warriors.
Go seize your destiny.
Today, most pre-workouts have changed, but we believe it's very important to know exactly what you put into your body - especially how the supplement industry is regulated.
So we are going to talk about some components in pre-workouts that benefit you during (and even after) your workouts.
Let's dive in!
If you haven't been following our Vlog series, you might not know what we have in store.
So today, I wanted to share with you an announcement on our upcoming Peak Performance Nootropic Pre Workout, Catalyst!
One of the things I primarily have my friends who work desk jobs or play games for hours at a time is a mix of strength exercises - from powerlifting to strongman.
These exercises typically help with core strength, upper body strength, and grip strength - parts of our body that need strengthening due to our prolonged hours of sitting.
I say one of the best exercises for this are Farmer's Walks or any exercise that makes you carry heavy weight for extended periods of time.
These variations of exercises have built crazy grip strength for myself.
In this post, we are going to dive into grip strength, and ultimately why I believe Farmer's Walks are a excellent for functional strength development.