Exhausted 27/7 ? YOU ARE NOT ALONE !Adrenal fatigue is a growing trend, says Cammi Balleck Ph.D, naturopathic dr and author of Happy the New Sexy, how you can be biochemically balanced(Tate Publishing, 2013). www.happythenewsexy.com Since she started seeing patients in 2003, she has seen a significant increase in cases of adrenal fatigue. We are all stressed everyday and for every minute you experience stress, it takes 60 minutes to remove the flood of adrenal stress hormones from your bloodstream. It’s easy to see how a few months of chronic stress—and not enough rest- eating bad nutrition —can overwork the adrenals to near exhaustion.
most medical doctors rarely recognize adrenal fatigue; most are taught to look only for complete adrenal failure (Addison’s disease) or extreme cortisol overproduction (Cushing’s syndrome). I order a salivary cortisol test that revealed my adrenals were barely making enough cortisol to see if your adrenals are getting you through the day, let alone keeping you well. The results? You will began to feel better almost immediately after starting a whole food glandular supplement. See website www.happythenewsexy.com for info on the Happy the New Sexy book and saliva tests.
In many cases of adrenal fatigue, poor diet and not enough sleep are the main causes, but in all cases of recovery, a nutritious diet is a major factor. Eating the right combination of foods is essential. Experts recommend high-quality animal protein, heart-healthy fats, five to six servings of vegetables a day, sea salt (yes, you need sodium and iodine), and good carbohydrates. To give your adrenals a rest from keeping glucose levels up, combine the following at every meal and snack:
Eat protein whenever possible to get amino acids and naturally occurring enzymes needed to digest food. This reduces the burden on your body to manufacture these enzymes, leaving more energy to spend healing your adrenals. I used this prescription as license to eat more sashimi.
Vegetarians suffering from adrenal fatigue should eat eggs and dairy products to get sufficient B vitamins and essential amino acids. Cammi adds most of her vegetarian patients don’t eat enough protein, which affects the glucose-insulin balance, making the adrenals work harder.
Best proteins: Wild Game, Beef, Sushi, ceviche, eggs, goat’s milk/cheese, whey protein, legumes combined with whole grains, seeds, or nuts.
This is a basic building block for the body; it’s also important because some fats (like butter) contain cholesterol, which your adrenal glands NEED to produce hormones. Fat shouldn’t exceed 20 to 25 percent of total daily calories, unless you’re in the first phase of healing, when you should get
30 to 35 percent.
Best fats: Coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, cocoa butter, butter, almond oil, olive oil
Your body metabolizes unrefined, complex carbs in whole foods more slowly than the refined carbs in white bread, pasta, or pastries, sustaining your energy longer and preventing sugar crashes. The result? Your adrenals don’t have to work as hard to maintain proper blood sugar.Cammi Balleck also advises her patients to AVOID the gluten-containing grains wheat, rye, and barley because they are harder to digest and many people are gluten intolerant. Sprouted grains are more easily digested and are higher in nutrients.
Best complex carbohydrates: Sweet potatoes, spinach, chard, red pepper, yellow and butternut squash, beets, carrots, millet, brown rice, quinoa, low GI fruits like berries, plums, pears, kiwi, apples, and cherries
WHOLE FOOD SUPPLEMENTS
While you likely will need to take supplements several times a day depending on the severity of your adrenal fatigue, try to get plenty of these critical nutrients in most of your meals and snacks as well:
This mineral calms the sympathetic nervous system, the body’s “fight-or-flight” response.
Probably the most important vitamin for adrenal function, vitamin C plays a vital role in converting cholesterol into hormones, a process known as the adrenal cascade. Vitamin C acts as a restorative antioxidant inside the adrenal glands—key since the cascade constantly creates free radicals that impair the production of energy in our cells and cause debilitating fatigue, And the adrenals are the only organs that can store vitamin C.
This mineral acts as a spark plug for the production of enzymes and energy needed for the adrenal cascade, says Wilson. It also moderates blood pressure, which tends to increase with elevated cortisol output.
While all the B vitamins are involved in the adrenal cascade, the most critical ones are vitamins B5 (pantothenic acid) and B6 (pyridoxine), Both help convert blood sugar into energy.
Organic bound trace minerals.
In small amounts, zinc, manganese, selenium, molybdenum, chromium, copper, iodine, and other minerals ease nervousness.
Aldosterone, the hormone that controls sodium and potassium levels in the body, is secreted on the outside of the adrenal glands. When the adrenals are fatigued and not making enough aldosterone, the body can’t retain sodium or water effectively, so you become mildly dehydrated—and consequently have low blood pressure and crave salt.
Best sources of sodium: Sea salt, kelp,
15 Foods That Hurt the Adrenals
1. Coffee and black tea (including decaf)
4. Alcoholic beverages
5. Deep-fried foods
6. Rancid oils, seeds, and nuts
7. Soda, including diet soda
8. Processed meats and cheeses
9. Textured vegetable protein
11. White flour in breads, pies, cakes, cookies, and pasta
12. Cow’s milk
13. Artificial sweeteners and ingredients
14. Fast food; junk food; and foods to which you’re allergic, sensitive, or addicted
15. White rice
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