Nutrition - Adrenal Fatigue
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Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue?
When the adrenal glands are not functioning optimally, you can have a condition that is known as adrenal fatigue, or adrenal exhaustion. Adrenal fatigue often develops after periods of intense or lengthy physical or emotional stress, when overstimulation if the glands leave them unable to meet your body's needs.
- excessive fatigue and exhaustion
- non-refreshing sleep (you get sufficient hours of sleep, but wake fatigued)
- overwhelmed by or unable to cope with stressors
- feeling rundown or overwhelmed
- craving salty and sweet foods
- you feel most energetic in the evening
- a feeling of not being restored after a full night's sleep or having sleep disturbances
- low stamina, slow to recover from exercise
- slow to recover from injury, illness or stress
- difficulty concentrating, brain fog
- poor digestion
- low immune function
- food or environmental allergies
- premenstrual syndrome or difficulties that develop during menopause
- consistent low blood pressure
- extreme sensitivity to cold
Many herbal remedies and natural substances can be used to provide adrenal support:
1. Rhodigandha contains Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Pomegranate, Blueberry
Rhodiola Rosea -- It enhances memory and concentration. It has been shown to reduce stress-induced fatigue and improve mental performance.
Ashwagandha -- It has been shown to have a sedating effect on the body and helps to rebuild the digestive and nervous system. Ashwagandha is considered to be an adaptogen, a substance that helps the body return to normal levels. For instance, if cortisol is too high, Ashwagandha lowers it. If cortisol is too low, an ashwagandha raises it. Ashwagandha also modulates thyroid hormone. To mildly sedate: Withania (Ashwagandha): Unlike most other herbs which allow you to cope with stress, withania is slightly sedative rather than stimulating. It might be one of the most appropriate herbs to use in a person who is “hyped-up”, finding it hard to relax and slow down. This is a good herb for an anemic person, and is one of the most commonly prescribed herbs to build up a “depleted” person.
2. Octovite (Ultimate Herbal Antioxidant) has ingredients that support patients with adrenal fatigue
In an environment inundated with free radicals produced from ultraviolet light, pollution, and food additives, it is more critical than ever to protect the body's systems with antioxidants. Bilberry, N-Acetyl Cysteine, Ginkgo Biloba, alpha-Lipoic Acid, Zinc, Vitamins A, C and E, are all components of this multi-faceted product. In addition to protecting your cells from free radicals that can damage DNA, making them more susceptible to cancer, this supplement is great for those with adrenal fatigue, thyroid disease, allergy symptoms, eye problems, memory issues, hair and skin support.
Eleuthero Root or Siberian Ginseng -- It has been used traditionally to stimulate and nourish the adrenal glands and increases mental alertness. Eleuthero is considered an "adaptogen" which means it can help the body adapt to stress. The main benefits of Siberian ginseng are increase resistance to stress, normalize metabolism, and regulating neurotransmitters. Siberian ginseng counteracts mental fatigue and is known to increase and sustain energy levels, physical stamina and endurance. Siberian ginseng is also an anti-depressant improving sleep, diminishing lethargy, lessening irritability, and inducing a feeling of well-being.
Gingko biloba- The adrenals suffer from a tremendous amount of oxidative stress, especially when producing excess cortisol during the stress response. This leads to a significant increase in free radicals within the same adrenal cells that make the needed hormones. These natural remedies for adrenal fatigue are powerful anti-oxidants that sequester free radical production, thereby protecting the adrenal glands, the brain and the liver from free radical damage.
3. Omega 3's (fish Oil)-- depression and fatigue are signs of an omega 3 deficiency.
Again, it's vitally important that we consume high amounts of healthy fats when we're attempting to recover from adrenal fatigue. Not only does it lower the insulin response during and after the meal, but essential fatty acids also help to reduce cortisol when it gets too high.
Co-Enzyme Q10 helps with stress. Your heart pumps about 100,000 times every day, and has very high demands on the cardiac muscle cells which perform their function effortlessly. It is just amazing how much the heart is affected by stress, with smoking and stress being the two main causes of heart disease. The highest amounts of Co-Enzyme Q10 are found in the cells of the heart muscle. Japan leads the world in the use of Co-EnzymeQ10, where it is medically prescribed to millions of heart patients, improving cardiac efficiency and giving significant benefits. An amazing 75% of heart patients significantly demonstrate lower levels of this enzyme than normal. A major advantage of CoQ10 is that no adverse effects are known – even after continuous use at very high doses, using many more times the therapeutic levels in clinical trials.
A study found that younger people or people with no obvious CoQ10 deficiency may be able to derive benefit by using 10 - 30 mg of supplemental CoQ10 per day in one non-divided dose per day.
Even though this supplement is expensive, clinical studies have concluded that daily doses of at least 30 mg per day are required to significantly raise blood CoQ10 levels and dosages of 30 mg per day or greater are normally administered in two or three divided doses.
4. Octocleanse- A parasite and yeast detoxification program.
We pick up parasites and worms in the foods we eat, the water we drink, the animals we touch, the parks, lakes and beaches we visit, from day to day contact with other people, and so on.
You may be showing some of the symptoms associated with parasitic infection without knowing it, because these symptoms are often contributed to more well-known causes. Most people don’t even know they are infected. Fatigue is one of the many symptoms of parasite infestation.
Candida has been linked with numerous and diverse symptoms all over the body such as lethargy, depression, headaches, asthma, skin eruptions, menstrual problems, allergies, chemical sensitivity, abdominal bloating, diarrhea, constipation, intestinal gas, frequent bladder infections, low immune function and many others.
When the body is fatigued the digestion usually is impaired, and conversely when digestion is impaired, fatigue can be a result. Octocleanse contains digestive enzymes.
5. The adrenals produce hormones that help to balance your blood sugar, which helps your body to manage your daily ebbs and flows of energy. When blood sugar drops, the adrenals release hormones that cause the blood sugar to rise, and increases energy. The adrenals also release hormones when we're under stress, releasing energy. It's the "fight or flight" response from the days when we needed to run away from wild animals, which now kick in for everyday stressors, such as traffic jams, arguments, and work pressures.
But being consistently under stress takes a toll on the adrenal glands, and eventually, they run out of steam, and stop producing sufficient hormones.
Conventional endocrinologists and tests cannot diagnose adrenal fatigue, because they are prepared only to diagnose extreme dysfunction in the adrenals, such as Addison's disease, a potentially fatal condition where the adrenals essentially shut down.
Under the supervision of a physician hormone supplementation with:
DHEA This is a basic adrenal hormone that the adrenals will convert into other hormones
Pregnenolone This is a precursor to many of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands. It is a raw material that supports basic adrenal function
Progesterone may also offer some benefits. Progesterone is the building block for many other major hormones such as cortisol, DHEA, testosterone and estrogen. If you are under a lot of stress and your adrenals are pumping out cortisol, your body will use available progesterone. If too much progesterone is used to produce cortisol, like with adrenal fatigue, not enough is produced to make testosterone which is needed for a woman’s healthy libido.
6. A personal plan
Studies show that people looking to improve their fitness and improve their health achieve significantly greater results when using a personal plan designed specifically for them. A good program will also make sure that you don't damage your body with today's assortment of health fads. It is important to note that there is a right way, and a wrong way, too eat. Don't risk harming your body...call us today.
We will increase the benefits of exercise through a multi-disciplinary approach. The Natural Women’s Care Power program offers the following:
Before we design a program, we must take into account your current lifestyle and eating habits. We analyze your goals and nutrition needs. We will create a food diary, analyze your current dietary intake, and then develop a plan that best meets your unique needs.
Learn how to eat right without struggling. My program will improve your eating habits, give you more energy, promote overall health, help you stay fit, and assist in weight-loss. I will design a supplement plan to complement your healthy lifestyle. I am an experienced herbalist in addition to being an expert in the area of vitamin and mineral supplementation.
I will also develop a plan to address any specific health issues or concerns that you have. I can design a plan that can help alleviate or reverse the effects of many ailments. We can also discuss how to use nutrition to prevent many common ailments. We will evaluate any family history and environmental concerns as well.
I can help you address health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes, digestive disorders, skin problems, eyesight, vitality, obesity, and many other issues.
I will perform a body fat assessment and we will plan a course of action for effective weight reduction and weight management. We will determine the amount of body fat that is appropriate for you.
I do not conduct a one time assessment. That does not help you. I believe that continual monitoring will help us determine what is effective and what isn't. Since your body is unique, I monitor how your body responds to the current plan, and continually modify as necessary. If you feel that the plan is too difficult to maintain, we will make adjustments as necessary.
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