The Stress Syndrome: Adrenal Fatigue

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People experiencing adrenal fatigue often succumb to the use of coffee, colas and other stimulating substances to get going in the morning or to prop themselves up during the day. It’s more common than we know especially with those who constantly are jet-lagged or battling shift work. It’s something that cannot be overlooked and should be treated and diagnosed promptly.

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal Fatigue is known as a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function are below the necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections. We may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of being unwell, tiredness ,or gray feelings. It comes in four phases: the alarm phase, continuation of the alarm phase, the resistance pahse, and the burnout phase.

What causes adrenal fatigue?

  • Emotional stress
  • Diet
  • Insufficient sleep
  • Chemicals and pollutants
  • Chronic disease
  • Trauma

 What are signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue?

  • Difficulty getting up each morning, even after a long sleep
  • High levels of fatigue each day
  • Inability to handle stress
  • Cravings for salty foods
  • Higher energy levels in the evenings
  • A weakened immune system
  • Trouble thinking clearly or finishing your tasks
  • Asthma, Allergies, Respiratory complaints, Dark circles under the eyes, Dizziness, Dry skin, Extreme tiredness an hour after exercise, Frequent urination, Joint pain, Lines in your fingertips, Loss of muscle tone, Low blood pressure, Low blood sugar, Low sex drive, Lower back pain, Numbness in your fingers / Poor circulation,Weight gain

 How common is adrenal fatigue?

You probably won’t be surprised to hear that Adrenal Fatigue is much more common than is generally acknowledged.

What professionals experience Adrenal Fatigue more?

When the adrenals of a person in a high stress situations fatigue, burnout begins and performance at home and work suffers. Anyone who does shift work throughout the night is more susceptible or takes on a lot more responsibility than the average career.

How can I tell if my adrenals are fatigued?

Testing for Adrenal Fatigue can take several test forms:

  • Cortisol Tests/DHEA Ratio
  • ACTH Challenge
  • Thyroid Tests
  • TSH
  • Free T3 (FT3)
  • Free T4 (FT4)
  • Neurotrasmitter Testing
  • Total Thyroxine (TT4)

 How to nourish yourself with adrenal fatigue.

  • Avoid the food in question.
  • Take supplements to strengthen your gut: Glutamine and you can also try demulcent herbs like licorice or slippery elm
  • Take supplements to improve your digestion: probiotics or digestive enzymes
  • Eat at the right times-no skipping meals. Breakfast is incredibly important
  • Eat less sugar
  • Eat more essential fats such as nuts, nut butters, avocados
  • Eat seaweed and fermented drinks like Kombucha or Kvass
  • Cut out caffeine
  • Stay Hydrated

Supplements For Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue causes not only a deficiency in hormones, but also a deficiency in many of the vitamins, minerals and essential compounds that our bodies need to function efficiently.

  • Vitamins B5, B6, B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Magnesium
  • Probiotics
  • Licorice Root
  • Ashwagandha
  • Siberian ginseng
  • Rhodiola Rosea
  • Maca root
  • Omega-3
  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine
  • CoQ10
  • D-Ribose

You can prevent and abolish Adrenal Fatigue

We can’t change the past but we can change whats going on now and take preventative actions for the future. The pace of innovation and globalization is just too fast. To some extent, all that extra stress and pressure is here to stay. But there are many different ways in which we can begin to recover from stress and build a foundation for a better well-being. Small changes to our lifestyles can hugely reduce our stress levels. Improving your diet, using relaxation techniques and eliminating sources of stress are all great first steps. There are herbal supplements that can support your adrenals and allow them to recover. And you should also educate yourself about the treatments that can restore declining hormone levels. We encourage you to take a good look at your lifestyle and begin to make some positive changes.

The Six Vital Herbs in a Hawaiian Healer’s Medicine Cabinet

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Hawaiian healers all have a history of using indigenous plants for a wide array of medicinal purposes. Medicinal plants and their applications are as diverse as the tribes who use them. These are the six herbs that all healers swear by:

Awa—Kava-kava- Kava is popularly consumed as a beverage in Fiji and Tonga, but in Hawaii it’s used primarily for medicinal purposes. Its active ingredients are mildly sedating lactones, that produce a sense of euphoria and ease. The lactones have pain-relieving qualities that can be used to treat headaches and back pain. This is customarily combined with ginger, which enhances kava. Kava is recommended to highly stressed individuals, with the hope that it will prevent cardiovascular issues.

‘Olena—Turmeric- Turmeric is widely used throughout Asia as an anti-inflammatory medicine. Hawaiians use turmeric topically for skin sores and rashes just as they do in Ayurvedic Medicine. A unique function of turmeric is to treat sinus infections and congestion. A mix of freshly juiced turmeric, honey, and herbs help aide sore throats and coughs.

Noni—Noni- The dark green leaves are used externally to treat tumors or skin infections. Healers soften the leaf over an open flame, let it cool, and then apply it to the affected area. It is highly effective in treating diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. These health concerns are prominent when Islanders have switched from a diet that is Traditional Hawaiian to a Conventional American.

 Kukui—Candlenut Tree-Kukui is used as a crucial component for the treatment of constipation or as part of a cleansing regimen. The oil also has success with ceasing sores or infections in the mouth and to soothe the gums of teething babies,

Uhaloa-Although it is frequently used to treat asthma and painful coughs, only the Hawaiians are known to use it for sore throats. Sufferers chew the root bark and gargle the juice.

‘Awapuhi—Wild ginger– Traditional healers pound the rhizomes to extract the juice, which they use to treat stomachaches.

If you only have room to pack ONE SUPPLEMENT, choose this one

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You may be hearing more about probiotics lately, for many good reasons. If we had to recommend only one supplement for your travels it would be a solid strain of probiotics. Here’s why:

What they are?
Probiotics are active-live bacteria and yeast cultures that are especially good for your digestive system keeping your gut in tiptop shape. We already have more than 1,000 different types of bacteria in our digestive tract, but you can also find them in some foods and supplements. Probiotics have proven especially useful when your normal bacterial balance is upset. This would include anything from stress, to illness, and especially travel. When we travel we are being introduced to many new foods that contain all kinds of foreign bacteria. The best way to prevent illness from these bad guys is to take a daily probiotic along the way.

How do they work?
Probiotics help us break down food and absorb nutrients.
When we take antibiotics, both our good and bad bacteria are destroyed while fighting off illness-causing bacteria – which definitely affects our healthy bacterial flora. The friendly probiotics enter our digestive tract and help set the flora back into balance.

Popular strains:
Most probiotics do require refrigeration as they are live. Thankfully, science has created a non-refrigerated option which we strongly recommend if you are travelling. Ask your local naturopath, doctor, or holistic nutritionist for specific recommendations.
The following strains have proven to be the most effective.
Lactobacillus (L. Acidiphilus )
Bifidobacterium (bididum)
Saccharomyces

Probiotics have proven beneficial for:
Infections caused by virus, bacteria or parasites
Skin conditions
Urinary infections
Prevent allergies and colds
Oral health
Ward off infection
Boost immune systems
Irritable bowel syndrome
Inflammatory bowel disease

Some of our favourite foods contain a strains of active-live bacteria, look for these foods during your travels for an extra boost:
Fermented foods
Plain yoghurt
Kefir
Sauerkraut
Miso
Pickles
Tempeh
Kimchi
Kombucha Tea

Buying Locally

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No matter where you live, you’ll find that buying local has a wealth of benefits for you and your community. Here are some reasons and tips to help get you started:

Top Ten reasons to buy local

  • Support yourself and your community economoically.
  • Keep your community unique
  • Reduce environmental impact:.
  • Create more good jobs:
  • Get better service
  • Invest in community
  • Put your taxes to good use
  • Buy what you want, not what someone wants you to buy
  • Encourage local prosperity and diverse character.
  • Support community groups

Tips on how to buy local

  • Frequent the same farmers markets and stands
  • Know what is in season and available in your community
  • Invest in a farm share program and receive weekly boxed of fruit and vegetables.
  • Arrive at markets early for the freshest and best picks. You can also arrive just prior to close to take advantage of deals.
  • Start your own boy of herbs or veggies
  • Consider raising your own animals in your yard, i.e.) turkeys or chickens
  • Volunteer in markets.
  • Be open to trying new things.

11 Tips on how to make your Culinary Adventures Healthy

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Eating out and eating healthy are hardly complementary activities. In fact, eating out is cited as the primary justification of an unhealthy lifestyle. However, with a little knowledge and preparation, you can turn this culinary splurge into a beneficial situation.

  1. Ethnic food like Japanese, Thai, Greek and Indian restaurants are often easier on the waistline than Mexican, Chinese or Italian establishments as they offer grilled meats. You also have the choice of non-fried options such as fresh salad rolls and guilt-free dips like Tzatziki or brown/purple rice sushi rolls. Always pick the low-sodium soy sauce.
  2. Ask for water with lemon. This aids with digestion.
  3. Try to stick to your plate being 50 percent vegetables, 25 percent protein and 25 percent grains.
  4. Start your meal off light. Pass on the bread and order a light salad with dressing on the side or a non-cream based soup.
  5. STAY AWAY from “pan-fried,” “crispy,” “dipped,” “scalloped,” “gratin,” and “alfredo.” These types of dished have a lot of hidden fat and sodium in them. Instead, choose with words such as “grilled”,” steamed” and “baked”.
  6. Ensure that your dish is not loaded with butter or oil.
  7. Know your cuts of meat. Opt for a leaner cut of meat rather than a fatty chunk. Fish and chicken breast are always safe choices.
  8. Don’t be afraid to ask your server questions. This is your body and this is their job.
  9. Watch your sides and shy away from cheese or cream based dishes. Stick to anything baked. A baked potato or steamed veg is usually the healthiest option.
  10. Tame your sweet tooth. For dessert opt for a sorbet or non-dairy, low calories desert. Another option is a low-fat milk or almond milk latte.
  11. The most crucial point we cannot stress enough is look at the menu if you have enough time before arriving. This way you won’t be tempted by others options and the pressure of time.