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Adrenal Fatigue and what you need to know, NOW!

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

It seems to me that I am seeing this topic more and more when I am doing my nutrition based research. I am only 31 years old, but I can assure you that I never read so much about this until the last few years. Which makes me think this is something that, I am sure has been around for a while, but is obviously becoming more prevalent in our society.

Most people who suffer from adrenal fatigue have these sort of symptoms: frequently always tired, trouble awakening in the morning, needing coffee/caffeine to keep them going throughout the day,  a feeling of being run down and stressed, crave salty/sweet foods, they find it hard to deal with daily life and its demands, feel like they can not have fun … and the list can go on. But, if you have the majority of these symptoms then you should keep reading!!

What can cause us to have adrenal fatigue and make us feel so down and out??

STRESS!! Stress is the main issue that causes adrenal fatigue. Stress can come from a terrible incident happening in one’s life, like a death, bad car accident, or serious illness. Or we can just have daily stress from working, fighting with your significant other, daily parenting activities, environmental toxins, and more. Also, a poor diet is a huge factor in adrenal fatigue as well. It will only add more stress on the body, because many of the foods we eat are devoid of nutrients (prepackaged processed foods, sugary snacks, junk food etc). Since the adrenals are already fatigued and stressed they have already used any nutrients available to them, so eating foods that are nutrient/mineral devoid we are just making the problem that much worse, with NO fighting chance!

What can we do to combat this issue?

The first and foremost thing that needs to be done on the road to recovery for someone with adrenal fatigue is to try to reduce the stress in your life as much as you can. You can either try to change a situation, or change yourself. If you constantly and consistently are in a high stress environment you will not be able to battle this issue successfully. One way of doing this is to write out things that are stressful to you or cause you to feel badly and then list things that make you feel good and stress free. This will help you pinpoint the negative factors in your life that you need to work on. It can be a person, place, job, etc … Whether you take large steps or small steps to make these changes, it will not matter, as long as you try your best to make a positive change for yourself.

Is diet a connection with adrenal fatigue?

Yes. I do not mean a diet as in a weight loss diet, but as in what you eat daily. I like to refer to this as a lifestyle. A very important thing to make sure you do to help your body is to make sure to eat throughout the day to maintain a healthy blood sugar. If you have drastic drops in your blood sugar throughout the day you will only put more stress on your body.

A typical diet to help your body deal with adrenal fatigue is one where you will eat a wide variety of whole, natural foods. You should make sure to try and combine a fat, protein, and carbohydrate with each meal, eating a lot of veggies, eating whole grains (brown rice, millet, barely, quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat), and avoid fruit in the AM.

Your carbohydrate will be from I just listed above. Any sort of breads, pasta, or prepackaged processed foods are lacking nutrients because they have been refined. This will only place a larger stress on your body as I mentioned earlier.

You should not avoid fats. Fats that will be best will be organic butter, olive oil, and coconut butter/oil. All depending on what you are cooking or baking will depend on what oil is best to use.  You can use salt! If you are craving salt, please do so. Most people who suffer adrenal fatigue tend to have a lower blood pressure, so therefore most people do not have to worry about their blood pressure elevating because of an increase in salt intake. I would suggest using celtic sea salt, or Himalayan pink sea salt.

Foods that should be avoided would be coffee, alcohol, black tea, sodas and any other caffeinated beverages. Also any highly refined sugary foods. Any food that one could put under the umbrella of junk food. Also, anything that is prepackaged.

Are their supplements to help you gain control over your adrenal fatigue?

Yes. Vitamin C – the whole spectrum, Vitamin E, Vitamins B, Minerals; Magnesium, Calcium, and Trace Minerals, and Fiber. You can also benefit from many herbs as well.

We carry all of these helpful supplements in our office. Our prices are comparable to any other vitamin/supplement store/company that is around. We also offer specific support that directly addresses the adrenals. All of our supplements are whole food from an organic farm in Wisconsin. the company is called Standard Process (www.standardprocess.com).

My words of wisdom: If we take control of our diet and what we eat, we will be able to eliviate many effects of adrenal fatigue. If we focus on eating foods in their natural state and steer away from processed foods our bodies can heal itself from within. Also, everyone should start taking moments in their day to de-stress. Whether this means actual meditation, or maybe a 10 minute walk, to an hour yoga session, or simply just sitting still and unwinding. Too many of us constantly are running around with no off switch, now is the time to find your off switch and focus on your health and livelihood. It will make for an all around better life.

On a side note, just because your doctor may not recognize this as your personal issue, please do some further research for yourself. If you feel as if this could be an issue for your personal self, please seek evaluation else where or pick up the book, “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome”, by James L. Wilson, you will learn a lot for not a lot of money.

Yours in health,

Tanya Dolan, NC, Incledon Chiropractic, Nutrition, and Massage, Boynton Beach, Florida 561-389-7803


Cholesterol ... The other big "C" word!

Posted on May 12, 2014 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

1st off, cholesterol is super important to the body. If we did not have cholesterol we would not be able to repair or protect our body. Also, about 80-90% of your cholesterol is produced by the body. So, lets really look into this, why do people seem to have high cholesterol? I can assure you it is what people are eating. Most people assume that it is only linked to red meat and eggs or shrimp, or even some fats, well think again everyone! It is not solely from these types of foods, it is SUGAR!! The other horrible word in the diet and nutrition world! We are eating more and more foods that are prepacked, processed, fried, breaded, and not in their natural states. Not to mention all of the sodas, juices, energy drinks etc … that we consume each day.  All of these foods and drinks are laden with sugars and salts. Some research shows that we eat up to 56 tablespoons of sugar per day! How could one not if they eat “The Typical American Diet”. It is way easier then you think. Just read the labels of the foods you eat. The recommended daily allowance of sugar depends on male, female, and child, however, if we just average that out 30g would be the daily allowance. A can of Coca-Cola has 33g of sugar and a can of Sprite has 39g of sugar. Those drinks take the place of our WHOLE daily allowance.

Now, do not go thinking diet or sugar free is better because it just is NOT. It is fake sugar and your body can not even process it properly. So, in essence you are not doing your body any favor by consuming a product that is fake or a slew of chemicals.

“Elevated blood cholesterol is the result of the body producing more in response to a need (damage repair, cell formation, hormone production, etc …” (Judith A. DeCava).  This is why we need cholesterol and why our bodies produce it! If someone is battling a disease and even at certain points of a women’s menstrual cycle, their cholesterol with will be higher. Now, when someone consumes healthful foods like; vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, unrefined oils, unaltered fats, clean meats, poultry, eggs, and seafood (no hormones/antibiotics) – they can balance their cholesterol! However, this is a process, and one must understand that it will not happen over night. However, it can be done without statin drug medications.

What exactly does a statin drug do? Well, it is in fact a cholesterol lowering drug. This is widely prescribed to people, and is at the top of the list of medications people are currently taking. Understanding now that cholesterol is VITAL to our body and to repair issues internally with our body, does it make sense to take a drug that will literally make us void of cholesterol — I think NOT! Statins literally inhibit the liver enzyme that creates cholesterol (DeCava). It also hinders the amount of CoQ10, which is ANOTHER issue in and of itself! People who have a deficiency of CoQ10 tend to be depressed, have hair loss, loose teeth, frequently feeling tired, and much more. Not to mention that when one takes statins they could have many side effects, some are: Sexual dysfunction, abdominal pain/diarrhea, lowered immune system function, memory issues, muscle weakness, and most of all LIVER DAMAGE — plus the list goes on!!!

I have a much different philosophy on lifestyle, food, nutrition, and the like. I try to feed my body nutrients with the foods I eat. I do not eat food like items, but rather food, food that is from nature and natural. I sincerely believe that if everyone alters their eating they will decrease their need for medications drastically. I will also go as far to say that if people change their diets to where it becomes a constant and is now their lifestyle, accompanied with exercise they will also drastically reduce their chances of getting many diseases and health issues.

If you do your own research, you too will find that food is really the root of the problem with our bodies. Plus, the amount of medication some people are on just to exist. There has to be a correlation somewhere … just think about it people. Start repair yourself today and start to make better choices.

As always,

Yours in Health,

Tanya Dolan, Nutritional Consultant, Incledon Chiropractic, Nutrition, and Massage, Boynton Beach, FL (561) 389-7803


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