How to treat adrenal fatigue

how to treat adrenal fatigueMost likely, your symptoms of adrenal fatigue didn’t start overnight. It takes time for the adrenals to wear out—months or sometimes years, in fact. Just as it took time for them to run down, it will take time to build them back up again. There are things that you can do to heal your adrenals, and much of your recovery lies in your ability to stick to a healthy lifestyle including:

  • Stress management
  • Healthy eating
  • Exercise
  • Taking the right vitamins and supplements

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What is adrenal fatigue?

adrenalglandsYour body is a complex system of hormones, chemicals and processes that must work together for optimal function. Unfortunately, the way many of us live today can really stress our bodies—causing it to wear down and throw our system into a cycle that leads to a variety of health problems. Adrenal fatigue is one of these. Unlike many obvious illnesses like a growth on your finger that we could see, adrenal fatigue leaves many people feeling generally and vaguely unwell. Traditional screening blood tests or scans come back normal and your doctor says you’re healthy. But you sure don’t feel that way.

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The adrenal fatigue quiz

take_our_adrenal_fatigue_quizAdrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenals—two glands on top of the kidneys can no longer release enough cortisol to balance your body’s response to stress. A little bit of stress can be a good thing, but too much of it for too long can cause a variety of health problems that many doctors just aren’t trained to identify or treat.

In my office, I believe it’s time to look for the root cause of illness—not just provide a temporary treatment or prescription—and adrenal fatigue can be a common trigger of many health problems. While this quiz shouldn’t be used as a diagnostic tool, if you answer yes to even a few of them, it’s time to explore the cause. Don’t live another day feeling less than your best.

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What saliva can tell us about your health

saliva_testingYou probably know the most common ways your doctor monitors the health of your body—checking your vital signs (blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature), and collecting blood, urine, and even tissue samples. These are all effective tools that can tell your healthcare team more about what’s happening inside your body, but there’s more. Read more

Are You Toxic?

Do you feel tired, sluggish, achy, and overweight? Trying to get extra weight off but can’t lose it? Maybe you can’t sleep, or have headaches, rashes, allergies, or joint aches, or bowel problems like reflux, bloating, constipation or IBS?  All of this can be due to too many toxins in your body. Wouldn’t it be nice to get rid of or clean out these toxins and feel better — as well as be healthier?

We live in a toxic environment. Our food, water and environment is full of toxins. Since the 70’s, chemists have genetically altered our foods like grains, meats, and dairy. They’ve added chemicals, hormones, preservatives, and additives to almost everything we ingest, put on our bodies, or breath in. Our cooking oils were chemically altered and our grains genetically altered in order to increase shelf life and production. Over time, the nutrient value of foods has declined, with more unnatural additives or sugar — causing inflammation in our bodies. Add the prevalence of eating hydrogenated fast foods to leading busy, stressful lives, and you end up with an unhealthy population experiencing many more medical and weight problems than ever.

The good news? There are ways to circumvent or turn this around. One of which is to detox your body and learn to live a healthier, more natural life.

What is a detox?

A detox is a natural process of metabolically removing unwanted compounds that are unhealthy from your body. You don’t have to be scared. It is not as bad as you would think. Some people think it is a fasting, juicing or starvation diet, but it’s not! It’s about learning to eat healthier, more organic and more nutritious while cleansing out your body from your liver through to your skin. Depending on your toxic level score, the cleanse can be for only 10 or 28 days, and it’s the start to a better life and diet!  Wouldn’t you want to feel and look better? Isn’t that what we all want?

But be careful, not all detox programs are the same. Frankly, some of the advertised detox plans can be harmful to your health! Especially if you have pre-existing medical conditions-diabetes, low blood pressure, adrenal or thyroid issues, etc. You should consult your healthcare provider before initiating one. Some of the “trendy” fasting juicing plans can cause muscle wasting or increased fatigue. Our office only uses products with over 20 years of worldwide clinical use, a safe and effective track record and satisfied customers. The plan we recommend to our patients is a formulated nutritional supplementation and food program with low allergy potential and one that provides proper education, support, preparation, and recipes.

Our plan focuses on eating a clean organic diet – full of fiber, dark leafy greens and vegetables and a variety of quality protein and good carbs that the body needs. And includes specific necessary micronutrients — vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients — that target detox support, plus an enhanced medical grade nutritional powder and herbs geared toward liver detox.

As part of our program, increasing water intake, reducing stress, getting moderate exercise, and maintaining a healthy gut (more to come on that topic later) are all integral to the detoxification process.

Most people should do a thorough detox about every three months or so. Some of the best times to detox again are after Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, or any other big celebration that involves lots of heavy eating or drinking.  Really anytime you feel sluggish, tired, can’t lose weight or feel “toxic”.