Do you have Adrenal Fatigue?

Do you have Adrenal Fatigue?download

First of all you may say, “What are adrenals and what is adrenal fatigue? The adrenal glands are located on the top of each kidney.

These small endocrine glands are responsible for a variety of hormones that regulate blood pressure, how our body uses food,  levels of minerals in the blood, and many more functions.

Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level.

Adrenal fatigue is caused when your adrenal glands cannot meet the demands of added stress. It is no surprise that millions of Americans suffer from adrenal fatigue with our busy lives.

We have a very fast-paced lifestyle. The stress levels have changed, but our bodies have not and were not created to deal with those demands on a regular long-term basis.

Refer back to my article on How to reduce stress, as we all need some advice in this area. Stress is linked to a variety of disorders that plague our western society. Take a deep breath and de-stress.

Adrenal fatigue may also be caused by poor lifestyle choices over a period of time. For example, someone who has eaten a lot of refined foods and sugar will have a hormonal imbalance with insulin and cortisol.

The constant secretion of cortisol in response to poor eating habits an/ or chronic stress can weaken the adrenals and lead to fatigue.

Not getting enough sleep can weaken the adrenals. Trauma, which can be physical or emotional or psychological and not effectively dealing with stress can overload the system and cause severe adrenal fatigue.

Some of the symptoms you may experience from adrenal fatigue are: feeling tired for no reason, waking up feeling tired even though you had plenty of rest, feeling rundown, overwhelmed, cravings for salty or sweet foods.

Oversensitivity of the eyes to bright sunlight can indicate adrenal problems, but being in the midday sun without sunglasses will actually strengthen the adrenals.

Pale lips could also indicate weak adrenals as well as unexplained back or knee pain. Also balding on the lower legs can indicate you may need adrenal support.

High anxiety, sugar imbalances, panic attacks, and low energy can be related to adrenal fatigue. You need to eliminate coffee and refined sugar as they both wreak havoc on the Adrenal glands.

Good news is dietary and lifestyle changes can restore your burned out adrenals. You may want to see a Natural Healthcare Professional for saliva testing and a protocol for Adrenal Fatigue.

Here are some of the recommended supplements for restoring your Adrenals. A good Celtic sea salt and elimination of regular table salt is recommended. 2,000-4,000 mg/day of Vitamin C is also recommended. Foods to juice: Hot peppers, Kale, parsley, collard, turnip greens, broccoli, and lemons.sunrise surprise

Vitamin B complex take as directed. Foods to juice: Spinach, Kale, and avocado. I will include a recipe here for a good one! Magnesium citrate at 400-1,200 mg/day. Trace minerals also have a calming effect.

I have personally suffered from adrenal fatigue and anxiety. Honestly, when I take my Reliv, stay away from caffeine and sugar, juice the foods listed above, and in  add some additional Vitmain C, magnesium, and B vitamins, I can see major improvements.

If you have anything to add or would like further information on Adrenals please leave a comment below.

To your health,

Jenay Green

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Sources: Cherie Calbom, “The Juice Lady’s Living Foods Revolution. Medical news today,The healthy home economist, Dr. Lam,and Adrenalfatigue.org Photo credit :www.needmotivation.com

 

 

Ways to improve brain function

Ways to improve brain function

Today there are a lot of concerns about keeping the brain sharp and trying to prevent illnesses like Alzheimer’s and dementia.The good news is that there are several ways you can improve brain function.

Prevention states that what you eat is one of the key factors that influences every day brain skills. You also need good blood flow to the brain which getting daily exercise will help. An Ohio university study states that well hydrated people scored significantly better than those who were not well hydrated before testing.

So if you have not found enough reasons to drink more water do your brain a favor and hydrate! Drink 6-8 glasses of water daily. Some of the foods we can enjoy to improve brain function would be whole grains for the energy they supply.

The ability to concentrate comes from steady supply of energy. Blueberries are noted in a Tufts university study to reverse some memory loss. The powerful antioxidant in tomatoes(lycopene) as well as the antioxidant benefits of pomegranates can protect the brain from free radical damage.

Broccoli is known to enhance cognitive function as well as a host of other benefits so load up on your cruciferous vegetables like broccoli. Green leafy vegetables are another great addition to your diet for improving brain function.

If you love nuts then you will love this news! Nuts are very beneficial to brain function and provide essential fatty acids. Walnuts look like the brain and provide essential nutrients for better brain function.

Avocados contribute to healthy blood flow and that is a benefit to your brain function. As if you needed a reason to eat dark chocolate it is also great for your mind. Key is only to use a half ounce to an ounce a day the excess of caffeine can cause brain fog. Good news is though that in small amounts caffeine can improve attention span.

Some other foods you may want to include for mental sharpness are olives, seeds,and eggs. Web MD also states that beans are a great economical brain food.

Fish is a great addition to your diet to improve brain function as it supplies a good source of omega 3″s. If you have a hard time eating fish you can use a fish oil supplement but make sure you are getting a good one.

Vitamin C is also known to increase mental agility as well as many other vital functions in the body. Black currants are one of the best sources of vitamin C in food. Sage and curry are spices that you can cook with that are noted to improve memory.

If you do not have a good diet and feel overwhelmed then a supplement that provides a host of vitamins and minerals will help provide the body with essential nutrients it needs to function properly. Click on this link for the one I recommend. My whole family has benefited from this nutrition.

Be sure to share any testimonies or additional ideas that have been helpful to you and pay it forward by sharing this article on your social media sites.

To your health,

Jenay Green

How to improve health with Pumpkin

                                        How to improve health with Pumpkin


If you are looking for a variety of foods to add to your diet to improve health pumpkin is a great addition They are in season and can be used in many different recipes. Pumpkins are rich in a host of vitamins and minerals that contribute to improved health.

Pumpkins are rich in disease fighting antioxidants.  For radiant skin not only can you ad pumpkin to your diet but it can be used as a mask on your face.

Pumpkins contain a high level of vitamin c which is great for helping protect yourself against the cold and flu season. Pumpkins may also play a role in cancer prevention. With the fatty acids that pumpkin seeds contain as well as them being free of saturated fat and cholesterol they are a heart healthy food.

If you are looking for more energy pumpkin may be just what you need.They have more energy fueling potassium than bananas. For athletes after a hard workout they help restore the bodies electrolytes.

Great news for those looking to add some variety of foods to your weight loss arsenal. Pumpkins are very low in calories as well as high in dietary fiber. The high fiber content will keep you feeling full longer, not to mention the host of nutrients your body is receiving to boost health.

Looking to add more protein?  Pumpkin seeds are a concentrated source of protein. Pumpkins are rich in minerals that are important in improving overall health. Pumpkins are also rich in carotenoids which gives them the bright orange hue.. They are also known for improving the health of your eyes.

Pumpkins seeds also contain an amino acid that is important in production of serotonin. Serotonin plays a role in our moods as well as our sleep. If you have better sleep you will be in a better mood anyway, but good sleep is an important element in maintaining overall health.

Ways to add pumpkin to improve Health

1. Energy boosting smoothie
blend pureed pumpkin with a protein powder, coconut milk and chia seeds.

2. Satisfying trail mix
add raw pumpkin seeds to cashews, almonds, sunflower seeds, raisins or dates and a little sea salt.

3. Salad topper
add raw pumpkin seeds to any salad

4.Roasted vegetable medley
add chunks of pumpkin to your favorite vegetables and roast them cover with olive oil and your favorite spices

5.Roasted pumpkin seeds
cover baking sheet with pumpkin seeds sea salt and olive oil

If you have any great recipes or ideas to add pumpkin to your diet please join the conversation and leave a reply below. To your health,

Jenay Green