Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Fighting Burn-out: Natural Help For Stress, Fatigue and Adrenal Insufficiency


The adrenal or "stress glands" are small, triangular shaped glands located on the top of the kidneys. Their function is to prepare the body's resources to run or fight through the releasing of specific hormones. When this primitive, instinctive response is activated, blood is diverted from digestive system while our blood pressure, pulse, blood sugar levels increase. At the same time, our pupils dilate and the speed of reflexes increases. All of this happens as a way to ensure our survival.

In modern times, we don't' have to worry about becoming dinner for a hungry tiger or being trampled by a herd of buffalo. Our bodies, however, automatically respond the same way when we are under physical, emotional or mental stress. Many of us live in a state of constant stress that strains our bodies to the point of exhaustion. Over time, and through repetition, this can impact the way the adrenal glands function, causing us to experience adrenal insufficiency or "burn-out".

If you think about it, our adrenal glands can be likened to the batteries in a flashlight. They are filled with a charge that is used to run the body and give us that extra edge in times of need. Each time we use our flashlight, we drain some of the charge from our batteries. Fortunately for us, our batteries are automatically recharged when we eat healthy and get lots of rest. If, on the other hand, we use our flashlight all of the time, and don't recharge our batteries regularly, it is only a matter of time before the light starts to dim and eventually goes out all together.

Technically speaking, adrenal insufficiency refers to the inability of adrenal glands to produce the proper quantity of hormones needed to run the body. It should not to be confused with Addison's disease, which is when the adrenal glands fail to produce hormones or shutdown completely. The most common symptom of adrenal insufficiency is fatigue. Other symptoms include: not feeling rested after sleep, inability to deal with life stressors, poor memory, a low sex drive, frequent infections due to a suppressed immune system, inability to concentrate, depression, mood swings, irritability, weight gain, weakness and hormonal imbalances.

There are a number of reasons why people experience adrenal insufficiency. It can be from a genetic or congenital abnormality, but the most common one is stress. Some of us force our bodies to run or fight all the time. Life challenges, financial pressures, relationship issues and unresolved emotional concerns will eventually deplete your adrenal glands. Internal stressors such as allergies, physical disease, nutritional deficiencies, food and environmental toxins can also put pressure on the body's natural reserves. In addition, stimulants, such as sugar, white flower, caffeine, as well as constant exposure to loud music, loud noise or EM radiation can take a toll on our adrenal glands.

Recommendations For Wellness

First and foremost, stop forcing yourself to keep going and start listening to your body. It will tell you what it needs. If it is tired, try closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths. Taking a break, even a short one is a great way to let your body rest.

Just let it go. Allow your body to let go of any resentment, blame, guilt, worries or fears that can paralyze the adrenal glands.

Learning relaxation techniques such as biofeedback, meditation guided imagery can help you cope with stress better.

Try taking a hot bath with lavender or neroli oil at night. These oils can help to calm frazzled nerves, promote a feeling of calmness and bring about a restful nights sleep.

Siberian ginseng is an adaptogenic herb that supports the adrenal glands making it a great tonic to help the body deal with stress.

Found in the rainforest of South America, the herb suma has been reported to help increase energy levels and rejuvenate the spirit. It has been found to be useful in restoring glandular function and balancing the endocrine system.

Licorice Root has traditionally been used to support the adrenals. This herb is very sweet and is not recommended if you are diabetic.

Pantothenic Acid, vitamin B5, is vital for adrenal hormone production and is recommended in supporting the adrenal glands.

Nature's Sunshine's Energy-V Capsules and Nervous Fatigue Formula are a collection of stimulating & adaptogenic herbs which can help the body adapt to stress.

DHEA is a hormone precursor produced by the adrenal glands. Leading health experts to believe that after the age of 25, the body's ability to produce DHEA declines and supplementation can help increase energy and counteract the effects of stress.

Supplements made from bovine adrenal glands provide nutritional support for proper adrenal gland function. Only use this supplement for short periods of time as to not disrupt the normal function of the adrenal glands.

Copyright Body, Mind & SoulHealer 2005. All rights reserved.Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Rita Louise, Ph.D. is the author of the books "Avoiding the Cosmic 2x4" and "The Power Within". It is her unique gift as a medical intuitive and clairvoyant that illuminates and enlivens her work. Let Dr. Louise help you bring health healing and wholeness back into your life. Medical Intuition & Energy Medicine Certification training classes are now forming. Visit http://www.soulhealer.com for more information


MORE RESOURCES:

euronews

Fresenius Set to Pull Out of Bidding for Danone's Medical-Nutrition Business
Wall Street Journal
Danone has been in talks with potential buyers since March to sell its medical-nutrition business, which makes food for the sick, young and elderly, but efforts to complete a sale have been complicated by disagreements over price and potential ...
Fresenius set to walk away from Danone unit: sourcesReuters

all 11 news articles »


AberdeenNews.com

Wykoff makes nutrition simple
AberdeenNews.com
Wykoff makes nutrition simple. Tracy Wykoff of Pure and Simple Nutrition Center with one of the many protein shakes she makes at her business located at 14 Second Ave. S.W. American News Photo by John Davis. Posted: Friday, November 28, 2014 1:00 ...



Letter: Clarification on YMCA nutrition presentation
Berkshire Eagle
Last week, the Pittsfield Family YMCA provided a talk on combining proper nutrition with a balanced exercise regimen. We apologize for any confusion that resulted from the statement that the instructor was a licensed nutritionist. In fact, the talk was ...



The Guardian

Every dollar spent on childhood nutrition can save up to $166
The Guardian
For more than a year we have been analysing the issue of childhood nutrition (along with a large number of other topics that go into the post-2015 discussion). Nutrition is obviously one of the most critical issues for development. Both children and ...



Annual Troy Nutrition Center 5k Dec. 6
Troy Messenger
Troy Nutrition Center is holding its annual SOS 5K run Dec. 6 to begin a holiday season full of joy for our seniors. The name of the run stands for Support Our Seniors, said Jessica Cox, manager at TNC. The run used to be called Jingle Bell Jog or Troy ...



Bradenton Herald

Our Opinion: Better school nutrition begins at home
Berkshire Eagle
Studies indicating that students aren't participating as hoped in the national school nutrition program is disappointing but hardly shocking. If parents don't eat properly their kids won't either. A report by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of ...
9 things everyone should know about school lunchVox
Students not eating healthy school lunch alternativesColumbia Daily Herald
Whether brown bag or school lunch, it probably isn't healthyThe Olympian

all 18 news articles »


Holiday nutrition, staying realistic
Kansas First News
“The Thanksgiving basics are pretty nutritious wholesome foods,” says HyVee dietitian Amber Groeling. But with a little homemade help, those nutritious foods become holiday favorites. Even those with good intentions to eat healthy, often resort back to ...



The Denver Post

Conifer and Evergreen organizations cook up nutrition education
The Denver Post
Yvonne Lipson, center, teaches a Cooking Matters class at the Mountain Resource Center on Nov. 19 in Conifer. Cooking Matters is a six-week class that teaches community members about healthy, affordable cooking practices. (Anya Semenoff, YourHub).



ABC News

Is Turkey Actually Good for You?
TIME
Gobble, gobble? Welcome to Should I Eat This?—our weekly poll of five experts who answer nutrition questions that gnaw at you. should i eat turkey Illustration by Lon Tweeten for TIME. 4/5 experts say yes.
Nutrition tip of the week: Let's talk turkeyLakenewsonline.com

all 389 news articles »


The Hindu

Child nutrition in India's developed States improves
The Hindu
India's more developed States, especially its southern States, have seen improvements in child nutrition over the last five years, but have a patchy record on immunisation, new official data shows. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has begun ...

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.