Archive for March, 2011

Reducing Stress

How well does your body deal with chronic stress?

The simple answer to this is not very well. Two of the most important glands in your body are your adrenals glands. In reaction to perceived or actual stressors, these pea-sized glands secrete stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline. Stressors include:

  • pressures at work
  • relationship difficulties
  • negative thoughts
  • chronic pain
  • dangers and chemicals in the environment

Chronic stress leaves the adrenal glands unable to function optimally. This is known as Adrenal Fatigue. Symptoms include:

  • exhaustion
  • burnout
  • depression
  • difficulty waking
  • early-waking insomnia
  • severe PMS
  • intense salt cravings

Adrenal Fatigue perpetuates unhealthy habits. You are so tired you drink too much coffee. You feel blue so you grab a donut or a pack of chips. Over indulgence in caffeine or sugar, in turn causes more stress to your body.

Adrenal Fatigue affects your body’s ability to make certain hormones. These helpful hormones would help you feel balanced, to sleep deeply, and to stay focused and motivated.

If you suffer from Adrenal Fatigue, implementing lifestyle and nutritional changes will support and rejuvenate your adrenal glands. Lifestyle choices that lower stress include:

  • meditation
  • yoga
  • deep breathing
  • psychotherapy
  • healthy eating

For this last item, Nutrition coaching can help. Here are three changes you can make right now:

  1. Take a high-quality Multi-Vitamin and mineral supplement that contains Vitamin C, B complex, and magnesium.
  2. Include small amounts of protein combined with complex carbohydrates throughout the day to keep your blood sugar balanced.
  3. Avoid caffeine.

Since we all differ, supplement and nutrition advice needs to support you, specifically. One-on-one Nutrition coaching will help you maximize your energy levels by changing your diet over time. With herbs, essential fatty acids, and an optimal macronutrient intake, your improved diet will support your adrenal glands.

In my practice, I know it is imperative to look at the whole person. Through assessment, I determine your need for support. I see emotional eating, poor motivation secondary to fatigue, and chemical and hormonal imbalances. I take into consideration micronutrient deficiencies that may be leading to anxiety, depression, and overeating, and make my recommendations with much care. Nutrition coaching can help to restore hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalances thereby helping you feel better initially and stay focused to work on longer-term goals, such as weight loss.

Do you think your adrenal glands are exhausted? What small change could you make to your lifestyle to rejuvenate?

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