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Adrenal Stress

Are you starting to think that dip in energy in your daily life is normal? Think again.

Recent Dip in Behavior

I started having severe sugar cravings recently.  While I have been pretty good about avoiding sugars all semester, something inside of me slipped recently.  I just could not get enough.  This increased some of my symptoms that I was trying to avoid and shed some light on some other symptoms I was having.  I am also on a homework and practicing schedule that has me up until various hours during the night. So this was great awareness that I needed to get more sleep and get my body back on track.  In fact, I took quite a few nap sessions earlier today to get myself on track.

Cause of Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is caused by long-term stress.  A lot of people think that it is a great idea to drink caffeine periodically throughout the day to maintain their “caffeine boost.” This is further from the truth.  Every time you drink caffeine, it stimulates the adrenal glands to produce “adrenal.” However, if you do that too often, the adrenal glands become overworked.  They start to get tired and don’t produce as much adrenalin.  This might cause people to drink more caffeine, which is further from the fix.  People who have adrenal fatigue are also more prone to infections.

In my case, I was on a diet of mostly acidific foods and very low carbs, which along with little sleep and caffeine, still created some extra work for my adrenal glands.  Thus, my goal is to imbalance my imbalance.

List of Foods

Since I am in the mood for food, we will first start with a list of foods that help support the adrenals. There will be a list of lifestyle changes that can support adrenal health as well coming up.

With adrenal fatigue, it is best to eat a combination of fat, protein, and complex carbohydrates.  It is also good to avoid foods that cause spikes in your blood sugar.

Here is a list of foods that will help to support the adrenal glands.  I also take a Standard Process supplement called Drenamin to support my adrenal glands as well.

1. Raw Egg Yolks (Recommended by Michael Taylor)

2. Liver (Recommended by Michael Taylor)

3. Oils: Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Almond Oil

4. Good quality lean meats (Lamb, Venison, Alaskan Salmon)

(Try to avoid processed lean meats)

5. Raw Honey

6. Low Glycemic Index Fruits (Cherries, Apples, Plums, Pears, Kiwi, Papaya, Grapes, and Mango)

(Avoid fruits like bananas, dates, figs, grapefruit, oranges, and figs.)

7. Whole Grains (Buckwheat, Quinoa, Brown Rice, Whole Oats, and Wild Rice)

(Avoid glutinous grains like wheat, barley and rye.)

8. Celtic Salt

9. Red and Orange Vegetables

10. Seaweed

11. Ginger

12. Bone Broth

13. Sprouts

14. Naturally Fermented Miso

15. Arctic Char

 Isaiah 40:28-31:

” Do you not know?

   Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
    and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”

Here is an article about adrenal exhaustion from the Meet Ministry.

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