Supporting my body naturally with essential oils, whole foods, and nutrient sourced supplementation
Of course I thought I would up my workouts, jumping into a healthier end of year, and the extra HIIT and Plyo workouts made me feel AMAZING at the end of them, but then I would totally crash! And for days.
So .... you may think, 'that sounds like me'.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Do you feel tired for no reason, or get that post-workout High then crash? Do you find that where you used to get up easily, you are having trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Is the first thing you reach for a cup of coffee, soda, energy drink, sweets or salty treats to get you moving? (or to keep you moving mid-afternoon) Do you feel more stressed than usual and totally run down?
If you answered “yes” to these questions then you are probably experiencing this really unpleasant thing called adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue occurs when your adrenal gland function becomes less than optimal. And your diet, the way you workout, the stress at work or surrounding relationships can have an effect on all of that.
To support your fatigue you can add these essential oils to 1/4 teaspoon of the FCO (coconut oil) and apply as a warm compress over the adrenal glands (located on top of the kidneys).
. 3 drops clove
. 3 drops nutmeg
. 7 drops rosemary
That's a great start.
Also besides that, I have to say welcome to wellness! Trace minerals, turmeric, ginger, detoxifying clays and whole food nutrients have been the best support to my tired body when my adrenal glands have gone cray cay. As well, reduce the stress through meditation and easy fitness. Didn't I hear that somewhere before? I have learned that you have to support your adrenals specifically with nutrition, especially when you up the game in your life. That goes for fitness, business, vacation... you get the idea.
While the adrenal glands need numerous nutrients to function normally, perhaps the most important of them all is vitamin C, and a lot of people with really stressed out adrenals can't tolerate the vitamin C supplements, but they can tolerate berries, leafy greens and other vegetables and fruits in a highly bioavailable nutritional encapsulation. And so for me that is what I immediately go for because the processing of quick freezing fruit and vegetables destroys some of the enzymes that would otherwise degrade vitamin C in fresh fruit and vegetables. As well these cold temperatures tend to preserve ascorbic acid which is essential for our bodies.
Sufferers like myself are hit particularly hard by vitamin C deficiency. The production of cortisol and other adrenal hormones, characteristically low in this disorder, is dependent on an ongoing supply of vitamin C. If this supply dwindles, so too does the secretion of adrenal hormones. This feeble response from the adrenal glands places the body under further stress, further increasing demand for the vitamin C. The importance of intervention with the appropriate amounts of this nutrient should not be overlooked.
One of the most relevant features of this immune imbalance is the susceptibility to yeast infections. So if you have stressed out adrenals then you need to stay away from added sugar. It's what I really promote in my programs. The products I recommend has very little sugar because you really just need what is coming from the fruit and vegetables, not from a lot of outside sources.
Adrenal Support SoupThe following vegetable soup recipe has proved helpful in adrenal support. It is rich in minerals and alkalinizing to help balance the acidity that usually occurs in people experiencing adrenal fatigue and stress. I talk a lot about alkalinizing with using the Paleo Vegeo basic lifestyle changes in your diet starting today.
16 oz. green beans
1 cup chopped celery
1 zucchini, sliced
1 medium onion, chopped (use alternative veggies for AIP)
1 cup tomato juice
1 cup spring water
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp. paprika
1 cup spiralina infused vegetable broth
Combine ingredients and simmer for one hour until vegetables are tender. Pepper to taste.
How easy!! I hope that you'll move forward with more health!