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Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

July 28th, 2012

Table of contents for Adrenal Fatigue:

  1. Is Adrenal Fatigue the Cause of Your Weakness?
  2. Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

This is Part 2 of a two-part post.  In Part 1, we covered symptoms of adrenal fatigue, lifestyle factors affecting it, and a quick 5 minute test that you can do to determine if your weakness is adrenal related.  If you missed Part 1, please use the series link above to read this valuable info.

Both Supplements and Lifestyle changes are necessary to repair adrenal function and recover from adrenal fatigue.

These supplement suggestions are from a combination of health sites. See the footnotes below.

Supplements-

Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid) – B5 is a key building block for the adrenals. 1500 mg a day can restock adrenal reserves and alleviate symptoms.
Licorice Root – This prevents the body from breaking down the adrenal hormones too quickly.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids – 2,000-4,000 mg/day sustained release
Vitamin # with tocopherols –  800 IU’s a day
Magnesium Citrate – 400-1200 mg in the powdered form
Proline – 500 mg daily to rebuild weak connective tissues. There is a correlation between weak connective tissues and adrenal insufficiency.
Dessicated Adrenal Gland – This is extremely important to adrenal repair as it provides raw materials to rebuild as well as contains adrenal hormones.
Sea Salt – 1/8  to 1/2 t. in 8 oz of water upon rising and at least a half-hour before you have the lowest energy of the day. (5)

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Be proactive and make Lifestyle Changes to restore your adrenal health and energy.

Dr. Wilson of Adrenal Fatigue.org encourages taking control of your life:

Optimal adrenal health is one of the major keys to the enjoyment of life. If you have adrenal fatigue, you can fully live life again by making the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to treat your disorder. (6)

Physicians from WomentoWomen.com make a similar beneficial challenge:

Remember, you may feel too tired to make changes now, but by moving forward in stages, you’ll build the strength you need to stay with it. You will love how you feel when you do! (7)

Here are Lifestyle Changes recommended by Dr. Wilson and others as footnoted.

  • Sleeping until 9 a.m. as often as possible
  • Eat breakfast within 1 hour of waking, no later than 10 am and lunch between 11-noon. (9)
  • Avoid eating fruit at breakfast.  See list of fruits to be avoided by those with adrenal fatigue in footnote (10).
  • Lying down during your work breaks around 10 am and between 3-5 pm.
  • Eat a nutritious snack between 2-3 pm to get you through the natural dip in cortisol around 3-4 pm (9)
  • Eat a light dinner 5-6 pm. (9)
  • Laughing
  • Exercising
  • Minimizing stress
  • Taking negative people out of your life
  • Eating regular meals
  • Chewing well, at least 30 times per mouthful
  • Doing something fun each day
  • Combining unrefined (whole grain) carbohydrates with protein and oils
  • For best blood sugar levels, combine fat, protein and complex carbohydrates (like whole grains) at every meal and snack
  • Avoid hydrogenated fats, caffeine, chocolate, white carbohydrates, and  junk food
  • Eating five to six servings of vegetables each day
  • Early bedtimes (8)

You can make the easy changes suggested by these experts in adrenal fatigue and have the energy you need to get back to a more enjoyable life!

Dr. Wilson states that if you are committed to your treatment plan, you can expect adrenal fatigue to heal in 6 to 9 months for minor adrenal fatigue, 12 to 18 months for moderate fatigue, and up to 24 months for severe adrenal fatigue. (11)

5.  Adrenal supplements list from Heal with Hope and Natural Cure Remedy.
6. Dr. Wilson’s quote
7. WomentoWomen.com quote

8. Lifestyle changes  list from Heal with Hope and Project Aware.
9. Dietary Changes from WomentoWomen.com
10. List of acceptable fruits and fruits to be avoided during adrenal fatigue.

11. Recovery estimates from AdrenalFatigue.org

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Is Adrenal Fatigue the Cause of Your Weakness?

July 25th, 2012

Table of contents for Adrenal Fatigue:

  1. Is Adrenal Fatigue the Cause of Your Weakness?
  2. Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

If you have consistent low energy, especially upon standing, and have been unable to find a medical cause, you may want to check the possibility of adrenal fatigue.

Your adrenal glands not only give you bursts of energy for your “fight or flight” mode, but are responsible for increasing the flow of blood when you need to put out energy, such as just standing up from a lying or sitting position. With adrenal fatigue, which is common after long periods of extreme stress or for people with easily stressed personalities, the adrenal glands are unable to produce adequate quantities of its hormones, particularly cortisol.(1) Unfortunately, it is an often overlooked medical condition.

We had a friend who had passed out upon standing up and thereafter was consistently having difficulty just getting the energy to stand.  The lack of blood to his head was causing dizziness and lightheadedness.  He went through 6 months of medical testing at the hospital with no conclusive results.

In only 5 minutes, you can easily do a self test with a home blood pressure kit to see if you have adrenal fatigue.

Finally, a different doctor did the Ragland’s blood pressure test on him and in less than 5 minutes discovered the cause to be adrenal fatigue.  With the Ragland test, you take your blood pressure while lying down and resting.  Then, stand up and immediately take your blood pressure again. The systolic pressure (the first number) should go up about 10 points.  If it stays the same or drops, you probably have adrenal fatigue. (2)

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Here are some lifestyle factors that contribute to adrenal fatigue.

As I mentioned, an easily stressed personality overworks the adrenals, but these common lifestyle factors also contribute to it, provided by AdrenalFatigue.org (3):

  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor food choices (white flour, low fiber, sugar, few vegetables or fruit, lack of raw food, etc.)
  • Using sweet or salty food and sweetened or caffeinated drinks as stimulants when tired
  • Staying up late even though tired
  • Feeling/acting powerless
  • Constantly driving yourself
  • Trying to be perfect
  • Staying in no win situations
  • Too few of enjoyable and rejuvenating activities

Adrenal Fatigue from prolonged emotional stress and/or other stressful lifestyle habits, as listed above, is likely to produce the following symptoms:

  • Impaired cognitive performance
  • Low thyroid function
  • Blood sugar imbalances, such as hyperglycemia
  • Decreased bone density
  • Sleep disruption
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lowered immune function
  • Slow wound healing
  • Increased abdominal fat, which has a stronger correlation to heart attacks, strokes, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL), lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL). (4)
  • Brain fog, cloudy-headedness and mild depression
  • Fatigue – especially morning and mid-afternoon fatigue
  • Lowered immune function
  • Inflammation

This is Part 1 of a two-part post.  In Part 2, we will cover Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue.

1.  Definition of adrenal fatigue
2.  Ragland’s Blood Pressure Test  for Adrenal Fatigue (self test)
3.  Contributing lifestyle factors
4. Adrenal fatigue symtoms  at Adrenal Fatigue Quiz and Cortisol and Adrenal Function

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Going from Good to Great

July 21st, 2012

Why settle for good when life could be great? Ten simple ideas can make a major difference in your life!

We had recently listened to a few podcasts by Chip Ingram on iTunes. He posts the outlines for them on his website. We have not listened to this series yet, but we came across one about going from good to great. Without even hearing the podcast yet, the titles alone are insightful and motivational enough for anyone to use to make major progress in their lives to go from good to great.

I challenge you to take a look at Chip’s points, meditate on them, and begin to implement them in your life. Again, why settle for the mundane, the ordinary, when things can be extraordinary?

Set your sight on a better life by visualizing how you can implement these 10 steps to go from good to great! 

See the links below to Chip Ingram’s website with podcasts and outlines. For more details, you can listen to the podcasts through iTunes or take a look at his outlines:

Think Great Thoughts

Read Great Books

Pursue Great People

Dream Great Dreams Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Are You Present-Minded?

July 18th, 2012

How much do you live life in the present moment?  Or is your daily life a constant mental battle between past problems and future concerns?

While reading again through Dr. Richard Carlson’s book, “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff,”  I came across the chapter on being present-minded or “living on purpose,” as author, Dawna Markova, also challenges.  The tendency to not live present-minded is such a wide spread mental trap that most people unknowingly fall into — one which literally steals the joy out of life — that I could not deprive you of the opportunity to discuss it again.

Listen to this quote from Dr. Carlson which aptly describes not living a present-minded life:

We allow past problems and future concerns to dominate our present moments, so much so that we end up anxious, frustrated, depressed, and hopeless.  On the flip side, we also postpone our gratification, our stated priorities, and our happiness, convincing ourselves that “someday” will be better than today.  While we’re busy Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Spiritual Goal Setting Part 2

July 14th, 2012

Table of contents for Spiritual Goal Setting

  1. Spiritual Goal Setting Part 1
  2. Spiritual Goal Setting Part 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part post.  In Part 1, we discussed overcoming spiritual humdrum and disappointment from a lack of spiritual goal setting by answering the question Jesus asked a blind man (Lk.18:41), “What do you want Me to do for you?”  If you missed Part 1 of this post, please use the series link above to read it.

Make use of the list I made for my life to spur your spiritual imagination as to how you can answer Jesus’ question and begin moving past spiritual disappoint in your own life.

I took the list of scriptures below as a basis for my answers to, “What do you want Me to do for you?” ,  since each of these verses are promises given by God to us.  Using such scriptures to sculpt your answers to Jesus’ question should build your confidence in prayer, as God is going to respond when you ask for what He has already said is His desire to give to you.

Now, as you read each underlined verse, hear the question, “What do you want Me to do for you, ____?”  Now create an answer based on that promise, “Lord, I want….”  I have put in italics some promptings to assist you.

1. In Christ…all things have become new. (2 Cor.5:17)  [What in your life or healthy do you want to be completely made new? Lord, I want…]

2.  The LORD will keep you free from every disease. (Deut.7:15)   [What healing do you need?  Lord, I want…]

3.  You will lack nothing. (Deut.8:9)  [What areas of your life are lacking—financially, relationally, in fulfillment, etc.? Lord, I want…]

4. …Praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. (Acts 2:47)  [As you live a life enjoying a spiritual relationship with God, receive favor with all people with whom you interact each day, interpersonal relationships, business transactions, etc.  Lord, I want…]

5.  Meditate on My Word day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  (Josh.1:8)  [You can receive wisdom and ability from God to be successful in all facets of life. Lord, I want…]

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6.  Let us boldly draw near to the throne of God’s unmerited favor…that we may receive mercy for our failures and help in good time for every need…coming just when we need it. (H.5:16)   [Receive His mercy to overcome your failures and timely, supernatural help whenever you need it. Lord, I want…]

7.  You build fine houses and settle down. (Det.8:12)   [If your family is in need of a home, profess to God that your family receives the good house he has promised His people. Lord, I want…]

8.  Learn of Me…and you will find rest, relief, ease, refreshment, recreation and blessed quiet…For My yoke is wholesome, useful, good — not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant. (Mt.11:28-30)  [If your life is stressful and exhausting, tell God you will learn from Him how to live a wiser, more restful life. Lord, I want…]

9. Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the LORD.  (Det.28:10)  [Tell God that you want people to actually be able to see that He has been good to you, His child. Lord, I want…]

10.  You treat us with kindness and with honor, never denying any good thing to those who live right. (Ps.84:11CEV) [Thank God for not denying you any of the good things He has promised you in His Word.]

Make this form of spiritual goal setting a daily habit.

Do not quit if you do not see instant results in all areas.  You may see some instant results; other situations may take more time, as we, and the people we involved in our lives, often unknowingly hinder the very things we desire.  When discussing prayer, Jesus said, “Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and he who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, the door will be opened.” (Mt.7:7,8AMP)  In other words, be as determined daily in your spiritual goal seeking as you would in your career goals.

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Spiritual Goal Setting Part 1

July 12th, 2012

Table of contents for Spiritual Goal Setting

  1. Spiritual Goal Setting Part 1
  2. Spiritual Goal Setting Part 2

If you are disappointed with the progress in the spiritual side of your life, could it be that you are short-changing yourself in the area of goal setting?

A few months ago, I re-read the following verse and it has become very meaningful to me.  It is from the story of a blind man who heard that Jesus was walking through the road of his town.  He began calling out repeatedly to Jesus for mercy.  Jesus came to him and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?”  The blind man said, Lord, I want to see! (Lk.18:41) The man was instantly healed of blindness.

We have previously discussed that Jesus is the visual representation to us of the heart of Father God.  In simpler terms, a main purpose of Jesus’ life was to reveal to us God’s character, heart, and nature.  I want to challenge you today to use the question that Jesus’ asked the blind man as a spring board for you to set new spiritual goals for your life.  Scripture does say that we need to ask to receive.  However, in this instance, Jesus asked the question.  Now visualize yourself with Jesus asking you this question about your life today, and put your name in the blank, “What do you want Me to do for you, _____?”  It is a great challenge!

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Build your level of confidence in prayer  by using promises of God from Scripture to spur your imagination as to how to answer Jesus’ question to you about your own life.

In Part 2 of this post, I have made a list of several Scriptures that I used to answer that question in my own life.  I challenge you to leave behind any spiritual humdrum and disappointment from a lack of spiritual goal setting and make use of this list to sculpt your own set of answers to Jesus’ question.

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Be Intentional About Living Life’s Fullness

July 7th, 2012

How fulfilling has your life has been up to this point for this year’s goals?

At the beginning of the year, I challenged you to make a clear cut “life plan” to achieve your own goals of fulfillment in the various aspects of your life, instead of just maintaining in the face of all life’s responsibilities. A visible plan is needed to help you keep in focus the daily creation of the environment essential to live out your desired life of fulfillment.  (See the post Planning for Life)

Now that we are entering the second half of this year, be sure to be intentional that any revisions of your year’s goals include time for fulfillment.

Since August-September usually sees life coming back to a more typical schedule than during seasonal summertime activities, I have been re-checking and fine tuning my life goals.  Part of this process has been making sure that I have time for all the things that bring fulfillment to life — not just career or personal goals — but time for friends, hobbies, and other things that bring lasting memories.  As we were reminded Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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