Are You Tired of being Tired?

fatigueAre you tired of being tired? Can’t ever seem to get enough sleep to feel rested? Does your energy “Dip” during the day? Do you get cravings for sweet or salty foods? Do “have” to have caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, etc) to get through the day?
If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms you may be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue (Non- Addison’s Hypoadrenia). Our Adrenals are walnut sized glands that are located on top of your Kidney’s. The Adrenal Glands help your body deal with stress. When the Adrenal Glands are over used (because of Physical, Mental/Emotional, or Chemical stresses) your energy levels and health are adversely affected, and over time all kinds of problems can result.

Things that Cause Adrenal Fatigue:
1. Toxins
2. Financial Pressure
3. Psychological Stress
4. Lack of Relaxation
5. Caffeine (Coffee, Soda, Energy Drinks, Etc.)
6. Marital Stress
7. Death of a loved one
8. Poor Diet
9. Prescription Drugs
10. Illness
11. Lack of Sleep
12. Smoking
13. Allergies
14. Infections

It is estimated that up to 80 % of Americans deal with Adrenal Fatigue at some point in their lives. Symptoms can range from mild fatigue to serious and life changing. Allergic Reactions, weight gain, low sex drive and irritability are all common symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue. This syndrome is rarely diagnosed and is most often ignored by patients in the early stages. As symptoms increase caffeine is often used to try to overcome low energy levels. As the symptoms become more severe patients often increase their caffeine usage. This often creates a “downward spiral” with the patient going from exhausted, to overstimulated by caffeine, and then back to exhausted. If not treated over time serious health problems arise and the patient gets sicker and sicker.

Was Grandpa Right? Did Food Taste Better In The Past?

grandpa While we know Grandpa did not walk to school uphill, both ways, without shoes in the snow, he may have been right that certain things were better “back in the day”. According to a 2004 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, food grown today has lower levels of vitamins & nutrients than food grown in the 1950’s. Today large corporations have replaced small farmers as the primary source for fruits and vegetables. Farming today is focused on producing fruits and vegetables that look good on the supermarket shelves, transport well, and last as long as possible before spoiling. The result is that food today is less nutritious and does not taste as good as it once did.

So What Do We Do?
1. Buy fresh, organic (when available and cost effective), locally grown produce.
2. Support farmers markets,
3. Visit local health food stores
4. Shop at natural foods stores
5. Try a restaurant that focuses on healthy cuisine

*Overall eat a diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, while avoiding processed foods & sugary snacks*