I know this is “craftymom”, but for a while it’s going to sound like “health-nut mom”, or just….”plain crazy mom”.
As with any blog, the statement goes…”It’s mine and I’ll do what I want with it”. 😉 Luckily I don’t have a ton of crafty followers to disappoint with changing gears. I think this stuff is important, interesting, and it’s what I’m currently working with, so……….bare with me, and hopefully there’s something useful in it for others. With that said……….
I’m sick again! I had a terrible cold that lasted a month. I actually had it twice. Two weeks in I thought I was better, then it came back worse. I just started feeling better a few days ago. Then someone else in the house introduced another cold. James caught it first, and now I have it. I made the mistake of thinking it the same cold going around, and it’s not. This one is coughing, throat, and chest related. Mine was all sinuses. I’m pissed off! I can’t believe I’m sick again, and worse is that James is suffering now too! I’m trying to look at it in a positive light, and understand that more feelings of ill-health are going to make me more driven for the change of course I have planned.
I came across Dr. David Jubb. I’m really surprised I’d never heard of him before, bcuz he’s fairly well known in holistic health. I’ll be posting a lot of his video’s and links to his articles. For now I want to touch on Adrenal Exhaustion, something that isn’t talked about much, despite it being a widespread problem, related to most health issues (in North America in particular).
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Borrowed from www.adrenalexhaustion.com
Adrenal Fatigue is any decrease in the ability of the adrenal glands to carry out their normal functions. This happens when your body is overwhelmed, when stress overextends the capacity of your body to compensate and fully recover. Consequently, the adrenal glands become fatigued and are unable to continue responding adequately to further stress. Adrenal Fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a “syndrome” that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia. Many factors can reduce adrenal function, and it is often an accumulation of such triggers over a period of time which are responsible for the syndrome known as adrenal fatigue. As the name suggests, the paramount symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep but it is not a readily identifiable or diagnosable entity like a low iron count or Vitamin B12 in the blood, which is typically viewed by the medical profession as the cardinal sign of fatigue.
“Millions of Tired Women”
“The results of an Australian fatigue survey of over 1000 women aged 18- 54 revealed that over 800 of those surveyed said that tiredness and fatigue were significantly affecting their lives. The study which was conducted by Newspoll and released on April 14th 2008, surveyed women about the degree to which fatigue affected relationships, work and socialising in Australia. The results were astounding and would suggest that around 4.5 million Australian women are affected by tiredness, with many suffering from burn-out. This would translate to tiredness affecting about up to 80% of women to some degree. Most disturbing was that most just accepted that fatigue was part of their lives and did not seek help to find causes and possible solutions” (Australian Newspoll Survey – conducted Tuesday, 13 May 2008)
Adrenal Fatigue can wreak havoc with your life. In the more serious cases, the activity of the adrenal glands is so diminished that you may have difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. With each increment of reduction in adrenal function, every organ and system in your body is more profoundly affected. Changes occur in your carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, heart and cardiovascular system, and even your sex drive. Many other alterations take place at the biochemical and cellular levels in response to and to compensate for the decrease in adrenal hormones that occurs with Adrenal Fatigue. Your body does its best to make up for under-functioning adrenal glands, but it does so at a price.
You may look and act relatively normal with Adrenal Fatigue and may not even have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness or “gray” feelings. People suffering from Adrenal Fatigue often have to use coffee, tea and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day. Younger people may rely on “energy drinks”. Some adults may rely on the regular even daily use of alcohol in the late afternoon or evening to “unwind”. Others may take medications such as sleeping pills, anti-depressants or rely habitually on paracetamol for tension headaches which may be caused by stress.
Adrenal Fatigue shows up in a variety of ways. The rarest and most extreme form is called Addison’s disease, named after Sir Thomas Addison, who first described it in 1855. It is life threatening if untreated and can result in permanent damage to the adrenal glands. Addison’s disease affects approximately four out of 100,000 people. About 70% of all cases are the result of auto-immune disease, while the other 30% result from a variety of causes, including severe stress.
Once Adrenal Fatigue sets in, you may become susceptible to a long list of health complaints including respiratory infections, asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other immune disorders.
Manifestations of adrenal fatigue:
- Anxiety, anger (short-fuse), irritability, depression
- Arthritic pain
- Adult-onset diabetes – Type 2 Diabetes
- Auto-immune disorders (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, ulcerative colitis, many more)
- Confusion, poor concentration, and memory recall
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Cravings for salt or sweet foods
- Decreased immune response – recurrent coughs, colds, flu
- Difficulty during menopause (the adrenals take over the role of the ovaries after menopause)
- Fatigue inspite of sufficient sleep
- Frequent respiratory infections
- Hypoglycemia – erratic or abnormal blood sugar levels (very common)
- Increased fears, anxiety, and depression
- Libido issues
- Premenstrual tension
- Post viral syndromes (history of glandular fever)
- Reliance on stimulants such as coffee, tea, energy drinks
- Reliance on alcohol to “unwind”
- Reliance on sleeping pills, anti-depressants, and a host of other pharmaceutical medications related to stress-induced diseases.
- Thyroid problems (many hypothyroid patients potentially have Adrenal Fatigue)
- Weight gain
HEAL ADRENAL FATIGUE WITH THESE ‘ORAC’ RICH FOODS
- TART CHERRY CONCENTRATE
- BLACK PLUMS/PRUNES
- DARK CHOCOLATE
- ANY KIND OF BERRIES
HEAL ADRENAL FATIGUE WITH THESE SIMPLE CHANGES
- SLEEP WHEN TIRED. DON’T REACH FOR COFFEE, SUGAR, STIMULANTS
- IF NOT TIRED….USE BATH, WALK, READING TO RELAX. DON’T USE DRUGS or ALCOHOL
- ALSO TURN OFF TV, COMPUTER, LIGHTS & ELECTRONIC STIMULANTS
- SPEND MORE TIME OUTSIDE IN NATURE, RELAXING
- EAT SEVERAL SMALL MEALS, INSTEAD OF LARGE ONES.
- VITAMIN C, LICORICE (avoid if have high blood pressure), ORAC FOODS
- STRESS-MANAGEMENT & BOUNDARIES TO LOWER ADRENALIN RESPONSE