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So Darn Tired

 


 

Article Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi, July 23rd, 2012

 


We all live a fully relaxing life, full of fun and self care right? Despite our best efforts, probably not. The hustle and bustle of daily living can take its toll on the body, especially on the adrenal glands.

 

The adrenal glands are the triangle shaped endocrine glands that sit atop the kidneys. They are responsible for regulating the stress response through the synthesis of the ever-popular cortisol and adrenaline hormones.

 

When the adrenals are tired, it may cause a number of different symptoms. The most common include:

  • Dark circles under the eyes

  • Dizziness

  • Low Blood sugar

  • Craving for salt

  • Sensitive to light

  • Excessive sweating from little activity

  • Easily irritated

  • Excessive mood response after eating carbs such as pasta, breads and sugar

  • Tired but wired feeling, poor sleep

  • Lack of Libido

  • Craving sweets

  • Tendency to startle easily

 

If you suspect that your adrenals need a little boost, try tweaking your diet. Here are some adrenal supporting foods that are also delicious.

 

  • Go Veggie Heavy. Zucchini, green beans, avocados and sea vegetables are top on the list. Slightly steam for best absorption and digestion.

  • Choose Fruit Wisely. Not all fruit is created equal for adrenal support. Grapes, plums, cherries, papaya, kiwi, mango, apples and pears are he best. These do not cause a huge spike in blood sugar and there fore do not make your adrenals work so hard.

  • Add Healthy Fat. Yes, add fat! Fats aid in the hormone production. If you do not have enough fat in your diet, you will feel slow and sluggish. Use avocado, olive oil, real butter, ghee and coconut oil.

  • Protein Up. Proteins contain amino acids. Most importantly, L-tyrosine. L-tyrosine is essential in the manufacturing of hormones, especially the feel good hormones such as dopamine. Chicken, turkey, salmon, pumpkin seeds and avocado are tops.

 

We all do our best to live a healthy life, but it is easy to get caught up in the craziness of work, family, school, money issues, and what color to paint the kitchen ( wait maybe that only stresses me out). Sometimes a simple diet boost can help put that spring back in your step. Avocado anyone?

 

 

 

Posted by: Sherri Sacconaghi
Certified Health Coach and Personal Fitness Trainer
www.themissionofnutrition.com
Ph: 503 621 7549
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