The Stress Connection to Adrenal Fatigue

 

I am hearing more and more about adrenal fatigue.  Our modern, stressed out lifestyle is causing many of us to literally burn out of our jobs, our family obligations and our health.  We are overloaded and overwhelmed but can’t seem to find a way off the high speed treadmill on which we find ourselves. 

In this article by Ralph Moorman he explains why stress is causing adrenal fatigue and how it disrupts our hormones and leads to the inability to lose weight, get a goodnight’s sleep and enjoy life.

Christine Hunt

 


 

ADRENAL FATIGUE,

THE STRESS SYNDROME OF THE 21ST CENTURY

 by Ralph Moorman 

Adrenal fatigue

Adrenal fatigue… the greatest epidemic of Western society, next to insulin resistance: adrenal fatigue, also called burnout. Adrenal fatigue may occur when we are chronically exposed to stress.

 

What Happens In A Stress Situation?           

Our stress reaction was developed in prehistoric times, when we were subjected to real dangers. For example when a dangerous predator or enemy crossed our path. To survive, we had two options: fight or flee. To enable these, a lot of energy had to be released in as short a time as possible. Raising our blood-glucose levels was our body’s response.

The adrenal glands play an important part in this raising of the blood-glucose level in stress situations. After all, the adrenal glands produce the hormones adrenalin and cortisol, which ensure the conversion of glycogen in liver and muscles, and proteins in muscles, into blood glucose as quickly as possible. Next to raising the blood-glucose level, cortisol is also the most important anti-inflammatory agent in the body. Which is logical really, because any inflammations or wounds sustained during a fight or flight would reduce our chances of survival.

 

Stress Influences In This Day And Age

In fact, our body uses the same system today, during modern stress influences, as it did on the old days in order to save our lives. Except that our stress load is totally different. The stress we experience today does not usually involve a life-threatening situation, but represents an accumulation of minor stress loads at work, in our private lives, in our present-day society with its information and communication overload, overeating, and sometimes even overtraining. Usually no acute traumatic situation is involved, but a chronic accumulation that may eventually become too much. As a result, we are no longer able to cope with any stress at all. In nature, an antelope fleeing from a lion will be peacefully grazing away within just 5 minutes, while a human being having faced a trauma may end up on the therapist’s couch years after the incident.

I’m sure you have people among your acquaintances who have worked very hard for ten years or so, seemingly invincibly. Then, suddenly, they are burnt out. They fall from one illness into another and need years and years to even remotely resemble their old energetic selves once again.

 

Explanation On The Basis Of Hormones 

This is easily explained on the basis of the functioning of glands and hormones. To cope with stress, the adrenal gland produces the hormones adrenalin and cortisol. As long as this is sufficient, all will go well. However, in case of a chronic stress load, it may occur that the adrenal glands have had to produce so many of these hormones that the glands are totally depleted. When that happens, not enough adrenalin and cortisol are being produced. When that happens, adrenal fatigue has occurred. Besides being unable to stabilize blood-glucose levels, the body will have more difficulty fighting inflammations, preventing the immune system from properly doing its job. Well-known symptoms pointing to adrenal fatigue include:

Low blood-glucose levels causing dizzy spells

Fatigue

Depression

Craving for sweet foods

Inflammations taking over and allergies developing or worsening

Autoimmune diseases

Low blood pressure

Craving for salty foods (aldosterone is made from cortisol and will raise blood pressure)

Trouble getting up in the morning and going to sleep at night (cortisol will normally kick you awake)

Trouble getting up in the morning

Prevention And Cure

As you can see, it is dangerous to let it get this far. Adrenal fatigue may result in dangerous inflammations and autoimmune diseases.

Next to checking the symptoms, it is possible to have a cortisol profile determined by a physician, using saliva tests. Make sure the physician concerned knows what adrenal fatigue is. Regular medical protocols only involve cortisol values for Addison’s disease and Cushing’s syndrome.

It is very important, after reading the symptoms and if you suspect adrenal fatigue, to tackle the causes. Try to find out which stress sources have the most impact on you. Focus on these sources and determine, if necessary by consulting a coach, how this stress may be reduced in order to allow your adrenal glands to be restored. Be aware of the fact that, if adrenal fatigue is actually the case, it will not suffice to go on a week’s holiday.

 

Important stress sources:

Work/career: Examples of solutions include improve delegation methods and time management, a change of position, and working fewer hours.

Private life: Solutions may include help in case of trauma handling, family or relationship coaching, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Food: Too much sugar, chemical E numbers, pesticides, and food for which you may be intolerant or allergic may be stress sources that can be avoided. Pollution, allergens, and toxins from the environment.
Reducing the stress load and introducing various forms of relaxation, yoga, meditation, and coaching may tackle the cause of adrenal fatigue. Still, if the adrenal glands are extremely depleted, additional actions may be needed. Sometimes, a physician may decide to temporarily supplement a low dose of cortisol to give the adrenal glands some leeway and suppress more dangerous inflammations. Complaints involving a low blood pressure may be alleviated by taking some more unrefined salt, e.g. Himalaya salt or Celtic sea salt. In other cases, it may help to take supplements such as vitamin C (3000 mg) and rhodiola.

Another reaction of the body to stress and adrenal fatigue is a slowing down of the thyroid gland. This may be seen in the blood if a lower free T3 level is observed, rather than low levels of TSH and free T4. Often, the cause lies with the adrenal glands, rather than the thyroid gland. I would therefore focus on the adrenal glands if this is the case.

Source: http://tinyurl.com/n9adf9f 

 


 

Stress, which leads to adrenal fatigue, was a common, every day occurrence in my life.  But through the consistent use of EFT, working through the life events that triggered my stress and adjusting my dietary intake to provide my body with the nutrition it required, I live each day in a happy, relaxed state.  As a result I actually accomplish more and do things better than when under stress. If you would like to make a similar transition, contact me.

To your health!

Christine Hunt

 


 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

Are You Fed Up With Diets?

by Christine Hunt


 

Are you Fed Up?

Fed Up

How many diets have you tried only to regain the weight?

Do you diet, lose the weight and then return to your old eating habits then gain back the weight?

What is the ratio of processed foods to whole foods that you eat daily/weekly?

Are you Diabetic or pre-Diabetic?

If you haven’t found the answer, the silver bullet solution, to your weight problem then maybe you are working under the old paradigm of “eat less and exercise more” when it really is about what types of foods you are eating .

Fed Up is a documentary movie about exactly that.  It focuses on several young people and their struggle with weight loss and why the foods that they are eating are completely wrong.

 

View the trailer here:  

 

You may watch the entire film for a small fee here.

 

Albert Einstein is famous for this quote:

Einstein's definition of insanity.

 

If you have tried diets and gained back the weight then maybe it is time that you tried something different to get a different result.

Changing eating habits can be extremely difficult for some people.   As a Wellness Coach I can help you through the transition by helping you to make better food choices, overcome the obstacles that you may face such as cravings and resistance to change, and make your weight loss hopes and dreams a reality!

 

To your health!

 


 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

Summer Salads!!

by Christine Hunt


 

Summer is almost officially here and already fresh produce is available at local farmer’s markets and produce in the grocery store is arriving from less distant locales.

 

So, it is time to take advantage of this bounty and partake of some fresh summer salads!!

 

Here are a few recipes for you to try that should perk up your palette and any meal whether it is for your family, the office picnic or a special celebration.  Enjoy!

 


 


Cilantro-Lime Cucumber Salad

Cilantro-Lime-Cucumber SaladYield: 5-6 side servings

Ingredients

  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cucumbers, very finely sliced (see photos)
  • 4 tablespoons minced cilantro, to taste

Instructions

  1. Dice the jalapeno and garlic and add to a medium-sized bowl.
  2. Add 3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice, crushed red pepper, salt, and pepper. Use a whisk to incorporate the 3 tablespoons olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Finely slice the cucumbers. Use a mandolin if you have it, but a very sharp knife will do the trick. (See photos below.) Add the cucumbers to the dressing and stir together.
  4. Finely mince the cilantro and add it to the bowl. Stir to combine. You can either let it sit in the fridge to marinate for a couple hours, or serve immediately.

Notes

Make sure that you let the salad sit on the counter for a little while before serving if it’s been in the fridge; the olive oil solidifies slightly when it’s cold.

Source:  Food Charlatan.com 

 

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Raw Zucchini “Sushi” Rolls

Raw Zucchini Sushi RollsIngredients

  • ½ cup cashews, soaked overnight in water
  • 1 Tablespoon rice vinegar (optional)
  • 3 – 4 zucchini (each yields 6 – 8 slices)
  • 2 carrots, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1 cucumber, seeds removed and sliced into matchsticks
  • 4 medium radishes, sliced
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 small bunch cilantro

Instruction

  1. Drain cashews and put into food processor with rice vinegar.
  2. Process, scraping sides with spatula if necessary, until cashews are a soft paste but still have some texture. (Depending on how long cashews were soaked you might need to add a tablespoon of water to get the right consistency.)
  3. Chop the ends off of your zucchini and use a vegetable peeler to peel your zucchini into long, thin strips.
  4. Lay zucchini strip flat and add a small spoonful of cashew mixture onto one of the ends of zucchini.
  5. Add a few matchsticks of veggies, avocado, and a couple of pieces of cilantro.
  6. Roll up and enjoy!

Source:  Fresh Dreamer.com

 

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Individual Salad Cups with Rhubarb Vinaigrette

Individual Salad Cups
Yield: 8 salad cups

Ingredients:

rhubarb vinaigrette

    • 6 Tbsp fresh rhubarb puree (recipe below)
    • 4 Tbsp champagne vinegar (or other mild white vinegar)
    • 4 tsp honey
    • 2 tsp Dijon mustard (I used whole grain)
    • 4-6 Tbsp mild olive oil
    • pinch of salt and black pepper
salad cups
  • 8 plastic tumblers, the kind that flare out, not the straight ones (mine were 10 oz)
  • 8 appetizer picks
  • 1 head green endive
  • 1 head purple or red endive
  • 1 yellow bell pepper
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 carrots
  • 8 scallions
  • about 16 green beans
  • 8 radishes
  • 16 snap or snow peas
  • about 24 small multicolored cherry tomatoes
  • 8 small radishes
  • fresh basil and/or thyme leaves for garnish

Directions:

  1. To make rhubarb puree, wash and trim the ends off of several stalks of rhubarb. Cut them in 1 inch pieces.
  2. Put the rhubarb into a saucepan and add a splash of water. Bring up to a boil, turn down the heat, and summer it for about 5-10 minutes until the rhubarb softens. Add a little bit of extra water if it runs dry.
  3. Let the mixture cool a bit and then puree in a small food processor. Measure out 6 tablespoons for the dressing recipe.
  4. To make the Rhubarb Vinaigrette put all the ingredients in a small food processor and blend until creamy. Taste and adjust any of the ingredients to your liking. Refrigerate until needed.
  5. When ready to assemble the cups, spoon 2 tablespoons of the dressing into the bottom of each cup.
  6. Trim the ends off the endive and carefully separate the leaves. You will need about 3 leaves per cup. Trim the leaves as necessary, from the bottom end, so that they extend an inch or so above the rim of the cup, as shown in the photos.
  7. Cut the bell peppers and carrots into thin strips and layer them into the cups, along with the trimmed green beans, pea pods, and scallions.
  8. Thread 3 tomatoes onto each skewer and add it. Finish with the radish and herbs for garnish.
  9. The cups should be full but not crowded. Assemble just before serving.

Source: The View From Great Island.com

 

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Salads are the best way to get the most nutrition from your food and the fiber helps keep your intestinal walls clean so that those nutrients can be easily absorbed into your blood stream.  

Anyone who is trying to lose weight or reduce inflammation as a way to begin the healing process from chronic illness should be incorporating lots of vegetables and fruits into their meal plans (at least 50% of what they eat daily) and 10% – 30% of it should be in raw form.

If you want to make a salad a heartier, main meal and avoid the unhealthy animal fats, add plant protein with a variety of beans, quinoa, couscous, rice, or lentils. 

To your health!


 

 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

How Your Thoughts Fool Your Stomach

by Alex Spiegel


 

man_in_frozen_food_pizza_aisle

It was late,

almost 9 at night, when Justin Holden pulled the icy pizza box from the refrigerator at the Brookville Supermarket in Washington, D.C.

He stood in front of the open door, scanning the nutrition facts label.

A close relative had recently had a heart attack, and in the back of his mind there was this idea stalking him: If he put too much salt in his body, it would eventually kill him.

For this reason the information in the label wasn’t exactly soothing: 1,110 milligrams of sodium seemed like a lot.

But there was even worse-sounding stuff at the bottom of the label.

Words like “diglyceride,” with a string of letters that clearly had no business sitting next to each other. It suggested that something deeply unnatural was sitting inside the box.

“Obviously it’s not good for me,” the 20ish Holden said. “But, hopefully, I can let it slide in.”

He tucked the pizza under his arm, and headed one aisle over for a sports drink.

 

Reading nutrition label

A Label Is More Than A Label

Who among us has not had a moment like this? That intimate tete-a-tete with the nutrition label, searching out salt, sugar, fat, trying to discern: How will you affect me? Are you good? Or are you bad?

Here’s the thing you probably haven’t stopped to consider: how the label itself is affecting you.

“Labels are not just labels; they evoke a set of beliefs,” says Alia Crum, a clinical psychologist who does research at the Columbia Business School in New York.

A couple of years ago, Crum found herself considering what seems like a pretty strange question. She wanted to know whether the information conveyed by a nutritional label could physically change what happens to you — “whether these labels get under the skin literally,” she says, “and actually affect the body’s physiological processing of the nutrients that are consumed.”

Who among us has not had a moment like this? That intimate tete-a-tete with the nutrition label, searching out salt, sugar, fat, trying to discern: How will you affect me? Are you good? Or are you bad?

As a student, Crum had spent years studying the placebo effect — how a sugar pill can physically alter a body if the person taking the pill believes it will. She figured food labels might work the same way. So she came up with an experiment.

Vanilla milkshakesCrum created a huge batch of French vanilla milkshake, then divided it into two batches that were labeled in two very different ways.

Half the stuff was put into bottles labeled as a low-calorie drink called Sensishake — advertised as having zero percent fat, zero added sugar and only 140 calories.

The other half was put into bottles that were labeled as containing an incredibly rich treat called Indulgence. According to the label, Indulgence had all kinds of things that wouldn’t benefit your upper thighs — including enough sugar and fat to account for 620 calories. In truth, the shakes had 300 calories each.

Both before and after the people in the study drank their shakes, nurses measured their levels of a hormone called ghrelin.

ghrelin, stomach and brain.Ghrelin is a hormone secreted in the gut. People in the medical profession call it the hunger hormone. When ghrelin levels in the stomach rise, that signals the brain that it’s time to seek out food.

“It also slows metabolism,” Crum says, “just in case you might not find that food.”

But after your ghrelin rises, and you have a big meal (say a cheeseburger and a side of fries), then your ghrelin levels drop. That signals the mind, Crum says, that “you’ve had enough here, and I’m going to start revving up the metabolism so we can burn the calories we’ve just ingested.”

On the other hand, if you only have a small salad, your ghrelin levels don’t drop that much, and metabolism doesn’t get triggered in the same way.

For a long time scientists thought ghrelin levels fluctuated in response to nutrients that the ghrelin met in the stomach. So put in a big meal, ghrelin responds one way; put in a small snack and it responds another way.

But that’s not what Crum found in her milkshake study.

If you believed you were drinking the indulgent shake, she says, your body responded as if you had consumed much more.

I don’t think we’ve given enough credit to the role of our beliefs in determining our physiology, our reality.

Alia Crum

“The ghrelin levels dropped about three times more when people were consuming the indulgent shake (or thought they were consuming the indulgent shake),” she says, compared to the people who drank the sensible shake (or thought that’s what they were drinking).

Two women drinking milkshakes.

Does that mean the facts don’t matter, that it’s what we think of the facts that matters?

“I don’t think I would go that far yet,” Crum says. More tests need to be done, she says, to figure out exactly how much influence comes from food and mindset.

But she does think the usual metabolic model — calories in and calories out — might need some rethinking, because it doesn’t account in any way for our beliefs about our food.

“Our beliefs matter in virtually every domain, in everything we do,” Crum says. “How much is a mystery, but I don’t think we’ve given enough credit to the role of our beliefs in determining our physiology, our reality. We have this very simple metabolic science: calories in, calories out.”

People don’t want to think that our beliefs have influence, too, she says. “But they do!”

Meanwhile, Back At The Brookville Supermarket

As for Holden, after he retrieved his sports drink, he picked up a salad, then carried his items to the cashier and put them down on the conveyor belt.

The liquid of his sports drink almost glowed under the lights of the store as the cashier rang him up.

Holden told the man he didn’t want a bag. He carried his pizza out into the night.

Within an hour, the pizza and drink would be in his stomach, mingling there with a set of beliefs that he got from the back of a box.

Source:  npr.org

 


This experiment is a wonderful example of the Placebo Effect and the mind’s power over the body.  As an EFT Practitioner I work with this mind/body connection to help people with their weight and chronic illness problems.  Be sure to get my free article:  The Head Game of Weight Loss which explains more about how the mind can make your body hold onto weight, pain and other physical ailments.

Please post your comments below about mind/body experiences you may have had. 

To your health!


 

 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

The Best Invention in the World…

 

 by Christine Hunt


 

The best invention in the world is the mind of a childThomas Edison

 

Thomas Edison, the master of invention, recognized the power of the mind of a child. 

 

This short video compares the functioning and number of synapses of a child’s brain to the pages and connection of the World Wide Web.  Guess who has more?

 

 

 

I wanted to share this video with you because it also explains how children under the age of six drink in everything they see, hear, taste, touch and smell.  They are in download mode and absorb everything that is going on around them.

 

This is a very good thing as they need to learn a lot in a short period of time.  This is when they learn how to interact with the world, the people in it and understand what is right, what is wrong, what is safe, what is dangerous and experience numerous other interactions.

 

The video also mentions Toxic Stress.  This happens when a child is repeatedly traumatized in some way.  It can be physical or mental abuse, neglect, a scary encounter with a person or animal or any number of things that can frighten a small child.   As a result the child may have life-long problems which can range from excessive weight gain, to relationship issues to financial problems.  Why?  Because with these traumas come beliefs that the child makes about life and they run in their subconscious mind.   And beliefs like “What’s wrong with me”, “I’m not good enough” and “The world is not a safe place” dictate the choices they make in life.

 

This mind/body connection of beliefs can cause a person’s body to hold onto weight no matter how much they diet and exercise.   If you are one of these people or know someone who is, then EFT is the answer to your prayers.  EFT gets to the negative beliefs that cause your body to hold onto weight and shifts them to positive beliefs allowing your body to release the weight.

 

Learn more about how EFT affects weight here.

 

Contact Christine Hunt for a free consultation here.

 

To your health!

 


 

 

Christine Hunt is a Wellness Coach and Certified EFT Practitioner and has found that working with the whole person by combining mind/body work, dietary adjustments and movement provides her clients with the tools they need to lose weight (and keep it off), get relief from chronic illness and positively transform their lives.  Contact her for a free, 15 minute consultation to learn why what she does works when other methods have failed.

Christine works with her clients in person, by Skype or phone.  So, if you live away from the Annapolis, Maryland area, she can still work with you.

 

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