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Do you often feel tired and stressed out? You‘re not alone. One of the most common problems I hear from patients is that they felt fatigued, anxious or depressed. And they often have trouble sleeping — even though they are exhausted.
Most of them share a common underlying theme — adrenal burnout. It‘s the result of racing through life with a constantly aroused sympathetic (“fight or flight”) nervous system.
In the heightened nervous state of adrenal burnout, the body overproduces adrenaline, cortisol and other stress hormones. Eventually, this causes the adrenal glands, the front line in the stress reaction, to show wear and tear and become depleted. This frequently leads to an impairment in the thyroid gland, which can cause a further decline in energy level and mood and is one of the reasons why so many women have thyroid glands that don‘t work to their full potential.
Fortunately, you can help reverse this problem by making a few simple lifestyle changes:
Eat steadily, all day long. Skipping meals is one of the worst things you can do for your body. When you‘re hungry, your blood sugar drops, stressing your adrenal glands and triggering your sympathetic nervous system. That causes light-headedness, cravings, anxiety and fatigue.
Skipping breakfast is particularly bad, as it is a sure fire way to gain, not lose, weight. If you start each morning with a good breakfast and “graze” healthfully every two to four hours, your “metabolic flame” will burn evenly all day and your blood sugar won‘t take any sharp dips. You‘ll feel more rested and energetic.
Another drawback to skipping meals: The resulting low blood sugar can slow the speed at which you process information and shorten your attention span .
Eat More Raw Uncooked Food. Stopping at McDonald’s for breakfast is the way most American‘s eat breakfast, but this will not allow you to receive the maximum energy that uncooked food stores. Raw vegetables, fruits, and even raw eggs may take some getting used to, but they are an inexpensive way to increase the amount of uncooked protein and fat in your diet. And forget the myths of their great risk in eggs: the risk of salmonella from raw eggs is only 1 in 30,000, and even that risk can be greatly avoided by carefully examining the eggs prior to eating them.
Pay off your sleep debt. During sleep your adrenal glands are restored and repaired. Unfortunately, most of us place little value on sleep, and end up getting less than we need, night after night. Result: Your adrenal glands stay depleted.
The average person needs six to eight hours of sleep each night. Sleeping under six hours will actually accelerate aging and increase your risk of diabetes. If you feel as if you‘re dragging, you need the full eight hours of sleep..
For better sleep:
Avoid energy-zappers. A variety of toxins in food and the environment contribute to a heightened adrenal response:…
Consider Vegetable Juicing for Breakfast.
In the place of chemical cleaning products, I highly recommend the PerfectClean line of cleaning tools, like the PerfectClean terry cloths and dusters. Due to their ultra-microfiber construction, you can use them with only water (so you eliminate the need for cleaning your home with chemicals) and they clean at a deeper level than any other product you could find out there.
Start by making just a few of the changes defined in the five sections above. You will begin to see major improvements within days. Build on your energy levels and relaxed stress by incorporating more of the changes as you go along, and your adrenal burnout will soon be a distant memory.
By Dr. Joseph Mercola
with Rachael Droege
How many sodas have you had today? How about your kids? The average American drinks an estimated 56 gallons of soft drinks each year, but before you grab that next can of soda, consider this: one can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites.
This is an alarming amount of sugar, calories and harmful additives in a product that has absolutely no nutritional value. Plus, studies have linked soda to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease. Despite this, soda accounts for more than one-quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States.
Teenagers and children, who many soft drinks are marketed toward, are among the largest consumers. In the past 10 years, soft drink consumption among children has almost doubled in the United States. Teenage boys now drink, on average, three or more cans of soda per day, and 10 percent drink seven or more cans a day. The average for teenage girls is more than two cans a day, and 10 percent drink more than five cans a day.
While these numbers may sound high, they’re not surprising considering that most school hallways are lined with vending machines that sell, of course, soft drinks. It’s not uncommon for schools to make marketing deals with leading soft drink companies such as Coca-Cola from which they receive commissions–based on a percentage of sales at each school–and sometimes a lump-sum payment.
The revenues are used for various academic and after-school activities, but what activity could be worth devastating the students’ health, which is exactly what consuming all that soda is doing? Getting rid of vending machines in schools–or replacing their contents with pure water and healthy snacks–could make a big difference, as vending machines can increase the consumption of sweetened beverages by up to 50 or more cans of soda per student per year.
Let’s take a look at some of the major components of a can of soda:
If you are still drinking soda, stopping the habit is an easy way to improve your health. Pure water is a much better choice. If you must drink a carbonated beverage, try sparkling mineral water.
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Thoughts create your reality. Focus becomes physiology. Here’s an example, stop right now and think about something in your past that was incredible. The birth of a child, your wedding, the first time you saw the grand canyon, anything you remember as incredible…how do you feel? Feelings of joy, happiness and positive energy actually begin to change your body chemistry in ways proven to boost your immune system and relieve stress on your heart.
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