Adrenal Fatigue

Got Sleep Issues? Stop Doing This.

Got Sleep Issues? Stop Doing This.

Sleep issues and insomnia are prominent issues for those with adrenal dysfunction or HPA dysregulation.

When it comes to improving our sleep, it’s obvious we want to notice results quickly (overnight if you will), but sometimes when we are addressing our hormones and correcting imbalances with the hormone fluctuations in our sleep/wake cycle, the results don’t present themselves this way… especially when using natural supplements and when shifting our habits.

WHY YOUR GUT HEALING STRATEGY ISN’T WORKING - 3 Common Misconceptions & 3 Great Solutions

We’ve been getting email after email from our community and question after question popping up in our membership group from people struggling with gut issues. They are experiencing symptoms like bloating, constipation, acid reflux, food sensitivities, blood sugar issues and so much more.

And the sad thing is, many have eliminated so much already, so restricted in their diet (some down to just meat and vegetables) and they still haven’t seen much progress. They don’t know where to go next.

It’s so unbelievably frustrating isn’t it? You put so much effort in for what feels like nothing in return.

So today, I’m going to share 3 common misconceptions that people have about digestion and gut issues and offer 3 proven solutions.

3 COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS

1.PROBIOTICS ARE THE ANSWER

Probiotics have been all the buzz lately, which is understandable. Probiotics make perfect sense to help your gut flora, right? Our guts need more support than ever. They are getting quite the workout these days.

1) Our diets consist of so many different ingredients and types of foods

2) Many of us take (or have history of) antibiotics, killing all the bacteria in the gut, good and bad

3) Many of us take (or have history of ) NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and Aleve for the aches and pains

4) There are plenty of chemicals in our food, air, and water

5) Lack of nutrients in the soil or people not eating from the soil at all

All these factors affect our gut flora. The gut flora is the environment inside our gut made up by trillions of microorganisms.

Probiotics are something that can certainly help with creating a healthy gut flora (in some situations) but they aren’t always the answer or the end-all. Too many people jump to probiotics because it’s easy to pop a pill. (not always easy on the pocket book though).

What you need to know is probiotics can - not only be a waste of money if you have deeper gut issues going on, but they can actually be detrimental too, particularly if you have Intestinal Permeability aka Leaky Gut or Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO)

In these cases, there is some balancing/repairing that we recommend happen first before throwing probiotics into the mix, this is why adding probiotic supplements are one of the last steps of our 5-step gut healing protocol. These are taken once you’ve taken measures to address issues like SIBO and repair the gut lining.

Probiotics are not just a one sized fits all either. Many issues do better with certain strains in certain doses. Quality products can be quite expensive and it is not uncommon to see people throwing their money into cheap products when they could be investing in something better that is more likely to help get them the results they’re looking for. We recommend you get advice from a professional if probiotics are best for you at this particular stage of your gut healing and let them give you some suggestions on the best one for your condition.

2. ELIMINATING COMMON ALLERGIC FOODS

Yes, eliminating common allergens like dairy, gluten, eggs, nuts and soy is a popular step in the adrenal recovery process for many and we’ve given this advice to many of our clients. In many cases, eliminating common allergens like these can be helpful and even transformative for some. However, we find with many of our clients they find themselves at a sticking point where their diet is limited and they are still struggling with symptoms— they feel stuck.

In these cases, the root of the problem must be addressed. Eliminating these problem foods is just the first step in a deeper exploration and trial and error process for gut healing.. but it doesn’t STOP there.

We believe getting testing or having a professional analyze your situation to determine which gut issues you are most likely dealing with (different gut issues listed below). Getting this clarity first will save you money, time and a bit more sanity. There will always be a bit of trial and error involved, but working with a professional will help you streamline the process…and your dollars.

For many it takes time and a more thorough protocol that lasts about 2-3 months to get to the deeper issue and heal the gut.

3. JUST DO A WEEK LONG JUICE FAST OR GUT CLEANSE

We know these short cleanses are popular these days and seem a bit more doable, right?

They can help the body a bit depending on what you’re struggling with. However, for most a week long juice or gut cleanse is not an adequate gut repairing protocol and won’t have lasting results. Why, because most likely the wear and tear on the gut has been years in the making and it will take some time.

For example if you have a parasite, you will need longer than a week or two to kill those bugs.

So if you’ve been approaching gut healing from any of these angles only…

  • Taking Probiotics

  • Eliminating so many common allergens without understanding the root issue

  • Not following an extensive gut healing protocol

...and you haven’t had much improvement, you’re not doing anything wrong. It just means you haven’t quite got to the root of it all. Don’t worry because it hasn’t all been a waste of your time and energy. This process takes a lot of trial and error and it just means you’re closer to figuring this all out. Yay!!!

So, to wrap this up here are 3 solutions to take your gut healing to the next level and support great digestion.

1.GET CLARITY WITH HELP OF A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL OR TESTING AS TO WHICH GUT ISSUES OR DEFICIENCY YOU MIGHT BE DEALING WITH

Before you stress yourself out by doing too much, get clarity on the very root of the symptoms with the help of a professional.

There could be other things going on besides a basic gut imbalance issue like; mineral or nutrient deficiency, gut infections, heavy metal toxicity or fungal or bacterial overgrowth. The symptoms of these conditions can often look very similar to adrenal, hormone and other gut related issues and you want support to figure it all out.

Here are the various gut related conditions people are commonly dealing with:

    1. Leaky gut

    2. Fungal overgrowth, Candida

    3. Dysbiosis

    4. Parasites

    5. Bacterial overgrowth, SIBO

    6. Food allergies

The recovery approach you take will be slightly different for each of these conditions so that’s why you want to work with a professional and/or get tested. They can get clarity based on your symptoms or get further confirmation through testing.  

2. TAKE DIGESTIVE ENZYMES

Many of the gut related symptoms we experience are because we don’t have enough stomach acid (HCL) or digestive enzymes in our gut. These acids and enzymes break down the fats, proteins and carbs in food, properly.

When the body can’t break down our foods properly that’s when we experience all the symptoms and reactions like irregular bowel movements, constipation, diarrhea, gas, bloating, acid flux and more.

Adding digestive enzymes help you tolerate more foods and stop the ongoing stress happening every time you eat, meaning less inflammation, which allows more healing to occur.

Just like probiotics, it’s important that you get a quality formula and do a little trial and error to get the right dosage.

If you can’t afford digestive enzymes, you can see if taking a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a bit of water before a meal helps you. It has been known to do the trick for many.

When taken at the beginning of a meal, enzymes help ensures that foods are fully digested. This decreases the chance that partially digested foods particles and proteins are damaging your gut wall. They also help to relieve digestive discomfort like bloating and gas.

A few of our favorite brand suggestions are Digestive Enzymes SAP by NFH or BioGest by Thorne

3. FOLLOW AT THE VERY LEAST A 6 WEEK GUT HEALING PROTOCOL

Don’t expect everything to change overnight. Follow a proven system for ATLEAST 6 weeks and see the process through until you get the results you seek.






Overcoming Productivity Guilt

Overcoming Productivity Guilt

Many of us, are ADDICTED to getting stuff done... and many of us, are addicted to social media that is constantly reminding us of all the things we SHOULD be getting done.The combination easily leads to a feeling that we call “productivity guilt” which is a relentless feeling of not doing enough or not functioning at an optimal level.

When we live this way, nothing is enough and we can slip into a space where we constantly feel overwhelmed by the pressures we put on ourselves. When we live this way, how can we expect to feel at ease?

5 Simple Ways to Love Up Your Adrenals Daily

5 Simple Ways to Love Up Your Adrenals Daily

Being burnt-out sucks and if you aren’t careful, it’s easy to get stuck there.
Here are 5 simple things you can do daily, that will help you manage your stress, love up your adrenals, help you feel calm and hopefully help you have more FUN!

Is Adrenal Fatigue Real?

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Is adrenal fatigue a real thing?

Despite the obvious fact that millions of people are suffering from the built-up toll that stress can put on the body with clear signs of hormonal issues and fatigue that just won't quit, the term "adrenal fatigue" is still considered with scrutiny by many. 

The thing is,  we get the scrutiny. In fact, "adrenal fatigue" isn't a defined medical condition and technically, doesn't actually exist.. but that's not to say the symptoms and feelings you have been should be discredited, not at all! Today we want to share our thoughts on this popular (and highly frustrating) topic. 

ABOUT THE ADRENALS

The adrenal glands are, by nature, tough and mighty little things. 
These little powerhouses are two walnut-sized glands that sit comfortably on top of the kidneys. They secrete hormones involved with all the major physiological processes in the body and are there to help our body adapt, adjust and survive the events the day may bring us. 

You know that rush of adrenaline you feel when something scares or excites you? 
Yup, that's your adrenals prepping your body to take flight or to fight if that's what the situation may entail. 

These days, more than the need to fight or run away from threats, our bodies are pumping out stress hormones as we worry about things at work, as we deal with the complexities of different relationships, family stuff, financial things and so on and so forth.  The problem is the stress we're tackling today isn't fleeting like that moment when you see a bear in the woods is. These days we're stressing all the time about different things and if we aren't mentally stressing, sometimes the stress comes from dietary things, physical things, immune conditions, digestive problems, sleep schedules or general inflammation in the body. There are many different forms of stress. 

WHAT IS ADRENAL FATIGUE?

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Adrenal Fatigue is commonly thought of as a condition when the adrenal glands get "fatigued" or "collapse" from excessive wear and tear. After enduring periods of chronically high stress demands (or short periods of extremely high stress) these glands take a physical hit and can no longer produce stress hormones at the rate they used to. We agree that excessive wear and tear can implicate these glands to an extent.. but that's not the entire problem. 

Adrenal issues stem from these two places: 
the adrenal glands and the brain. 

communication

The adrenal glands don't just produce stress hormones blindly or intuitively.
They get their instructions from signals and communication from our brain through the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis (the HPA Axis).  When the adrenal glands are making too much cortisol or not enough cortisol, the communication along the HPA Axis between the brain and the adrenals must be considered... because more than just a fatigued glandular issue, there typically is a signaling problem between the brain and the adrenals.  Signaling issues between the two have a direct effect on how the adrenals behave and how the body responds to circulating cortisol too. 

So to be clear, when we say adrenal fatigue.. we are using a popular term for this greater idea of adrenal dysregulation. 

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SOME SIGNS OF ADRENAL FATIGUE OR ASSOCIATED HORMONAL IMBALANCE: 

  • Auto-immune conditions
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Anemia (iron deficiency)
  • Weight gain in the belly area that you can't seem to lose
  • Decrease or loss in muscle mass
  • You wake up in the early hours of the morning (between 3-5am)
  • Brain fog
  • Increase of energy in the evening after dinner
  • Anxiety or depressive thoughts
  • Eyes are sensitive to the light
  • Easily startled
  • Feeling dizzy when you stand up too fast
  • Slow wound healing or slow to recover from illness
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Feeling constantly tired- a tired that is not relieved by sleep (CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME)
  • Feeling like you can't relax
  • Cravings for salt or salty foods
  • Easily irritated or intolerant to stress
  • Digestive issues and sudden new food intolerances
  • Dependence on stimulants to function (coffee, colas, energy drinks, ect.)
  • Decreased libido
  • Exaggerated menopausal symptoms
  • Irritability if a meal is missed aka "HANGRY"
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Hypothyroidism (low thyroid)
  • Decreased immune system
  • Increased or exaggerated PMS symptoms
  • Fibrocystic breasts or fibroids
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Fertility issues
  • Low blood pressure

So, how do you fix the dysregulation?

When it comes to fixing the signaling issues mentioned above and nourishing up a depleted body that is suffering from exposure to chronic or excessive stress, it really begins with a self-check-in... with asking yourself where you could start respecting your body and its boundaries a little more.  It comes back to simple self-care, good food, making sleep and yourself a priority.  Sounds simple, doesn't it?

So why are so many people stuck struggling for so long?

The thing is that hormonal issues can feel really complicated.... 

there's a tonne of conflicting information in books and on the internet, 

one doctor says one thing, another says another, 

and changing the way you live can be really flippin' hard!

Slowing down and making changes like nixing the people pleasing attitudes, changing your work and lifestyle habits, making key dietary changes and setting boundaries for yourself isn't always a walk in the park... especially if you are super type A (like so many of us struggling with adrenal issues are). On top of that, just because you're wanting to stress less doesn't mean that the things that stressed you out before are going to necessarily go away--  so a whole mental shift needs to happen. The way we perceive stress and handle it needs to be tweaked, and yes my loves... it's challenging! It takes practice, it takes patience, it takes a lot of conscious effort.

We know you have it in you, though! 

Ready to break through the patterns that are keeping you stuck and to get a clear personalized plan to recovery? Click here to see if you qualify for a FREE Breakthrough Power Session with one of our Team Professionals. 

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