Sunday, January 27, 2013

Adrenal Exhaustion and Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Exhaustion and Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Exhaustion and Adrenal Fatigue:            
Just tell me what to take for adrenal fatigue

Do you experience too much stress? Both physical stress and mental stress. If you do, this might be of interest to you. 
If you have symptoms such as tiredness, fearfulness, allergies, frequent influenza, arthritis, anxiety, depression, reduced memory and difficulties in concentrating, insomnia, worn-out, inability to loose weight after extensive efforts, you may be suffering from adrenal fatigue (technically known as hypoadrenia).

There are two stress glands – called the ADRENAL glands. Located on top of your kidneys,

The adrenal glands are involved in a number of physiological functions in the body.  They are involved in pulmonary function, blood sugar metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism, central nervous system processes, cardiovascular function, hematological metabolism, hormone production, gastrointestinal function, and liver function. The adrenal glands play an important role in helping the body respond appropriately to changes caused by stress and different emotions.
The adrenal glands produce hormones in a complex symphony that is orchestrated by two structures in the brain called the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland.
These glands control many functions from anti-inflammatory (ridding the body of pain and swelling) and immune system protection to balancing fluid and salt levels and controlling minerals (such as potassium), rapid heart rate, regulating blood pressure,  and sleep and awake cycles.  They even act as a back up organs during menopause. 
These glands counter stress by the production of several hormones.   The adrenals don't know the difference between physical and mental stress, they treat both with the same stress hormones.   Every type of stress influences these glands - injury, infection, divorce, finances, job-related stress, irritable peoples, drugs and medications, surgery, pain, illness, poison ivy, extreme cold or heat, giving birth, menstrual cycle., staring into computer monitors, eating junk foods, starvation diets, etc. etc. etc. 
When stress and poor nutrition lead to altered hormone levels, imbalance in endocrine function can lead to substantial fatigue. When you experience stress of any kind, the adrenals start pumping adrenaline and other hormones. These hormones get the blood flowing to the heart and muscles and at the same time pull the blood away from your digestion. They also stimulate the nervous system to speed up the heart rate. They prepare your body for stress.

As you push your body over the years coping with stress, living on caffeine, nicotine, sugar and alcohol with little sleep, the adrenals eventually become exhausted.  In this state, the adrenals don’t produce like they used to:

Things that effect and stress your Adrenal glands:

Physical trauma Chemical toxins Poor diet
Excess exercise Lack of sleep Infections
Refined carbohydrates Alcohol Drugs
Nicotine Vitamin B & C deficiencies Too much caffeine
Emotional trauma Anxiety, depression Prescription drugs
Pregnancy Over consumption of sugar

Symptoms of Adrenal Gland Malfunction:

The following symptoms can occur:

Low energy - weakness, fatigue
Lethargy
Fluid retention
Sleepiness
Insomnia
Tendency to gain weight and unable to lose it (especially around the waist and is sometimes referred to as a pendulous abdomen - sagging and hanging)
Blood sugar problems
Feel better suddenly after a meal
Difficulty getting out of bed, lack of energy which returns from 3-5 PM
Need for mid-afternoon naps
Nervousness
Anxiety (worry), frequent feelings of stress; Difficulty handling stress
Need for caffeine or stimulants to get going
Salt cravings, fat cravings and cravings for high protein foods such as cheese and meat.
Hot flashes
Reduced sex drive
Tendency to tremble under pressure
Out of breath when going up stairs
Arthritis
High or low blood pressure
Allergies
Tendency to get the flu
Pain in the upper back and neck for no reason
Lightheadedness when rising from a lying down position
Unable to remember things

All possible symptoms of adrenal insufficiency:

You may also have: 
Depression
Facial hair on women
Full eyebrows
Receding hairline
Deeper voice
Sparse hair on forearms and lower legs
Atrophy of breasts
Tightness in chest or chest pains
Food or inhalant allergies
Dry and thinning skin
Acne or poor skin
White or discolored patches on skin
Reddish purple stretch marks on the stomach, thighs, buttocks, arms and breasts.
Red checks
Round or moon face
Puffy face and eyes
Dark cycles around eyes
Double chin
Lax ligaments - weak ankles and knees
Weak or brittle bones (due to a loss of calcium and protein)
Buffalo hump (fat pad) at the upper back, lower neck area,
Low body temperature
Unexplained hair loss
Alternating constipation and diarrhea

If you have many of these signs and symptoms, it is time you consider adrenal fatigue as a possible cause once you have ruled out other possible disease.. None of the signs or symptoms by itself can definitively diagnose adrenal fatigue   However, it is definitely something you'll want to consider. It is very often misdiagnosed.   
ADRENAL REJUVENATION The adrenals need salt (sea salt), healthy fats, vitamin C and copper to run effectively. The red potato offers a great supply of copper (in an enzyme form-called organic copper or tyrosinase). This copper is part of the vitamin C complex but in an enzyme form.

You can’t just take copper as a supplement, it has to be connected to an enzyme.

In cooking, some of the vitamin C is destroyed. But even in their cooked form, potatoes are a good source of vitamin C. Dr. Alfred Hess pointed out that orange juice failed to cure scurvy while raw potato juice produced a rapid cure.

Mushrooms also contain this vitamin C copper component as well as many other benefits (anti-tumor). 
When supporting the adrenals, it’s important to get off stimulants like coffee, sugar, etc. All foods with vitamin C complexes are best – leafy greens and other vegetables.  It is  important to get enough sleepexercise, and take supplements to optimize adrenal gland functions.   Vitamin C works well and gives the adrenals what they need to become strong again.  But, not just any vitamin C, definitely not ascorbic acid or any laboratory made isolates. 
Get enough sleep and don't over do exercise.  You want to be nice to your body while you build up the adrenal glands.  Remember the purpose of these glands is countering stress so don't over due the physical stress of not getting enough sleep or going to the gym everyday.

Recommended:    Best vitamins for what to do about stress - 
Three things to help:
1) Supplements Drenamin & Vitamin C - see below
2) Add mineralized salt to your diet - more below
3) Read book about adrenals (which also helps you lose weight.)  Listed below.  Even if you don't need to lose weight, it helps you understand adrenals and how the hormones interact, yes more on that below.

1) DRENAMIN

Drenamin is a special combination product formulated to help maintain the healthy functioning of the adrenal glands, which are involved in innumerable physiological functions inside the body. 

Drenamin accomplishes this by supplying rich sources of vital nutrients combined with bovineadrenal tissue proteins and bovine adrenal PMG™ extracts.†   By Standard Process
Drenamin was formulated to help maintain the healthy functioning of the adrenals by supplying tissue proteins and nutrients such as vitamins and mineral complexes.  In  addition, the adrenal tissue proteins contain valuable trace elements and amino acids.
Drenamin helps to maintain cellular health by promoting healthy cellular division, growth, repair, and function.
It enhances circulation by providing vitamin P complex, queretin and other naturally occurring bioflavanoids.   The  vitamin P complex contains compounds to help maintain healthy circulation and capillaries , and it works to keep cell membranes permeable so that cells can better accept and exchange nutrients. It supports metabolic efficiency and for normal fat transport and carbohydrate metabolism.  


VITAMIN C
Vitamin  C   If you're taking Vitamin C but not sure you are getting what you need.  Check out this brand - it is a natural vitamin, a whole food supplement that the body recognizes as food.

It is not made in a laboratory like a lot of the Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) found on the market that delivers only a fraction of what is a complete Vitamins C.. 

Read more about the WSN Vitamin C

 
SALT
Mineralized Salt  - you need the salt.  The adrenals monitor the mineral content in the body and too much potassium can become a problem.  Thus adding Sea Salt is important.  You can find some at your local health food store.
Testimonial:  This is Chris from McVitamins.com.  I've had a long term adrenal problem which started when I was 12 years old and had Rheumatic Fever.  The doctors at that time prescribed cortisone for the inflammation.  They may have thought they were saving my life, but the bypass of the adrenal glands became a problem.   Adrenal glands get lazy when you artificially add  of their hormones to the body (as do all of the glands) and you wind up with less then perfect glands.   I've always needed to supplement my adrenal glands.    I found the information about taking mineralized salt and gave it a try.  (The information about potassium also indicated as I would eat high potassium foods for "health reasons" - doctors say salt is bad and thus I would take the potassium to counter too much salt in foods. But,  I would  wind up not feeling all that good).   Well, the salt was amazing.  Such a small change. I started by adding a 1/4 teaspoon of the salt to water in the morning and I had much more energy that day.  I also got up in the morning with  energy.  I found out additionally that putting sea salt in drinking water will help your body to actually hydrate - otherwise the body might just let the water go right out again.   So, I added a pinch of Sea Salt to my regular drinking water (I usually have a quart bottle of Fiji Water (I like that the best) and then do as I normally do, drink it during work.  I find I spend much less time in the bathroom and feel much more energized.   Oh, yes, and I sleep better. 
For what I use 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Benefits of Ashwagandha



Ashwagandha or Indian Ginseng is an awesome herb.

Health Benefits of Ashwagandha:
It is an effective anti-stress adaptogen which has a soothing effect on the organism. This plant gives energy and in contrast to the sedatives not forcing you to sleep. Ashwagandha is beneficial in other stress related disorders. It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Ashwagandha increases the white blood cell count and prepares the body to produce antigens against different infections and allergies.
. Ashwagandha stimulates the immune system therefore it is ideal for recovery after illness and chronic fatigue. Ashwagandha prevents the multiplication of cells so is useful in the prevention of cancer. 


Ashwagandha root is useful:

-  combats insomnia and depression
-  improves memory
-  For arthritis, bronchitis, asthma
- For the treatment of inflammation and infection of Candida
-  After chemotherapy and radiation
 - To combat insomnia and depression
- For digestion disorders and circulation
-  Ashwagandha  relaxes blood vessels and stimulates circulation and has an anti-inflammatory and tonic effect in rheumatic and autoimmune conditions such as lupus and rheumotoid arthritis.-   prevent early aging
-  For general vitality

*note _ not for pregnant women

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Top 7 Best Vitamins For Hair Growth | Hair Growth Vitamins

The Top 7 Best Vitamins For Hair Growth | Hair Growth Vitamins


Vitamins are imperative for hair and hair growth and its crucial these vitamin levels are maintained. A deficiency in some will affect the overall health of the hair and in some cases may even lead to hair loss.  Each vitamin has its own special function and contributes to the health and growth of the hair in a different way.
Here you will discover the top seven best vitamins to ensure your luscious locks remain just that. Get your regular daily dose of these vitamins to stop hair loss, stimulate hair growth, and improve the overall health and beauty of your hair.

The 7 Best Vitamins For Hair Growth

Vitamin A helps to keep the hair and scalp hydrated by stimulating hair follicles as well assisting the scalp in the production of sebum.  Hair follicles require retinoic acid; vitamin A has the ability to regulate the production of this acid, which maintains the overall health of the hair.
Rich sources: liver, carrot, broccoli, sweet potato, kale, spinach, pumpkin, egg, papaya, mango. Alternatively, you could take a vitamin A supplement.
Vitamin B ranks as one of the best vitamins available to promote healthy hair growth.  This is because it possesses a number of important functions within the body with the main function being its connection to the growth and respiration of cells. Vitamin B is actually a number of chemically distinct vitamins that co-exist in the same food sources.
Vitamin B3, commonly known as Niacin, helps to improve the overall circulation to the hair follicles and scalp, resulting in the regeneration of hair, so is therefore a major contributing vitamin in the growth of healthy hair.  Sufficient amounts of B3 can be obtained naturally within the body and therefore majority of people do not require this vitamin supplement.
Rich sources: chicken, beef, salmon, eggs, avocados, dates, tomatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, nuts. Alternatively, you could add a Niacin supplement to your diet.
Vitamin B12 is one of the most crucial vitamins when it comes to the health of our hair and preventing hair loss.  It helps in the production of red blood cells and has a direct relation to the body’s energy levels as well as stimulating appetite and overall growth.  In order for our bodies to absorb enough B12 it is essential there is plenty of vitamin C included in your diet.  Most people require additional supplements as there is a not a sufficient amount produced naturally.
Rich sources: calf’s liver, sardines, venison, salmon, scallops, shrimp. If you aren’t a meat or fish eater, then you can get your daily dosage with a vitamin B12 supplement.
Vitamin C is an important contributor to the development of cells and the growth of tissue, and for this reason it is an essential vitamin to promote hair growth.  When the hair does not contain enough vitamin C the hair follicles weaken and are therefore are prone to breakage, split ends, and hair loss.
Rich sources: papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts, strawberries, oranges, kiwi fruit. It’s advised that you obtain your dosage from food sources, but if you can’t then use a vitamin C supplement.
Vitamin E is a very important vitamin for hair growth.  Its main function is to increase the circulation of blood to the scalp stimulating the hair follicles and resulting in faster hair growth.  Vitamin E stimulates and maintains a healthy immune system; hair growth is directly related to the wellbeing of the immune system and for this reason vitamin E is very effective. Vitamin E also helps to improve the overall condition of the hair by maintaining moisture and keeping it hydrated.
Rich sources: sunflower seeds, almonds, olives, spinach, papaya. Alternatively, pick up a tub of vitamin E soft gels.
Vitamin H (also referred to as Biotin) is known as the “hair vitamin” and it plays a vital part in the maintenance of healthy hair by stimulating cell growth and increasing metabolism.  Biotin has been proven to strengthen the hair while improving elasticity and sometimes even increasing the volume.
Biotin supplements are often required as it is extremely difficult to acquire sufficient amounts from food sources.
An adequate supply of the above vitamins are necessary if you want to promote healthy hair growth. Regular consumption of the above food sources will ensure your vitamin levels are at an optimum level for your hair, and you can boost your intake with vitamin supplements.
Vitamins are a great way to help grow your hair, but an alternative solution is to massage an oil onto your scalp. Without a doubt, the best oil for promoting faster, healthier hair growth is Mira Hair Oil. Click the orange link to check it out or read our Mira Hair Oil review.
If you want to learn more about growing your hair using natural methods, then have a read of these articles from the archive.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Thunder God Vine

I just heard about this amazing herb called Thunder God Vine . Thunder god vine is used for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), heavy menstrual flows,multiple sclerosis . It is also used for infections  boils, fever, inflammation, systemic lupus , erythematosus , HIV/AIDS,  and  psoriasis . There are studies that state that it has compounds that can fight cancer. 

Wow , I am not telling anyone to forgo medical treatment but this Chinese herb deserves a look. Here are some other names Huang-T'eng Ken, Lei Gong Teng, Lei-Kung T'eng, Taso-Ho-Hua, Threewingnut, Tonnerre de la Vigne de Dieu, Tripterigium Wilfordii, Tripterygium wilfordii, Vigne du Tonnerre Divin, Yellow Vine.

Note that if you are already taking immune suppressants this herb can cause deadly interactions. With all herbs talk to a medical practitioner before taking .



Time for Thyme

I have been fighting this irritating cough for days, Then I realized that I have thyme. So I made a tea of thyme , lemon and honey and I slept like a baby.  Thyme Tea soothes coughs and breaks down mucus .  You need to drink this mix at least three times a day while you are fighting the cough. Thyme is  also antiseptic and anti fungal. 
 Apparently Regular external application of this herb helps in fading the face spots, scars and blemishes.  It can be used to treat scars from surgical marks, accidental injuries, measles, pox and acne.  It can't hurt to use this herb so buy a bundle when you are at the market .

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Health Benefits of Guava | Fruit | Health Benefits

Health Benefits of Guava | Fruit | Health Benefits


Health Benefits of Guava


Diarrhea & dysentery: Guava is very rich in astringents (compounds those make your gums feel tighter and fresh after you chew guava leaves or eat a raw guava or use some toothpaste) which binds up loose bowels in diarrhea. These astringents are alkaline in nature and have disinfectant and anti-bacterial properties, thus help cure dysentery by inhibiting microbial growth and removing extra mucus from the intestines. Further, other nutrients in guava, such as vitamin-C, Carotenoids and potassium strengthens and tones up the digestive system and disinfect it. Guava is also beneficial in gastroenteritis due to reasons stated above.

Constipation: Guava is one of the riches sources of dietary fiber. Its seeds, if ingested whole or chewed, serve as excellent laxatives. These two properties of guava help forming bowels, retaining water and clean your intestines and excretory system thoroughly. It is said that single constipation can lead to seventy two types of ailments. It is absolutely true. Every way to your total health goes through proper digestion and more importantly, proper excretion. Guava ensures both of these.
  • Cough & cold: Juice of raw and immature guavas or decoction of guava-leaves is very helpful in giving relief in cough and cold by loosening cough, reducing mucus, disinfecting the respiratory tract, throat and lungs and inhibiting microbial activity due to its astringent properties. Guava is one of richest in vitamin-C and iron which are proven to be preventive against cold and viral infections. In some areas in India, roasted ripe guava is used as a remedy against extreme cases of cough and cold and congestion.
  • Skin care: Guavas can help improve your skin texture and avoid skin problems more than the best of beauty creams or skin toner gels can do. This is chiefly due to the abundance of astringents in its fruits(more in immature ones) and in leaves. You can benefit from it either by eating the fruits (this help tighten your muscles apart from your skin) or by washing your skin with the decoction of its immature fruits and leaves. It will tone up and tighten the loosened skin. In addition to the astringents, guava is very-very rich in vitamin-A, B, C and potassium which are very good anti oxidants and detoxifiers and keep your skin glowing and free from aging, wrinkles and other disorders.
  • High blood pressure: Guava helps reduce cholesterol in blood and prevents it from thickening, thereby maintaining fluidity of blood and reducing blood pressure. Studies have shown that food stuffs which lack fiber (such a refined flour) add to blood pressure, due to quick conversion to sugar. Guava, being very rich in fiber and hypoglycemic in nature, helps reduce blood pressure.
  • Other benefits: Where to begin? Shall I start with the fact that guava helps control diabetes, protects prostrate, its Lypocene reduces the risk of cancer, the juice of the leaves cures toothache, swollen gums & oral ulcers, heals wounds when applied externally, convulsions, epilepsy, bacterial infections and so on and so forth.
http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-guava.html

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe

Sweet Potatoes have so many benefits why not learn to make the pudding. Here is the recipe .
Feel free to improvise , use less potatoes, add dried fruits just experiment.
  • 2 1/2 lbs sweet potato
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1  teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon margarine
  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk 


  • Wash and  skin  the potatoes
  • Wash again then grate
  • Grate coconut, add water and squeeze juice through a strainer
  • Blend flour, ,salt, and nutmeg.
  • Combine this mixture with the grated potatoes and mix well
  • Add sugar and coconut milk. Mix well.
  • Grease pan, pour in batter, bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes 
  •  note " my aunt boiled the sweet potatoes not too soft ) then blended them 


Jack in the Bush

Jack in the Bush also called Christmas Bush, Bitter Bush or hemp agrimony is a common herb in Jamaica. This herb when boiled as a tea is excellent for colds and flu. Its cathartic, diuretic and anti-scorbutic (cure scurvy )properties, and consider it a good remedy for purifying the blood, combination with other herbs. A  tincture is prepared, given in frequent small doses with water, for influenza, or for a similar feverish chill, and a tea made with boiling water poured on the dry leaves will give relief if taken hot at the onset of the flu .



Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Jamaican Dogwood Benefits



Jamaican Dogwood has gain such a strong reputation worldwide as an anit inflammatory herb .  This herb used as a tea or as a tincture is a sedative but its helpful for migraines, stress and nerves. This herb is also helpful in the treatment of arthritis .  Dogwood is antispasmodic can help with respiratory infections such as whooping cough.




As with any herb please consult your doctor before using.


Self-Healing With Common Household Items - StumbleUpon

Self-Healing With Common Household Items - StumbleUpon

25 Ridiculously Healthy Foods - StumbleUpon

25 Ridiculously Healthy Foods - StumbleUpon

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Vervain for nerves



If you have a problems with  nerves and a little stressed out try vervain other wise called love bush .  Vervain is known to settle the nerves and neutralize anxiety issues. Vervain helps with melancholia and mild  depression.

Top 12 Detox Superfoods | Care2 Healthy Living

Top 12 Detox Superfoods | Care2 Healthy Living

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year !!!!!!!!

Happy New Year to all of our readers.  Lets make this year a healthy and positive year. Be proactive with your health add vegetables, fruits and herbs to your diet, your body will thank you . Drink lemon water in the morning, juice your vegetables and fruits  , eat a salad instead of a burger.  After awhile your skin will become clearer , you will go the bathroom regularly, you may even stabilize your blood pressure and blood sugar  and the list goes on . I know so many people who are suffering or who have died from preventable diseases, its time to take control.  You control your body, YOU no one else, the choices that we make affect our kidneys, livers, hearts , brains everything and small changes will add up to big ones. Lets take care of our bodies this year and from now on no excuses, life is too short.