- 08-28-2011 #1
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- Jul 2011
Here are some of the more accurate signs of adrenal fatigue:
Sign #1: Difficulty getting up in the morning. It doesn't matter the time, you just don't feel awake enough.
Sign #2: Continuous cravings for salt or salty foods. You always need more salt than you're getting.
Sign #3: Increased effort to do every day tasks. You love training, but now it seems like everything from your warm-up to the deadlift sucks.
Sign #4: Decreased sex drive and ED. It just isn't happening. Enough said.
Sign #5: Decreased ability to manage stress. The littlest things seem to set you off.
Sign #6: Increased recovery time. Any cuts you have take longer to heal, swelling stays around, that cough you've had is still there after a month, and your biceps still hurt from loading the bar when you were squatting.
Sign #7: Light-headedness from standing too quickly. You feel like you're going to pass out and you see bright images when you stand up.
Sign #8: Less overall life happiness. Nothing makes you happy: training sucks, your job sucks, and the weekends suck.
Sign #9: Increased symptoms with skipped meals. You're always hungry, every hour. If you miss a meal, you're craving something and every meal becomes a cheat meal.
Sign #10: Less productivity. Overall, you just can't get things done, you're distracted easily, and you can't work as efficiently or as quickly.
Dietary recommendations for Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome include:
- Add ground flax meal to your diet since it contains healthy dietary fiber and omega-3 essential fatty acids.
- Add extra virgin organic coconut oil to your diet to benefit from the saturated fat that can help stabilize blood sugar levels.
- Add foods rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids to your diet in the form of fish oil, wild-caught salmon, minimal-mercury albacore tuna, and sprouted walnuts.
- Add mineralized salt to your diet, especially upon rising (½ to 1 teaspoon mixed in water) and at least a half-hour before your lowest energy point of the day.4 Choose Himalayan crystal sal.
- Eat lightly cooked animal and vegetable proteins (meat, fish, poultry, eggs, legumes).
- Eat dairy products with live, active cultures (probiotics), such as organic, unpasteurized yogurt and kefir (unless you are allergic to dairy).
- Eat plenty of unrefined low-glycemic carbohydrates (brown rice, sprouted grains, winter squash).
- Limit intake of fruits that have a high glycemic index such as apricots, raisins, banana, papaya, and mango.6
- Eat plenty of vegetables and vegetable juices (kelp, sprouts, green and black olives, peppers, spinach, chard, celery, zucchini).
- Add nutrient-dense and unprocessed foods such as sprouted nuts and seeds to your diet.
- Drink purified water throughout the day.
Foods to AVOID include:
- All foods containing refined sugar or artificial sugar-substitutes
- All simple or refined carbohydrates (white bread, pasta, cookies, cakes, crackers, etc.)
- Foods high in potassium since they make adrenal fatigue worse (bananas, all melons, dried figs, raisins, dates, oranges, grapefruit, etc.)
- Excessive caffeine intake – While moderate amounts of caffeine may be beneficial, excessive consumption of caffeine can disrupt the body’s systems, causing insomnia and irregularity (constipation or diarrhea)
- Alcoholic beverages in excess since they hinder the functioning of the immune and energy production systems
- Fermented foods such as cheese and wine
- Fungi such as mushrooms
- Pickled foods
- Sweetened fruit juices that spike blood sugar levels too rapidly
- Carbonated soft drinks that alter pH levels, making the blood more acidic
- Bottom crawlers such as oysters, clams, and lobster that may contain toxic levels of mercury
- Deep-sea fish such as tuna, mackerel, and swordfish that may contain toxic levels of mercury. Choose minimal-mercury albacore tuna instead.
- Farm-raised fish that contain PCBs and not enough omega-3 essential fatty acids, due to their land-based diets. Choose wild-caught salmon instead.
- Yeast and wheat products (breads, crackers, pasta, etc.) that contain gluten
- Sodium nitrite found in processed foods such as hot dogs, lunch meats, and bacon
I hope it is helpful for you guys!
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