Adrenals affect weight, fatigue, and sleep cycles. Found a simple change to help.

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So in my last health post I talk about learning that my adrenals were not working probably. If you have issues hormones related then this post may be helpful. This explained all the symptoms that I had had over the past two years. And well if this really was the issue then making changes specially to affect my adrenals and hormones should work right? Yes! So had a dear friend give me a book on adrenal health called, “The Adrenal Reset Diet” by: Dr. Alan Christianson. I read through the book quickly because the information was so helpful. So I’m going to give a review of the book so others can see if they want to follow these steps or get the book for their own health journey.

In reading, I was able to make connections on issues months prior to now knowing what caused them in the first place. I had always been know for having a health appetite. I would drink coffee in the morning but then could each every two hours. I’ve been eating organic and whole foods for a few years now, but I was not getting the energy from food any longer. Plus I had enough fatigue to know something was not right. I had thought it was just my body trying to recover from a car wreck along with nerve damage, but the adrenals were the cause of the every day symptoms. Your adrenal glands allow the food you eat to turn into energy. I had posted about maca root before and how it nourishes your body to create the hormones it needs to function, but your adrenal glands determine where those hormones go and transports them to your cells. So even if you have your main hormones producers doing their jobs, the rest of the endocrine system has to work as well. So basically I’m eating all this healthy food, but still having to take high vitamin Bs to function because food was not being allowed into my cells to turn into energy.

Then for about four weeks straight I had no appetite at all and only wanted to eat oranges?! I usually have to have some kind of protein and carb. every day or I felt ill, now all I was craving was oranges and that is all I ate and had to force myself to eat anything else if I felt weak. This was not me, never been on a diet in my life, and counting calories is a myth another thing the book goes over. So in reading I found out that during settlement times with the English and Native Americans, a doctor was studying how the Native Americans did not get scurvy like the English settlers. The doctor witness that the tribe had a tradition in when they caught an animal they would share the adrenal glands of the animal among everyone. You know what prevents scurvy? Vitamin C! You know what adrenals are made of? Vitamin C! You know when your body start craving what it needs to survive yeah…my adrenal were yelling for help.

So now what changes has the book offered that were effective? Basically the book goes over losing weight in the first half, but you have to look pass it to understand its a health issue not a weight issue. Usually hormone issues cause weight gain like with thyroid issues that are related to adrenal health. I’m in the cycle of my hormones actually eating my muscle so I’m losing weight. But the symptoms of someone who is over weight are the same, such as my joints hurting, high fatigue, feeling light headed, insomnia, and just feeling awful in general. So really no diet is going to matter if you don’t have your body working properly, it is much more than eating less and exercising more, in fact that is all myth as well. (look into the hormone reset diet by Sara Gottfried)

All I had to change was when I eat what,not what I ate. There are three stages of adrenal health you could be in that show in your sleep cycles connected to the hormone cortisol. This hormone could be over produced or under produced in the body leading to havoc. There is a thing called a cortisol slope. This hormone helps you wake up, gives you mental clarity to get the day started, assists with stress, and is suppose to lower by the end of the day so you can sleep. The slope shows I had low cortisol in the mornings, needing stimulates, sugar, etc (keeping an unhealthy weight) then having high cortisol in the evenings so I have insomnia but a clear mind to get things done. I had always been a night owl but the past few months of not sleeping had been more than I could handle.  Oh and your cortisol slope being back wards as so, also has been proven to be more deadly than smoking, yes more people are recorded to have died from this hormone issue than smoking.

So how do you get your adrenals healed through diet? Well basically the book goes over the effect of foods on our hormones and how carbohydrates can help. The eating of carbs helps lower your cortisol or keeps it from rising at night when you need to sleep. The book goes over how eating a high protein breakfast is key then adding more carbs throughout the day to allow your adrenals to reset themselves. So morning 1 protein:1 carb, lunch 1 protein:2 carbs, dinner 1 protein:3 carbs. I don’t have the funds or the time for all the extra cooking and such but I’m still doing a high protein breakfast with carbs being saved for later then eating fruits and vegetables all through out the day. The book goes over foods you can eat at any time to satisfy hungry being mostly fruits and vegetables.  It also lists foods that are nourishing for the adrenal glands to add to your diet.

Breakfast: Protein smoothie: Fruits such as berries, peaches, pineapples, avocado, bananas, and white tea or water to blend. Add hemp seeds, chia seeds, protein powder such as pea protein etc.

Boiled eggs, turkey bacon, chicken etc.

Lunch: Chicken, tuna, or salmon with a vegetables, fruit, yogurt, quinoa, soups, and salads.

Dinner: Chicken or some other protein with rice, sweet potatoes, baked potatoes, pasta, whole grains, and breads.

I have seen a positive effect in eating only protein in the mornings and carbs at night. I actually would crave pastries in the mornings and want to eat boiled eggs at night. My appetite was so back wards, but eating to what it had grown accustomed to with backwards functioning.  I can to go bed earlier from feeling actually tried and not have so many carbs cravings in the mornings. This diet also goes with other health changes of course but if you are going to eat healthy then why not do it to were your body and life get the most out of it?

I still take vitamin Bs, DIM, adrenal support from Standard process, and probiotics. Another symptom of your adrenals not working is having digestive issues which explained why I was eating healthy, but feeling like I had a gut related disease. My adrenal glands were not supporting the digestion of the food along with not turning it into energy. So please comment if you have any questions because this was just a review without going into scientific detail. I always do my research as I don’t have time to try changes that have no proof or evidence of working. I hope this helps or opens a door for someone else trying to figure out their health issues similar to mine.

Also an update on finding a break through in healing my adrenals with real results in my next post called, “Finally a Break through on my Health Journey.” Please check it out because my health has improved with certain supplements, and hope to help others improve as well.

Here’s to #Keepingitreal

-Ms. Shawna

 

 

Health Update: Journey to repair nerves and muscles.

The last health post I did was on Juice Plus. I can’t say it didn’t help but I’m not sure what difference it made either. I already eat an 80% organic diet while being holistic, maybe someone with a different lifestyle would of seen a more definite difference. I am an antioxidant junkie if you will. Maybe after I have more serious health issues fixed then I will see a difference in taking Juice plus.

In my graduation Tales post, I talk of the first onset of health problems resulting from a car wreck and being holistic wanted to share how I was taking care of my body to maybe help someone else not receiving help from modern medicine. News flash! Nerve damage has no real cure in modern medicine. I’m going to share what vitamins I’m researching and adding to my routine as I try to heal my body naturally.  After a year of the car wreck I was still unable to physically do what I use to but I look fine, looks are very deceiving. During this journey I’ve found out who really cares about my well being and then those that put my whole worth into having a teaching career.

First of all lets learn a little about nerve damage. Your nerves send signals of everything to help you move and feel. When you have a few nerves damaged then those signals do not die but actually travel to the next working nerve, which causes overactive nerves. These nerves then have to work twice as hard in keeping your body going, explaining all the fatigue I have now. It’s a bad cycle of your nerves overacting then you feeling pains in muscles that should be healed, but are they still damaged or are your nerves making you feel they are? Either way you have to now take vitamins to heal both if you want the pain signals to stop.

I’ve been blessed with an out of my comfort zone job that I’ve discovered new talents in having until I’m back to 100% and my boss has MS. I was also blessed on a business with her to find a lot of my issues are similar to MS. This disease has the side effect of damaging your nerves. My boss told me of a lady when she was first diagnosed was a small business owner not being able to afford insurance, and actually keep their MS under control for years with  vitamin therapy. I know this conversation was not by chance. On to researching once more! I love researching but I’m also trying to start my life over again and feel I  have been really patient so I’m curious if anyone else has experience with nerve damage and what have you taken?

Nerves need protection for free radicals causing nerve pain and overreaction. I also found out my nerve damage could very possible be damaging my organs from these overreactions. I’m taking a full vitamin B pill that has helped so far with energy levels and made me feel some percentage of what I use to daily.

I’m still taking Glutamine from TAG that has help repaired the torn tissue in my lower spine. When I over do it physically and tear more tissue then this powder heals it quick while repairing muscle tissue during work outs as well.

The other vitamin I have added is alpha lipoic acid, which is the top thing that comes up when researching for nerve damage or neuropathy. I have not taken the Alpha Lipoic acid long enough to notice a difference, but it does give me a nauseous feeling for about 30 minute with or with out food.

what else should I look into? I’ve been told to look into things that repair nerves and muscles to repair damage caused, but their is always trial and error to find out what works best for your needs. Please comment if you have advise or experience with nerve damage. 4c01a7650a1d2d5a4643fb8979df8679

Here’s to Keeping it Real-Ms. Shawna

 

 

 

You Know You Have a Toddler if….

Funny and true.

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You know you have a toddler if…

  • You came to the realization that you will never “catch up on sleep”

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  • It’s not only normal but an every day, several times a day occurrence to tell him to quit digging in his diaper (nasty).
  • You’re so tired of telling your child he can’t play with something or can’t do something that you seriously wonder why you even bother talking in the first place.

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  • You don’t worry about him being a bother in worship services, you know he is and you might as well accept it. He’s two, it’s gonna be a little while before he sits quietly for an hour – unless he’s watching one of the Rugrats movies.
  • There is a temper tantrum every time he can’t go on the “ride” at Wal-Mart because he acted up the entire time you were in the store grocery shopping. (Stay strong!)
  • He…

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What’s this Blog mainly about?

Hi! My name is Shawna, but I prefer Miss Shawna.

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This is my first blog and I made it to share the things that make my life easier to help others. I also have friends who keep telling me to post recipes so they are getting their wish.  I usually have friends ask me about health related issues when it comes to finding a more natural way too. I mainly want to share a healthy outlook on life through food, exercise, and health experiences that I had to go through to get in better shape. I am no stranger to pain from unknown bad style choices I made. When I say unknown style choices, I mean that I wouldn’t of know doing aqua zumba, only once a week could help my back pain. I didn’t know that taking certain natural minerals and foods could make that time of the month, unbalanced hormones and all its problems disappear. I didn’t know that there could be ways to make your favorite food healthy until I started experimenting in the kitchen. I believe God has put on this earth everything we may need to naturally cure us of our health problems whether inside or out.

I’m only speaking from my experience and am not against modern medicine. I am only against chemicals and medicine when there is way safer and more natural way to prevent and cure issues.
What I do may not work for everyone, but if you want to try researching a healthier way to fix a problem maybe my blog can help you. I only researched this stuff for seven plus years with trial and error until I got where I wanted to be. I’m what personality tests call the scientist, so yes I love to research and research, and research! I am also a future teacher and have that desire to teach so I hope to teach something about health to my readers.

I would of wanted someone to tell me this stuff years ago and I would love nothing more than to save people from the frustrations I went through on trying to solve certain problems. Your mind, body, and spirit are all connected and each needs to be balanced in your life.

For me, I’m very strong minded and grow my spirit when ever possible, but my body lacks and shuts down when my brain says go! I’m sure some people can relate. But if you are one of those people be glad! I would rather have a determined mind to get me to my dreams, than be in perfect health because sometimes those in perfect health can’t deal with the metal challenges in life and never find the way to their dreams. It’s all about will power, determination, discipline, and lots of prayers.

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So stay tuned in as I write my journey’s path to better health with simple steps that get to the point and give real information from my health experiences.