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Monday, June 29, 2015

Fight Stress and Adrenal Fatigue Naturally

Summer is here! Even for folks living in more seasonal climates, the sun is finally shinning down warm and plentiful. So it's time to get out there and make some vitamin D3 that can be lacking during winter. By soaking in the sunshine safely, we also support overall health, stronger bones and a stronger immune system, as well as boosting energy as vitamin D3 is known to do. But is your excitement to enjoy the outdoors still tempered by a lack of energy, feeling washed out and tired?

What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Do you recognize any of these symptoms:  feeling tired but can’t fall asleep at night, feel bloated, , lack drive, feel stressed out, scatter brained, can’t focus, have little interest in sex, gain weight easily? You might be experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue.

Many health professionals including Dr. Christiane Northrup call this condition “adrenal exhaustion”. Some call it “adrenal fatigue”. The condition is caused when the body over produces the stress hormone cortisol on an ongoing basis, and does not produce enough DHEA to counterbalance the negative effects of cortisol.

Especially prevalent in adults between the ages of 35-65, adrenal fatigue can be a chronic condition that gets worse and worse as we get older; and it requires more than just a cup of coffee or an energy drink to fix it. Consider taking Dr. JamesWilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Questionnaire  from his book Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, to recognize the possible presence and degree of adrenal fatigue you may have.

If you want to learn more about adrenal fatigue and the many benefits of using a properly made bioidentical DHEA cream, check out 'The Kat James Show’ radio episode on this topic. Hugh Woodward, President of Health2Go, the source of Twist 25 DHEA Cream, was invited by Kat James, the show host, to share research that’s been done on adrenal fatigue and why a bioidentical DHEA cream called Twist 25 can have “dramatically-transforming head-to-toe rejuvenating effects”.

As always, it is important to see a physician to be sure you’re thyroid and iron levels are O.K., and that nothing else is going on that may need attention. Have your hormone levels checked. Often people discover their DHEA levels are low.

Be Sure to Drink Plenty of Water

About 60% of the human body is water. If you are not drinking enough water, you will probably feel thirsty; but by the time thirst is noticed, which is an obvious sign you need water, there are usually lots of other effects happening like feeling tired or dizzy, foggy thinking, lack of concentration headache, very yellow urine, bad breath, or muscle cramps.  Amy Goodson, a sports dietician, says that “2% dehydration in your body causes a 10% decrease in your athletic performance; and the more dehydrated you get the worse performance gets.”

A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily. So, for example, if you weigh 160 lbs. then you need to drink about 80 oz. of water per day. An easy way to tell if you’re drinking enough water is you should drink enough so that your urine is light colored yellow, not dark yellow. If plain water doesn’t appeal to you, remember it’s a much better way to stay hydrated than drinking sodas or fruit juices that are unfortunately usually loaded with high fructose corn syrup and other chemicals.  A better option is to drink coconut water as an alternative. Coconut water is an electrolyte-balancing beverage that has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drinks. Or you might like to experiment with infusions …

Infusions – A Refreshing and Healthy Recipe for Summer Hydration
Sometimes it’s nice to add a healthy zing of flavor to drinking water. What you can do is add a few slices of lemon, lime, or orange to the water to give it some flavor.  Some other tasty and healthy options are slices of cucumber, apple or celery; or a sprig of mint, cilantro or basil … In short, you can ‘infuse’ water with a single flavor or any combination that turns you on. Feeling adventurous? How about adding some watermelon and kiwi? …or pineapple and basil? What’s your favorite flavor ?

A simple search will turn up myriad recipes, but really all you need is a glass jug, some fresh healthy filtered or bottled water and one or more of the delicious fruit or herbal options listed above. Allow some time for the flavor to get into the water and enjoy the summer freshness that’s good for you.  Stay well hydrated because drinking plenty of water is key for good health! 

From Health2Go, the makers of Twist 25 DHEA cream, we wish you a healthy, happy summer of looking and feeling your best!

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