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Adrenal Fatigue

Most people today have no energy, that’s why coffee and energy drinks are a multi-billion dollar industry. Why is everyone so tired? Well, it might not just be lack of sleep or being over-worked. It’s quite possible many people suffer from adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue, also known as burnout, is a very serious condition and can have numerous side effects. Some common symptoms include:

  • Low blood-glucose levels causing dizzy spells
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Craving for sweet foods
  • Inflammations taking over and allergies developing or worsening
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Low blood pressure
  • Craving for salty foods
  • Trouble getting up in the morning and going to sleep at night

Are you or someone you know possibly suffering from adrenal fatigue? If you want to learn more, check out this article.

Treatment for adrenal fatigue requires a great deal of cooperation between the physician and the patient – they need to be able to work together as a team. As a Health Coach I would guide and support the patient in making the necessary lifestyle adjustments, which may include:

  • Getting enough sleep (trying to be in bed by 10pm)
  • Limiting your exposure to computers and television just before bed and minimizing other stressors such as work or relationships.
  • Dietary adjustments include limiting sugars, white flour and caffeine as well as focusing on a diet of lean proteins and complex carbohydrates like vegetables.
  • It is also important to maintain a stable blood sugar by eating small amounts of food every two to three hours. Nutritional support includes pharmaceutical grade multivitamins, antioxidants, B vitamins, vitamin C and magnesium.

You and your physician may also utilize adrenal adaptagenic herbs and glandular products to help support the adrenals as they heal. In the most severe cases, where the activities of daily life are affected, bioidentical cortisol could be used in the short term along with the diet, lifestyle and nutritional interventions.

Cruise Hacks

First of all, have fun. You’re on vacation. Don’t beat yourself up if you derail from your normal healthy eating, and human size portions. Just get back to reality when you get home. I just got back from Alaska…what a beautiful part of the world! This was my 6th or 7th cruise (I’ve lost count) and I’ve learned a few hacks along the way I’d like to share:

  • Large trash bags for your dirty clothes
  • Small spray bottle for wrinkled clothes
  • Travel size air freshener for your bathroom (lots of eating and drinking and those rooms are tiny!)
  • Completely unpack your suitcases and store them under your bed. The rooms are small enough as it is without that added clutter.
  • Pack a backpack for all land excursions or pool days. A backpack is also handy as a “personal item” when flying
  • Many buffets have pre-made sandwiches or snacks that can be saved in your room fridge to pack for land excursions

Again, those are my hacks. I also recommend checking the cruise line website for detailed information on what to pack or expect for that specific cruise.

Anyone have any cruise hacks they’d like to share? I’d love to hear them!

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