Many of us woke up with the feeling of not having slept. Modern life, as we know, can be very stressful. Maintain a full-time job during this economic crisis is not easy, family obligations – especially if you have small children, and the need to have fun with friends and family in the little free time can take their toll. Or the stress of being unemployed and try to find one or family problems stressed us much more than we realize. All or one of these modern problems can lead to high levels of stress and the feeling of being “burned” due to a condition of adrenal fatigue.
It is estimated that up to 80% of adults experience adrenal fatigue at some point in their life. However, it is among the most underdiagnosed condition in USA. Stress is the main factor of adrenal fatigue, if left untreated or stress can be controlled, eventually take its toll on the adrenal gland to the point of causing other health problems such as:
- Sleep disorders
- Weight gain
Dr. Daniel Kalish has designed the method that integrates scientific diagnostic tests with natural solutions to heal and repair your adrenal glands to return to normal operation.
Kalish Method of Functional Medicine is divided into three stages:
Your cortisol levels are an issue, especially when you are under stress. However, you feel fine, you’re enjoying it and not pay much attention to be dressed in. Your body needs that emotion, the answer is to cope with stress, and then reap the benefits of dissipate. If you do not rest enough to recharge your energy, then the adrenal glands are depleted, causing a sudden drop in cortisol levels, this is when most people start to realize that there is a problem.
Stage 2 means that cortisol levels are beginning to fall, when many people start to gain weight, stop sleeping well, and their libido also starts to fail. At this point, if you do not start changing your lifestyle, correct your unhealthy eating habits, stop practicing your favorite sport and not enough rest walk in step 3.
Adrenal exhaustion and your cortisol levels are always low, the result is that you feel chronically fatigued and cannot get back your energy even after rest.
Dr. Kalish illustrates how cortisol operates using “units.” When you wake up in the morning, you should have 20 energy units, and at the end of the day, you should have about 2 units. This would be normal, and provides that normal sensation of ending a day normally, followed by a restful sleep.
However, many people get up in the morning with reduced levels of cortisol, which brings the feeling of not having slept despite having raised nothing. Many people go to bed at night with very high levels of cortisol which makes it difficult to sleep because they cannot “turn off.”
Four main causes of adrenal dysfunction are:
- You’re emotional – usually caused by the loss of a loved one
- Unhealthy diet, eating too many refined carbohydrates can alter the levels of cortisol
- Chronic inflammation in the body
Before trying any remedy on your own, if you think that you have problems with adrenal fatigue, you should go to a specialist. As for dietary changes, it would be advisable to ensure you are doing the following:
1) High-quality protein is advisable, preferably lightly cooked and raw as possible: whole grains, eggs, steak tartare, ceviche, sushi combined with legumes, seeds, and nuts.
2) Healthy fats. Coconut oil, cocoa butter, butter, almond oil and olive oil. These fats are essential for boy. For example; butter includes cholesterol require to produce hormones for adrenal glands. However, fat shouldn’t go over 20 to 25% of total daily calories.
3) Complex carbohydrates. The body metabolizes complex carbohydrates unrefined slower than refined as pastries, white bread, or pasta – This means energy reserves last longer and downs do not occur sugar as refined. The best composite carbohydrates are: cherries, apples, kiwis, pears, mango, papaya, quinoa, brown rice, millet, carrots, beets, squash, yellow zucchini, red pepper, chard, and spinach.
4) Eat more fermented foods to improve the healthy bacteria in the digestive tract.