It is estimated that between 60 and 80 percent of American adults experience some level of adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms known as syndrome. While it is not yet recognized by Western medicine as a condition, our overworked population of stressed out, overweight, depressed people tell us a different story.
Between stressful jobs, school, housework, rush hour traffic, a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates (never before in our history have we had the emergency need to lower blood sugar on an ongoing basis), almost everyone I know, and most of my clients, feel exhausted. When asked what they'd most like to do, the answer is usually to go somewhere and be in peace, usually by themselves.
Fatigued adrenals struggle or even fail to produce hormones like adrenaline, cortisol, and aldosterone. A sense of general unwellness, fatigue, and depression can be the signs of adrenal fatigue. Also, when you lack aldosterone, your sodium balance can be disrupted. This is why some people who suffer from adrenal fatigue, may experience salt cravings.
If this is you, you may benefit from using a little more sea salt in your diet. First, make sure it is a high quality sea salt from a good source. Then, add salt to your food to taste. Another way to increase your salt intake is to drink it in a cup of water. Don't use more than 1/4 teaspoon at a time. Sea salt will also help to mineralize the body, so you'll actually do yourself a double favor by adding it to your diet.
When to know that you've had enough: Listen to your body. If you crave salt, you'll probably need more. If you stop craving it after a while, it is pretty safe to say, that you'll need less of it. Adjust your sea salt intake accordingly.
A word of warning: If you have kidney disease, hypertension, or heart disease, you'll want to check with your doctor, before you start a sea salt therapy.
I've been talking about the RESTART® a lot lately, and I think it's about time I talked about in a bit more detail!
The RESTART Program is a 5 week nutrition class for anyone who wants to learn how to push that RESTART button, but doesn't want to do it alone. Built into the 5 weeks is a 3 week "detox". I'm not a huge fan of the word detox, so I will call it a challenge instead. It is a challenge to restart your health and wellness, to eat well, reward your body for its hard work.
Why do we make it 21 days? Because it has been proven over and over, that it takes us about 21 days to start a new habit. And we want this challenge to be much more than that. We want to see your success, and we want you to continue on this path to better health and wellness.
Why do we offer this as a group class? Because it is incredibly helpful to have a group of people to discuss problems, to offer support, to share your progress!
What is offered during the 5 weeks? My support as a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner first and foremost. You will receive weekly handouts, recipe recommendations, and of course a platform to chat during the program and after it is over. Check out the details right here!
Week 1: Preparation! You will introduce yourself to the class, fill out a questionnaire, talk about your intention for the 5 weeks, and learn what to eat and what not to eat and why!
Week 2: Digestion! You will learn how digestion really works, talk about poop, dietary fine tuning, and suggested supplements.
You will also start your actual "detox" this week for 21 days.
Week 3: Blood Sugar Regulation! You will learn how blood sugar is supposed to work, stages of dysglycemia, how to find balance once again, and all the different sugars out there. You will also discuss your progress with the group.
Week 4: Fats! What are the roles of fats? Why do you need them? What are some myths and facts, and which fats are the good fats? There will be room for discussion, questions, and always for some laughter.
Week 5: Celebration & Moving Forward! You've made it through 21 days of eating a new diet. You've created a new habit. Now it's time to talk about moving forward on your own. Also, learn how to reintroduce foods after the RESTART Program!
I have two classes about to start!
ONLINE: February 19, 6pm PST on Google Hangouts.
IN PERSON: Monday, February 23rd, 7pm at the Sage Center in Beaverton, OR.
Let's face it: nobody likes to talk about poop. When you get together with your friends, you'll discuss parenting, school, work, problems, and more. Poop isn't appetizing. And really, who wants to know if you've been suffering from diarrhea for weeks, months, or even years. And yet, it is when you have such conversations, that you find out information that is potentially important to you. Still don't care to share your poop history with others? Never fear, I am here to help.
When you look at the chart above, you'll notice, that each type of poop has a description, and an explanation for what this means. If your stool frequently looks like Type 1 and 2 in the chart, this is an indicator for constipation. Type 3 and 4 is in the normal range, while Type 5 indicates a lack of fiber. Type 6 and 7 suggest inflammation in your body.
One of the first clients I've worked with suffered from diarrhea for several years. Without a diagnosis from her doctor, she came to accept her diarrhea as normal. According to webMD, anything over two weeks is to be considered chronic diarrhea and is most definitely cause for concern. I'm not entirely sure, how she went for years without receiving a diagnosis or treatment.
Let me dig a little deeper into the types of poop in the Bristol chart.
Type 1 and 2 indicate constipation. How can one become constipated? When you are constipated it is likely due to the fact, that your bowels absorb too much water, or if the muscles in your colon contract too slowly. When this happens, food (or what's left of it) will move too slowly and again, too much water will be absorbed. There are a number of causes. Dehydration, overuse of laxatives, problems with the colon or rectum, or metabolic or endocrine problems... among others.
Type 3 and 4 really don't need much explaining. Whatever you're doing to get the perfect poop, keep doing it!
Type 5 may be as simple as needing some extra fiber in your diet. Check out Paleo Leap for an excellent article on where to get your fiber.
Type 6 and 7 can be quite unpleasant. Diarrhea hurts! And chronic diarrhea can also lead to deficiencies and a sick colon among other things. Remember, we're talking about chronic diarrhea, which lasts longer than 2 weeks. This assumes that it is not a virus making you sick. Medication, lactose intolerance, fructose, artificial sweeteners, digestive disorders like Crohn's Disease, celiac disease, or ulcerative colitis, and also gallbladder removal can cause chronic diarrhea.
I highly recommend you check your poop every now and then and make sure it is within the "normal" range.
If you're struggling with your poop, simply give me a call or send me an e-mail. While I don't diagnose or treat disease, I can likely help you heal your gut with proper nutrition and supplementation.
During a FREE 20 minute initial call, you'll find out if working with me is right for you!
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