Ten Nutrition Tips for Adrenal Fatigue

  1. Always eat breakfast before 10am.  Try to eat your lunch before noon and evening meal before 6 p.m.
  2. Avoid coffee or other caffeinated beverages. Coffee and tea act as stimulants and interrupt sleep pattern. Herbal tea is acceptable because it does not contain caffeine.
  3. Eat within one hour of waking.  Fasting is hard on the adrenal glands so minimize time overnight fasting.
  4. Sprinkle sea salt liberally on food to taste provided blood pressure is normal. Foods high in potassium such as banana can make the adrenals worse and should be avoided.
  5. Adopt a whole food organic diet, devoid refined grains and all processed food, such as breads, pastas, and rice cakes and crackers.
  6. Avoid high starchy foods, such as white rice and white potatoes.
  7. Avoid high sugar fruits and all juices, especially at breakfast.
  8. Eat wild-caught seafood at least 3X weekly or taking a high quality mercury-free fish oil supplement.
  9. Eat foods rich in adrenal-supportive nutrients, such as Organic 85% dark chocolate, leafy greens, nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, flax and chia seeds, and organic grass-fed animal proteins.
  10. Combine protein and fat at every meal and snack. This will ensure sustained energy is available at and between meals.  Avoid eating only fruit or carbohydrates alone as this may cause blood sugar instability.  Upping your total fat intake with olive oil, coconut, and avocado may also help.

Thanks to Dr. Jill Carnahan for this list. She uses functional medicine to help you find answers to the cause of your illness and addresses the biochemical imbalances that may be making you feel ill.

What Exactly Is CBD Oil ?

I get asked a lot about my opinions on CBD Oil. I had to research it myself because this is new to the medical and wellness world. I knew it had something to do with marijuana, but I needed to turn to my functional health community to really understand the science.

Here are some TOP TEN basics about CBD.

    1. Both hemp and marijuana are part of the plant family known as Cannabis.
    2. CBD is short for cannabidiol, that is found in hemp and marijuana. There are 60 different known cannabinoids.
    3. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) (THC), the well-known psychoactive cannabinoid.
    4. CBD is non-psychoactive because it does not act on the same receptors as THC.
    5. CBD hemp oil is made from high-CBD, low-THC hemp, unlike medical marijuana products, which are usually made from plants with high concentrations of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
    6. The reason THC is so famous is because it’s associated with the psychoactive high that people experience after smoking or ingesting weed.
    7. Although CBD and THC act on different pathways of the body, they seem to have many of the same medical benefits.
    8. CBD has gained a reputation as a safe, non-psychoactive treatment for a range of health concerns. As a result, many different kinds of  CBD products have been developed, including oils,  edibles, and vaporizer liquids.
    9. While there are many different pathways driving the positive health benefits of CBD, the center of its abilities seems to be that CBD is a very effective natural anti-inflammatory.
    10. CBD products may  be sold in certain states that have legalized medical and/or recreational marijuana.

Stay tuned more more articles about the health benefits of CBD.

Top Ten Tips for adding Alkaline foods to your diet

In PART 1 HERE, I discussed the reason we should care about acidity and alkalinity.

Research shows that diets consisting of highly alkaline foods — fresh vegetables, fruits and unprocessed plant-based sources of protein, for example — result in a more alkaline urine pH level, which helps protect healthy cells and balance essential mineral levels.

A scientific review published in the “Journal of Environmental and Public Health” in 2012 suggests that a diet based heavily on alkaline foods can benefit your health.

Here are my top ten tips for  adding more alkaline foods to your diet.

  1. Cooked or raw, dark green leafy vegetables are among the most alkaline of all vegetables.
  2. Alkaline forming fruits are lemons, oranges, cherries, dates, figs, nectarines, pears, watermelon, apples, bananas, and avocados.
  3. Jicama, kale, sweet potatoes, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, bell peppers, beets, eggplant, cucumber, lettuces, mushrooms, squashes (including pumpkin), greens, and most herbs and spices.
  4. Instead of heavy condiments and sauces, use alkaline options such as ginger and garlic in your cooking!
  5. Instead of frozen vegetables (more acidic), get to the grocery store or your local farmers market for fresh, organic options
  6. Try to eliminate anything out of a can or a box, including most of the options in the freezer aisle.
  7. Reduce wheat flour, white flour, beef, shell fish, cheese and dairy, processed foods.
  8. Replace spagehtti with spaghetti squash
  9. If you drink one can of soda it takes 32 8oz. glasses of water to neutralize it. Drink lots of water!
  10. Use cucumber and jicama to dip in your guacamole!