• Autoimmune diseases/ Exclusion diet/ Food intolerance/ Glutamine/ Health/ Immune System/ Immune system - healing/ Inflammation/ Ketogenic diet/ Leaky Gut/ Mineral Depletion/ Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity/ Nutrition and Cancer/ Nutritional Medicine/ Paleo Diet/ Probiotics/ Sizzling Minerals/ Sugar Detox/ Wheat and Dairy Intolerance

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    The Mars Bar diet –

    The low fat yogurt and  black coffee diet

    The Cabbage Diet,

    The F Plan Diet – OMG! that was the start to many of my problems!

    The South Beach Diet……..

    It is possible to initially lose weight doing all of these but it is not sustainable and ultimately not healthy. As a Nutritionist I now know how damaging some of these dietary changes are with many of them slowing your metabolism and depriving your body of vital nutrients. The decades long Low Fat eating advice – even for those not over-weight, has been the most damaging and has resulted in an epidemic of chronic disease, insulin resistance and obesity. The move to convenience foods and fast food results in us eating highly processed foods that are actually nutrient deficient and if we are nutritionally deficient we get food cravings, hormone imbalance and lowered immunity. Many of these highly processed foods cause inflammation in the body. This might become evident by pains in joints, eczema, heartburn, IBS, fatigue, high Blood pressure, weight gain, Diabetes.

    Modern Lifestyle also adds to the problem with more stress, exposure to many toxins, drinking more alcohol, more snacking, less quality rest and sleep. Our immune systems suffer and we end up taking more antibiotics and all of these things can damage our digestive tract and cause even more long-term problems.

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  • Energy, Immune system - healing, Leaky Gut, Mineral Depletion

    The importance of plant minerals for health.

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    Minerals
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    Take a few minutes to watch this video and find out why plant minerals are so vital for health and energy.

  • Adrenal Fatigue/ Cancer./ Energy/ Environmental/ Health/ Hyperthyroidism/ Hypothyroidism/ Mineral Depletion/ Nutrition and Cancer/ Sizzling Minerals

    Interesting Iodine

    iodine deficiency

    Iodine deficiency is a global health concern. The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that over 2 billion people may be iodine deficient with about 50 million of them suffering from deficiency disorders which can range from low energy, cognitive decline, thyroid and adrenal dysfunction to cardiovascular disease, fibrocystic breast disease and a variety of cancers, especially breast and stomach cancer. Research has linked Iodine deficiency with ADHD and Autism with rates rising dramatically over the last two decades. According to research in the USA Iodine levels have dropped by more than half since the 1970’s. Under production of the hormone thyroxine causes weakened neural connections in the brain/nervous system. Iodine is therefore especially necessary for pregnant women and the development of their babies.

    From about the 1920’s onwards many people were suffering the effects of iodine deficiency, sometimes developing a visible swelling at the front of the neck called a Goiter in adults and preventable mental retardation in children due to low levels of iodine in the soil and diet. Governments recognised the problem and decided to add iodine to table salt as a way of increasing iodine levels in the diet. Most salts do not contain enough iodine to rectify the problem and processed foods don’t have to contain iodised salt therefore coupled with the reduction in salt intake over the last 20 years we now have millions suffering deficiency disorders.

    Iodine and the amino acid tyrosine make up thyroid hormones that control metabolism, body temperature, heart rate and glucose and fat levels in the blood. Selenium, Zinc and iron are also co-factors for enzymes that contribute to healthy tissue in the body.

    Too much thyroid hormone results in hyperthyroidism – a high metabolic rate, rapid heart beat and often palpitations, feeling warmer than normal and excessive sweating. In extreme cases it can lead to muscle weakness and weight loss. Too little thyroid hormone results in hypothyroidism – with the opposite symptoms, slow heart rate, feeling cold, constipation, weight gain, dry skin and hair, muscle aches and weakness, depression and fatigue. Energy levels are affected via the thyroid adrenal axis  and so adrenal support is often needed as well as thyroid support.

    It is often confusing that Iodine deficiency can lead to both low thyroid function and hyperthyroidism but fortunately all iodine deficiency disorders and related health issues can be prevented and treated with adequate intake of Iodine. Anyone who has been diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism or Hypothyroidism, Hashimoto’s disease or Graves disease should work with their doctor to assess and correct their Iodine levels.

    These actions, generally promoted as being healthy, can also reduce your available Iodine –

    1. decreasing your salt intake
    2. using salt that has little or no Iodine
    3. being on a vegetarian or vegan diet puts you in an at risk group because plants contain lower iodine than animal and dairy products. It is hard to get even the minimum daily 150 mcg without eating seafood, eggs or dairy but eating small amounts of seaweed would easily correct this imbalance.
    4. sweating profusely while exercising means iodine can be lost in substantial amounts and that also applies to those that work in hot, humid environments.

    How much Iodine do we need? Read More

  • Environmental/ Health/ Mineral Depletion/ Nutritional Medicine

    Why are you Mineral Deficient?

    Mineral Depletion

    With the amount of nutritional information, advice, seminars, tweets and articles on all social media I am amazed that being mineral deficient is very rarely mentioned.

    Why do we need minerals?

    Minerals – frequently referred to as ‘the spark of life’ or ‘natures spark plugs’ – are vital for the action of enzymes, vitamins and amino acids and without them you cannot function or heal properly.They are responsible for every activity in every cell in your body. Mineral Deficiency can occur over time due to lack of minerals in the diet or in the food and from difficulty absorbing the minerals from food. Minerals also work together, interacting with each other in synergy or antagonistically, therefore taking just one or two mineral supplements can upset the balance further.

    Why are most of us Mineral Deficient?

    The problem is that our mass produced food does not contain the full spectrum of minerals or the amounts that it used to. At the Rio Earth Summit in 1992 there was deep concern over continuing major declines in the mineral values in the soils throughout the World – 85% loss in North America and 72% in Europe! Governments are aware of the long-term health implications but little seems to have been done other than spending huge amounts of money trying to educate the population to “eat their 5 a day” when what we are actually doing is eating more and more food but becoming malnourished. For more information click here-  soil mineral depletion.

    soil mineral depletion

    Imagine what would happen if you bought a beautiful, healthy plant and then re-potted it into a bigger container of old, dried up compost or soil that had been used for years without the addition of any fertiliser – within a short space of time that plant would become discoloured, diseased, deformed and die. Minerals are essential for cellular health.

    How do you know if you are Mineral Deficient?

    Just like the plant, there are many signs and symptoms that show you are. here are just a few;

    • General – fatigue, loss of appetite, poor digestion, loss of taste, cold intolerance, loss of bone density, loss of height, curvature of the spine, anaemia.
    • Skin – pale, yellow or grey discolouration, dry skin, itchy skin, acne, eczema, skin eruptions, boils, urticaria, red spots beneath the skin,slow healing.
    • Eyes – dry eyes, sensitive eyes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, poor night vision, tic of eyelids, bulging eyes, frequent conjunctivitis.
    • Mouth – re-current mouth ulcers, receding gums, sore tongue, impression of teeth around edge of tongue, cracked lips, periodontal disease.
    • Hair/nails – brittle hair, hair loss, dandruff, early greying, nails opaque, white spots or bands, peeling/laminating nails, longitudinal ridges.

    For more information go to Vitamin and Mineral deficiency.  Many listed symptoms may be caused or aggravated by allergies and problems with digestion. Any inflammation and/or infection in the gut, low stomach acid and food sensitivities can all contribute to poor nutrient uptake.

    What can full spectrum minerals do for you? 

    When given the right minerals in the right form the body can do amazing things to promote health. They can:-

    • produce more energy
    • better brain function
    • improve circulation
    • oxygenate the blood more
    • control inflammation
    • increase poor appetite
    • improve digestive enzymes and digestion
    • increase endurance
    • improve hormones and help regulate the Thymus and Thyroid glands
    • improve the immune system
    • help detoxification, even heavy metal detox
    • improve skin, eyes and hair
    • maintain pH balance helping to defend against cancer
    • improve the action of  vitamin supplements you might already be taking

    What types of mineral supplement are best?

    To be useful in the body they must be organic, plant based micro or trace minerals as opposed to inorganic or metallic source – such as heavy metals that are toxic. For instance there are traces of aluminium, lead, arsenic and mercury in some apples but this is not toxic as once a plant has utilised minerals from the ground, they are digested making them ionic, or electrically charged in nature. This makes it easy for the body to assimilate them and use them at a cellular level. They are not stored or deposited in the body. Unlike aluminium from cooking pots, lead from exhaust fumes, lead from old pipes and mercury from your fillings – these are toxic, stored in the tissues and build up over time causing hormone and health problems.

    There are many confusing terms used concerning minerals so here is a brief explanation:-

    Ionic – usually described as individual elements with an electrical charge in a liquid medium (usually water), easily absorbed as opposed to more complex compounds like Calcium Carbonate – chalk, which is not –  but in fact all minerals are ionic. The important factor for bio-availability is whether they are positively or negatively charged.

    Colloidal – technically this only  applies to particle size, usually minerals in perpetual suspension – not settling out. Just small enough and dilute enough to remain in suspension when kept in the present state. These can be inorganic (from soils and clays) or organic (from plants).

    Fulvic or Fulvic Acid  – Fulvic minerals are obtained by running water over organic material called Humic substances which has not petrified into coal (or become petroleum oil).  The vegetable acids called fulvic acids not only chelate the minerals but also give them a negative charge that makes them bio-available. They are of low molecular weight and easily absorbed and utilised by the body because of the negative charge.

    Chelated – single or multiple minerals bound to specific amino acids. More difficult for the body to break down. Sufficient stomach acid is required to break down the molecules and change the particles to negative charge and because of this they only achieve 20 -40% absorption. When there is low stomach acid this process doesn’t happen.

    So you will see many different terms used when marketing liquid mineral supplements but the important fact is that they need to be plant derived, organic minerals where the plants have converted the positively- charged, non organic minerals into negatively-charged organic minerals through photosynthesis. This makes sense if you think of how we get all our nutrition from living things and not from eating soil and rocks. It is always better to take the full spectrum of minerals as available in nature and not individual minerals.

    Minerals for nutrition can be either individual elements, as in the Periodic Table or combinations. Sea water is a blend of all known mineral elements hence why I always recommend people use Celtic Sea salt that has all the minerals still in it,  as opposed to table salt that only has sodium.

  • Health/ Nutritional Medicine/ Wheat and Dairy Intolerance

    So is Gluten intolerance a FAD?

    Gluten Intolerance

    The Facts about Gluten 

    • We know because of tests carried out on bloods taken over 60 years ago that there is an increase in Celiac Disease of 400% and that it now affects 1 in 133 people in the USA. 95% are thought to be undiagnosed or not diagnosed until the disease is advanced.
    • China had no Celiac Disease and so it was assumed it was a genetic problem but as they have introduced more wheat into their diet they are developing Celiac Disease.
    • Gluten causes inflammation and damage to the lining of the small intestine. Nobody can digest gluten but some people tolerate it more than others.
    • According to research by scientist Stephanie Seneff gluten becomes much more allergenic when sprayed with herbicide, Glyphosate – it binds to the gluten and alters its structure. This may explain why scientists have been unable to come up with a protein or immune marker unique to gluten when a toxin is also involved.
    • In the Western World we are now eating gluten far more than at any time in the past. Cereals, sandwiches, pasta, biscuits, cake, plus all the hidden sources we can be consuming it all day long.
    • There is an epidemic of Autoimmune disease at present with over 50 million sufferers and more than 140 different conditions categorised as Autoimmune so far, which is more than Cancer and Heart disease account for in total. In the latest research people with 34 different Autoimmune diseases were all tested positive for a leaky gut – the main trigger for which is gluten.
    • A large number of patients who have a negative intestinal biopsy still have symptoms and improve when they eliminate gluten. Genetic testing is unreliable in about 35-50% of cases for either Gluten intolerance or Celiac Disease. Blood tests for antibodies have similar amounts of false negative results and you have to have been eating gluten prior to the test.
    • At the 2011 Oslo International Celiac Symposium they agreed that there was proof that there was non-Celiac gluten sensitivity but decided to consider both under the term “Gluten Related Disorders” and since that time, research into non-Celiac gluten sensitivity has increased dramatically by about 43 papers to every 1 on Celiac.
    • In 2006 The Journal for Attention Disorders published a paper on 132 children with ADHD where they put them on a gluten free diet and they reported improvement in all 12 markers for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

    So what is the best approach? The tests are invasive and unreliable at present so if you think you have problems with gluten sensitivity try going totally gluten free for 3-6 months. Most people who have had distressing symptoms will notice a dramatic improvement. Follow the diet and guidelines for supplements in other posts on Millenniumhealth.

    1. Gluten free diet for at least 3 months and try dairy or lactose free at the same time as the end of the villi in the intestines get damaged and no longer produce lactase therefore often bloating, gas and diarrhoea can also be caused by dairy foods.
    2. Take good probiotic supplements.
    3. Cut down on sugar and alcohol.
    4.  Take gut healing amino acid L- Glutamine and Silicogel that will ease gut inflammation symptoms.
    5. Take a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement that is gluten and dairy free. If your digestive tract is inflamed you probably have not been getting all the nutrients you need from your food and you need them all to heal.

    If you do not see a huge improvement in your health then try re-introducing these foods in moderation and only one at a time to monitor the effects. Consult a medical practitioner if you still have problems and get a food allergy blood test done as there may be additional sensitivities that need to be addressed.

    Take a look at this YouTube video on Gluten sensitivity.

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    Statistics taken from The Autoimmune Summit sessions from Dr. Alessio Fasano and Dr. Tom O’Bryan.

  • Nutritional Medicine

    HEAL YOURSELF – Body and Mind

    Fatigue

    HEAL YOUR BODY. Whether you have a diagnosed chronic disease or just a lot of irritating symptoms that impact on your quality of life – take action now and know that there is so much you can do to HEAL YOURSELF.

     

    MAIN CAUSES OF ILL HEALTH

    STRESS    *    TOXINS   *     INFLAMMATION   *    INADEQUATE DIET   *    MEDICATIONS

    WHAT MAKES US ILL

    STRESS – Poor work/relaxation ratio, poor sleep quality, high work stress, money worries, personal stress, relationships, caring for elderly/sick relatives, Bereavement, Divorce, conflict……….

    TOXINS – in food, air, water, personal care products, cleaning products, smoke, air fresheners, insecticides, plastics (like BPA, isocyanates in polyurethanes and foams), Heavy metals, Formaldehyde, fire retardants just to name a few.

    INFLAMMATION – chronic inflammation such as IBS, Colitis, Joint pain, skin problems, infections, indigestion, inflammation of blood vessels, nerves, organs.

    INADEQUATE DIET – with not enough nutrients to facilitate a normal immune system, detoxification and healing.

    MEDICATIONS – Prescription drugs given longterm to treat many of the above but that have side effects that can add to the disease process. NSAID’S (anti-inflammatory drugs), Antibiotics, Antacids (from indigestion medicine to Proton pump inhibitors like Omeprazole and Lansoprazole), Diurectics, Blood pressure medications, and Statins.

    TAKE ACTION and realise that FOOD is your first and best medicine.

    • DIET – follow the guidelines in this blog. Start with a CLEANSE for at least 2 weeks and then add in nuts, eggs and  some starches according to your own reactions. The goal is to find the most nutritionally high, personal diet that works best for you. Don’t concentrate on what you are leaving out but on improving the level of nutrition while removing triggers of inflammation.
    • INFLAMMATION – HEAL YOUR GUT. This is the most important thing you need to do, even if you don’t have gut or digestive tract symptoms this is the place where you have to improve function and start to heal your immune system. Include plenty of healing anti-inflammatory foods and oils that contain Omega-9 fatty acids (Olive Oil, Canola, grape-seed oil and sunflower oils, many nuts and seeds, avocados, poultry)and Omega-3 fatty acids (flaxseed, Canola, walnuts, and fatty fish such as Herring, mackerel, salmon, sardines, tuna and trout).
    • As digestive problems are the most common that impact your life and lead to chronic disease and long-term drug use I highly recommend you read how to take control of your symptoms from this article by Dr. Chris Kresser.
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    •  GET RID OF ANY HIDDEN INFECTIONS – there are plenty of natural anti-microbial products out there  and these are some that can counteract bacteria, viruses and yeasts. Tea tree oil, Olive leaf, Oregano, cinnamon oil, garlic, Black Walnut, Cloves, Barberry Root (Berberis), Oregon Grape root, Goldenseal, Wormwood, grapefruit seed extract, Probiotics, lime juice and honey.
    • REDUCE TOXIC LOAD / Exposure – from chemicals, smoke, insecticides, toiletries, make up, cleaning products, air fresheners and plastics.
    • TAKE SUPPLEMENTS – to ensure that the body has everything it needs to heal. Vitamin A and Vitamin D3, Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex, Probiotics (especially Saccharomyces Boulardii, L-Glutamine, Omega 3 (EPA and DHA fatty acids) and Omega 9 oils. Depending on the severity of your illness you may also need extra help with detoxification with supplements like Organic sulphur(MSM), Alpha Lipoic Acid, N Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) that help the production of Glutathione, Chlorella and Milk Thistle. If digestion is poor – Digestive enzymes.
    • CORRECT ANY HORMONAL IMBALANCES – specific to symptoms – Thyroid, Adrenals, Thymus and Pancreas.
    • STRESS – last but not least make sure you get to relax at some point every day, try to manage stress, guilt, negative feelings and move towards contentment and happiness in whatever way you can.

    These are general recommendations but if you are taking other medications, have bleeding from your digestive tract, are pregnant or breastfeeding you should get advice from your Pharmacist or Doctor.

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  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Nutritional Medicine

    SUPER-FOODS for ENERGY and VITALITY

    Superfoods for energy and vitality

    When you have completed the Detox you should feel energised as your body systems are able to function more efficiently but now is the time to add in more Super-foods for energy and vitality that will improve your nutrition and nourish your body. When you omit foods from your diet it is vital that you substitute other foods that provide the same nutrients so that you don’t become deficient.

    Wheat and wholegrain wheat products and cereals usually contain a variety of the B group of vitamins, iron, potassium, iodine and calcium so if you eliminate grains from your diet you need to eat enough of the foods that supply these nutrients and on a daily basis because the Vitamin group of vitamins are water soluble, not stored in the body and depleted by stress. If your gut bacteria levels are good you also manufacture Vitamin B in the body, especially the ones that are capable of repairing DNA and even killing cancer cells, biotin, folic acid and B12. Vitamin B is essential for a healthy nervous system, good mental function and mood, for food digestion, metabolism and energy and for keeping levels of homocysteine low and preventing heart attacks and strokes. Foods that contain good levels of Vitamin B and iron are meats – with more in red meat like grass fed beef, venison, rabbit; organ meat – liver, kidney and heart; eggs; bacon; yeast extract; dried seaweed; sardines; Herring; anchovies; scallops; prawns salmon;skate;mackerel; shiitake mushrooms; sunflower seeds; nuts; brown rice and dark green leafy vegetables like Kale, chard, spinach, Spring greens and cabbage.

    If you omit Dairy foods then it is fat soluble vitamins like vitamin D and Calcium that you will need to replace. Vitamin D is in oily fish; fish roe; eggs; Ghee, added to most margarines and oil based spreads and it is made by the body when exposed to sunlight. Calcium is found in Almond milk and butter; other nut milks and their butters; leafy green vegetables; salmon, sardines, whitebait, prawns; sesame seeds; Poppy seeds; Harricot beans; chick peas; Nori and Kombu seaweed; figs; Herbs; root vegetables and broccoli.

    The easiest way of upping your nutrition is to add a few smoothies a week. My personal favourites are mixtures of almond or coconut milk with fresh fruit, fresh ginger or cinnamon and almond butter. I love some of the ideas for smoothies on Kira Westwick’s Blog and she even converted me to green smoothies by saying that you should make them light and refreshing and not “creamy” and by going for greens that are typically eaten raw like cucumber, celery, herbs and sprouts and add ice to keep them super fresh. In the Winter try adding  plenty of nutritious foods into soups. My favourite is pumpkin and butternut squash with roasted garlic topped with crispy bacon pieces and toasted pumpkin seeds in a little olive oil….yummy!

    I think all of these foods are Super-foods because they supply us with high levels of nutrients and energy. In addition to these you should add Coconut oil and butter, coconut milk, pure coconut yogurt; garlic; ginger; cinnamon, turmeric, olive oil, green tea, spice teas, Spring water, mushrooms, bell peppers, Avocado, lemons and limes, Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, dark cherries, grapes and the occasional glass of red wine with some raw, dark chocolate!

    I feel great just writing all these Super-foods down 😉

  • Adrenal Fatigue/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Fibromyalgia/ ME/ Nutritional Medicine

    ADRENAL FATIGUE – the road to recovery.

    Fatigue

    Adrenal fatigue – how to diagnose and get on the road to recovery. Adrenal fatigue is now more usually recognised as a dysfunction of the HPA (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis) because of the complex influences and feedback between these three endocrine glands. The Hypothalamus sends messages from the brain to the Adrenal glands, the Pituitary gland and other organs and is responsible for energy levels, body temperature and Circadian Rhythms. The Pituitary Gland is a pea sized gland that produces hormones essential for growth, fluid balance and reproduction. The Adrenal glands sit just above each kidney and produce steroid hormones such as Cortisol, DHEA and sex hormones plus stress hormones like adrenaline and dopamine.

    Anyone who has been ill for a long time, suffered prolonged levels of high stress, has an autoimmune disease or diseases (having one predisposes you to getting others) or has Chronic fatigue syndrome always has a degree of Adrenal Fatigue and HPA Dysfunction. The Adrenal Glands make our natural anti-inflammatory, Cortisol, so when they are under-performing the body is likely to be suffering from severe inflammation and potentially degenerative disease,as well as poor blood sugar control and stress control. NB. If you have already been prescribed NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) for your joint pain or inflammation then please read all this information and decrease the drug use asap. These drugs and the gastric protector drugs that are given with them, have many unwanted and even dangerous side effects especially to the digestive lining. They can also affect your absorption of vital nutrients and so lead to more disruption of body symptoms. It is always much better to treat the source of the problems and not just treat the symptoms.

    The symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue will vary with the degree of malfunction of these glands and also may involve some dysfunction of the Thyroid gland as well. (more on that later). You may have some symptoms but still be able to function on a daily basis or have extreme, bed ridden, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

    Symptoms:-

    • low Blood pressure and frequently Postural Hypo-tension – where blood pressure falls on standing up.
    • decreased tolerance to cold
    • Cold hands and feet – often turning white with bluish nail bases.
    • shakiness
    • dizzy spells, feeling faint
    • increased allergies
    • general feeling of exhaustion
    • weakness of ligaments and muscle fatigue
    • low mood/depression/mood swings
    • cravings for salty or sweet food
    • problems controlling blood sugar
    • lower immunity to infections
    • poor sleep quality
    • over-active brain late evening or at night
    • Adrenaline up/ sex hormones down – irritability, depression, anxiety and menstrual problems in women.
    • sensitivity to loud noises
    • palpitations
    • thin, easily broken nails, sometimes with vertical ridges

    If you have a good few of these symptoms and you go to your General Practitioner they may test you and tell you that you don’t have Cushing’s syndrome or Addison’s disease and so therefore there isn’t anything wrong. Most of us know when there is and you can do plenty to fix it either by yourself or with the help of a Functional Medicine Doctor or Nutritionist. It may be possible to obtain an ASI (saliva test) that will be an indicator of the degree of Adrenal exhaustion but saliva tests only tests for free cortisol which is about 3-5% and the amount within the tissues could high and therefore urine tests can be much more accurate. It is important to treat all aspects of this complex system

    • by stress reduction
    • blood sugar regulation
    • Gut dysfunction
    • nutritional supplementation.

    Treatment

    It is essential to get enough Vitamin C on a daily basis as a water soluble vitamin that is not stored in the body or made in the human body (but is in other animals). You need a good source of vitamin C that is easily absorbed and that comes with Bioflavinoids and you have to take a supplement of 2-3,000 mgs to reach a therapeutic dose and cannot initially rely on diet alone. Some people can tolerate the more acidic versions but others may need the buffered versions (sodium ascorbate) and the most neutral for acidity is Sodium Citrate. With some acidic Vitamin C you can reach a intolerance level where you get loose bowel movements and then you have to reduce the dose to your own tolerance level.

    Licorice Root an adaptogenic herb that increases the level of circulating cortisol by reducing its breakdown. We are dealing with people who generally have Low Blood pressure with Adrenal Fatigue so in this case it is OK to take the normal Licorice Root. If you have other underlying health problems that cause you to have High Blood pressure then you need to take the Deglycyrrhized (DGL) type which does not raise blood pressure. It is a good idea to monitor your blood pressure while taking Licorice Root, especially lying and standing B/P so that you can vary the dose according to your results. When your blood pressure is consistently at about 120/90 then you can reduce the dose and monitor the effect. If you have an infection or a relapse in your condition it is often wise to increase the dose for a period of time to help your body cope.

    Celtic Ocean sea salt and drinking enough water will help normalise Blood pressure and provide essential minerals for good glandular function. Or Sizzling Minerals from Simply Naturals that are 75 Plant based minerals.

    Vitamin B Complex 50 mgs which has already been included in supplements recommended but especially B5 (Pantothenic Acid) as a deficiency results in adrenal atrophy. This vitamin is also found in cauliflower, broccoli, salmon, liver and sweet potatoes that are encouraged on the detox diet. Latest research shows that people with certain genetic make-up or problems utilising artificial vitamins may be better taking natural, plant source B Vitamins.

    Probiotics are extremely beneficial for improving gut function and boosting the Immune System. I recommend a six day course of Elixa Probiotic that is much stronger and with more beneficial strains than other makes.

    Zinc and Magnesium may also be needed in doses higher than can be obtained in your diet. Magnesium is well absorbed through a spray onto the skin which is a good way to take it if you hate swallowing too many pills or are having trouble sleeping and it will act as a relaxant prior to bed.

    Some Siberian Ginseng or even Panax Ginseng(which is considered stronger) may help some people as these are adaptogenic herbs but they may not suit everyone and I would not introduce them until you have established the other treatments for a while and are showing improvement. Equally I wouldn’t recommend Ashwaganda or Rhodiola or Astragalus for people who have autoimmune disease because they are very stimulating to the immune system as a whole.

    Rest and relaxation are vital to lowering stress levels, reducing inflammation and improving Adrenal Function. Try some guided Meditation tapes or Apps and find one that suits you. Gentle yoga, Tai Chi or stretching or having a massage could be beneficial. Avoid bright lights or electronic devices in the evening to promote the hormones that aid sleep. Spending time with pets or in Nature and getting some sun exposure is extremely beneficial. Avoid anything that causes anxiety or stress like watching the News, taking on other peoples problems etc. and aim for extreme self care and calm.

    Controlling your blood sugar by eating frequently and including some protein with each meal plus eating more vegetables and less processed carbohydrates and less fruit and sugar is essential for helping your relaxation and sleep. Cortisol is one of the ways our bodies control blood sugar. When blood sugar drops because cortisol can no longer maintain it effectively the Adrenals produce more adrenaline which also activates the nervous system that makes us alert. Waking at regular times in the night (typically about 4am!) is frequently a sign of these rises in adrenaline. This should stabilise with the detox diet and supplements listed above and can be helped by eating some protein before bed and just a couple of Brazil nuts or a piece of cold meat might help.

    Also see the Post on The Thymus gland and the immune system where Licorice root and similar nutrients also help.

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