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6 Ways to Nourish your Adrenals

Adrenals are the triangular-shaped endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys. The adrenals are the keys to optimal health because they are solely responsible for releasing stress-monitoring hormones.

Further, they assist in producing many hormones (notably adrenaline for short-term stress and cortisol for long-term stress), balancing blood sugar, regulating mineral supply, as well as generating and sustaining the body’s energy levels in relation to the thyroid.

When we don’t take care of them:

Prolonged stress to the adrenal glands wreaks serious havoc to our health overtime:
• Steadily elevated cortisol levels can cause weight gain, particularly around the midsection
• Blood sugar imbalances, high blood pressure memory loss, muscle wasting, dizziness, hot flashes, night sweats and even excessive facial hair
• Overworked adrenal glands eventually crash, leading to adrenal exhaustion and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The Top 6 Ways to Nourish Your Adrenals:

Solitude: Aim to spend a few quiet minutes alone every day, free from the phone and other technology. This would be the perfect time to perform some meditation, deep breathing exercises (aim for 10 to 20 diaphragm breaths every morning and night) or gratitude reflecting.

Restorative Exercise: Restorative exercise like yoga, Pilates and tai chi provides wonderful support to the adrenals. If feasible, doing these on a daily basis or even 2-3 times a week is ideal.

Sleep: Try to aim for 7-8 hours of sleep a night in order for body repair, renewal and hormonal balance.

Probiotics: Taking a daily probiotic to protect your gut health will boost your immunity strength and natural healing abilities. In turn, less physical stress on your body means less stress on your adrenals.

Wholesome Foods: Chronic stress depletes nutrients. Consuming a nutrient-dense diet of fresh fruits and vegetables will deliver the crucial vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients to the body. Restrict processed sugar and refined wheat products as they caused your blood sugar to rapidly fluctuate, subsequently causing your adrenals to overact.

Reduce Caffeine Intake: Enjoy caffeine in moderation as it stimulates the adrenal glands leading to an energy crash later on. Herbal teas and peppermint tea are great natural pick-ups that don’t overstimulate the adrenal glands.

References
Sepel, J. (2013, January, 11). Why Nurturing Your Adrenals Is The Key To Optimal Health. Retrieved from: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-7366/why-nurturing-your-adrenals-is-the-key-to-optimal-health.html

Schroffo-Cook, M. (2010, July 23). 14 Ways to Boost Your Stress Glands. Retrieved from: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/14-ways-to-boost-your-stress-glands.html

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3 Natural Supplements to Promote Optimal Digestion

Our digestive system is absolutely integral to the overall state of our health. Poor digestion is one of the main offenders of a dysfunctional immune system and weakened health. Below, we have outlined 4 key areas to help get your digestive system thriving.

1) Probiotics
The gut is swimming with about 100 trillion bacteria or flora, often considered “good” or “bad.” These bacteria and their compounds can impact one’s health either positively or negatively. Too much “bad” flora will produce unhealthy metabolites, thereby causing gas, discomfort, bloating and inflammation.

Probiotics are species of health-promoting bacteria that we require for proper digestion of food, and immune defense against illness promoting bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Probiotics, which are also known as “intestinal microflora,” are “good bacteria” that live in our gastro-intestinal (GI) tract.

The problem is since we now consume one-millionth of the healthy probiotic bacteria that we did before pesticides, herbicides, and industrial farming, our bodies generally don`t have adequate levels of probiotics. Furthermore, much of our healthy bacteria are destroyed by eating sugars, grains, and by consuming alcohol, antibiotics, and other prescription drugs.

The only way to consume adequate amounts of probiotic healthy bacteria is through daily supplementation.

Proven health benefits of probiotics include:
• Reduction of bloating and constipation
• Improved immunity & prevent illness
• Fighting colds and flu
• Lowering cholesterol
• Preventing diarrhea, gas, and cramping caused by antibiotics

2) Digestive Enzyme and Prebiotic Supplementation
Clinical research has revealed that many individuals produce insufficient amounts of digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes help to completely break down protein, carbohydrates, fat, and other nutrients to their most basic form.

Negative impacts of Digestive Enzyme Insufficiency:
• Results in bloating, indigestion, other digestive issues as well as inflammatory conditions
• Upsets irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, lactose intolerances, and food allergy sensitivities
• Partially digested food entering the bloodstream can trigger immune inflammatory reactions, thereby exacerbating conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, and arthritis

A high potency, full spectrum digestive enzyme (from non-animal sources) is recommended to those prone to any of the above conditions or symptoms to support optimal digestive function and reduce partially digested food from entering the bloodstream and large bowel.

3) Omega- 3 Essential Fatty Acids

Ranked among the most important essential nutrients out there today, Omega 3 Fatty Acids are fats that are found naturally in the oils of marine and plant life.

Healthy fats help you feel full, help burn fat, improve immune function, reduce inflammation and help with infant brain development.

For digestion, Omega 3 EFAs provides the lubrication to keep food moving smoothly and efficiently through the intestines, thereby promoting regular, healthy bowel movements. They also nourish the cells in the intestinal lining, helping to strengthen the intestinal lining and prevent harmful toxins from entering the bloodstream. Through the production anti-inflammatory prostaglandins, EFAs also help in reducing inflammation, one of the root causes of irritable bowel conditions.

Our bodies do not naturally produce EFAs, so we must rely on our diet and supplementation for adequate intake.

References

Watson, B. (2008, November 1). Omega Oils: Good Fats for Healthy Digestive Function. Retrieved from: http://blog.brendawatson.com/supplements/omega-3-fish-oil/omega-oils-good-fats-for-healthy-digestive-function/

Do You Have a Stinking Gut? (And Why you Should Want One). Retrieved from: http://wellnessmama.com/2303/stinking-gut/


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The Must-Knows of Probiotics

What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are species of health-promoting bacteria that we require for proper digestion of food, and immune defense against illness promoting bacteria, viruses, and fungi.

Probiotics, which are also known as “intestinal microflora,” are “good bacteria” that live in our gastro-intestinal (GI) tract.

probioticsProven Health Benefits of Probiotics Include:
• Reduction of Bloating and Constipation
• Improved Immunity & prevent illness
• Fighting colds and flu
• Lowering cholesterol
• Preventing diarrhea, gas, cramping caused by antibiotics

Do Children Need Probiotics?
Yes! Before birth a baby’s gut is sterile and the immune system immature. The gut microflora of a baby begins to develop at birth and breast-feeding continues this development.

Is It Safe to Take Probiotics while Pregnant?
Yes! While we would encourage everyone to take probiotics on a regular daily basis, we encourage mothers-to-be to become sufficient prior to giving birth, both for their own benefit and that of their children.

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Why are Probiotics Essential for Health – for Everybody, Everyday, For Life?
Having the proper probiotic bacteria in your digestive system is essential for your health and wellbeing, and being deficient can lead to severe health problems.

Probiotics plays an essential role in repairing and supporting the digestive system, and in turn ensuring a sound immune system. Our digestive system houses 75% of our immune cells. Therefore, when our digestive system is compromised, our immune system can also become compromised.

Ingesting adequate amounts of probiotics is necessary for the proper function of the digestive and immune systems and thus for overall health and protection from illness. Current research indicates that the North American diet is DANGEROUSLY DEFICIENT in probiotic bacteria and this deficiency is implicated as a causal factor in alarming numbers of preventable illnesses from infancy to old age.

Beyond infancy we have little chance to build up appropriate levels of probiotics since we now consume one-millionth of the healthy probiotic bacteria that we did before pesticides, herbicides, and industrial farming. Furthermore, much of our healthy bacteria are destroyed by eating sugars, grains, and by consuming alcohol, antibiotics, and other prescription drugs. These facts clearly indicate that the only way to consume adequate amounts of probiotic healthy bacteria is through supplementation.

DAILY supplementation is no longer an option; it is a necessity FOR HEALTH – FOR LIFE!

Please consult Dr. Lardi for the Probiotic recommended for your Individual Needs