Adrenal Health and our Diet.

I am not a health nut but…  Since contracting Fibromyalgia I often research food, diets and fads to find out what may help and what probably won’t.  I do this with foods, therapies and even exercise.

Yesterday I learned quite a bit about the Adrenal glands – which sit on top of the kidneys. It seems they are very reactive to stress and help to stimulate the flight or fight response.  They also help with detoxing the kidneys.  Adrenal fatigue is not a proven disease.  It is more like a lay mans interpretation of what happens when the adrenal glands are overloaded.  It sure makes sense to me.

to support our adrenal glands we need to take control of our stress.  That really is easier said than done.  There are a variety of methods that can all help a bit.

Magnesium is very helpful for lowering stress levels.  Meditation works wonders, as does mild exercise.  Playing with a pet, enjoying a  reading a good book, lazing in the sun – all help!

Diet is especially important to support the Adrenal glands.  Vegetables that are high in iron, such as mushrooms, dark green vegetables and micro green.  Fresh sprouts are a great way to add a quick pick me up for the adrenal glands.  Nuts and seeds are also very supportive, as is spirulina, quinoa, flaxseeds and chia seeds.  Good fats from coconut oil and avocado are acceptable.   Really – the diet is a lot like vegetarian paleo.

Avoid all sugars and foods such as potato that have a low GI and quickly turn into sugar. Unfortunately (for me anyway) this also includes not drinking alcohol, no honey or sugar in our tea or coffee. Also to be avoided is almost all goods that have been processed such as flour, white rice, breads, pasta etc…

It seems a bit rough but highly sensible.  I have been sticking to a very healthy eating plan and reduced my honey intake significantly.  I justify to myself that all the herb teas I drink are healthy so it is a good balance.  I also sneakk the occasional  potato into my meal.

Today I had a potato sliced and fried in coconut oil. I topped this with tomato, spinach, mushrooms, capsicum and onion.  It was delicious, filling and very nutritious.  It also took me less than 15 minutes to make.

Healthy Lunch

Adrenal Health Food

Why not give your adrenal glands some recovery time?  Even a couple of weeks would help them rejuvenate and begin to work at maximum performance again.

Go placidly ami…

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.

Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.

Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, “Desiderata”.

This has always been my favourite piece of prose.  I have recited it daily as others do passages in the bible!  

” Go placidly amidst the noise and haste” – much easier said than done.  And so important to our equalibrium to be able to find that quiet place in our head when the world around us is in turmoil.

i recently found out that a world renowned pschycologist will only work with people who do yoga twice a week.  My next challempnge therefore is to get back into yoga.  I practiced it years ago when I was bringing up three children with very challenging behaviours.  I think it is time to find a teacher!  They say “when the student is ready the teacher will come” – I will let you know how that goes.