I have been experiencing a lot of light-headedness, stress, body aches, and sleep disturbances.
Q. Dear Terry, “I have been experiencing a lot of light-headedness, stress, body aches, and sleep disturbances. After seeing a naturopathic doctor, she thinks it may have something to do with my adrenal glands. My follow-up appointment is in several weeks and I’m already feeling a little better by incorporating more healthy fats into my diet. What other natural things can I try?” – Mae D., Nampa, ID
A. Dear Mae, I highly recommend continuing to make some modifications to your diet. I believe it’s important to restrict all sugar and foods made with sugar, refined flour, and carbohydrates. That means soft drinks, sweetened and diet, crackers, candy, cookies, bread, pasta, cakes, and ice cream. While I understand this takes a huge effort, it can make a real difference. Click on my healthy diet plan for more information or watch my thyroid and adrenal webinar. For additional information, I also recommend checking out the following websites: www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com and www.drperlmutter.com. You should also read the books, Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter and Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis.
In addition to dietary modifications, there are some natural ingredients that you may want to consider.
To function at their optimal level, the adrenals require an array of necessary nutrients. To support and repair the adrenals, natural ingredients like DHEA, pregnenolone, adrenal extract, L-tyrosine, pantothenic acid, licorice, and rehmannia root extracts, along with vitamins B6 and C, are incredibly beneficial. These ingredients work together to help repair the adrenal glands, as well as support the body’s ability to respond to environmental stress in a healthy manner, which helps restore optimal adrenal function. I recommend taking these nutrients three times daily.
I also recommend taking two potent, adaptogenic herbs: rhodiola and ashwagandha. Adaptogens work by increasing strength, stamina, and energy without being stimulants. I suggest taking these two herbs three times daily.
Please be patient – it may take several months, but you will feel a difference.
Terry . . . Naturally