Is this you?
Tired , Cranky and moody?
You may be suffering from Adrenal fatigue…Low blood sugars/hypoglycaemia or imbalanced stress hormones. One of the main roles of the hormones cortisol and insulin in your body is to control your blood sugars levels and a sense of balance about your health and body. Your blood sugar level has to be kept fine tuned and at a certain level to maintain ideal energy and health. When your adrenal glands are tired and fatigued the cortisol levels can drop lower than the normal. This means the body has to work harder to control the blood sugar balance. One of the main symptoms of adrenal fatigue or hypo-adrenia as it is known as is low blood sugar/hypoglycaemic. Symptoms such as …light headedness, travel sickness, faintness, nausea, headaches, stomach knots, weakness, lack of motivation, sickly feeling frequently, poor stamina, cravings, sleep issues, mood swings, headaches, weight problems etc are all very common and very treatable.
Cortisol is a stress hormone and causes lots of difficulties in the body when it is in excess. The very fact it is in excess to begin with means you are already stressed and therefore the body and the adrenals will be struggling to deal with more ongoing stress. So many reach for sugar or stimulants then to pick themselves back up.
Excess sugar causes low blood sugars overtime and this in turn stresses your adrenal glands even further. Therefore the key is avoiding this by eating high quality foods, rich in protein and complex carbohydrates and eating FREQUENTLY. Skipping meals is detrimental and can make you feel really ill. Your energy levels will hit rock bottom. The longer you go without food the greater the burden you are putting on your adrenal glands, as they try to produce more cortisol and insulin and other hormones to normalise the blood sugar levels again. This becomes an addictive cycle.
Break the cycle, decide to change..change your habits, only you can do it, you have to be persistent and decide not to fall into the daily cycles of feeling tired, kick starting your system with coffee, sugar, sweets, buns, biscuits, fast food, cigarettes, fizzy drinks whatever… and learn in some way to manage your stress levels as much as possible.
The body breaks down fats, proteins and carbohydrates into blood sugar called glucose. Our bodies use this glucose as our fuel to keep us going all day .adding excess sugar to your diet causes the rapid production of glucose, it’s a bit like adding rocket fuel to your car.. it’s not built for it and would find it very difficult to cope with. When the blood sugar rises so quick…it also FALLS just as quick…leaving you wanting the pick me up again. Now do you see why you need to stop and change the cycle. For people suffering from adrenal fatigue it is best to eat complex foods and to combine proteins, fats and starches at the one meal to slow the release of glucose production. Glucose is vital for our sustained energy…the key to a healthy bountiful energetic life is the SLOW PRODUCTION and control of the glucose as the body fuel.
Gertrude Lawler Kinesiologist (DipAK) Food Technologist, practices in Clane. Enquiries or to obtain your FREE “ Beat the sugar blues ” Pack call 086 3888535 Email:Gertrude@kinesicare.ie www.gertrudelawler.com