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ADRENAL FATIGUE QUICK CHECK


Rate the following from 0 to 5, with 0 being no problem and 5 being a severe problem.

  1. _____Difficulty getting up in the morning

  2. _____Continuing fatigue, not relieved by sleep or rest

  3. _____Lethargy, lack of energy to do normal daily activities

  4. _____Sugar cravings

  5. _____Salt cravings

  6. _____Allergies

  7. _____Digestion problems

  8. _____Increased effort needed for everyday tasks

  9. _____Decreased interest in sex

  10. _____Decreased ability to handle stress

  11. _____Increased time needed to recover from illness, injury, or traumas

  12. _____Light-headed or dizzy when standing up quickly

  13. _____Low mood

  14. _____Less enjoyment or happiness with life

  15. _____Increased PMS

  16. _____Symptoms worsen if meals are skipped or inadequate

  17. _____Thoughts are less focused, brain fog

  18. _____Memory is poorer

  19. _____Decreased tolerance for stress, noise, disorder

  20. _____Don't really wake up until after 10:00 A.M.

  21. _____Afternoon low between 3:00 P.M. and 4:00 P.M.

  22. _____Feel better after supper

  23. _____Get a "second wind" in the evening, and stay up late

  24. _____Decreased ability to get things done-less productive

  25. _____Have to keep moving-if I stop, I get tired.

  26. _____Feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to be done

  27. _____It takes all my energy to do what I have to. There's none left over for anything or anyone else.


________Total


A score of 20-40 suggest mild adrenal stress; 40-70 suggest moderate adrenal fatigue; and over 70 suggests significant adrenal fatigue problems.



DO'S AND DONT'S IN RECOVERING FROM CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME/ADRENAL FATIGUE


The following are some of the most important things to do and not to do to recover from adrenal fatigue.


Avoid These:

  • Pushing yourself to exhaustion.

  • Sugar, caffeine, and junk food

  • Being critical and harsh with yourself.

  • Skipping meals

  • Eating carbohydrates by themselves

  • Staying up late and catching your "second wind"

  • Arising early if you don't have to

  • Food that you react to or are allergic to

  • Drinking sodas, coffee, alcohol, juice

  • Making someone else responsible for your health care

  • People who steal your energy

  • Taking care of everyone and everything else

  • Feeling guilty about caring for yourself

  • Excessive seriousness

  • "The grind"

  • Aggressive exercise

Do These:

  • Pace yourself

  • Eat real, whole, fresh food

  • Be compassionate and kind to yourself

  • Eat every two hours

  • Eat a combination of carb, fat, and protein

  • Get to bed by 10:00 P.M.

  • Sleep until 8:00-9:00 A.M. when possible

  • Eat balanced, nutritious food

  • Drink water, herbal teas

  • Become empowered and informed about your health care

  • Be with people who are concerned for your well-being and are helpful in your recovery

  • Take care of and nurture yourself

  • Find an inner balance and sense of peace with taking care of yourself

  • Find things that make you laugh

  • Do things you enjoy

  • Mild to moderate exercise



SALT AND ADRENAL FATIGUE


The medical myth that claims that salt causes high blood pressure and other heart problems has become fairly ingrained.


It is rare to find a health-conscious person who is not withholding salt from their diet.


Salt-depleted diets contribute to both adrenal fatigue and dehydration. (The most common symptoms of dehydration are fatigue, headache, and flu-like feeling.)


Cells cannot fully hydrate without sufficient salt. Basically, water follows salt in the body. (Sports drinks, for example, and just fancy salt drinks.)


SALT PROTOCOL IN ADRENAL FATUGUE


Sea salt should be used and tastes just like commercial salt.

  • Upon arising have some salt by

A) Put 1/8 tsp in a glass of warm water and drink or

B) Put a large pinch of salt on your tongue, and then drink some water.

  • Repeat mid-morning and mid-afternoon (and more often if needed).

  • The guideline: Salt or salt water will taste good to you if you need the salt; it will make you nauseous if you don't need it. You can trust your body to guide you in this. Salt cravings are accurate cravings-feed them.

Some have noted feeling a lift in energy within ten minutes of drinking their salt water.

  • Precaution: There are a few heath conditions that require salt restriction, such as kidney disease or Congestive Heart Disease. Do not follow the salt protocol if such a conditions applies to you.

  • Also, if you notice some water retention when you begin the salt protocol, try smaller amounts and find the dose that causes no water retention.

  • For further information about the health benefits of salt and water, see Your Body's Many Cries for Water, by F. BBatmanghelidj, MD



ADRENAL RECOVERY SOUP


  • 16 oz. Green beans

  • 1 Cup chopped celery

  • 1 Zucchini, sliced

  • 1 Medium onion, chopped

  • 1 Cup tomato juice

  • 1 Cup spring water

  • 2 tbsp Raw honey

  • 1 tsp Paprika

  • 1 Cup chicken broth

  • Pepper to taste

Combine ingredients and simmer for one hour until vegetables are tender.



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