THE ABC OF ADRENAL HEALTH by Nicole Bast

As a health consultant, almost daily, I encounter people struggling with the same batch of complaints: low energy levels, frequent fatigue, interrupted sleeping patterns, weight gain (especially around the abdomen), mood fluctuations (mostly towards the end of the happiness scale), muscle tension and cramps, and so on. These signs, when, presented together, are often an indication of adrenal overdrive or worse, adrenal fatigue. 

Essentially we are bio-chemical beings and most of our 'dis-eases' can self correct with lifestyle and dietary changes, supported by natural remedies.

To help your body correct imbalances, treat the root cause of dis-ease and promote wellbeing, follow these steps (as long as you have ruled out any possible dire medical reasons with the advice of a qualified medical professional). 

1. REMOVE PARASITES

Before starting any course of corrective treatment, lay the foundation by removing nutrient-depleting parasites (they crawl in thin and they climb out stout). 

Wormwood, cloves, garlic, black walnut, wormseed, Neem, Grapefruit Seed Extract, etc. are a few effective examples of helminthic eradicators to support purging of worms (round, tape, pin and hook, to name a few), protozoa, Candida and flukes. These additions can be added to food or taken as capsules or teas. 

Conclude this treatment with an on-going pre + pro-biotic protocol, to benefit the gut flora, which is debilitated by antibiotics, high sugar consumption and processed/refined food-like substitutes.

Do this by consuming cultured and fermented foods. They are highly restorative to intestinal flora and healthy functioning of nutrient assimilation and absorption.   

CULTURED & FERMENTED FOODS

Many of these foods you can make yourself, some of them are available at health outlets. 

  • Kefir is an enzyme-rich fermented drink made with kefir (yeast/bacteria) grains.
  • Tempeh is a cultured & fermented soybean product. 
  • Multi-tasking raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar is rich in enzymes and potassium. 
  • Soured cabbage (Sauerkraut) is fermented by the action of lactic acid. 
  • As with the above, kimchi, is the natural fermentation of raw vegetables, with the added benefits of the ginger and garlic used as flavourings.
  •  Miso is another fermented soy product, loaded with anti-oxidants particularly zinc and manganese. 
  • Kombucha is a fermented tea widely venerated as the 'Immortal Health Elixir' in the East. 

DID YOU KNOW? The word tonic, according to dictionary.com, means 'a medicine that invigorates or strengthens'.

2. HERBS & SUPPLEMENTS

Once the canvas has been cleaned, proceed to the colourful array of restorative herbs and supplements to promote bio-chemical harmony of the adrenal glands. Start with:

1. Magnesium.  It is used in over 300 chemical reactions within the body, and amongst other functions it also metabolises cortisol, a hormone released from the adrenals during the flight or flight response towards a stressor. Magnesium is also a nerve tonic and so is a calmative for feeling 'wired'.

2. According to a research study Vitamin C is found in some of its highest concentrations in the neurons of the Central Nervous System. I recommend taking Vitamin C from an Ester C rather than an ascorbic acid as the Ester variety has a neutral pH. Vitamin C helps heal damage caused by systemic inflammation from on-going physical, mental and emotional stress.

3. Opting for a painless method of administration, the Vitamin B12 transdermal patch will support the body.  Methylcobalamin is a vital nutrient for overall health including red blood cell production, influencing dopamine levels, removal of hormones and DNA replication.

4. Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine, is necessary for the production of serotonin and norephedrine, which assist in the transmission of signals in the brain. 

3. ADAPTOGENS

If your energy, stress and mood levels have not improved significantly, then try using an adrenal toner or adaptogen like:

1. Ashwagandha significantly reduces cortisol concentrations and the immunosuppressant effect of stress.

2. Rhodiola Rosea is documented as effective in relieving the effects of fatigue and 'burnout' caused by stress and neuro-protective against toxins.

3. Panax (as in panacea means 'heal all') ginseng is used as a general tonic and heralded for its therapeutic effect on concentration, physical stamina and endurance.

4. Sceletium acts as a serotonin-uptake inhibitor and decreases anxiety and tension.

5. The antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits of Olive Leaf offer ample support to the body. 

Finally, it is vital to make sure you nourish your system to further support optimal biochemistry.  The easiest way to do this is with gluten free super powders. The top three are:

1. Vibrant Health Maximum Vibrance is a multi-vitamin with an anti-oxidant that contains enzymes and immune support ingredients together with a green food and protein supplement.  It truly is the master of green powder power.

2. The Real Thing Green Power is a powder that contains barley, wheat and alfalfa grasses plus 7 sea vegetables (kelp, rockweed, dulse, bladderwrack, sea lettuce, laver and nori) together with chlorella.

3. Superfoods Green Shake  is a blend of 5 'superfoods' like African Baobab, green grasses, hemp seed protein, African moringa and spirulina. And Superfood Shake is a synergistic blend of lacuma, mesquite, cacao, hemp seed and maca. The addition of the medicinal herbs taheebo (pau d'arco or lapacho) and cinnamon provide broad spectrum physical support.

TRY THIS: 

Besides supplements, herbs and adaptogens, keep your stress levels healthy with simple lifestyle gestures like: 

  • Deep breathing exercises
  • Meditation 
  • Yoga 
  • Regular exercise  
  • Leisure activities like walking in nature, reading, gardening, being creative through art or music 

Recommended reading: Articles and material by Dr Mark Hyman, Dr Michael Lam, Dr Wilson, Dr Hulda Clark, Dr Weston A Price, the Culpepper index and articles on adaptogens, The Nourished Kitchen and Natural Parasite treatments. 

Nicole Bast is a qualified nurse who has been facilitating healing for the past ten years through the use of therapeutic massage, hot stone massage, aromatherapy, crystal therapy, reiki and shiatsu. As an aficionado of well-being particularly nutrition, exercise and natural medicine, she regards managing the Welgemoed Wellness Warehouse store is like being a kid in a candy store.

“Wellness Warehouse strives to help you live life well but because we are retailers and not medical practitioners we cannot offer medical advice. Please always consult your medical practitioner before taking any supplements, complementary medicines or have any health concerns and ensure that you always read labels, warnings and directions carefully, prior to consumption.”