By Samantha Walker, Naturopath at Absolute Body Health Solutions
Are you a serial snooze button culprit? One of the most common complaints that people come and see me about in my clinic is that they just can’t seem to get out of bed in the mornings and feel more tired than they did when they went to bed.
What most people don’t realise is that this is the first warning sign that your adrenals are running out of juice. The daily grind of modern day life, fast paced, coffee fuelled, no time to eat I’ve got a dead line to meet is finally catching up with you.
So what are some of my most important tips that I share with my clients that will help to restore your energy and get you jumping out of bed, even before your alarm clock goes off?
MAKE SURE YOU HAVE GOOD SLEEP HYGIENE. Clean sheets, a dark room at a comfortable temperature and no TV or other electronic devices in your bedroom. It might sound simple, but you won’t believe how just this can help you to sleep more soundly.
THE IMPORTANCE OF A GOOD WARM BREAKFAST. Whether it is a nice hot bowl of porridge with honey or some eggs with avocado, having a warm breakfast really gets the metabolism going and sets you up for the rest of the day. I can hear you say, “But I don’t have time to cook breakfast in the morning”. For those people, just remember it doesn’t have to look like breakfast. There is nothing wrong with eating leftovers for dinner that you warm up in the oven while you get ready for work.
DRINK WATER! The number one cause for fatigue in my opinion is dehydration. Sometimes if you are really dehydrated, adding electrolytes to your water is a good idea. Drinking plain water just won’t cut it, and actually causes further dehydration. It is easy to make your own, just add to one litre of water (or your favourite herbal tea) a quarter of a teaspoon of Himalayan salt and a quarter of a cup of freshly squeezed juice. Mix together and enjoy.
GET SOME SUNLIGHT AND FRESH AIR. Stuffy work places with no natural light will definitely not help you fight that afternoon slump. Instead of walking towards the packet of biscuits, why not take five minutes to step outside and fill your lungs with a few breaths of fresh air and let the spring sunshine warm your skin.
AVOID THE SUGAR LOWS. When you skip your lunch or don’t eat enough protein (especially), this plays havoc with your blood sugar levels throughout the day. Your blood sugar drops, your energy drops. Protein and low GI carbohydrates at lunchtime will ensure a more stable blood sugar level through the second part of your day. I also instruct my clients to avoid skim, low fat and no fat products as they are usually hiding hidden sugars. Besides, full fat foods such as butter, fetta, yoghurts, etc, taste so much better and provide your body with essential building blocks for hormone production.
MOVE. Whether it is as simple as walking for 30 minutes a day or heading to the gym, exercise is an important de-stressor and fatigue fighter. But if you are very fatigued it is important to consider whether you are doing the right type of exercise and not further depleting your adrenal glands. I sometimes have to encourage clients to change their type of exercise for a short period of time while we are building up their energy bank. Convalescing and listening to what your body is telling you are very important and must not be ignored if you are suffering from fatigue.
Seeking help from a natural health practitioner to give you individual advice, nutritional and/or herbal medicine prescriptions to support your adrenal glands and even perhaps helping you with further pathology testing to work out the cause of your fatigue could be beneficial if it is something you’ve been struggling with. Solutions could be simple and get you feeling back to super health in no time.
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