ADRENAL FATIGUE, WHAT IS IT, AND DO YOU SUFFER FROM IT?…

Adrenal Fatigue is different from chronic fatigue although both are hugely debilitating. Adrenal fatigue occurs when according to Natural Health your adrenal glands, hypothalamus and pituitary gland (the HPA axis) are not functioning together optimally.

Your adrenal glands are positioned above your kidneys and they perform important functions in supporting your health. There main function is to improve efficiency of your body’s reaction to stress by releasing hormones. These then help to regulate your heart rate, immune system, energy storage and much more.

When your body is working correctly then your health will not be compromised but when your adrenal glands are overworked for a long time, they start to debilitate and you then start feeling completely whacked.

They say that some of the causes for adrenal fatigue include long term stress from jobs, chronic pain/disease, and family relationships. This can then exhaust the adrenals so much thar they stop functioning properly. The symptoms are so similar to CFS and or Fibro which include tiredness, trouble falling asleep at night or waking up in the morning, salt and sugar craving, and needing stimulants like caffeine to get through the day. These symptoms are common and non-specific, meaning they can be found in many diseases. They also can occur as part of a normal, busy life.

Another problem which is a bit like Fibro in that it is an under-diagnosed and not a recognised condition so getting a proper diagnosis can be quite hard. Sometimes, a blood or saliva test may be offered, but tests for adrenal fatigue are not based on scientific facts or supported by good scientific studies, so the results and analysis of these tests may not be correct.

Because of this treatment could be a holistic approach so you could maybe go and see a practitioner from The Complimentary Medical Association.

HAND REFLEXOLOGY POINTS FOR PAIN…

Reflexologists believe that the hands are considered to have electrical properties.

The right hand palm being positive and the left hand palm negative.The right hand also has a reinforcing, stimulating effect while the left has a calming, sedative effect.

The back of each hand is opposite to the palm, so the right is negative and the left positive.This is important when using reflexology as if the object is to revitalise the body and restore energy flow, then the right hand will have the best effect. The left hand, with its calming effect is best used for pain.

Since hand reflexology is performed by applying pressure from fingers and thumbs on reflex points on the hands, the practice can provide an easy, cost-effective and safe way to treat ailments.While reflexology hand mapping feels best (and may be more effective) when done by someone else, it is possible to work on oneself.

HEALTHLINE shows that if you press the hand valley point can be found in the firm skin between the thumb and index finger. Reflexologists claim that applying firm touch to this pressure point may help reduce stress, as well as alleviate migraines, toothaches, shoulder tension, and neck pain

Try having a go on yourself by pinching the finger tips and thumb of your right hand. The pressure applied to each finger should be firm, but make sure it is not painful. A few seconds for each single finger tip will be sufficient. Now do the same with the other hand. Check with your GP first if you are on medication.

CHOCOLATE FOR ANXIETY…

Now we all love chocolate, well at least in my lifetime I have never met anyone who doesn’t like a bit of chocolate but what about chocolate for anxiety and your health.

An article in Natural Health Magazine said that a Dutch study that gave 40g daily of dark chocolate (74% cocoa solids) to two groups (one low-anxiety, one high-anxiety). They found that after two weeks the cortisol and adrenaline levels of the more anxious group had fallen to match those of the less stressed group.

There have been lots written in the tabloids about the benefits of eating #chocolate but is this true or false?

Well, according to Medical News Today, #chocolate receives a lot of bad press because of its high fat and sugar content. Its consumption has been associated with acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. … #chocolate’s antioxidant potential may have a range of health benefits.

Some studies have suggested #chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline.

Researchers who studied cyclists doing time trials in the U.K. found that “After eating dark #chocolate, the riders used less oxygen when cycling at a moderate pace and also covered more distance in a two-minute flat-out time trial.”

Antioxidants can help reduce free radical damage linked with premature ageing. It can be found in foods such as beans, fruit and dark #chocolate.  Dark #chocolate ranks higher than many fruit and vegetables for its antioxidant power.

Healthline says dark #chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark #chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease.

So, eaten correctly it seems that chocolate can most definitely be good for you.