This “stress hormone” is essential for energy and health, but when it’s out of balance, you are, too. Learn how to manage cortisol to keep inflammation, cravings, and belly fat at bay.
Cortisol has a bad reputation.
Commonly known as the “stress hormone,” it’s produced, in part, by the adrenal glands when we’re under pressure and perceive a threat. The pituitary gland determines how much hormone the adrenals should release to help us fight or flee.
You deserve to go through your day feeling full of energy, enthusiasm and vitality. Sadly, that’s not how many of us feel most of the time. With busy schedules, demanding jobs and the expectation of always being available and on life can be exhausting! Here are some tips for boosting your energy levels TODAY.
In a culture that extols achievement and equates being busy with being important, dialing down and prioritizing “life” as opposed to “work” is not always easy. When we find that our days are spent enduring a schedule of non-stop obligations, or, even worse, suffering from stress-related ailments and exhaustion, it is time to re-think our choices.
These six supplements are terrific because they do so much to address immediate health issues – they’re excellent problem-solvers, many of which you can take on an as needed basis vs. daily. Great for addressing more specific health concerns, the Supportive Six pack a medicinal punch with lots of health-boosting side effects – and no pharmaceutical downsides. My advice? Always have a supply on hand.
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating condition characterized by severe and long lasting exhaustion, but it can also manifest in symptoms of sleep disturbance, memory and concentration difficulties, widespread muscle and joint pain, headaches, and extreme tiredness following any physical or mental exertion. It is estimated that over 25 million Americans have severe fatigue, lasting at least one month at any time.
Burnout is a telltale malady of our times.
It’s a state of physical, emotional, and spiritual depletion. It manifests in depression-like symptoms such as lost motivation, decreased productivity, and feelings of cynicism and hopelessness. It shows up in physical symptoms of extreme stress, including digestive shut-down, inflammation, adrenal fatigue, and a compromised immune system.
And rekindling your inner fire is not as easy as rubbing two sticks together.
Our environment is full of toxins. They are in the water we drink, the air we breathe, the food we eat, personal care products and the things we surround ourselves with. Chronic toxicity can show up as a range of different symptoms and while it’s impossible to completely eliminate your exposure to toxins, there are ways to support your body’s own natural detoxification system. A proper detox that contains targeted nutrients to support the liver (the main detoxification organ), fiber to scrub the intestines and anti-microbial herbs to kill the bad bacteria in the gut is the best line of defense to dramatically reduce these symptoms.
Whey is a form of protein derived from dairy that is a “complete” protein, meaning that it contains all of the essential amino acids. The essential amino acids are ones that our body doesn’t produce by itself, so we need to get them from food sources. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, helping to renew cells, build muscles, restore and heal.
Why can’t anyone seem to sleep well anymore? One reason is that most of us are unwittingly doing virtually everything in our power to prevent sleep from happening. Between our overly-wired up lifestyles and all kinds of work and life stressors, it’s easy to understand why few of us are resting easy these days.
On this blog I’ve often written about sleep because people always ask me how to do it better and where to find a simple plan that will make their problem go away. In that cut-to-the-chase spirit, I’ve arranged my top tips into a step-by-step guide to help you sleep better tonight – and set the stage for more restful nights to come.
When you have dips in energy throughout the day or feel sleep deprived, do you reach for caffeine or sugar? These “quick fixes” for energy will only leave you feeling more depleted later. Over time, if you’re always self-medicating with some form of unnatural energy, this pattern can lead to a constant feeling of fatigue. If you’re riding the energy roller coaster, try one of these 5 tips next time you feel a slump: