Ever thought you would have to give up your morning coffee? How can you talk down on people suffering from addiction when you are battling your very own? This is the question I had to ask myself. What makes one addiction any better than the other?
They all have side effects that target healthy cells causing damage that can not be reversed! People who drink coffee normally have sleep issues. This is the only time the body can repair itself from damage caused that day!
Let’s discuss the cause & effect of drinking too much coffee!
Consuming too much caffeine can lead to jitteriness, anxiety, heart palpitations, and even exacerbated panic attacks!
Coffee’s laxative effect has been attributed to the release of gastrin, a hormone the stomach produces that speeds up activity in the colon. What’s more, decaffeinated coffee has been shown to produce a similar response
Studies have found that higher caffeine intake appears to increase the amount of time it takes to fall asleep. It may also decrease total sleeping time, especially in the elderly
Rhabdomyolysis is a very serious condition in which damaged muscle fibers enter the bloodstream, leading to kidney failure and other problems.
A detailed review suggests that although caffeine triggers certain brain chemicals similar to the way cocaine and amphetamines do, it does not cause classic addiction the way these drugs do. However, it may lead to psychological or physical dependency, especially at high dosages.
Blood pressure increases, which is a risk factor for heart attack and stroke because they may damage arteries over time, restricting the flow of blood to your heart and brain.
Coffee, as well as other caffeinated beverages, is known to boost energy levels. However, they can also have the opposite effect by leading to excessive fatigue once the caffeine is out of the system.
Causes overactive bladder due to the compound’s stimulatory effects on the urinary system!
As I sit here doing my morning to-do list I’m sipping on my coffee but not your normal Starbucks or Folders. I now have a degree in nutrition & with that comes replacing unhealthy habits with new healthy ones!!
I recently started making dandelion coffee. It’s been about 2 months or so give or take I’ve been replacing one bad drink I loved with a nutrient-rich alternative every week.
Dandelion contains high amounts of potassium, a mineral, and electrolyte needed to stimulate the heartbeat. Potassium assists the kidneys to filter toxins more effectively and improve blood flow.
The reason I truly love it though is it contains a beneficial amount of polysaccharides which naturally reduce stress on the liver and support its ability to produce bile! I had to take a self-love journey in order to train my brain to achieve the goals I put in place for myself!!
Ever been to a doctor and explained to them your symptoms only to be given a new prescription? The feeling of defeat comes in when you feel like nobody is listening or really trying to get to the underlying problem, meanwhile you’re the one suffering.
I know all too well the feeling and as a nurse, I have counseled many patients who felt the same. Our doctors are overworked so if anybody is going to have to work harder for your fight it’s going to have to be you.
Adrenal fatigue & stress
Adrenal fatigue is something doctors brush off. Our bodies were made to handle little amounts of stress on a daily basis. Our thyroid is now shutting down because it’s completely overworked from chronic stress. This means like a good partner the adrenal glands have to take over and they are not supposed to handle little stress but be ready to release adrenalin if a lion comes out of the forest to chase you!
Today we see a bunch of overworked people not even realizing stress being the silent killer is slowly taking a toll on the inside of the body. Nothing is working the way it’s supposed to because so many overworked organs are trying to handle chronic stress with no breaks in between.
Adrenal fatigue has several symptoms you should watch out for:
Cortisol is one of the essential hormones produced by the adrenal glands; it plays several important roles, including converting sugar and fat into energy. If the adrenal gland produces an insufficient amount of cortisol, fatigue will be the result.
Cortisol is also a key player in how the body reacts to stress. When cortisol levels drop, the body may have an increased stress response, leading to panic and anxiety attacks more than we would like to admit to ourselves at times.
Hormones produced by the adrenal glands also help regulate the immune system. When too few of these hormones are produced, the immune system does not function as it should, especially if the person is also experiencing exhaustion and anxiety. Since the body is unable to protect itself efficiently, it is not only more susceptible to illness and infections, but it gets harder to heal, as well.
Difficulty Falling Asleep
Difficulty falling asleep is a symptom of adrenal fatigue with a clear tie to some of the others we already mentioned. If you have a hard time falling asleep, it stands to reason that you may wake up with exhaustion and low energy. Cortisol is involved in regulating the sleep/wake cycle, and a hormonal imbalance can alter the natural rhythms of the body, leading to insomnia and interrupted sleep patterns night after night.
Another hormone released by the adrenal glands is aldosterone, which signals the kidneys to regulate sodium and potassium. Those experiencing adrenal fatigue may deal with frequent urination, which, at best, is inconvenient and, at worst, can significantly harm the body if not addressed.
Adrenal insufficiency and adrenal fatigue are not the same. True adrenal insufficiency is rare and considered an official medical diagnosis. If the problem lies in the adrenal glands themselves, a doctor will diagnose Addison’s disease, but adrenal insufficiency can also stem from diseases in the hypothalamus or pituitary gland, which signal the adrenal glands to produce and release necessary hormones. Proponents of adrenal fatigue as a diagnosis believe that the hormonal insufficiencies it causes are not quite as severe as with true adrenal insufficiency but cause significant symptoms nonetheless.
The cure is a 3 day reboot fast!
No worries with the right knowledge and proper nutrition we can beat this. I did a three-day fast to reboot my body to factory settings, then a 21 day fast to cure cancer and I felt amazing!!! Prior to this, I ate adrenal stimulating foods for a week.
Gold has a way of showing others who is in charge
The issue is you can’t play God if there is already one. Meaning we were created in a certain way, are made to function off certain foods, herbs, essential oils, etc., and not chemically processed meds, factory-made supplements, drugs, artificial food, or alcohol. You see the body has not changed only the information we are told about it! Anytime money’s involved its wealth over health!!
The adrenal glands are two glands that sit on top of your kidneys that are made up of two distinct parts.
The adrenal cortex—the outer part of the gland—produces hormones that are vital to life, such as cortisol (which helps regulate metabolism and helps your body respond to stress) and aldosterone (which helps control blood pressure).
The adrenal medulla—the inner part of the gland—produces nonessential (that is, you don’t need them to live) hormones, such as adrenaline (which helps your body react to stress).
Glucocorticoids released by the adrenal cortex include:
Hydrocortisone: Commonly known as cortisol, it regulates how the body converts fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to energy. It also helps regulate blood pressure and cardiovascular function.
Corticosterone: This hormone works with hydrocortisone to regulate immune response and suppress inflammatory reactions.
The principle mineral corticoid is aldosterone, which maintains the right balance of salt and water while helping control blood pressure. There is a third class of hormone released by the adrenal cortex, known as sex steroids or sex hormones. The adrenal cortex releases small amounts of male and female sex hormones. However, their impact is usually overshadowed by the greater amounts of hormones (such as estrogen and testosterone) released by the ovaries or testes.
Adrenal Medulla Hormones:
Hormones secreted by the adrenal medulla are:
Epinephrine: Most people know epinephrine by its other name—adrenaline. This hormone rapidly responds to stress by increasing your heart rate and rushing blood to the muscles and brain. It also spikes your blood sugar level by helping convert glycogen to glucose in the liver. (Glycogen is the liver’s storage form of glucose.)
Norepinephrine: Also known as noradrenaline, this hormone works with epinephrine in responding to stress. However, it can cause vasoconstriction (the narrowing of blood vessels). This results in high blood pressure.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue
Sometimes when our bodies are stressed on a day-to-day basis with no relief in sight whether it be a job or relationship it will begin to break down. Chronic inflammation is the result and then comes a diagnosis. You can prevent this from happening by going holistic because nature means you no harm the way man does!!
Some signs you need to pay attention to that may be warning you of a system shutdown…
fatigue, particularly upon waking, with intermittent “crashes” throughout the day
poor stress response and mood regulation
cognitive issues or “brain fog”
increased energy levels in the evenings
cravings for salty and sweet foods
overuse of caffeine and other stimulants
a compromised immune system
loss of muscle tone
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Salads are for summer as summer are for salads. Do you hear me! You can enjoy a nice fresh salad and not get board if you change your mindset. Uncooked salads are live foods that the body needs to stay healthy. Undisturbed nutrients is what I like to call them. Fresh lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, sweet peppers, etc. You can even make a healthy homemade dressing with a dash of salt and pepper for flavor.
Best times to prepare salads…
Anytime of course…breakfast, lunch, or dinner. How about all three! I eat fruit salad for breakfast then maybe avacado salad for lunch then dinner it may be a steak salad. Yes sometimes I just have to add some meat…lol I used to love my fries in my salad but the way my body gains weight I had to give it up.
Including the kids to create their own healthy salad with their veggies of choice is a parental accomplishment. The kids are healthy which in turn makes the parents happy it’s a win win situation.
7 Great benefits of adding salads to your daily regimen…
1. Salads give us the fiber our bodies need…
Your leafy greens and raw veggies are a superb source of natural fiber, if you consume enough fiber each day there are several health advantages:
Fiber helps to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.
It helps to control blood sugar.
Adequate fiber intake helps with weight loss and healthy weight maintenance.
It normalizes bowel movements, and aids in the prevention of bowel disease.
Proper fiber intake has been shown to reduce the recurrence and prevention of a number of cancers including colorectal, breast, mouth, throat and esophagus.
2. Nutrition goes a long way…
Diets rich in fruits and veggies can lower blood pressure, reduce risk of heart disease, stroke, prevent some types of cancer, lower risk of eye and digestive problems & have a positive effect on your blood sugar which can help keep your appetite controllable.
It’s important to eat a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, in as many different colors as possible. Combining them in a salad is both easy and delicious! Loaded with vitamins and minerals, eating a salad a day will also increase the level of powerful antioxidants in your blood.
The basis of any salad, leafy greens, offer a huge nutritional benefit. Among the best of the super greens group are your kale, spinach, beet greens, watercress and Romaine lettuce.
Brightly colored fruits and vegetables in the “red” family are of a particular nutrition benefit. This includes produce with orange, purple, red and burgundy flesh. Examples would be tomatoes, red and orange peppers, carrots,strawberries, nectarines, peaches, plums, blueberries, blackberries,cranberries, and pomegranates.
Carotenoids are a class of compounds synthesized from the yellow, orange and red pigments of plants. This includes vitamin A and all its varied compound forms such as beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein and zeaxanthin. All of which has substantiated positive effects, plus antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits within the body.
3. Salads will help you incorporate healthy fat into your diet…
Mix some raw or roasted seeds such as pumpkin seeds, sesame, sunflower and ground flax or chia to boost your daily intake of good fats. Experimenting with various oils in your homemade dressings will help with this, as well.
Slicing a quarter of an avocado and adding it to your greens will also give you a boost. These foods also help the body to absorb all of the protective compounds, phytochemicals, and lutein.
Adding a healthy fat to your salad via the dressing, or by adding an avocado will also make it more filling, as fats are among the most satisfying to the body.
4. Build strong bones…
Low vitamin K levels have been linked with low bone mineral density in women. For healthy bone growth, a recommended full daily serving can be found in just 1 cup of watercress (100%), radicchio (120%) or spinach (170%).
5. Protect your eyes…
The carotenoids found in the green leafies like spinach, Romaine and Red Lettuce help the eyes to adjust from bright to dark, and to filter out high intensity light levels, protecting them from the formation of damaging free radicals.
6. Protect your precious heart…
Romaine lettuce contains two key nutrients in significant levels that help to protect the heart muscle: folate and fiber. High levels of folate have been shown to assist in the prevention of stroke and cardiovascular disease. You only get one heart so protect it with the foods you consume. Love helps the heart to function but healthy foods keeps it pumping!
7. Improves your overall skin tone…
The high levels of water found in salad veggies improves hydration in our bodies, which is necessary for youthful wrinkle free skin.
Adding fresh herbs goes a long way toward improving your nutrition, as many are densely packed with vitamins and various phytonutrients. Because these vitamins and phytonutrients are produced so intensely, they’re especially nutritionally dense – meaning they’re thermogenic, and may help to naturally increase your metabolism.