Plants and animals aren’t the only things that want to hibernate in the winter, humans would like to hibernate as well! Even the strongest and most active people are affected by the cold season. Because of the decrease in temperatures and the shorter days and longer nights, our bodies struggle more with fatigue and less energy then in other seasons. Most of our schedules don’t allow us to take the time to replenish our energy the way we need to in the winter which is why we are more likely to become ill. What can we do to make sure we stay healthy all winter long? First, focus on the main thing that keeps our immune system fatigued, STRESS.
Americans are experiencing more stress than ever before; statistics claim that our stress levels have increased 30% over the past 30 years. In the blog, Treating Chronic Fatigue and Adrenal Fatigue, Dr. James Wilson points out that our society keeps changing but our bodies do not. We deal with more and more stressors everyday and our bodies can’t keep up. We take pills hoping to feel better which actually make our bodies feel more taxed. Adrenal fatigue is widely underdiagnosed and even when it is diagnosed, rarely is a person’s diet discussed as an option for treatment compared to writing a prescription. It is faster, and doctor’s are stressed too, right? This is why it is our responsibility to take care of our bodies, so that when we do see a doctor we can remain compliant to his recommendations but also discuss alternatives to prescriptions if possible.
“Stimulants damage the adrenal glands. They whip the adrenals. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol are among the most common stimulants.
Less obvious but no less important stimulants may include anger, rage, arguing, hatred, loud music, fearful news and even movies full of suspense or violence. Other activities that may act as stimulants and must not be overlooked include vigorous exercise, sexual preoccupations, recreational drug use or other thrills. These often provide a temporary “high”, which is caused in part by the secretion of high amounts of adrenal hormones. However, over time, this weakens the adrenals and can eventually lead to adrenal depletion and insufficiency.
Stimulant use, however, can also be a result of adrenal burnout. While stimulants can cause or contribute to adrenal weakness, some who use stimulants do so because they are in adrenal burnout already. Stimulants are attractive to one in burnout to provide temporary energy. This is an important appeal of the drug culture, both legal and recreational. It is also the appeal of loud music, sexual addiction, and even anger.” – Treating Chronic Fatigue and Adrenal Fatigue – Please take a moment to further review the list of symptoms, causes, and treatment suggestions listed in this blog.
Winter is an important time to slow down and reserve energy; this is a biological way to prepare for spring which is why some animals hibernate. Making sure our kidneys and adrenals are healthy is also key to having a healthy heart and preventing more serious diseases in the future. Preventative Medicine recommends making certain diet changes, especially in winter including using spices and herbs for seasoning instead of foods high in fat along with eating foods that are in season to help increase nutritional value and improve taste. Increase bitter foods while decreasing your salt intake during the dry winter months and increase foods such as ‘apricot, asparagus, celery, coffee, tea, grapefruit, hops, kohlrabi, lettuce, radish leaves, kale, vinegar and wine. Some people may eat too many hotpots or high calory foods causing excessive heat to accumulate in the lungs and stomach. They may experience problems such as bronchitis, sore throats, peptic ulcers and skin problems, thus it is necessary to balance with certain amount of cool dishes and water in winter.’ – What different foods are consumed each season and what are their health benefits?
Setting aside time for our own relaxation is critical all year ’round. Did you know that your face can show what parts of your body are crying for help? For example, small bags under your eyes can be a sign of a kidney issue. If you think that something is seriously wrong, do not hesitate to contact a medical professional! But for overall wellness and relaxation, receiving a facial at a spa like, New Serenity Spa from a professional aesthetician can do wonders for your skin and help you and your body relax. For deeper relaxation and help with stress and anxiety you could have a Reiki session which can also improve your overall wellbeing. For more information visit my blog, Learn How to Manage Stress and Anxiety.
During this holiday season please remember to take care of yourself so that you can take care of those most important to you, and this includes knowing your personal limits and boundaries and when to take some quiet time for yourself and make some time for laughter!
“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” ~ Victor Hugo
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