Adrenal Fatigue
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Eat Well, Be Well July 20th

July Winter Wellness

Adrenal Fatigue

Winter, as I mentioned last month, corresponds in Chinese medicine with the element of water and the Kidney and Bladder organs. It is a time to rest a little after all the activities of the preceding seasons and rebuild your reserves.  
If you don’t allow your body to rest and rebuild but continue with prolonged periods of overwork, stress, and pressure from daily life you may end up with Adrenal fatigue. This occurs when your adrenal glands become overworked and is different from Chronic fatigue which tends to be post viral.
Your adrenal glands sit on top of your kidneys and their role is to govern your fight or flight response and get you ready for action. They do this by producing important hormones including cortisol, adrenaline and noradrenaline – too much or too little of any particular hormone can cause havoc with your health.
The symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include a constant tiredness, even after sleep and rest, and a need for regular afternoon naps to "recharge your batteries". This tiredness can result in an inability to cope with stress, reduced libido, low back pain, reduced immunity, irritability and moodiness.
Suffering this type of listlessness you may turn to caffeine, carbs and sugar to get through your day but this is equivalent to jump starting a dead battery. You need to fix the battery which, from a Chinese medicine perspective, means nourishing your kidneys.
In winter it is ok to go to bed a little earlier and the occasional nana nap is fine.  It is generally harder to wake in the mornings as it is still dark out but adrenal fatigue goes beyond this. To support your kidneys and adrenals here are a few things you can do:
1) Look at how you can better manage your stress. Be it Yoga, Tai Qi, meditation, or time in nature any stress relief measures will benefit you and your adrenals. My workshop Flow Well, Stress Less in October may also help.
2) Remember to balance activity with rest.  If you have a big week at work then have a quiet weekend. If you have a big weekend then have a week of early nights.
3) The emotion that corresponds with the kidney is fear. Have you ever considered that fear might actually be able to help you orient yourself, connect with your instincts, and keep you safe? I hightly recommend Karla McLaren's post on fear for building a new relationship with your fears so that your adrenals can have a little rest. In Think Well, Feel Well in August you can find out even more about how your thoughts and feelings affect your health.
4) The physical realm of your Kidney is your lower back and knees. Stretching and exercises to strengthen your lumbar area are helpful in supporting your Kidneys. You can also stimulate the blood flow to your Kidneys by patting or massaging your lower back area, a technique I teach in Do-In which is now a part of my ‘Detox to Wellness’ workshop in Sept. Be sure also to wear clothes that will keep your lower back warm and keep your feet warm with socks, shoes and slippers in winter.
5) Foods that are particularly nourishing to your Kidneys include those that are very dark (even black!) in color. These would include dark fruits and vegetables, and foods like black beans, black sesame seeds, and black walnuts. The water element comes into play when choosing foods for your Kidney, too. Foods from the sea, such as fish, shellfish, seaweed, kelp, and sushi are all excellent Kidney tonics. If you are going to have sushi in winter be sure to have the pickled ginger to keep you warm. Find out more about nourishing foods in my "Eat Well, Be Well" workshop
6) Regular acupuncture and a course of Chinese herbs can help you nourish and strengthen your Kidneys and Adrenals.  We can also talk about a lifestyle and meal plan that will not only protect your Kidneys but help to boost your overall health. So book in today and restore your kidneys and adrenals to full health.

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Eating warmly in winter is the best way to warm up.
Come along to Eat Well, Be Well on July 20th 3-6pm to find out more about how to lose weight, gain energy and nourish your family.

Come along, bring your friends and be inspired. If you have already attended a workshop come along for a refresher at 1/2 price. This workshop is only $75 for 3 hours of fun, inspiration and great information,  book online today.

Wishing you all a warm and healthy winter and I look forward to seeing you soon at WNM

Tania Grasseschi
Oriental Wisdom
Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Wellness Workshops

Wholisitc Natural Medicine Suite 2, 372 Anzac Pde (near Barker St) Kingsford. Ph: 9662 4634

Wellness Workshops 2013

* Eat Well, Be Well - Jul 20th 3pm - $75
Lose weight, gain energy and nourish your family! Learn a new way to look at food and discover how to eat in harmony with your body's needs to feel fantastic.

* Think Well, Feel Well - Aug 17th 3pm - $50
Emotions are energy in motion. Discover how the energy of your thoughts, feelings and beliefs flows through your body and can impact your health and well being.

* Detox to Wellness - Sep 14th 3pm  - $50
Look and feel younger with a gentle detox plan. Have glowing skin and great health by easily eliminating toxins from your body, mind and spirit.

* Flow Well, Stress Less - Oct 19th 3pm - $50
Stress is our internal resistance to the flow of life around us. Re sync your life to the natural flow of your body clock and the seasonal flow of nature and watch your stress melt away
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