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Adrenal Support for the Holidays

Don’t Sink Your Boat This Holiday Season by Neglecting Your Adrenal Glands!

With Fall underway and the holiday season quickly approaching it is crucial that we have our adrenal function dialed in.  Optimal adrenal function provides the wherewithal we depend on to sail through our daily activities with relative ease, focus, and vitality.  For many the holiday season can be stressful, emotionally and physically, setting the stage for adrenal dysfunction and then illness, fatigue, and general depletion.

The adrenal glands are tiny glands that direct the body’s metabolic forces from atop of each kidney.   From there they govern blood sugar and mineral balance, energy production, and inflammation levels in the body.  Like the captain of a ship our adrenal glands navigate the relationship between mind and body, maneuvering to maintain balance through life’s tumultuous sea of daily stressors.  Without optimal adrenal function we commonly experience low motivation, feelings of depletion, illness, sugar cravings, fluid retention, low sex drive, lack of focus, and painful inflammation.

For optimal function our adrenal glands require that we maintain healthy relationships with ourselves, others, our food, and our environment.

The adrenal glands require proper nutrition consisting of healthy fats, salts, and b-vitamins.

They require rest from the demands of our mental pursuits and our fast paced lives.  They require for us to be kind to ourselves and to move through life with balance.

If you’re already experiencing signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue, this busy time of year may speed you further towards depletion or illness.  Take charge of your health and support your metabolic captains so they may keep you sailing through the holidays.  Here are some quick tips:

-Your thyroid can affect your adrenals too!  Simply check your thyroid function at home!  Take your body temperature 3 hours after waking for at least 4 days.  If you’re averaging below 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, then you may have a sluggish thyroid and depleted adrenals.

-Eat more Fat!  Include healthier fats in your diet like avocados, butter, olive oil, organic-free-range eggs, salmon, olives, lard and tallow.

-Check your stomach acid.  If you don’t have enough stomach acid, you can’t properly absorb your minerals and vitamins.

-Take your B Vitamins especially B5 and B6.  Purchase active B Vitamins (riboflavin-5-phosphate, pyridoxal-5-phosphate, methylfolate, and methylcobalamin) and avoid the cheap brands as they may contain toxic B’s.

-Ease your stress and schedule a reflexology appointment!

-Take a nap!  Resting will help you feel refreshed and give your adrenals a needed break.

-Get recharged with herbs like Ashwagandha, Devil’s club, and Siberian ginseng.

-Last but not least if you need some help getting yourself ready for the holidays schedule an appointment with a Naturopathic Specialist at Siskiyou Vital Medicine!

Cheers,

McClane Duncan, ND

Siskiyou Vital Medicine

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Holiday Comfort Treats

Christmas is just days after the winter solstice, which is the shortest day, and longest night, of the year. By Christmas, we’ve entered wintertime and our stores of energy from the sun and fresh foods are beginning to run low. This time of year can also be stressful, for the many reasons of which we are all aware.

Almost all of us start looking for comfort from outside of ourselves. And when we start looking for external comfort, that often involves food. And when comfort food is involved, sugar and flour seem to take the stage. The problem is, hollow foods made of processed sugar and flour are only going to lead to further depletion and physical stress.

So, here are some nutrient-dense, heart-warming, super comforting recipes to try out, for you and yours. Cheers to happy, comforting and truly satisfying holidays!

Chai Tea

The following recipe uses all ground spices for simplicity…

1 Tbs              Cinnamon
1 Tbs              Turmeric
1 Tbs              Ginger
2 tsp              Black pepper
1 tsp               Cloves
1 tsp               Nutmeg
1 tsp               Cardamom
¼ C                 Loose leaf rooibos tea, or 4 rooibos teabags
½ gallon         Water

  1. Combine all ingredients in a lidded pot and bring to a boil
  2. Simmer for 15 more minutes
  3. Strain through a fine strainer or cheesecloth
  4. Add desired milk and/or sweeteners

For an extra special treat:
Blend tea with sweetener, desired milk, and a little ghee or butter. Whir in a blender until frothy. Sprinkle with turmeric, cinnamon and black pepper. Take a break, you deserve it!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding

4                      Ripe avocados
½ C                 Coconut oil, melted
½ C                 Honey
½ C                 Cocoa powder

  1. Blend Avocados and oil until smooth
  2. Add honey & cocoa powder and blend until smooth
  3. Chill for 1+ hours
  4. Garnish with fresh berries, if you would like that
  5. Enjoy!

Nutrient-Dense Cookies

1 ¾ C              Almond Flour
½ C                Arrow Root Flour
¼ C                Coconut Flour
½ tsp              Sea salt
1 tsp               Baking soda
1                     Egg
½ C                Honey
½ C                Coconut oil or butter, melted

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor
  2. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for 1+ hours
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°
  4. Optional: Get creative! You can separate the dough and add different ingredients as desired. This recipe is really flexible! Add some cocoa powder, peanut butter, chopped nuts, cinnamon & ginger, etc. to make any kind of cookie you would like
  5. Divide the dough into 1 Tablespoon portions. Roll into balls and flatten slightly (or make them into any shape you want!)
  6. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 9-11 minutes, allowing the cookies to become golden brown on the bottom and edges

This blog was written by Siskiyou Vital Medicine resident nutritionist Stacie Bailey. She has formal training as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and as a GAPS Practitioner. Stacie has extensive experience working with gut healing diets and creating delicious gut healing recipes. She works in the world of nutrition from the ground up as an organic gardener, certified nutritionist, fresh food chef, fermentation artist, and real food advocate & educator. 

Stacie’s focus as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, GAPS Practitioner, and chef is directed toward the digestive system, the roots of our health. Digestive health is foundational to overall health, and focusing attention here results in thorough, lasting improvements in health. Approaching health foundationally, from the roots up, inspires a lifestyle change that brings us closer to the earth, our community and ourselves. Stacie provides the guidance, support and recipes needed to enact these lasting nutritional habit changes. After all, a nourished belly makes a happy life.