Shaking Out The Truth About Salt – We’ve Been Lied To : {

saltWe’ve been told that salt causes high blood pressure, cardiac disease and heart problems.  And the US Department of Agriculture says it’s worse than fats, sugar and alcohol.

A meta-analysis published last August in the American Journal of Hypertension found no evidence that cutting sodium intake in people with normal or high blood pressure reduces the risk of heart attacks or strokes. And the authors of a study published last May in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that eating less salt was associated with an increase in deaths from heart disease.

Just the opposite, a sodium deficiency could lead to a host of other problems associated with disrupted hormonal functions and has been linked to increased triglyceride levels and insulin resistance.

When you have too little minerals, like sodium, you end up with high blood pressure!

However, individual sodium needs and responses vary greatly. And this is where the debate comes in.  Dietary factors like potassium and water intake, as well as activity levels and genetic predispositions can determine sodium needs.

 For most of my life, until recently,  I too believed salt was my enemy. Here’s how I came across the truth:

I was overtraining and started experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue.  When I began researching ways to repair my adrenals here is what I discovered…

     ”The majority of people with adrenal fatigue have low blood pressure, not high.  Salt is a welcome addition to the diet in adrenal fatigue because it not only helps increase blood pressure, but also helps restore some of the other functions related to sodium loss within the cells, including dehydration.”1

     ”In adrenal fatigue, the craving for salt is a direct result of the lack of adequate aldosterone. This controls sodium, potassium and fluid volumes in your body.”2

     ”Most of the physiological reactions in the body depend in some way on the flow or concentration of electrolytes.  The cells need to maintain a 15:1 ratio of potassium to sodium.  Generally, adding potassium will offset the balance since already high so adding sodium will achieve that balance.”3

I’ve blogged about this before (please refer to previous posts on Adrenal Fatigue).

Plain old refined salt – yes bad.  This is the stuff you find in processed foods.

The good stuff- Unrefined sea salt:
•helps to balance your blood sugar
helps keep your bones strong
regulates your metabolism
•boosts your immune system
•keeps the fluid levels in our bodies balanced
•provides a number of nutrients and minerals, in a way that the body recognizes and knows how to use.
•Without salt, our heart cannot contract normally, thus damaging our valves

Yes I know, so much of the food we eat today is gouged with salt, iodized salt, and therein lies the real problem. Try ditching things like sugar, trans fats, processed flours, processed grains, PROCESSED FOODS! All of which will likely have a larger impact on your overall health.

Stick to REAL whole foods and use REAL quality sea salt.

Moderation is still the key.  This doesn’t mean drown your food in sea salt either.  It means give your food some flavor and be reasonable.

Follow your craving and shake out the salt!

 GO for Life! ™contact

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

#1#2#3 -Please reference Adrenal Fatigue, The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, By James L. Wilson 


Nutritional Support for Your Adrenals

Joycelyn-253webIf you’ve been following my recent posts on adrenal fatigue then you are now familiar with all the things you can, should & shouldn’t do.

There is yet another thing I have not mentioned…

Nutritional Support!

There are supplements that are specifically designed to repair your adrenals.

Might you be able to do without, sure!  But it’s going to take a lot longer without them to get you back on track to feeling like your self and even better.

If you let this linger longer than you should you might find yourself on hormone replacements.

Yes it does get that serious!

Though the rest of general medicine dismisses these symptoms as normal Adrenal Fatigue is not something to be taken lightly.

How to get additional support :

•Saliva Hormone testing
•Blood tests
•Nutritional supplements for adrenals can be prescribed by doctors in the field of alternative medicine, osteopaths &  specific chiropracters.

This book may answer many of your questions:

Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_7?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=adrenal+fatigue+the+21st+century+stress+syndrome+by+dr.+james+l.wilson&sprefix=adrenal%2Cstripbooks%2C214

Take control of your own health.

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Your Adrenals & Stress- DONT’s

Joycelyn-326web 2_WMAdrenal Fatigue is usually caused by some form of stress.  No matter physical, emotional, psychological, environmental or infectious, your adrenals respond to every kind of stress in the same manner.

Even if minor, stressors accumulate and the adrenals have no opportunity to FULLY recover.

Adrenal Fatigue takes patience to overcome.

Recovery can take 3 months to 2 years depending on the severity.

Discipline is required to making lifestyle changes to reduce stress.

Make a conscious effort to avoid these things:

Getting overtired

Caffeine

Sugar

Alcohol

White flour products

Coffee (this was hard)

Staying up past 11pm

Pushing yourself

Energy suckers

Being Harsh or negative with yourself

Feeling sorry for yourself

Food allergies & sensitivities

Never skip breakfast

Competition

OVER TRAINING (this was my pitfall)

These appear difficult or even crazy, but these may keep your body from healing.

Give the body a chance to heal.  It really is a small price to pay for the quality and the longevity of your life.

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

Injured, Fatigued, Stressed or Depressed is this YOU

Joycelyn-326web 2_WMWhen we get frightened or excited our “fight or flight” glands or ADRENAL GLANDS  produce adrenaline which turbo-charges our muscles to move. Despite their size, these organs are very busy regulating many reactions in the body.

When the adrenal hormones are so low they leave the joints, ligaments and connective tissues undernourished.  This leaves our musculo-skeletal structure weak and unstable and leaves us susceptible to injury.

Typically, when we put a demand on a joint the body responds by getting stronger to resist that demand. When somebody has an adrenal issue, there is an opposite effect. This is a major reason why people injure themselves when they’re under stress.

The major muscles known to be involved when adrenal fatigue has set its claim are:

 1) sartorius, 2) gracilis, 3) posterior tibialis, 4) gastrocnemius, and 5) soleus. There will be weakness in one or more of these muscles when the adrenal glands are malfunctioning.

These are your hamstrings, adductors & calves

The attachments of the sartorius and gracilis on the pelvis can cause pelvic instability and other muscular imbalances through out the body, causing pain and injury.

I have personally experienced this and have lost not only valued training time and increasing doctor’s bills but my health and well being.

Even if you are not an athlete, if you see 3 or more of these symptoms…listen up !

COMMON SYMPTOMS

Difficulty getting up in the morning
Continuing Fatigue even after a good night’s sleep
Craving salt or salty foods
Lethargy
Lack of energy
Daily tasks feel like a chore and require increased effort
Decreased sex drive
Decreased ability to handle stress
Compulsive eating, smoking or drug use
Increased time to recover from illness, injury or trauma
Light-headed when standing up quickly
Mild depression
Lack of interest in anything
PMS symptoms increase
Lack of focus or fuzzy thoughts
Absentmindedness
Decreased productivity

The problem is Adrenal fatigue does not show up in standard blood tests.  These tests will look for the most extreme low end Hypoadrenia or Addison’s disease anything less than that is considered  Adrenal fatigue and dismissed in general medicine as NORMAL.

This is NOT NORMAL.
When the adrenals fatigue, cortisol levels drop. This creates inflammatory responses throughout the body. Cortisol is the most powerful anti-inflammatory in the body and without it the body can’t fight back.

This is NOT HEALTHY.
Saliva testing and muscle testing are two more accurate ways to test for adrenal disfunction.

Investing in self-care is your only defense.  More on this next blog…

GO for Life! ™

In peace, health & with much love,

Joycelyn Bejar
Certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer