Last week we shared an excerpt from Don Tolman's Encyclopedia Vol 1. This week's Blog Article is an excerpt from the Farmacist Desk Reference Vol. 2 which is an A-Z Reference of Foods and Symptoms and Don Tolman's experiences and tried recipes.
NERVOUS EXHAUSTION (Encyclopedia of Whole Food Medicine Volume 2 Pg. 627-628) Medi-Sign Target: Blueberries & Eat Salt Before Bed
Nervous exhaustion is a disorder that leaves you exhausted and unable to work.
Symptoms of Nervous Exhaustion • Anxiety • Chronic headaches • Chronic muscle aches • Fatigue • Inability to concentrate • Insomnia • Irritability and mood swings • Irregular bowel syndrome • Upset stomach
The Causes of Nervous Exhaustion Let’s put it in to two simple words – chronic stress. Stress makes your body produce adrenal hormones that excite your nervous system. It doesn’t matter if the stress comes from your gossiping sister-in-law or the tax increase notice you find in the mail, the result is the same. Your heart rate increases. You become short of breath and emotionally upset. This is your body’s mode of self-preservation, and on a short term basis it can be a good thing. Troubles begin when you are experiencing this type of stress on a daily basis. Your mind doesn’t distinguish the difference between an annoying relative and a new financial burden. Your body is in a state of a continual output of adrenal hormones. High blood pressure, irritability and headaches can all be effects of a long-term output of adrenal hormones. Eventually, the adrenal glands lose their “oomph” and you face the risk of developing severe exhaustion.
In a perfect world, our body would produce lots of adrenal hormones in the morning when we are running and busy, and then decrease the production by evening, allowing us to fall asleep easily. Prolonged low levels of adrenal hormones may result in weakness and fatigue. Prolonged high levels of adrenal hormones may result in irritable bowel and insomnia. Do you know people who lie around exhausted all day, only to be alert and lie awake all night? This may be caused by another abnormal pattern which causes daytime fatigue and nighttime alertness.
Apart from spending a few weeks on a secluded beach in a Caribbean hideaway sipping from an umbrella adorned glass, the treatment for adrenal burnout may lie in specific dietary changes. The B vitamins, and the foods in which they are found, are most useful in counter- acting the effects of stress.
Fatigue, insomnia, irritability, nervousness and depression are symptoms of low levels of B vitamin whole foods, particularly B5 and B6. If you could be the poster child for these symptoms, just add the effects of stress to them, and you have super-sized your challenges. The B vitamin whole foods are critically important for proper metabolism of adrenal hormones and carbohydrates. These nutrients are important in turning sugar into usable forms of energy.
There are things you can do to prevent nervous exhaustion. You can reduce your intake of processed sugar. It sounds easy until you crave that piece of chocolate cake, but you can do it because you have a lot to gain. You will notice a big change in your mood. Increase your intake of fresh fruit, nuts and seeds. These foods will help to keep your sugar level even and avoid mood swings and tension headaches, as well as supplying loads of whole food B vitamins. Another wonderful whole food source is nutritional yeast. (See also: Feeding Your Emotions)
VITAMINS: B5 and B6 (Encyclopedia of Whole Food Medicine Volume 2 Pg. 918-919)
Vitamin B5/Pantothenic Acid Sources
Importance: Participates in the release of energy from carbohydrates, fats and proteins, aids in the utilization of vitamins; improves the body's resistance to stress; helps in cell building and the development of the central nervous system; helps the adrenal glands and avoids infections by building protector cells.
Deficiency Symptoms: May lead to painful and burning feet, skin abnormalities, retarded growth, dizzy spells, digestive disturbances, vomiting, restlessness, stomach stress and muscle cramps.
Pantothenic Acid-sources are: Nutritional yeast, fresh vegetables, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, royal jelly, whole rye flour and whole wheat.
Importance: Necessary for the synthesis and breakdown of amino acids, the building blocks of protein; aids in fat and carbohydrate metabolism; aids in the formation of protector cells; maintains the central nervous system; aids in the removal of excess fluid of premenstrual women; promotes healthy skin; reduces muscle spasms; leg cramps; hand numbness; nausea and stiffness of hands; haleps maintain a proper balance of sodium and phosphorous in the body.
Deficiency Symptoms: May result in nervousness, insomnia, skin eruptions, loss of muscular control, anemia, mouth disorders, muscular weakness, dermatitis, arm and leg cramps, loss of hair, slow learning and water retention. All foods contain some vitamin B6; however, the following foods have the highest amounts: nutritional yeast, carrots, eggs, peas, spinach, sunflower seeds, walnuts and wheat germ.
Other sources include: Avocado, bananas, beans, blackstrap molasses, broccoli, brown rice and other whole grains, cabbage, cantaloupe, corn, dulse, plantains, potatoes, rice bran, soybeans and tempeh. Herbs that contain vitamin B6 include: alfalfa, catnip and oat straw.
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Encyclopedia of Whole Food Medicine: Farmacist Desk Reference (F.D.R.) Complete Set of Volumes 1, 2 & 3 is the most important book in your library. For the well being of your body, mind, heart & soul.
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