Emma’s Health Talk – August 2018

Adrenals and Their Function August 2018

Hard to believe we are already into the final days of summer.  As these days wind down and planning begins for returning to school and back to work.  That usually presents the rush of buying school supplies, finding larger size clothes for the kids, (how could they have grown so much over the last two months) and back to work for those of us who have actually had a vacation.

Recognizing how much our need to be at our best for these new directions, the best plans have to include the “Me First” so I can take care of YOUR needs model.  We are at our best when we feel energized, alert and stress free.  The way to achieve that condition is knowing how to maintain a healthy body.  Lets talk about the Adrenal system and what its function provides.

I love reading from the book on Nutritional Healing by Dr. James F. Balch and Phyllis A. Balch C.N.C. because it is written in a manor easy to understand and apply the suggested methods regarding good health.  In this edition Dr. Balch describes for us the appearance and function for normal and healthy adrenals.

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Adrenals are a pair of triangular shaped organs that rest on top of the kidneys with each gland weighing slightly less than 1/5 of an ounce.  They are made up of two parts: the cortex, which is responsible for the production of cortisone and the medulla which secretes adrenaline.  When functioning properly they help keep salt and water balance in the body and are also involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of blood sugar.  When not working properly the results can effect many areas of daily life.  Reduced function can produce weakness, lethargy, food cravings, allergies, headaches and blood sugar disorders.

Consuming plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, particularly green leafy ones, adding olive and safflower oils to your daily diet along with whole grains and rice are healthy additions as well.  Also beneficial are garlic, onions, shiitake mushrooms and deep-water fish, such as wild caught salmon and tuna.  Avoiding alcohol, caffeine and tobacco are substances that are highly toxic to these glands so removing them from your diet is a real good choice.  I hope this has been information that will move you towards a healthier lifestyle.

We are here to answer any questions on this subject or any other health related topic.  Don’t forget to listen to me on Hot Talk Radio 99.5 with Dave and Liz on the first Monday of each month at 8:00 am.  You can stop by our office Monday through Friday at 2798-D Howard Ave. in Market Common or call us at 843 997-7037.

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