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4 Nutrition Tips for Happiness

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Are you feeling stressed? Are you always tired, overwhelmed, or feeling depressed? Do you wake up still tired, unable to think straight in the morning without caffeine, need high-carb snacks, more caffeine, or a nap to get through the afternoon? Do you feel desperate for the energy you once had? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, you could be one of the 19 million Americans that suffer from adrenal fatigue. The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system, they are grape sized glands that are your stress glands. When your adrenal glands become tired from trying to keep up with the demands you place on them daily, they stop working. Bad nutrition, daily demands, and deadlines will quickly put the body into an unending cycle of exhaustion and poor nutrition. As the adrenal glands become increasingly stressed, we end up with excess abdominal weight, low immunity, lack of concentration, irritability, depression, disrupted sleep, and ultimately, exhausted. Healthy adrenals are the key to helping your body make Endorphins or “Happy Hormones”. Endorphins are what give you a sense of happiness, satisfaction, and well-being. If your stress glands are stressed, you won’t have that “all is well” feeling.
This common problem of adrenal exhaustion is very easy to fix. First, you need to allow your body to rest as much as you can. Learn to say “No” to any work or activities that are beyond what your body can handle. Second, diet and supplements are very important to promote and support healthy happy hormone function. I recommend the following nutrition to heal your stress glands.


*EAT FAT AND SEA SALT- Yes that’s right. Your body uses good fats to make happy hormones, so if you are on a fat free diet your body doesn’t have what it needs to make any hormones. Good fats to eat include butter, olive oil, and coconut oil. You want to have plenty of sodium for your adrenals to function and sea salt also contains trace minerals.

*EAT MEAT AND EGGS – You want to make sure you are giving your body frequent, high protein meals and snacks. Proteins contain Amino acids, and they are the building blocks for healthy cells and proper function of the endocrine system. Limit your sugar, alcohol, and caffeine, a diet high in these three puts daily stress on your body and your adrenals have to respond to this stress as much as they do the deadline at work.

*ALWAYS HAVE PROTEIN FOR BREAKFAST – If you have carbohydrate or fruit for breakfast the sugar will cause your adrenals to be stressed and working hard before you even start the day. A better option is eggs cooked in butter.

*EAT REAL FOOD- Try to avoid any fake food, if you can’t recognize the ingredients, neither can your body.
In addition, you also need to be taking a “whole food” multi-vitamin and an extra vitamin C and B complex. These are vitamins that are quickly used up when under daily stress so we need to take them daily. You also need to supplement magnesium. I recommend magnesium at night to help you sleep and repair your body while you are resting.

We all live in a face paced world, but if you take care of your body it will take care of you.

Cammi Balleck, Ph.D, is the leading Happy Hormone Doctor. She specializes in Happiness and training the body to make, keep, and balance happy hormones. She graduated in 2003 with a Doctorate Degree in Naturopathic Health and has been the owner of Elite Wellness Center since. Cammi has been cited in Healthy Mama, and on Radio and TV. She is the author of Making Happy Happen and Get Real. Cammi's passion is helping everyone improve their health, and live happy, whole lives. Cammi also loves to be outdoors and climbing 14,000 foot mountains in her spare time. For more information on helping your bodies make happy hormones see her new book at www.makinghappyhappen.com

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