Dr Oz: Are You Exhausted?
Dr Oz heard from some of the most exhausted women in America. He narrowed it down to the “final three” who each shared how exhausted they were, and how their busy schedules were contributing to their fatigue. Alison, Debbie, and Simone all joined Dr Oz to confront their fatigue and what’s causing it. Dr Oz also welcomed Natasha Turner, a naturopathic doctor, who said it doesn’t happen overnight. The stress and fatigue builds up, causing all the late-stage symptoms like low blood sugar, problems with sleep and focus, and other health problems.
Dr Oz: Are You Experiencing Adrenal Problems?
Dr Turner explained that it could be a sign that your adrenals are overwhelmed and there are three signs that could point to the fact that a problem with your adrenals is the reason for your exhaustion. The first sign that you could be experiencing adrenal problems is if you wake up feeling hungover without having a drink the night before. Second, is if you have a fog-like state in your brain. Lastly, is if you feel lightheaded when you stand up too quickly, because it means your blood pressure is falling when you stand up because your adrenals are tired.
Dr Turner calls adrenal fatigue syndrom the “21st century stress syndrome.” A lot of people actually don’t know where their adrenals even are and Dr Turner explained that they’re two little glands that sit on top of your kidneys. Sometimes the adrenals can’t keep up when we are overwhelmed. The three women actually looked at and felt a real adrenal gland, expressing how surprised they were that it was so soft. Dr Oz explained that it’s soft because it’s made up of glands.
Dr Oz: Adrenal Fatigue
Dr Oz further explained that when you wake up in the morning, you’re supposed to get a big surge of hormones from your adrenal glands to help get you going. All morning long you should be getting the hormones you need, until you get another surge to keep you going. By the time dinner-time rolls around, you’re hardly getting any energy, because your hormones can’t take you where you need to be. The problem is when you get that “nighttime feeling” all the time.
The people who most at riskers for adrenal fatigue are those who are constantly multi-tasking, are under constant stress, and are regularly missing sleep. The good thing is that you can make big improvements to your health in just a few days.
Dr Oz: Reverse Your Exhaustion
Dr Turner believes that if you follow her plan, you can actually reverse your exhaustion. The first step is to watch the clock, because the time you eat could actually be even more important than what you eat. Those who have adrenal fatigue tend to have low levels of the hormone that stabilize blood sugar. She said if you pay close attention the clock, you can plan what you eat and when you eat. Dr Turner said it’s important to eat protein, fat, carbs, and fiber, four times a day.
You want to eat between 7-8 AM and 12-1 PM, which are typical meal times anyway so that’s nothing new. You want to break your overnight fast with protein, most importantly, but also incorporate a good fat, carbs, and fiber. Between 4 and 5 PM, it’s important to go for something like whey protein to balance cortisol. Just a scoop of almond butter, some whey protein powder, and water or almond milk. Between six and seven PM, you need to eat carbs like quinoa or sweet potatoes in order to boost hormones that improve mood and sleep.
Dr Oz: Include Vitamin C In Every Meal
Next, Dr Turner said she wants you to include vitamin C in every meal. She explained that your adrenal glands are the highest concentration of vitamin C in the body, but when we are under stress, we burn through that vitamin C incredibly fast. It’s important to spread out your vitamin C throughout the day to get a regular supply throughout the day. All kinds of fresh fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C.
Dr Oz: Low-Intensity Exercise
Dr Turner said the next thing you need is a low-intensity exercise program. Long distance running and spinning classes tend to be higher intensity than what she’s looking for. Yoga or walking with weights are great exercises for those struggling with adrenal fatigue. Pay attention to how you feel before going back to high intensity exercises. Dr Turner said to stick with it for 30-60 days.