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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Episode 81 (Epilogue): Adrenal Fatigue

            Our hosts Laura and Ryan were joined in studio by WSLR favorite, Eve Plews! Eve is a Florida Board of Medicine Licensed Nutrition Counselor, highly-sought after public speaker, and host of two of Florida’s radio health shows, No Nonsense Nutrition (WSLR 96.5FM, Mondays at 9 am) and Alternative Health (WMNF 88.5FM, every other Monday at 10 am). She also runs Full Spectrum Health , which celebrated its 25th anniversary this month.  Our show tonight focused on adrenal heath and adrenal fatigue. Eve gave us a rundown of what we mean when we talk about “adrenal health,” where the adrenal gland are located, what they do, and how their function affects our body as a whole. Eve described the importance of the adrenal glands for various hormone production, including DHEA, adrenaline, and cortisol. We also discussed the ways in which the modern world may promote constant biological reactions to stress, which while originally meant to benefit human in dangerous fight or flight situations, now may negatively impact them.

                We moved to a discussion of what individuals can do to keep adrenal glands healthy, focusing specifically on the importance of sleep. Eve described to us the importance of maintaining a proper sleep schedule, and described some symptoms of problematic sleeping which can be representative of adrenal issues.  Eve also highlighted the importance of proper nutrition, particularly a protein heavy breakfast, and eating full and complete meals instead of grazing throughout the day. Eve also gave some advice for nutritional intake for pregnant individuals.

                We then discussed the societal influence of pushes for productivity which can negatively affect individual’s propensity for self-care. Eve stressed that with proper rest and self-care individuals will be able to get more work done during a lesser period of time. Finally, Eve answered some of our listener questions, which focused on topics such as adrenal function in stressful life events, the relationship between kidney stones and adrenal health, and adrenal fatigue during pregnancy.

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