A word on Magnesium Supplementation?
Not all forms are created equally, don’t buy crappy forms like magnesium oxide, its really quite abrasive and irritative to your GIT and often results in diarrhoea.
The best forms to use internally include: Magnesium citrate, diglycinate, orotate, chloride and ascorbate.
We formulated Moment 4 Life MagME, based on the best forms of magnesium and included all the supportive co-factors which are required for absorption, assimilation and utilization of magnesium for increasing energy production, supporting the adrenal glands, assisting blood sugar regulation, nourishing the nervous system and improving muscular health.
Telling a tired, over worked, busy man, woman or mum that they need to rest can be a bit of a cliche sometimes and not always an easy pill to swallow. Whether you’re a high profile business woman or business man, a young socialite with a crazy large social life, a women approaching menopause, a man with history of recurrent GIT infections, a stay at home dad, a busy mum running around after kids or a uni student pulling long nights studying, there’s generally one thing you all have in common and that’s ‘DEPLETION’. We’re all trying to achieve that little bit more then we realistically should be able to and whether your in stage 1, 2 or 3 there’s a fair chance your body isn’t getting enough rest.
So what exactly is enough ‘Rest?’
Ideally rest is sleep, and anywhere from 5 – 9 hours a night, but its also about training your body and mind to stop, slow down and take breaks
At the very least you need to incorporate ‘down time’ into your day, even if its 15 minutes, twice a day of just stopping and switching off and stopping your busy thoughts. Set aside this time, everyday and during that time completely stop what you are doing and break what ever routine you have going on.
Force yourself to have a break – have a cup of Holy Basil herbal tea, outside or out of your office or usual environment. If your break is when the kids are asleep, make sure you break for house hold chores to sit outside in the sun or lie on the bed with your eyes closed even if you do not sleep.
4. Manage Stimulant Use
The Most Commonly Abused Stimulants
- REFINED SUGAR
- ENERGY DRINKS – RED BULL, MOTHER, V
- RECREATIONAL DRUGS
- SOFT DRINKS – COKE, DIET COKE, COKE ZERO
- PRE-WORKOUT SUPPLEMENTS
- WEIGHT LOSS MEDICATIONS – DUROMINE
The bottom line when it comes to ANY stimulant, whether it be used a a pick me up, habit forming or not, prescribed or taken purely for enjoyment, all of the most common ‘stimulants’ are very dangerous for your body and place huge amounts of stress upon your adrenal glands. There is of course variation between the ‘strength’ or severity of the stimulus provided depending which item you are using, but in the long run, all of the above items will rapidly deplete your body of minerals, damage the liver and gradually drain and deplete the adrenal glands.
MODERATION IS KEY
I do believe that, refined sugar, alcohol and coffee, can be enjoyed occasionally if taken responsibly, but these items must also be respected and fully understod the consequences they have upon the body. None of these items should every be relied upon for a ‘kick’ as it is this kick which is ultimately like a whip, flogging the adrenal glands to work harder, produce more Adrenalin, cortisol and other ‘stress’ chemicals in order to allow the body to work a little harder. The problem with artificially stimulating the body like this, is that in order for the body to produce more stress chemicals is requires a huge amount of vitamins and minerals in order to do so. If you are forcing the body to preform with artificial fuel, like coffee, alcohol, diet coke etc the body has to dip into its reserves in order to produce the hormones, chemicals and energy, which as you can imagine is extremely depleting.
If you ENJOY any of these items, then they must just be consumed with caution, considered a treat and enjoyed in moderation.
COFFEE, is a slight exception to the rule, it is still stimulating and of course depleting when over consumed, but coffee does have some health benefits:
- Improves mental clarity
- Aids memory and concentration
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels
- Provides a gentle laxative effect
- Increases metabolism and fat burning
- Can improve physical exercise performance
- Includes B2, B3, B5, Magnesium, Potassium, Manganese (must be good quality organic coffee)
- Believed to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease
The key to identifying what is a safe amount of coffee to consume depends on
a) what do you have with your coffee? If you are loading it up with sugar, milk and drinking non-organic coffee, then the negatives of those additives in my opinion rule out any of the potential benefits
b) if you are drinking more than 1 cup of good quality coffee per day, you are abusing a good thing and the stress you are placing on the adrenal glands will most likely undo the potential benefits
c) if you are drinking instant, roasted coffee you will not receive any of the above benefits
d) if you are consuming coffee along side a crappy, nutrient depleted diet, you will not have the vital energy and nutrient reserves to protect your body from the ‘simulating’ effect.
Revise the Eating Plan Guidelines from week 1 to ensure you are consuming coffee responsibly.
WEIGHT LOSS AGENTS, ENERGY DRINKS, PRE-WORKOUT STIMULANTS
I do not think there is ever a place for these agents. In my opinion there is no benefit that would warrant their use, I find these items to be very damaging to the adrenal system, placing huge amounts of stress on the body including the liver and kidneys and rapidly depleting the body. The ‘short term’ fix that may be received from these items will only dig yourself into a deeper hole which is harder and harder to get out of, the longer you rely on these artificial, unnatural highs.
AUDIO: How to Safely Reduce Stimulant use
5. Add a Green Juice or Smoothie to your daily routine
6. Adaptogen Herbal Support
7. Essential Fatty Acids
WARNING: Not all Fish oil supplements are created equally – Don’t get sucked into cheap, poor quality Brands
8. Include Himalayan Salt in your Diet
When the adrenal glands are fatigued due to extended periods of stress, a nutritionally depleted diet, inadequate rest and general hormone imbalances they are unable to produce enough adrenaline, cortisol and aldosterone. Aldosterone plays a crucial role in maintaining adequate sodium levels within the body, which is required for regulating fluid balance. When aldosterone is deficient your needs for natural sodium increases, which is often why salt cravings are common among those with adrenal fatigue.
The best salts to use are Himalayan Sea salt (pink salt) or celtic sea salt. Never use standard supermarket iodised or table salt as this is heavily processed, bleached and often contaminated with many impurities. The synthetic nature of this salt, will in fact rob the body of minerals and does not contain the natural minerals which natural sea and land salts contain.
HOW MUCH SALT SHOULD I USE?
Here you need to let your taste buds do the talking. If you are feeling particularly run down and adrenally depleted you will have noticed that you are craving more salt, and in this case it is perfectly ok to add extra salt to all of your meals. You will find that with time your desire for salt will decrease and this is a sign your adrenal health is improving and you are now producing more aldosterone.
Aim to consume at least 1/2 teaspoon of Himalayan salt each day, you can do this by adding it to your food throughout the day, or alternatively you can mix 1/4 teaspoon of pink salt with a glass of water, twice daily.
THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER
For your body to gain the benefits of salt, you must consume enough water to allow your body to regulate out cellular fluid balance, so always ensure you are drinking at least 2 to 2.5 litres of water EVERYDAY.
9. Infrared Sauna’s
Because infrared sauna’s are very gentle, you can safely use these everyday, depending on how easily you can access a sauna. The best thing to do is to a google search in your local area, day spa’s, gyms and health clubs often have infrared sauna’s which are available to the public for a fee.
I actually truly believe that an Infrared sauna is a really good investment and every home should own one. Of course it is a big upfront cost, but it is something worth planning for due to the dramatic health benefits and the simple fact that the whole family can utilize the sauna without too much discomfort. Many detoxification practices can be uncomfortable, difficult and socially akward ie juice fasting, enemas, colonic irrigation, avoiding alcohol etc, where as an infrared sauna is a safe detoxification practice which is enjoyable and relatively easy to squeeze 15-20 minutes into everyday.
USING A SAUNA
Ideally, as often as you can, for a period of 20 minutes, once to twice daily, of course this is only possible if you have unlimited access.
Depending on how much space you have available in your home there are many variations in saunas, ranging from large wooden 6 seater versions to small portable options which are relatively affordable.
You can pick up a portable infrared sauna for approx $250 Or a more permanent wooden style set up ranging from $1500 – 3000, with a simple google search will bring up many options available within Australia.
10. Identify, Address & Treat Systemic Infection
It is believed that up to 80% of the population will at some point carry either a parasite or possess ‘Dysbiosis’ which is the over growth of unhealthy or bad bacteria within the GIT tract. We are addressing this situation with the use of your stage one supplements which you are starting this week – KleanseME & ClearME, both of which contain anti-parasitic and anti-microbial properties. In week 3, when we address the Digestive system in more details you will receive a more in depth treatment protocol for identifying and addressing a potential parasite infection.
Thrush, AKA Candida overgrowth
Another really common infection is a yeast or candida over growth which presents with symptoms including:
- Skin and nail fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus
- Feeling tired and worn down, or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, or diarrhea
- Autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, lupus, psoriasis, scleroderma, or multiple sclerosis
- Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD, and brain fog
- Skin issues like eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
- Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
- Vaginal infections, urinary tract infections, rectal itching, or vaginal itching
- Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
- Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings
So how do I treat the overgrowth?
Rest assured with you current supplement regime and the additional treatment protocol coming next week, we’ve got you sorted! However if you feel you have suffered from a candida overgrowth for a long period of time, it is possible that the basic 2 week course of herbs will not be enough to eradicate your infection if it has completely overrun your system. In that case, check out this practitioner only product, Ultra Flora SB Dysbiosis, which is available from the Naturopathic only Clinic online.