Dark winter days getting you down? Tired all the time? It’s not all in your head.
Winter is the season when your body naturally slows down.
Harsh, cold weather, post holidays and darkness can particularly exhaust your kidneys and adrenals.
Ann Louise Gittleman, in her book, ‘Fat Flush For Life’ lists symptoms of kidney and adrenal weakness to include:
- An inability to deal with stress
- Low stamina
- Frequent pain or weakness in the knees or lower back
- A craving for salt or addiction to sweets
- Difficulty waking up and getting going in the morning
If this sounds like you and you’re tired all the time, then try this tip to boost your energy!
Have Twice as Much Energy With This Energy Boosting Tip
A simple daily practice can help to restore your kidneys and adrenals. Start your day by doing this:
First, upon awakening, drink 1 litre of filtered water towards your required amount for the day.
A good rule of thumb is 1 litre for every 50 lbs of body weight.
Your body is at it’s cleanest first thing in the morning. It;s worked hard for you overnight and used a lot of energy to ‘clean house’ while you were sleeping. To help it along a good practice is to drink water.
Drinking water, first thing in the morning, helps your kidneys flush out the accumulated toxins build up from the previous day. These are things like uric acid, discarded cellular toxins, and other metabolic waste products.
If you skip this step, your body will retain what fluids and toxins it does have and you feel it as plain sluggish.
Next, be sure to include a good source of salt in your daily diet.
There is so much misunderstanding about salt that I want to clear some things up.
Salt supports healthy adrenal function. Healthy adrenal function not only equates to a day full of natural energy, it also is important for balancing hormones. Something many are striving for these days.
Those embarking on a ketogenic style diet or low carb diet needs to pay particular close attention to the importance of salt. Mark Sisson, in his most recent book, ‘The Keto Reset Diet’, recommends, about 2 teaspoons of fine salt or a little under 3 teaspoons of kosher salt). Along with 300-400 mg magnesium, and 1-2 grams of potassium each day on top of your normal food. He explains, going keto really flushes out water weight, and tons of electrolytes leave with it.
Additionally, Dr. James Wilson believes that increasing intake would benefit people with adrenal fatigue. The physician, who wrote “Adrenal Fatigue: 21st Century Stress Syndrome,” points out that salt cravings remain common among his patients and recommends they respond to them with a greater salt intake.
Not only that, salt (sodium chloride) is essential to proper digestion. Your body needs chloride to make hydrochloric acid to properly break down your proteins and absorb the minerals from your food. Proteins are the building blocks of good health and minerals are what the body uses for proper function.
Not all salt is created equal. Turn to Celtic or Himalayan Salt (or a combination of both). These special salts are known to contain over 84 trace minerals including selenium, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. These minerals have the property to induce better sleep, promote healthy body functions, restore sodium level in blood, flush out body toxins and relieve inflammation. Multiple studies have reported mineral deficiencies with being tired all the time.
Lastly, eat parsley. This natural diuretic contains apiole, an organic compound that stimulates the kidneys to release its accumulated fluids. With it’s high content of vitamins and minerals, parsley makes it ideal for combating weakness, fatigue, mental and physical fatigue.
A good way to eat parsley is to chop up a handful and add it at the end to your salads and veggie stir fries. I make this a common practice and combine other warming herbs and spices like garlic, cayenne, and turmeric. These are equally beneficial to boosting metabolism too! Always an added bonus!
In summary to help you stop feeling tired all the time and start getting some energy back, support your kidneys and adrenals with this energy boosting tip.
Your simple daily practice.
First: Begin your day with 1 litre of filtered water,
Next: Incorporate 2 tsp of salt (Celtic or Himalayian or both),
Finally: Add parsley into your meals.
Think you can do it? I know you can!
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