5 ways to nurture your adrenals & boost your fertility

– Recently, I did a video on how stress can really impact your fertility through your adrenal health. And you know that I’m all about solutions. So, here’s a video to give you some steps to support your adrenals
and boost your fertility. (lighthearted music) Hello, lovelies, and welcome to another one of my videos. In which, I’ll be giving you five steps for you to support your adrenal health and boost your fertility that way. Because, as I explained
in a previous video, longterm stress can really negatively affect your fertility. And if you haven’t seen that video yet, then make to sure to head on
over to that after this video, or pause this video and then have a look. I will link it up here in the cards, as well as, in the description below. And since I’m going through
a pretty stressful period with the mourning of the
loss of our family member, as well as, a move to a different city, and carrying my baby
at 23 weeks pregnancy, as well as, continuing to work, I thought there wouldn’t be a better time for me to be doing this video than now. Step number one is a thank you, captain obvious kind of comment. Because you need to start resting. And if you’re already phrase
three of adrenal fatigue, then you will think,
well, that’s all I can do. I can’t get off my couch. I can’t get out of my bed, good. What you need to be doing is
sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep. And every now and then, have a little bit of gentle exercise. Just cycling, walking, swimming. But nothing too detrimental
that exhausts you even further. But just alternate it with
your naps and your night sleep. However, if you’re stage one or stage two of adrenal fatigue, stage one, being the alarm phase, and stage two, being the adaption phase, then chances are that you’re
finding it hard to rest. And that is really
important for you to know that the only way to get
out of this situation is if you force rest. Because what you need to be doing is start honoring your
circadian rhythm again. Your circadian rhythm is your bio clock, or your sleep wake cycle. In the morning, cortisol will go up. That’s the hormone that
will get you going. It’s your natural cup of coffee to get you started with the day. And that hormone will go up, and then start to drop
again at the end of the day. And as that drops, melatonin, another hormone, will start to go up. And that is the hormone that
will help us fall asleep. However, if your
cortisone levels are high, that inhibits the production of melatonin. So, if you have high cortisone levels at the end of your day, you won’t have enough melatonin for you to actually fall asleep. And this is why when you’re stage one, or two of the adrenal fatigue situation, you will feel wired and tired. During the day, you feel
restless, but exhausted. And at night, you feel
exhausted, but you can’t sleep. The only way for you to stop the cycle is if you forced yourself to sleep. There are a couple of
things that you can do in the evening to support
the production of melatonin, or at least not counteract it (laughs). And first of all, you
may already know this, it’s no screen time about one or two hours before you go to sleep. Yes, we’ve got blue light
filters that you can use. But I really think the
best thing you can do is not have any screen time
and not trigger your brain. The other thing that you don’t want is stimulants in the evening, such as, alcohol or caffeine. Instead, it’s better for
you to drink some teas, like camomile, lavender, rose,
anything that is calming. Another thing you can do to support the production of melatonin
is dim the lights. So, instead of having
the bright lights out, you can dim those, and
maybe have some candlelight. And also, when you go to
bed, wear a sleep mask. Because that way, you
can block out any light that might be coming from
the streetlights outside, or from your roommate, I mean,
your house mates (laughs). Like, under the door or something. That will also help produce the melatonin a little bit better. Initially, you may not see a difference. But if you do this diligently, after a couple of days, you will notice that you
will start to get tired naturally again in the evening. It may take awhile for you to actually feel refreshed in the morning, but this is a good first step, right? Step number two is to actually
get your body to rest. Because, yes, these are good
things that I just mentioned. But if you’re stage one and two, if you are wired and tired, you may still find it
really difficult to rest, whether it’s during the
day, on your weekends, your days off, or in the evening. So, there are a couple of tools that you can use to help you rest. And you know what? If you apply these tools, they are a part of a self
care type of routine. And self care alone helps you to get out of your head and into your body. And when you’re more aware of your body, that will help you relax
and fall asleep more easily. And relax, generally. If you have, for example,
very tense and painful tummy, if you put your hand on it, you will become more aware of that area, and it starts to relax. This is why massages are also so helpful. It’s not just because somebody
is kneading at the knots. It’s just that act of touch makes you more aware of your body. And in your body and out of
your head, and helps you relax. So, the tools I’m about
to mention help you to get out of that head and
into your body, and then relax. So, you may have already heard of some really great
calming essential oils. They are not uncommon anyway. But I’m just mentioning
everything right here that I think is useful. And the calming oils that I love are lavender, bergamot,
chamomille, for example, and there’s also vetivert. I’m never sure how you pronounce that. But it’s also a citrus-y
type of essential oil, like bergamot is. So, you can either put them in a carrier and use them as massage oil, or to rub your feet,
or something like that. Or you can put them in a bath, or you can diffuse them, or add them to your non
scented body lotion. If you’re going to be taking baths, then add some Epsom salt, as well. This is magnesium. And magnesium helps you calm your system, which I will mention later
again and explain a bit more. But Epsom salts are fantastic. And if you don’t have a
bath that you can lie in, then take foot baths. They are just as efficient and effective. When it comes to the touch
approach to help you relax, you can rub your feet,
as I just mentioned. You can put on body
lotion, very consciously. That will be helpful. But you can also get a
professional massage, maybe at the end of your day. Or have somebody else, like a loved one, massage your back or
your feet or your neck, at night to help you relax as well. And if you would like some
support in this generally, I really recommend to see a
osteopath every now and then. Because they can really work on those deep levels of relaxation, that you can’t even access. I have this really weird
knot on the right side. And I still don’t know, to this day, how I can actually relax it
without going to an osteopath. Make sure that your environment is nice and soothing and calming. I already mentioned dimming the lights, and that you can light some candles. But think of listening to some gentle and soothing music that you love. This is what you do for
our babies, as well, right? Lullabies, why shouldn’t
you have lullabies? And then, I also like to point you towards a really old video of mine. In which, I share an
exercise to bring up joy so that you can bring
up the hormones DHEA. But you can also lower cortisol. And when you do that exercise, it brings the cortisol
levels down straight away. So, I’ll link that again in the cards and in the description below. So, make sure you check that out too. I did say that you shouldn’t be taking any stimulants at night. But, generally, there
are a couple of things that you don’t want to be putting in your body to pester you adrenals. Because stimulants go a lot further than just alcohol and caffeine. So, yes, those are two
that you want to avoid, in the very least, in the evening. But maybe you generally shouldn’t be taking those if you’re very stressed out, and you’re going down
that adrenal fatigue path. Other things that you
want to avoid are sugar, because sugar is an inflammatory agent. And if you have an
inflammation in your body, that’s stress from within. Because stress, as I
mentioned in that other video, is not just emotional stress. It can also be physical stress. So, you’ll want to avoid sugar. Orange juice is another stimulant. Weirdly enough, chocolate is a stimulant. And don’t forget about
cigarettes and drugs, in general. I just wanted to mention as well that if you drink
caffeine in the afternoon, as a pick me up but it stopped working, that should be a huge red flag to you. Because that means that
you’re trying to stimulate your adrenals to produce
cortisol to get you going, and your adrenals aren’t reacting. So, what does that say? They are in shut down
or in depletion, right? So, then is really time to
cut out all of the stuff, and make some huge, huge,
huge lifestyle changes before you are completely wiped out. Now that we talked about what you shouldn’t be putting into your body, let’s talk what you should
be putting into your body. I already mentioned magnesium,
in the form of Epsom salts. But in stressful periods, I like to take, and I like to prescribe
to my patients and family to take 100 milligrams four
to five times a day with food. Because the whole thing with magnesium is that during stress periods,
you need more of it. Because if you’re depleted in magnesium, then you will feel restless and nervous, and you may also get muscle aches. Cupping up is a really, really good idea. Take them four to five
times, 100 milligrams a day. Until you get a more healthy rhythm, and you’re able to fall
asleep at night again. Then reduce to maybe three times a day, or use a maintenance dose
of 100 milligrams a day. If you have very painful periods, then this is really useful as well. I’ve mentioned that in one of
my videos on painful periods. But if you have painful periods, just think about whether you might be depleted in magnesium, and whether that has to do with
stress and adrenal fatigue. Because chances are, that those things are going together for you. Now, we also would like to top up on vitamin C as a booster. Because in our bodies,
the highest concentration of vitamin C is actually in our adrenals. So, that says something about what our adrenals want, right? What I know from experience
with adrenal fatigue and with my patients that
have adrenal fatigue, or hypothyroidism, is that they can take
two grams of vitamin C, and then suddenly feel like
they had a cup of coffee without the jitteriness
and the nervousness. But actually have the clarity of mind, and have some energy to get going again. So, this is what I can really recommend. You can take four to five
grams a day, spread out. But just watch what
happens to your bowels, as it’s possible that you get loose stool, or diarrhea if you take too much of it. If that happens, then just
tone it down a little bit. Another thing that I really love is a herbal tonic
combination of Glycyrrhiza, which is liquorice, and
gingko, and ginseng. In the Netherlands and some
Scandinavian countries, liquorice is a very common sweet. And I really noticed that a
lot of people in the offices will start to binge on
liquorice in the afternoon. Well, that tells you everything about their stress levels and
their adrenals, doesn’t it? However, with any type of herbs, you need to make sure
that it’s appropriate for you to take while
you’re try to conceive. Because most herbs are advised against, while you are pregnant. And therefore, also when
you’re trying to conceive. So make sure that when you take that, you do that together with a
herbalist or a naturopath, and not just based on my advice. You can also take
supplements with these herbs if you have difficulty
finding the tinctures. Although, I find the
tinctures way more effective. And the supplements, you should definitely give a two to three month
chance to see an effect. However, sometimes it’s useful to take the supplements rather than the tinctures because I feel like the tincture will give you an instant boost. But the supplements will give you an ongoing feeding of the adrenals, in a longer period of recovery time. And now, let’s talk a little
bit about foods, as well. We are looking for foods
that we can snack on that contain high levels of tryptophan, or melatonin itself. Now, we talked about melatonin,
how that helps you sleep. But tryptophan is a
precursor of melatonin. Our bodies use tryptophan
to produce melatonin, as well as, serotonin. Serotonin is the hormone that we need for clarity and alertness
and for our mood. While the melatonin is
the one to help us sleep. Tryptophan rich foods are usually the ones that are also protein rich. Look at poultry, so chicken or turkey. Salmon is great, eggs is
greats, nuts, spinach. And what I really like is quark. And this is something apparently that is very common in Scandinavian and northern European countries, but not so much in the rest of the world. But I know of patients that they have found it in the US, for example. So, have a look. If you can’t find it, then think of maybe something like cafe or yogurt. There are lots of melatonin
rich foods, as well. But the most common ones are bananas, so that’s a good nighttime snack. Cherries, so I love to have cherry juice sometimes at night. Although, it is quite sweet. So, maybe it’s not always the best choice. But every now and then, you can have that, especially if it’s pure. And also, ginger, which is very warming
and anti-inflammatory. And we’ve got tomatoes. So, you can have a tomato salad at dinner. And you will know that you are topping up on your melatonin. And now, of course, we’ve got
our homeopathic treatment. Now, if you are really struggling with adrenal fatigue or hypothyroidism, and this is what is missing with your stress levels and your sleep, then you really need to seek
out homeopathic treatment with somebody that is trained. So, they can take your case
and treat your chronic issues. Because just a remedy here or there is not going to solve
the deeper rooted issues. However, there are a couple of remedies that I wanted to suggest to
you that are super helpful. If you’re just going
through a stressful phase, or just a support, or to take while you are waiting
for you first appointment. And the first is magnesiuim phosphoricum. And the way that you would
take this is in a 6x dosage. In some countries, that
could be D6, by the way. And the way that you’d do it is you’ve got a couple of
tablets, like four of five, and you put it in a mug or a glass, and you pour hot water over it. So, you drink it like a tea. You drink it as hot as you
can possibly take it at night. And you can take this
whenever you feel you need it. Another remedy is nux vomica. I’ve mentioned this in
several other videos because it’s a really common remedy. It’s a liver remedy, as well. So, if you particularly
wake up at three AM, then this could be a good remedy. And if, during the day,
you feel really wired, (chuckles) you are living on coffee, you are being a workaholic, you might be a little bit annoyed easily, the nux vomica could be a good remedy to help you fall asleep at night. And you can take it in the potency 12C. And then, put it in a glass of water, and sip from it for about half an hour. It doesn’t really matter
how much water it is. It’s about the frequency with homeopathy. So, I would have you sip it
for about 20 to 30 minutes, frequently, to help you sleep at night. And then, the third remedy that I love to suggest is called cocculus. And you can take that in a 30C. You take that in the morning. So, this is not so much
to help you fall asleep, but it is a great remedy for
those that has loss of sleep. So, I prescribe it to nursing mothers. I prescribe it people that are maybe taking somebody
else during the night. But also, for people that have jet lag. And again, you can put
it in a bottle of water. And then, sip it throughout the day if you’ve had a really bad night. Just to get you through the day. So, there you are. There are five steps to
help you start nurturing your adrenals and boost your fertility. If you’re interested in more
videos on hormone imbalance and how you can treat it naturally, make sure to click on the playlist on your screen right now. And in the meantime, see
you in the next video, bye.

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