I've recently collaborated with my friend and fellow EmFit EMbassador Primally Balanced. She just released her line of essential oils she formulated to help with her adrenal issues. Despite a diet and lifestyle change, she couldn't get her glutes to fire, and by using these oils she has been able to improve her performance. Hamstring dominance is a sign of adrenal dysfunction because your adrenals are neurologically connected to your pelvic muscles; when your adrenals are week, your pelvic floor is weak which can cause lower back pain and also make it hard to activate your glutes.
I also am prone to adrenal dysfunction; we all are, some more than others. That's just a consequence of our modern lifestyles. I've personally battled with what some would call adrenal fatigue, and my stress management is something I try to be cognizant of every day. These oils have helped with that so much! I love to roll the Morning Awaken blend over my adrenal Chapman Reflex points (1" over and 2" up from your belly button) upon waking, and I use the Evening Calm blend when I get home from work. These essential oils are very high quality and smell so good--no harsh scents! This has helped me be more in tune with my body's stress levels as I try to maintain normal daily cortisol rhythms.
Adrenal dysfunction is prevalent in our society, but it's not often talked about in the mainstream. Doctors will only test for Addison's Disease, but the fact is that adrenal dysfunction is not black and white and happens on a sliding scale. If you suffer from chronic stress, you are likely dealing with some form of adrenal dysfunction.
To read about signs and symptoms of adrenal dysfunction (and what to do about it) head on over to Primally Balanced to read my two-part blog post.
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Another great resource for dealing with adrenal dysfunction is Emily Schromm's Adrenal Challenge. It's a 7-day series of videos and resources sent to your inbox, starting as soon as you sign up (includes supplement support). It's a great deal and totally worth it (before I became an NTP, this helped me recover from some pretty severe adrenal dysfunction). You could also make an appointment with me or a local NTP in your area :-)
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This is a very simple no-cook lunch or dinner. It's perfect for when it is just too hot to turn the oven or stove on. I am always trying to find ways to incorporate more seaweed and other thyroid-friendly foods into my diet, besides Sea Snax. Being gluten-free, it is very hard to find sushi that does not contain gluten or is not susceptible to cross contamination. I have eaten some sushi and sashimi at Whole Foods with no issues, but that is more of a treat since it contains sugar and rice and my body doesn't respond great to either of those things. Making your own sushi seems daunting (though I have heard it is not) but since I am always looking for ways to simplify, I have found an easy way to tackle the sushi craving and get a healthy dose of iodine.
Serves 1 (makes 2 sushi burritos)
Time: 10 minutes
2 sheets of nori (I used Emerald Cove brand Organic Pacific Sushi Nori--I got mine from Whole Foods)
1 avocado, sliced
1 carrot, cut into sticks
1/4 of a cucumer, very thinly sliced
2 leafs of romaine lettuce, chopped or remove any stalky part; or 1/2 cup greens of choice
1 package (4oz) of salmon (I used Trader Joe's Wild Sockeye Smoked Salmon)
Scatter half of your lettuce or greens atop one of the nori sheets. On one end, evenly layer half the slices of salmon. Next to that, evenly layer half of the avocado. On the last end, evenly layer half of your carrots and cucumbers. Starting with the end that the salmon is on, begin to roll your sheet. I think it's easier to start rolling on the side that has softer ingredients (the salmon and avocados), and end on the side with the harder ingredients; it seems to hold better. Repeat with the other nori sheet. I like to cut mine into 3 pieces. Nori is surprisingly strong and holds really well; better than grain-based wraps, in my opinion (and is way more nutrient-dense!)
This is another recipe you can play around with. I like to add some of Primal Kitchen's Chipotle Mayo. I think it would also be really good with a drizzle of homemade sriracha sauce. You can also try it with tuna (I'm allergic to tuna but I bet it would be delicious in it!) and other veggies. Maybe even a slice of mango!