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General Health - Book extract - Your path to True Happiness

By Dr Mark Atkinson

True Happiness, a ground-breaking book, written by Dr Mark Atkinson, is released this month. It provides an innovative mind-body approach, backed by sound nutritional advice, to help you live a truly healthy, happy life. Here is just a small extract ……..

Adrenal fatigue           

If you are tired on waking up in the morning, chronically stressed out or suffer from any long-standing health problem, then you might be experiencing adrenal fatigue, a commonly missed barrier to True Happiness. The adrenals are two small pyramid-shaped glands sitting on top of your kidneys. Despite their small size, they are vitally important to your health and wellbeing – they help your body respond to stress, maintain the body’s energy, regulate the immune system and keep your blood sugar, fluid levels and blood pressure within a healthy range. Healthy adrenal glands secrete very precise amounts of steroid hormones. However, too much ongoing physical, emotional, environmental and/or psychological stress can cause an imbalance in the function of the adrenals, and the result is adrenal fatigue, also known as adrenal burnout syndrome. This is a common condition that arises when the adrenal glands are no longer able to meet the demands placed upon them.

Do You Have Adrenal Fatigue?

Please fill in the following questionnaire

no = 0,  occasionally = 1,  yes = 2

Do you:

  • Feel stressed, restless, overwhelmed and/or exhausted? (multiply your score by 3) 
  • Experience anxiety, nervousness, irritability, phobias or panic attacks? (multiply your score by 2) 
  • Keep yourself going on sugar, caffeine and/or snacks? (multiply your score by 2) 
  • Experience light-headedness on standing?  
  • Feel more awake at night?   
  • Crave salty foods, sugar or liquorice?  
  • Have dark circles under your eyes or are your eyes sensitive to bright lights?
  • Spend the whole day rushing from one thing to another?   
  • Suffer from interrupted sleep or insomnia?  
  • Get absent-minded or feel that your short-term memory lets you down? 

TOTAL SCORE =

A score of 12 or more suggests you would benefit from the following supplement regime.  In addition to taking a foundation programme of a multivitamin-mineral-antioxidant formula, 2000mg of vitamin C with bioflavanoids and 1000mg of fish oil or 3000mg of flaxseed oil, you should also consider:

  • Pantothenic acid (500-600 mg a day) – this is also known as vitamin B5 and is the most important ‘anti-stress’ B vitamin.
  • Magnesium (400-800mg a day) – this helps to relieve stress, tension and to support adrenal hormone manufacture.

To these, I would also add one of the following adaptogenic herbs (these help the body to restore balance, fight fatigue and boost energy levels):

  • Rhodiola (also called Arctic Root) – this is a traditional herbal remedy which is widely used to boost stamina and endurance, and reduce stress-related symptoms including fatigue and anxiety.
  • Ashwagandha (also called Indian ginseng) – this works more as a nerve tonic. It balances the nervous system and the musculoskeletal system, enabling the body to relax and sleep.
  • Ginseng – this is another adaptogen that has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine as a tonic to help the body reach its full potential for health. There are a few different types of ginseng, but those must useful for helping to recharge the adrenals include a combination of Siberian, Korean and American ginseng.

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