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Adrenals and Whole Foods

Posted Feb 10 2009 10:59am

I have been struggling lately with diet and adrenal fatigue. Ever since I stopped eating fish something seems off. So I have started researching yet again and will include a new Adrenal Fatigue section at the top right of my blog. I have blown my adrenals yet again and I have been working over the past 6 months on building them up. I seem to build them up and then tear them down. So of course I look to diet. I want to stay 80% Raw or more as I know I feel best that way but I am in need of the proper balance of which foods I need to be eating. I never really paid too much attention to the Potassium/Sodium balance and I think this is very interesting. I don’t have the answer but I am finding some incredibly useful information. I’ve also added some links below to check out under Adrenal Fatigue.

This site from Natural Ways is extremely helpful and stresses a whole food natural diet but gives you specifics about which may help. Maybe you will find it helpful. Here’s some info and I urge you to click the link and read the rest it is extremely informative:

Whole Foods Diet is Recommended
Buy organically grown produce as much as possible. Avoid consumption of sugar. Refined carbohydrate, caffeine (adrenal stimulants), and alcohol should be avoided. Fasting and detoxification should not be used at the beginning of adrenal strengthening. The diet should be a building and strengthening diet. Eat plenty of fresh and lightly steamed vegetables and their juices as they contain minerals to prevent fatigue.

In restoration of the adrenal gland function one should include potassium rich foods and avoid foods high in sodium. This will help to keep the sodium/potassium balance in the body. In the standard American diet, people consume way too much sodium. Researchers recommend a dietary potassium-to-sodium ratio of greater than 5 to 1. Intake of potassium should be about 3 to 5 grams per day.

Potassium Content of Selected Foods

Milligrams (mg) per 100 grams edible portion (100 grams = 3.5 ounces)

Dulse8,060Cauliflower295
Kelp5,273Watercress282
Sunflower seeds920Asparagus278
Wheat germ827Red cabbage268
Almonds773Lettuce264
Raisins763Cantaloupe251
Parsley727Lentils, cooked249
Brazil nuts715Tomato244
Peanuts674Sweet potatoes243
Dates648Papayas234
Figs, dried640Eggplant214
Avocados604Green peppers213
Pecans603Beets208
Yams600Peaches202
Swiss chard550Summer squash202
Soybeans, cooked540Oranges200
Garlic529Raspberries199
Spinach470Cherries191
English walnuts450Strawberries164
Millet430Grapefruit juice162
Beans, cooked416Cucumbers160
Mushrooms414Grapes158
Potato with skin407Onions157
Broccoli382Pineapple146
Kale378Milk, whole144
Bananas370Lemon juice141-
Meats370Pears130
Winter squash369Eggs129
Chicken366Apples110
Carrots341Watermelon100
Celery341Brown rice, cooked70
Radishes322

Source: “Nutritive Value of American Foods in Common Units,” U.S.D.A.Agriculture Handbook No. 456

It is recommended that a person eat small, instead of large meals. According to the Oriental philosophy, foods which nurture deficient kidney energy are as follows:

milletbarlytofustring bean
black beanblack soybeanmung beanmung sprouts
kidney beanblackberrymulberryblueberry
melonswheat germpotatoseaweeds
spirulinachlorellablack sesame seedwater chestnut
crabclamsardineeggs

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