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Saturday, December 24, 2011

Blog Quiz 12/24/11 Protein

One treatment for adrenal fatigue, according to Dr. Oz, is eating a certain amount of protein each day. How much protein did he recommend last week to support the adrenal glands?

A. 50 grams of protein
B. 60 grams of protein
C. 70 grams of protein
D. 80 grams of protein

The Answer:
C. 70 grams of protein

Your Answers:
A. 50 grams of protein - 16%
B. 60 grams of protein - 35%
C. 70 grams of protein - 35%
D. 80 grams of protein - 12%

For a while there last week, 70 grams was the most popular answer but by Friday, 60 grams pulled it up and brought on a tie.
On the 12/13/11 episode of The Dr. Oz Show, Jane Fonda's Longevity Revolution, Dr. Oz talked about adrenal fatigue.

The two adrenal glands each sit right on top of a kidney and they look like a dunce cap - attractive description for such an important gland - and are responsible for making testosterone, cortisol, adrenaline, aldosterone - a hormone that when out of balance can cause salt carvings.

Blood vessels and nerves are connected to the adrenal glands bringing in blood as well as messages. Hormones are then produced and sent from the adrenals throughout the body. A tired and overwhelmed adrenal gland looks like a dried out raisin instead of a it's normal shape more like a plump grape and the hormones are not processed properly nor are they sent back out through the body which leaves you feeling stressed and unable to deal with stress appropriately.

What is the difference between burnout and adrenal fatigue? Burnout and adrenal fatigue are the same thing. Long-term and extreme stress depletes the adrenals and brings about hormonal imbalance. The body is less able to bounce back from stress. When the adrenals are burned out and fatigued, they cannot process key hormones, leaving the body and mind feeling overwhelmed and stressed in situations that normally could be handled.

Dr. Oz says the best treatment for adrenal fatigue is nutrition and specifically getting enough protein each day – 70g of protein each day.

In addition, Dr. Oz recommends taking 1,000mg of Vitamin C daily along with 100mg of Siberian Ginseng twice a day. He suggests taking these supplements for at least two weeks to allow the hormones to realign. Often though, recovering and restoring after long-term stress can take a long time. I've heard scientists say it takes a four week vacation to recover from burnout, but it depends on how burned out you are. It may take two months or three months, everyone is different and the time to rebalance can vary.

The important part of recovering from stress is to reduce stress, nurture the body through nutrition, sleep, exercise and certainly bringing more joy into your life. Give yourself permission to nurture yourself, enrich yourself so you can continue to enrich the loved ones in your life.

Additionally, doing things that remove stress are also beneficial. Dancing, singing, yoga, intimacy with your partner were all recommended as ways to reduce stress.

When we think of protein, most often people gravitate toward animal sources which are indeed rich in protein. There is a vast world of vegetable and grain based protein that you might not have thought of or even heard of. Incorporating these non-animal sources to your meal plan can offer variety.

Each plant food has its own unique amino acid profile, from green leafy veggies to tubers, from barley to quinoa, from lentils to tofu, from macadamias to brazil nuts. By eating a variety of plant foods with 'incomplete proteins' throughout the day, we can easily get enough 'complete protein.' For lacto and ovo-lacto vegetarians, any food can be complemented by the high quality proteins in dairy products or eggs, but it isn't at all necessary to include animal foods to get enough protein in your diet.

One cup of cooked quinoa contains 8 grams of protein per serving
One cup of cooked black beans contains 15 grams of protein
One cup of dry, roasted pistachios with salt – because I love salted pistachios – contains a whopping 26 grams of protein
One cup of roasted and salted pumpkin seeds – because that's what I eat in October and November after carving the pumpkins – contains 12 grams of protein
One cup of medium-grain brown rice contains 5 grams of protein


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