Do you know who the key players are in fueling the body? Who regulates stress and maintains your energy level?
Their presence was first recognized in the early 16th century. Yet it wasn’t until about 50 years later that a Guy’s Hospital physician, Thomas Addison, showed these key players were necessary for life. He identified them as the cause in a previously mysterious and fatal illness, now known as Addison’s disease.
Have you figured out who they are yet?
Here’s another clue…
One produces the steroid aldosterone (which controls mineral and water balance and blood pressure). The other produces cortisol (which affects the metabolism of glucose, protein, fats, and your appetite). Cortisol is also a key component of the “fight or flight” reaction in moments of crisis.
Still not sure?
Here’s another clue:
Vitamin B6 is an essential fuel for these key players, aiding in regulating stress and maintaining energy.
Congratulations… if you figured it out!
We are talking about the adrenal glands. These hard working glands sit on top of each kidney and are key factors to your good health. Therefore, if you suffer from a vitamin B6 deficiency, your adrenal glands will suffer too.
Do you have a combination of any of the following symptoms?
Rash, oily, or scaly skin around the scalp, eyebrows, and ears
Worsening PMS symptoms
Muscle spasms and cramps
Memory problems, brain fog, blue moods
Inability to remember dreams
If you have any of these symptoms you may be suffering from a vitamin B6 deficiency.
Up to 78% of women are deficient and don’t realize it, especially women on the pill or HRT (hormone replacement therapy).
These medicines drain the body of B6. Even a slight shortage can lead to fatigue, anxiety, fogginess, and blue moods. More severe deficiencies result in joint pain, weakness, and body-wide inflammation.
Alcohol and caffeine also deplete the body of B6.
You can boost the absorption of B6 by eating foods high in magnesium and other B complex vitamins… such as, sunflower seeds and avocado.
Some other revitalizing natural solutions include:
Artichoke – Twice a week, artichoke can give you the pep you need to power through your busiest days according to Swedish researchers. This vegetable’s active ingredient (silymarin) improves the body’s absorption of fatigue-fighting potassium and magnesium.
Cucumber slices – One cup a day can help you stay calm in the midst of chaos. Researchers at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut found the plant compounds in cucumbers help dampen the production of stress hormones to soothe frazzled nerves. The benefits can last for about four hours.
Watercress – A cup added to sandwiches and salads delivers 106% of the daily value of vitamin K (a nutrient that speeds the healing of damaged muscles, ligaments, and cartilage). You should notice less pain within a week or two.
Snap Peas – The rich supply of amino acids in sugar snap peas provide the basic building blocks for mood-boosting brain chemicals. One cup can chase away the blues for up to five hours.
For those with a vitamin B6 deficiency it’s suggested you add a B-complex pill with pyridoxine hydrochloride or pyridoxal – 5 – phosphate (a coenzyme that is involved in the synthesis of amino acids).