Christen Resmo RN, BSN, CHC, CRMT, Board Certified Holistic Nurse

My Specialties

Recovery from Fatigue and Stress
Gastrointestinal Health and Balance
Immune Support

Do you find yourself asking... why am I so tired all of the time? 

It used to be that an extra cup of coffee, a high-sugar snack, a quick nap or an extra hour of sleep over the weekend gave you the boost that you needed to rebound from too much stress. But now, forget it! Nothing seems to give you the energy that you need to keep up with the pace of life. You've been under stress for so long that those quick and temporary fixes just don't work anymore. Your nervous system has been running on high alert and your adrenal system has been trying to compensate, but you just can't keep up with this pace. The signs have been there for a while, but you've been too busy to really address them. Until one day, your body says, "Enough!"

If you have been under prolonged stress, you may be experiencing adrenal fatigue.

About 70-80% of people in the United States go to doctors complaining of fatigue. The same percentage of people seek out help for stress-related conditions. Why is this?  Perhaps it has become the norm to push ourselves to the point of exhaustion. Our society has come to value productivity and high activity as more important than rest, balance and taking a more sensible and slower approach. Yes, we all have responsibilities that are very real and pressing. However, when does it all become too much? 

Most people are dealing with some level of adrenal stress, apathy or fatigue. Chances are, you are too, or you will be at some point in your life. You may not even be fully aware of it. Your adrenal glands, which are situated above your kidneys, are designed to help your body respond to threats on your safety. The adrenals are amazing in that they regulate numerous hormone responses to deal with stress, but they are not meant to be turned on all of the time. 

Doctors and practitioners of wellness believe that an acute episode of stress or chronic stress can cause the adrenals be less effective. I had to overcome my own severe adrenal exhaustion. I went to several doctors and specialists who couldn't pinpoint the problem so I did a lot of research on my own. It took me nearly 11 months to recover, but I did so through diet, life and lifestyle changes. In fact, I felt better after my recovery than I did for a few years prior. This is why I have such a passion in helping other people do the same.

Adrenal stress can be caused by:

  • A poor diet
  • Lack of exercise, or too much strenuous exercise (over training)
  • Stressors like serious illness, divorce, losing a job, surgery
  • Lack of sleep
  • Relationships that cause negative, hopeless feelings such as a bad work environment
  • Financial hardship or emotional trauma

    Here are some signs that you may have adrenal fatigue:

  • You're tired and fatigued much of the time
  • You find it hard to think clearly and you feel like you spend your days slugging through a thick mental fog
  • It takes way more energy and effort to accomplish things than you think it should
  • You are jumpy and startle easily. While you are tired, you are also edgy
  • You have a hard time concentrating. It's hard to process new, incoming information quickly
  • You get anxious about being able to cope with events coming up on your calendar, and worry that you won't have the energy or the mind-power to pull it off
  • You don't sleep very well at night. You might not fall asleep, or not sleep well until the early morning hours. Even, if you do sleep, you might not feel rested in the morning
  • You get dizzy when you stand up too quickly. You may also have problems with low blood pressure or low blood sugar
  • You crave sugary, sweet things to give you a boost of energy or you feel like you just can't get your day going until you've had your cup of coffee
  • You hit a mid-day slump and find yourself nodding off at your desk

Your adrenal glands are your "fight or flight" regulators that give you that surge of adrenaline that you need to deal with survival. They are the bodies mechanism for helping you ready yourself for battle, or run from the tiger. They are the cortisol regulators that tell you body to hold on to belly fat under stress or deprivation, just in case you need these stores for the next famine. Your body doesn't know what your brain is thinking. For example, if you decide to skip a healthy breakfast, are running late for work, or are anxious about that stressful meeting on your schedule, your cortisol levels rise to help your body with the "fight, flight, or freeze" survival strategy. And again, cortisol tells your body that it needs to hold on to fat to preserve something for later. If, during this stressful morning, you do grab a donut in the break room on the way to your desk, your adrenals are also the glucose regulators that give you the insulin surge needed to deal with it. And, then later, you crash.  Sound familiar?

With some diet and lifestyle changes, you can break this cycle. It's rarely too late to make positive changes that help your body heal over time.

If you need help with healing your fatigue, dealing with stress and finding effective foods and lifestyle methods for coping and recovery, Contact me and let's get started.

Also, here is some helpful information that I found from Dr. James Wilson, author of "Adrenal Fatigue, The 21st Century Stress Syndrome"

Go for Nutrient Density! This means eating healthy fats and proteins, and getting plenty of foods loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber and nutrients

Quick food tips include:

  • Reduce caffeine, sugar and alcohol
  • Reduce processed foods
  • Reduced hydrogenated oils
  • Add good fats such as coconut, olive oil, avocado and organic butter
  • Eat your nuts, seeds and vegetables
  • Choose high quality protein sources such as wild caught salmon, grass-fed beet, chicken with no hormones or antibiotics
  • Supplement with fish oil, vitamin D3, magnesium, plus B and C vitamins

Fatigued, Frazzled, and Frustrated?

Food and lifestyle changes can restore your health

Sleep Better
Have more energy
Think more clearly
Recover from illness faster
Feel strong, robust, resilient
Be comfortable in your body
Digest nutrients more easily
Lose weight

Treatment for adrenal fatigue includes reducing stress on the body and mind, eliminating toxins, and replenishing yourself with healthy foods and positive thoughts. I will guide you in your food choices as well as provide holistic treatment modalities to get your stress down, help you sleep better, and uplift your mood and feelings!

Contact me for your FREE consultation
 and enjoy greater health now!

Is your Gut Happy with Your Food Choices?

It's all about your gut! 
Research continues to pile on showing how the balance of gut bacteria - our microbiome - determines our response to stress and insulin regulation. You have somewhere between 5 to 10 pounds of helpful, friendly bacteria in your gut that aid in the digestion of food, assimilation of nutrients and are key boosters that strengthen your immune system.  A healthy balance of your gut flora reduces belly bloat, abdominal weight, and aids in the prevention of illness, inflammation and disease. Yes! You have billions of little bugs inside that are trying to keep you healthy.  Certain foods help feed your friendly flora and certain choices wreak havoc on the balance of the "good guys" and "bad guys".

Conditions such as leaky gut, irritable bowel, constipation, bloating, belly fat, indigestion can all be improved by making food choices that help your friendly flora thrive!

Superfoods have Super Immune Boosting Powers
By now, you no doubt have heard the term "superfood". This simply refers to foods that are know to help you maintain your weight, lose fat, fight disease, improve your metabolism, balance your mood, and live longer. As a self proclaimed "food nerd", I am more than happy to share recipes, food combinations, and ideas that will give you the boost you are looking for. And the great news is, YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO ON A DIET! 

May we never know what we have prevented in terms of illness and disease by adding super yummy superfoods to your life.

Contact me and we'll do this together

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