Dear Robin: “How do you get to that point of motivation if you are feeling so down due to hormonal/adrenal imbalance?” ~ Joy
Dear Joy: I completely understand where you’re coming from. I think this is one of the hardest things…when you are too unmotivated to make changes due to low energy and/or low brain chemistry or both.
What this means is that your catecholamines are low. When they are optimal they help you to feel mentally alert, up for exercise, physically energized, able to concentrate, more expressive and outgoing, and enthusiastic about daily life.
One of my favorite books on this subject is The Mood Cure by Julia Ross. She is also one of the speakers on the upcoming Natural Solutions for PCOS online conference so you will be able to hear her speak in September right here to continue your education on how to help yourself.
You’ll want to increase your catecholamines (energetic brain chemicals) first so you have the energy to make the changes in your life for healing.
Here are some steps that you can do right now to get started:
- Make sure you have strong stomach acid to break down the protein in your food so you can make more catecholamines. Start with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar before each meal and gra bp to 1 tbsp.
- Add 1/2 tsp sea salour water each morning to support better adrenal function for improved energy.
- Eat enough protein daily. The amino acids tyrosine and phenylalanine build your catecholamines, and thino acids come from the breakf protein. Healthy protein choices are: wild caught fi0% grass fed meats, cage free organic eggs, etc.
- Get enough sleep.
- Eliminate caffeine – trust me on this one.
- Purchase the amino acid Tyrosine*. Take 500mg before breakfast, before lunch and mid-afternoon on an empty stomach (try the NOW brand). If you feel OK with that dosage, then try 2 caps the next day. If that is OK for you and you’re not feeling edgy, then take 3 caps at each interval the next day. You all the way up to 4 capsules, 3 times per day. *Caution: DO NOT tyrosine take if you have Graves disease, melanoma, bipolar tendencies, migraine headaches and be careful if you have Hashimoto’s (autoimmune thyroid) because sometimes tyrosine can cause too much jitteriness with Hashimoto’s based on the hyperthyroid aspect of the condition.
- How to get off caffeine…begin taking tyrosine and once you’ve established the correct dose for yourself, place that dose on your bedside table at night before bed with a glass of water. The first time you wake up in the morning, take the tyrosine. Go back to sleep for 10-20 minutes and you should be able to get up without needing coffee! (per Julia Ross, The Craving Cure)
Let me know how this works for you Joy. I think you’ll find that you are a new woman in a very short period of time! ~ Robin
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