I work with women and men in their 40’s and 50’s who have generally put work, their families and other commitments before their health and diet and consequently enter mid-life feeling tired, fat and unhappy.
Life is so busy and the Standard American Diet offers us such convenient alternatives to eating real food at home that over time and one mouthful at a time we begin to erode our personal health.
Stress plays an important role in this scenario as we hurry through life, from work to our other jobs shuttling kids to activities, picking-up and cleaning around the house, doing laundry, feeding, doing laundry……and ‘trying to be there in an authentic quality time basis’ for our family…..and doing it all again the next day.
It is easy for the’flight or flight’ response to trigger cortisol levels to rise and this stressy and anxious way of being to become the default. Of course a large glass of wine at night while you are folding that laundry will always help…..but then you need a couple of shots of coffee to get a jump start on your day the next morning. Do you recognize this vicious circle…….I know I do, and my poor stressed reptile brain decided that carbs and caffeine were what my body needed to get through. (Hello 30lbs I did not need to know!)
When I meet new clients who are feeling the effects of extreme stress, one of my first recommendations is Liquorice Tea. Sweet tasting (without the addition of sugar) and soothing Liquorice Tea helps to soothe and repair inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract and is useful in cases of heartburn and indigestion.
Liquorice tea contains adaptogen properties that help us to deal with stress and also boost the immune system. Compounds in Liquorice also work on the enzyme that breaks down cortisol, thus increasing the hormones half life in the body. This action is incredibly restful for the adrenal glands as they slow down the production of cortisol and take a well needed break.
If you are feeling tired but wired all the time and exhausted on waking then it is a good choice to be kind to your adrenal glands and switch your cortisol promoting coffee for a cup of liquorice tea in the morning.
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