6 Healthy Summer Desserts Guaranteed to Take You To Your Happy Place!

Enjoy 6 Healthy Dessert Recipes That Are Sure to Take You to Your Happy Place on a Warm Summer’s Day!

While trying to adhere to a healthier lifestyle, not much can sooth the soul like a refreshing dessert!  Below are a few of my favorite Gluten, Dairy and Soy free desserts.  So enjoy and be sure to share the happy!

Chocolate, Coconut, and Salted Caramel Popsicles

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Coconut Milk Popsicles

2 cups full-fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup maple syrup

For the Salted Caramel

1/4 cup water
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1 cup full-fat coconut milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Dark Chocolate Coating

2/3 cup dark chocolate
1/3 cup coconut oil
roasted almonds, chopped, for sprinkling on top


For the Coconut Milk Popsicles

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together ½ cup of the coconut milk and the arrowroot powder.
  2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine all remaining ingredients until it starts to bubble, then stir in the arrowroot/coconut mixture and whisk very well for about a minute or until thickened. You’ll feel it in your arms, but you should also be able to see the whisk leaving a trail in the mixture!
  3. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool. Whisk again vigorously (the mixture may have gotten a little thick, so whisk very well!) then fill your Popsicle molds and freeze until solid, at least 3 hours.

For the Salted Caramel

  1. In a small bowl, combine the coconut milk, vanilla extract, and salt.
  2. Place the coconut sugar and water in a small saucepan over low heat, and, stirring constantly, heat until it starts to bubble a little around the edges.
  3. Quickly add the coconut milk mixture in one go, turn up the heat to medium, then simmer for about 10 minutes, whisking every minute or two, until the mixture has thickened slightly. It may splatter a little!
  4. Remove from heat and let cool completely, whisking every so often as it cools to prevent lumps.

For the Dark Chocolate Coating

  1. Combine dark chocolate and coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth. Let cool slightly before using.

To Assemble

  1. Remove the frozen popsicles from their molds.
  2. Place the salted caramel into one bowl, the chocolate coating into another bowl, and have your chopped toasted almonds nearby. Prepare a sheet pan lined with parchment paper at the end of your ‘assembly line’!
  3. Dip a Popsicle into the salted caramel, flipping the Popsicle to make sure everything is coated. Wait about a minute whilst turning the Popsicle constantly until the caramel sauce has hardened, then quickly dip it into the chocolate coating. Again, make sure the whole Popsicle is coated in chocolate! Quickly sprinkle both sides with chopped toasted almonds, then wait about 30 seconds for the chocolate to set and place the Popsicle onto the prepared sheet pan.
  4. Repeat with the remaining popsicles. Store any leftover caramel sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. Any leftover chocolate coating can be poured into ice-cube trays, frozen, and re-melted at a later date for an instant chocolate sauce.
  5. When you’re done coating all the popsicles, eat immediately or place into an airtight container in the freezer for up to 6 weeks.

Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie


1 cup So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage
1 cup fresh strawberries
2 large Medjool dates, pitted and softened
4-6 ice cubes
2 tablespoons raw cashews
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon (packed) finely grated lemon zest
Agave nectar, to taste


  1. Place the milk beverage, strawberries, dates, ice, cashews, lemon juice and zest in a high-speed blender* and blend on high until creamy and smooth.
  2. Taste test and blend in your favorite sweetener (such as stevia, honey, or agave nectar) to taste.


*If using a blender that is not high-speed, soak the cashews in water at room temperature for 2 hours. Drain and prepare the smoothie as directed.

Dairy-Free Mango Coconut Sorbet


4 cups frozen mango chunks
2/3 can coconut milk, chilled (full-fat)
1/4 cup agave nectar
a food processor


The day before: chill a can of full-fat coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours (overnight is best). You’re going to need the coconut cream for this recipe, so chilling the coconut milk will cause the cream to separate from the rest of the liquid and harden.

After the coconut milk has been chilled: Add the frozen mango chunks to the bowl of the food processor along with the honey or agave nectar.

Open the can of coconut milk and drain out any liquid. You should be left with a large amount of coconut cream that’s hardened from being refrigerated. Scoop out an amount equal to about half the can and add it to the food processor. The measurement doesn’t need to be precise…you’re looking to add approximately 2/3 cup of coconut cream.

Ice Cream Bar with Raspberry & Coconut/Dairy Free


250 ml Coconut Cream, full fat) (1 cup)

60 g Unsweetened Desiccated Coconut (½ cup)

2 tablespoon Virgin Coconut Oil,

250 g frozen raspberries or berries of your choice like strawberries or blueberries (2 cup)
4 tablespoon Maple Syrup, Organic, Grade B

Coconut shell

4 tablespoon Raw Coconut Butter
1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
2 tablespoon Maple Syrup, Organic, Grade A or honey or rice malt syrup


  1. In a food processor with the S blade attachment, add all the ice cream ingredients (except the coconut shell ingredients).
  2. Process until it forms a pink cream with no more lumps of berries – about 1-2 minutes on medium speed.
  3. Place your silicon mold onto a tray or hard surface that can be easily fitted into your freezer. As you will fill in the silicon mold with soft ice cream, the hard surface placed under the mold will make them easier to carry to the freezer.
  4. Fill the silicon mold until the top. There is no need to grease the mold.
  5. Place the mold into the freezer overnight or until fully freeze.
  6. Prepare a plate covered with baking paper. Set aside.
  7. When the ice cream are ready prepare the coconut shell.
  8. In a small saucepan, under low heat melt the coconut oil, maple syrup and coconut butter. Keep stirring gently to avoid the mixture to burn. Do not microwave or the coconut butter will burn.
  9. When the mixture is lukewarm and liquid transfer into a small bowl.
  10. Remove the ice cream bars from the freezer and unmold by pushing the ice cream bars out of the silicon mold.
  11. Place the ice cream onto the prepared plate and using a tablespoon cover the bars with the coconut liquid. As the liquid is lukewarm and the ice cream cold it should harden very quickly. If desired, sprinkle some coconut chips and frozen raspberry on the top of the ice cream bars before the coating harden. Repeat until all the bars are covered with the liquid.
  12. Return the plate to the freezer until the shell has completely harden.
  13. If you have some leftover of coconut shell mixture, repeat the process after the first coating has harden. The more coating you had the whiter it will be.

Creamy Chocolate Pudding Pops (paleo, gluten-free, dairy free)


1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk, full fat
½ cup raw cacao powder
1 tablespoon macadamia nut oil
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons maple syrup
⅛ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon unflavored grass-fed gelatin


  1. add 2 tablespoons of water to a large bowl and sprinkle the water with gelatin powder. Set aside.
  2. bring to a boil over medium heat the coconut milk, cacao powder, macadamia nut oil, maple syrup and salt, stirring frequently
  3. pour the boiling milk mixture into the bowl with the gelatin and mix until the gelatin dissolves
  4. stir in vanilla extract and allow it to cool
  5. fill disposable paper cups with the mixture and freeze for 1 hour
  6. remove from freezer and insert a wooden stick in the center. Sprinkle top with chopped macadamia nuts and mini chocolate chips if desired.
  7. freeze pops overnight. To remove fudgesicles from paper cups simply tear the paper cup off

Now and Then it’s good to Pause in Our Pursuit of Happiness and Just Be Happy! – Guillaume Apollinaire

Please share your healthy summer desserts!

Joy Vale
May 26, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

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5 Ways To Keep Mosquitoes Away Naturally!

Coverage of the Zika virus is in every news report.  Pregnant women and couples seeking to get pregnant are encouraged to avoid areas prone to mosquitoes.  Olympic athletes are concerned about going to Brazil this summer and the U.S. swim team has decided to train this summer in Atlanta instead of Puerto Rico where mosquitos are prevalent.[1]  On top of all that, mosquito bites are just annoying and can be a health concern for reasons other than Zika.[2] There are lots of insect repellents on the market but is dousing ourselves in chemicals the answer?  Here are some more natural ways to keep those pesky bugs away.

  1.  Essential Oils.  In a recent report, the “CDC finally admitted that products using oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE or PMD) can provide longer lasting protection against mosquitoes, just as the toxic chemical bug repellent DEET does.” [3]  This is great news considering that many people experience side effects from DEET such as skin irritation, rashes, numb or burning lips, headaches, dizziness, nausea and difficulty concentrating. [3]  You can buy the essential oil on Amazon or a natural grocery store.  Repel also makes a great spray with lemon eucalyptus as the active ingredient.

2.  Make Your Own.  Here’s a great customizable recipe:

To make your own bug spray, you’ll need a 10-ounce spray bottle, and some simple ingredients.

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• 5 ounces distilled water
• 4 ounces witch hazel
• Essential oils, choose three or four such as: citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, lavender, peppermint, basil, thyme, oil of lemon eucalyptus, geranium, tea tree oil (check with your pediatrician before using on kids and don’t use tea tree oil if the spray will be used on very young children )

• Add the distilled water and witch hazel to the 10-ounce spray bottle.
• Then add a total of 30 to 40 drops of essential oil.
• Shake well.[3]

3.  Buy other natural repellents.  These are safe for kids!  Honest, California Baby   Honest Bug SprayNatural, Lafe’s Baby Insect Repellent, and All-Terrain Herbal Armor

        4.  Prepare your yard by eliminating any standing water aka mosquito playgrounds.

5.  Wear socks, pants, and long-sleeve shirts. You will still need to wear insect repellent on your exposed skin, but not as much!  b0566839-9753-4a31-a182-da90864a0739 (2)

Summer is here. It is possible to enjoy the great outdoors and still keep your family safe from mosquito-borne illnesses and unnecessary chemicals.

Do you have a natural insect repellent recipe or suggestion that works?


Caroline Boardman
May 22, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. UngarDr. Andrew Kender, and Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1] http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/20/health/latest-on-zika-and-olympics/

[2] http://www.foxnews.com/health/2014/08/10/how-dangerous-are-mosquito-bites.html

[3] https://healthiertalk.com/cdc-admits-essential-oil-effective-as-deet-for-mosquitoes, citing: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: West Nile virus
www.cdc.gov/westnile; CDC: West Nile Virus Fact Sheet
www.cdc.gov/westnile/resources/pdfs/wnvFactsheet_508 and CDC “West Nile Virus Prevention & Control” www.cdc.gov/westnile/prevention

6 Reasons You Should Be Taking Vitamins Even if You Eat Right

6 Reasons You May Not Be Getting the

Proper Nutrients From Your Food

Are we sure we are getting all we need from the foods we eat?  Is our stomach absorbing the nutrients from the foods properly? Did you get the proper amount of vitamin D today?

Are you eating organic fruits and vegetables?  Many of these fruits and veggies are genetically modified therefore you are losing nutrients.  How often do you eat fiber? Fiber is not just to help with bowel movements it helps slow down the food so the intestines can absorb the vitamins and minerals better.  If you have any intestinal issues, lactose intolerance, IBS, Celiac, diverticulitis or Crohn’s, you are not absorbing nutrients properly no matter how great your diet is.

Here are 6 things to remember when deciding whether vitamins should be part of your healthy lifestyle:

1. Balance Your Body’s Chemistry.

If you are struggling with health issues, get tested by a qualified functional medicine practitioner to find out how to address these issues.    Functional medicine doctors use dietary changes and supplements to bring your body back into balance naturally.

2. Soil Depletion

Improper farming practices deplete the soil of nutrients.  When plants are repeatedly grown on the same land, the soil loses nutrients faster than they can be replaced.  Over time, the plants have fewer nutrients to grow.  Fertilizer contains just enough nutrition for the plant to survive until harvesting, but not enough to support human health. [1].

3. Nutrient Absorption Declines With Age

Several studies have shown kids need more nutrients to support growth, and older people need more nutrients due to malabsorption.  As people age, they often begin taking medications which can interfere with nutrient absorption.  This means you need to take more nutrients in the most absorbable form possible.[1]

4. Toxin Exposure

Your body needs nutrients to deal with toxins.  When more toxins are present, you need more nutrients.  If you’re living in a cave or the garden of Eden, this will be less of a concern.  If you’re like the rest of us mortals – you’re exposed to a litany of toxins on a daily basis. [1].

5. Water Depletion

Water is also depleted of minerals due to modern production methods.  There is a huge variation in the mineral content of bottled and tap water, with tap water generally having more.  Water filters remove important minerals such as magnesium, which was a main source of magnesium for early humans.  If you don’t use a filter and you don’t have a well, it’s likely you’re consuming dangerous amounts of fluoride and/or are deficient in magnesium. [1]

6. Exercise Increases Nutrient Needs

Athletes often think lots of exercise is the key to a long and healthy life (it’s not).  They are among the first to denounce supplementation as unnecessary, often with the idea that exercise is the best medicine.  For most people, it is not necessary to exercise for hours each day and, in fact, this can stress the adrenal glands.  It can also substantially deplete energy reserves since you are using stored nutrients for energy production and recovery. [1]  Before engaging in any strenous exercise routine, you should consult a functional medicine doctor to find out how you can supplement the nutrients that may be lost during the exercise and recovery period.

As for what supplements to take, talk to your functional medicine practitioner and buy quality vitamins. Click here for an article about the types of supplements you should buy and how to get the most from them.

Nikita Williams
May 19, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. Andrew Kender, and Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

[1]  https://www.bulletproofexec.com/why-you-need-supplements

What Foods Are Inflaming You? 2 Ways to Find Out!

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Your Favorite Food (Even Healthy Food) May Be Causing Inflammation in Your Body!

If you would have asked me 20 years ago what an inflammatory food was you would have probably gotten a look that resembled a deer in head lights.  I didn’t know anything about natural medicine or how foods affect the body, but I was slowly starting to realize a cause and effect relationship with foods and my body.  I was a sophomore in high school when I first experienced heartburn.  It was at that time when I first started noticing that after I ate school lunches that I would get a burning in my chest.  It was also the time that the drug companies were starting to fill the airwaves with drug commercials telling you that the answer is to take just one pill per day and I would never have the symptoms and would live a healthy life with no problems.  So what did I do?  I made an appointment with my MD and sure enough he prescribed the little purple pill that I saw on TV and BAM!!! My heartburn was gone!!  At least I thought…

So as time went on, I graduated high school and went on to college and continued to live the same lifestyle.  I was as active as you could be, playing sports and eating anything I could get my hands on (as any good college student does) because I didn’t think anything of it.  If I got heart burn I would just pop a little purple pill and my stomach and esophagus would settle.  Well that lasted until I was about 22 years old.  I would get flared up from certain foods and next thing I was taking two purple pills to make my esophagus feel better.  I had isolated what foods and events were triggering me to have this discomfort and that is about the time I started to wise up, I just stopped eating those trigger foods and my heartburn stopped.

I like to share this story because it is one of the personal examples of how I began to figure out which foods were the ones to eat for optimal health.  You must listen to your body when it comes to foods.  If a food flares you up in one way or another, it is best to avoid that food and let at least six months pass before considering introducing that food back into your diet.

Foods may not always exacerbate a symptom that you can feel but they may trigger other unwanted responses in the body.  Most often that negative response deals with the immune system. Foods are inflammatory in two ways: (1) flare your immune system; or (2) flare up various tissues in your body.   [Click to Tweet] Here are 2 ways to find out if what you are eating is causing inflammation in your body.

  1. Food Sensitivity Testing.

I have had multiple patients come into the office that have never noticed any reactions to a food but when we do food sensitivity testing, the results show that the are sensitive to 10 different foods.  Food sensitivity testing can tell you if a certain food flares up your immune system.  [Click to Tweet]  Foods can often mimic other natural chemicals in your body and bind up receptor sites that aren’t really meant for them.  This can cause a response in the body that excites the immune system and can ultimately lead to inflammation of a variety of tissues.  In this case you must test and not guess.  Otherwise, you will never know if a food is flaring up your immune system.

This is different from my example where I would eat a food and it would make my esophagus burn.  It was often highly acidic foods that would upset my esophagus.  Many patients in the past have reported foods giving them brain fog, gas, bloating, or even headaches.  When foods trigger negative side effects, then they are inflammatory and you must avoid them to allow the body time to heal.  A great case I had helps explain how one food is inflammatory to digestive tissue but not inflammatory to the immune system.  I had a 14-year-old female present with lactose intolerance and other digestive ailments.  We did a full work up on her and decided on a complete food sensitivity panel to help figure out foods would be best for her.  Sure enough, she did not have an immune sensitivity to dairy but she still could not eat dairy because the lactose in dairy products caused her stomach to hurt and give her loose bowel movements.  So in her case the dairy made her digestive cells irritated but did not cause an immune reaction.

2. Muscle Testing.

Another practice to find out if a food is causing inflammation in the body is to have a qualified practitioner muscle test you for certain foods or food groups.  Muscle testing dates back to ancient times and various practitioners around the world us it to help heal those they are testing.   You can tell you whether or not a food energetically is the best for you to eat by holding a certain food and performing a muscle test. [Click to Tweet] Muscle testing is performed on almost anyone, even infants, and is an effective method of analysis for natural healers alike.

If you or anyone you know has any doubts in their mind about the foods they are eating, have them read this blog and consider the options to figure out which foods are the best to put in their body.  Should you not know where to get tested for food sensitivities or if you have any questions, then comment to this blog and I can point you in the right direction or bring you in to see me!

Dr. Andrew Kender III DC
February 14, 2016


Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. UngarDr. Andrew Kender and Dr. Jessica Eckman Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

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Do You Know Your Perfect Macronutrient Cocktail? Part 1 – The Carbohydrate

Carbohydrates:  Just a Little Food for Thought

There is an extreme amount of controversy over the subject of macronutrients.  More specifically, the carbohydrate has been a hot topic since the days of the “low carb” weight loss craze.  I hope to challenge your thinking about the food you eat and inspire you to dive deeper into the discussion of the food you put into your body every day.  I have had a passion for food and the way it affects us ever since a young age.  I started wrestling in 6th grade and have thought about the food I eat ever since.  Back in the day, I would only worry about food as it related to my weight because I was trying to make my weight class every weekend to wrestle. Since then, my thought process has evolved. The macronutrient potential of foods is only one small aspect of how our bodies utilize the food we eat, but it is necessary to understand because of the large impact on the way you feel and function.

Macronutrients are classified into three categories: Fat, Protein, and Carbohydrates.  Each food contains some degree of macronutrient ratio and this becomes important when an individual is trying to find a diet that is suitable for their lifestyle.  The goal is to find the right combination of macronutrients for you to maximize your potential.

Let’s start with the carbohydrate.  A carbohydrate is a biological molecule consisting of carbon (C), hydrogen (H) and oxygen (O) atoms, usually with a hydrogen–oxygen atom ratio of 2:1 (as in water).  In other words, with the empirical formula Cm(H2O)n (where m could be different from n). (1) So what does that mean to you?  The carbohydrate is in almost all foods.  It is a molecule that provides energy for the muscles and brain during exercise.  It also allows your muscles to spare protein for use in vigorous activities.(2)  There are many differing opinions about exactly how many carbohydrates one should eat on a daily basis to optimize health.  The USDA recommends 45-65 percent of your daily caloric intake to come from carbohydrates.(3)   But from where did this “guideline” come?    This reminds me of a picture my wife bought of a box of crayons that says “color outside the lines.”

What is normal for one may not be normal for the next.  I have found through my functional medicine practice that people are individuals and should never be set into “guideline”.  I have found personally with my nutrition that I don’t function best underneath a “guideline” all the time.  Sometimes you have to think outside the box or color outside the lines.  Many have limited their thought to mechanistic reductionist ideologies and this mold must be broken.  Once we decide as a whole to express a greater and higher intelligence in ourselves then maybe our society and world will function better as a whole.  The power that made the body heals the body!

In other words, you must experiment or consult a functional medicine doctor to find out the right combination of the 3 macronutrients, including carbohydrate intake for you!  It will likely be different than for other people.  Sure, you can drastically reduce your carbohydrate intake and lose weight.  But, is that what it’s all about – just losing weight?  Or, do you want to feel great as your body functions at its best possible capacity?  Also, is a ridiculously low carbohydrate intake a long-term solution?  Can you eat like that forever?

In upcoming blogs, I will discuss the other macronutrients.  Have any of you found the perfect macronutrient “cocktail?”

Dr. Andrew Kender III DC
May 11, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. UngarDr. Andrew Kender, and Dr. Jessica Eckman, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbohydrate
  2. http://mynutrition.wsu.edu/nutrition-basics/
  3. http://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/dietaryguidelines2010.pdf
    Picture thanks to: http://adamlowpersonaltraining.com/the-beginners-guide-to-macronutrients/

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift for Your Mom!

Every Mother’s Day, I struggle to find the exact right gift for the Moms in my life.  While gift cards are always appreciated, I like to be a little bit more personal in my gift-giving.  I thought I’d share my research with you this year.

Do you or your Mom like the TV show Shark Tank?  These are the 10 best Mother’s Day ideas from the show.

How about home-made one-of-a-kind gifts at all price levels? Try Etsy and Pinterest 

Check this site out for really unique gift ideas.

And, who could forget Amazon (my favorite website)?  Not only do they have some great suggestions but you can get it delivered really quick!

According to Women’s Day magazine, these are the 40 best Mother’s Day presents under $50.

Then, there is always chocolate!

Happy Hunting and remember all that your Mom really wants from you is a big hug (even if its a virtual phone hug) and a little bit of appreciation for all that she does!

Do you have any great ideas for Mother’s Day gifts?

Caroline Boardman
May 4, 2016

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

To schedule an appointment, click here.

11 Strategies for Dealing With Adrenal Fatigue

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What the Heck is Adrenal Fatigue & What Can You Do About It?

We all deal with stress in our lives in one form or another.  Our bodies deal with stress in many ways but did you know that the adrenal gland is the workhorse when it comes to dealing with stress??  Dr. Keith Ungar, D.C. states in his book, Your Thyroid Chemistry Doesn’t Lie, “The adrenal glands are the most overlooked and neglected glands in conventional medicine.”[1]  I have seen thousands of patients in my practice and I agree with Dr. Ungar’s statement.  When I first review my patient’s case history, I rarely see that any lab results that would allow me to do a proper adrenal evaluation.   Adrenal testing typically uses markers to rule out some underlying pathology, such as adrenal tumors, or are to check a single cortisol marker to make sure it is not at a dangerous level indicating a possible underlying life-threatening pathology.  As explained below, testing the adrenal glands in this way is not enough.
The adrenal gland is a magnificent organ that produces a variety of important hormones that many are familiar with such as the adrenaline hormone epinephrine.  So what’s the big deal about the adrenals anyway???  Adrenal fatigue is a problem that people often overlook when trying to seek answers about their own personal health.  Dr. James Wilson PhD describes some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue as trouble getting out of bed, feeling run down and stressed, chronic tiredness and the constant need for coffee or energy drinks for the caffeine jolt.[2] I agree that these are often symptoms associated with abnormal adrenal findings.
So you might ask yourself, how do I know if I have adrenal fatigue?  If you don’t feel your best self and feel as if your health is declining then maybe it is worth finding a qualified practitioner who will run a proper adrenal panel and who understands the physiology of the precious gland.  Cortisol is the key hormone to check when considering the functional health of the adrenal gland.  When checking the Cortisol level you must check the levels throughout the day.  This means that you have to check those levels at least 4 times throughout the day – not just once!   This is important because our body’s natural circadian will cause the cortisol hormone levels to fluctuate throughout the day.  Your cortisol levels need to be at certain levels at different parts of the day for you to feel your best.  As it goes, in a healthy adrenal panel, the cortisol levels are high in the morning and lower as the day goes on.  This means that a doctor who checks your level only one time during the day, is not getting the full clinical picture of how the adrenal gland is really performing. [Click to Tweet]
Adrenal fatigue is something that can be supported through lifestyle and nutrition. [Click to Tweet]  If your lab tests come back and objectively show that your cortisol is out of balance then try following these few helpful guidelines to allow the body to heal over time.
  1. Consider finding a functional medicine doctor who will order full functional testing to find out why your adrenal glands are not functioning properly and follow his or her instructions to balance your body’s chemistry.  Perhaps it’s a hormone imbalance or something going on in your digestive system.
  2. Avoid sugar, caffeine, and junk foods
  3. Avoid people who stress you out
  4. Avoid “The Grind”
  5. Avoid skipping meals
  6. Don’t be too hard on yourself
Here are some other things you can do to help heal the adrenal glands:
  1. Pace Yourself
  2. Do things you enjoy
  3. Drink more water
  4. Laugh more
  5. Don’t dwell on the future or the past.  Focus on the now.
As I said before we all deal with stress.  If you find yourself always thinking or telling people, “I’m so stressed,” then first evaluate your life and try to remove any unnecessary stressors over which you have control.  Once you have done that, consider running an adrenal panel to see if you have abnormal adrenal findings and if you do, run other functional testing to find out why. The results speak for themselves and if you do have issues then dig in and do the things you need to do for a better state of health.
Dr. Andrew Kender, D.C.
September 16, 2015
Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
Akron: 2800 S. Arlington Road, Akron, Ohio 44312 (330) 644-5488
Cleveland: 6200 Rockside Woods Blvd., Ste. 100, Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 236-0060
Dr. Keith S. Ungar and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians
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[1] Ungar DC, Keith: “Your Tyroid Chemistry Doesn’t Lie” page 79.
[2] www.adrenalfatigue.org