Our Adrenal glands sit just above our kidneys and (amongst other things) are responsible for providing the body with adrenalin to enable the fight or flight response.
Many centuries ago our bodies would rarely encounter natural circumstances that would require it to invoke the fight or flight. This could have been; fighting for food, hunting or escaping a hungry predator. In these rare circumstances the adrenal glands will release adrenalin which gives the body more energy for intense period of stress. Our senses become clearer, our mind works faster our muscles become stronger as we prepare to run or fight. After experiencing this stress, then typically the body would need to rest for 2 or 3 days to recover. In today’s modern society with time pressures, charging about, dealing with, mobile phone calls, emails, text messages and social media updates the net effect is that our bodies are being drip fed stress all the time. We’re not designed for this and it has a waring effect. Ironically this feeling of stress often leads us to wanting a coffee or drinking alcohol thus adding to the stress for the body.
Adrenal stress is considered by many nutritionists and naturopaths to be the disease of the West. Adrenal stress has been linked to exhaustion, low sex drive, irritability, tiredness, insomnia, headaches and depression and is now such a health problem that the World Health Organisation has recognised it. We are pushing our bodies and running on empty, consequently something has to give. Taking time out and relaxing in a calm peaceful environment and eating the right foods, can really help you. If you choose to come to our health retreat for a break and think you have these symptoms then we would encourage you to try and turn off the blackberry and the mobile phone, just for a week.
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Went to have a real break and get away from everything, it was fantastic - calm, healthy food (delicious) and wonderful walks and yoga. Very comfortable and I feel SO much better after only one week - thank you Amchara - really hope I will be able to come again.Garbo, Amchara Gozo,
Love the place, this is my third visit at Amchara. It is food for the soul and can be an amazing life-changing experience for those who want to learn about how to improve their wellbeing and health.Karen, Amchara Somerset,
After a consultation with Alex the naturopath, I decided to do a juice fast, which was perfect for me. I never felt hungry: on the contrary, the juices were really energising. At each juice time, all the naturopaths were on hand to deal with any questions. I also undertook some treatments: reiki and a signature facial. Liz, the reiki specialist, has truly magical and healing hands. I am very grateful to her. Rose gave the most delightful facial. Gozo itself is easy to explore from the retreat and has lots of interesting sites, including the magnificent citadel. The retreat organises walks, but it is fine to explore by oneself too.Molly, Amchara Gozo,
My daughter has health challenges and doing a detox makes her feel more empowered with her health. The staff were amazing, helpful, caring and kind to us. Met some great people there and hearing other people’s health challenges made us feel we’re not so alone. Does us both the world of good, gives us a break from everyday living and a reboot. I would definitely recommend to anyone.Brenda, Amchara Somerset,
The best decision I ever made to go to Amchara for my birthday. The staff and fellow guests were so lovely. Great facilities, good selection of juices and vegan food. After the initial detox I started to feel full of energy and my cravings had gone.Rita, Amchara Gozo,