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Adrenal Burnout? Naturally Boost Your Energy & Manage Stress

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By Terry Lemerond • www.ProHealth.com • August 4, 2014


Adrenal Burnout?  Naturally Boost Your Energy & Manage Stress
Imagine if you awakened every morning feeling completely inadequate to meet the demands of the day. How would you feel if even a little physical or mental stress left you feeling drained? Problems such as these have an enormous negative impact on relationships, careers, and personal happiness. And the root cause is very often impaired adrenal and/or thyroid function.

In fact, I have probably been asked more questions about the adrenal and thyroid glandular systems, and the symptoms of underactive adrenal and thyroid function, than just about any other health topic. So many people feel helpless in dealing with their exhaustion following any "fight or flight" stress response. We know that adrenal burnout and an underactive thyroid can have long-term, serious consequences. I also know the symptoms can be confusing regarding whether the issue is with thyroid or adrenal. Are you wondering if your adrenal glands are less than optimal? It is more widespread than you may think.

Fortunately, there are amazing natural ingredients that can rejuvenate the adrenal glands and help you live the kind of life you may have only imagined. The adrenal glands - and how to heal them - are the subject of this Terry Talks Nutrition®.

Terry's Bottom Line

If you struggle with adrenal problems, natural ingredients can help. This formula can help keep you on an even keel and stay emotionally and physically energetic without making you feel "revved up" or jittery. Together, these ingredients will:
  • Increase alertness without making you nervous or jumpy
  • Boost physical energy and stamina
  • Keep you calm and focused
  • Help you manage stress and adapt to changes throughout the day

Adrenal Function

The adrenal glands are two small glands about the size of an acorn, one sitting on top of each kidney. The adrenals produce many hormones that keep us healthy, both physically and mentally. As early as 1898, Emile Sergent, the great French physician, described the two prime functions of the adrenals as antitoxic and angiotonic. His description of the detoxifying functions of the adrenals was brilliant. "Should these glands happen to be damaged, a condition of depression and muscular fatigue is seen to appear which, in man, we shall find in the form of the earlier symptoms of adrenal insufficiency-asthenia" (physical weakness and loss of strength).

Functional adrenal insufficiency is due to a number of factors: inadequate development from birth, exhaustion by fatigue, age related degeneration, chronic stress or any factor which, without provoking organic disease of the glands, is capable of reducing their normal activity. Other symptoms which may occur are sensitivity to cold, low blood pressure, weak heart action and pulse, anorexia, slow metabolism, and constipation. People with adrenal insufficiency often have many symptoms associated with upper respiratory problems. They are the ones who always have a cold, allergies, hives and catch any illness that is making the rounds.

There are many other subclinical signs and symptoms of adrenal dysfunction. You'll find a self-analysis to determine your degree of adrenal insufficiency at the end of this article. With strong adrenal activity, you will be healthy, both mentally and physically. People with strongly functioning adrenals enjoy friendly confrontation, fear nothing, and many of them become business entrepreneurs or enjoy taking risks in other areas of their lives.

An example of a person that I consider having strong adrenal function, based on his muscular build, thick curly hair, and his mental and physical strength, is Pastor Joel Osteen. I believe that Joel's strength comes from God, but outside of his relationship to God, I believe all of his characteristics are due to his strong glandular function. It is hard to believe, but Joel weighs no more than 160 pounds and has been reported to bench press over 300 pounds. That is double his body weight. Just being able to press body weight is above average. I believe Joel is filled with courage and has a positive attitude.

People like Joel, who have strong adrenal function, eventually become successful business and sales people and are not afraid to take risks to get where they want to go. Those with weak adrenals, depending on the degree of insufficiency, have weak muscles, are filled with fear and are afraid to tackle huge projects. They're afraid to speak up in front of others and would rather die than give a public speech. They are usually content just getting by and would prefer working in an occupation that allows them to be in an office by themselves with the door closed and not have to bother confronting their co-workers. They can be unusually shy. They dislike anyone looking over their shoulder, and when this happens, they become nervous and tense. If they have to confront someone either physically or mentally, they will have to lie down later due to the exhaustion caused by the confrontation.

Low Blood Pressure - Not a Healthy State

I caution you regarding hypotension (low blood pressure), since doctors are so concerned with high blood pressure, low blood pressure may be considered healthy. It is not. Nature always has a balance and high or low is abnormal. It is true that high-performing athletes may have lower blood pressure because they have developed such an enormous cardiac capacity. But if you are not a super-athlete, low blood pressure can signal a problem! I have seen individuals with low blood pressure in the range of 100 to 110 over 60 to 70 and they may wonder why they are always sick.

Adrenal insufficiency is probably the number one factor underlying many health disorders that no one has an answer for. It usually begins after a period of prolonged stress - emotional or metabolic. Severe fatigue in the morning is the main symptom. Usually, people with adrenal insufficiency describe themselves as "slow starters."

Interestingly, the ability to resist infections is a function of the adrenal's integrity even more than the immune system. People with exhausted adrenal glands typically have recurrent minor infections. Post-viral fatigue is common in this case as well. In fact, more than half of chronic fatigue syndrome cases begin after significant stress such as surgery, viral infection, trauma or accident. This inability to recover is in large part due to adrenal exhaustion that has developed due to underlying stress such as poor nutrition, mental and physical stress, overwork and lack of sleep.

Allergies are very often a manifestation of adrenal insufficiency, too. Recurrent sneezing can be a subtle clue of adrenal weakness. In nearly every case of multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome, low adrenal function has been the underlying cause. Those who have less severe sensitivities have proportionately less severe adrenal insufficiency. Because their condition began with a viral infection and other stressful challenges to the adrenal glands, people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome generally improve when their adrenal glands are rejuvenated.

Low Thyroid (Hypothyroidism): Similar, but Not the Same

Hypothyroidism also plays a significant part in this complex condition. Stiffness upon rising, especially of the low back, is often a complaint, which usually subsides after a hot shower. Sore throats in the morning are common as well, usually resolving later in the day. Although the thyroid is often the first gland that comes to mind for people with fatigue, I recommend you defer any thyroid stimulation until you're certain of your adrenal health. If you stimulate thyroid function first, without regard to the adrenal glands, you'll boost metabolism, and place more demands on the adrenals. Ideally, you repair adrenal function and then support the thyroid - if necessary.

You CAN Repair the Adrenal Glands

The Right Diet The ideal diet for someone experiencing adrenal insufficiency would be similar to the diet for the hypoglycemic person - or almost anyone, really. It should be low in carbohydrates (no refined carbs and no sugar) and emphasize whole, unprocessed proteins and high quality fats, including olive oil and butter. For adrenal repair, sodium is a critical factor and should not be avoided. However, the salt should be of high quality and not refined white salt or white sea salt. I would highly recommend Celtic sea salt, usually 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a quart of water, three quarts of the salt and water combination per day. For truly excellent diets rich in natural fats and proteins, I strongly recommend you take a look at www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com. For great grain-free and gluten-free meal plans and the science behind them, explore www.drperlmutter.com. Both sites provide a wealth of recipes and solid information that can help you regain energy and peace of mind.

The Right Nutrients

I recommend specific nutrients to help repair adrenal insufficiency. For instance, B vitamins - particularly vitamin B6 (P5P, the biologically active form of B6) and pantothenic acid are a must. L-tyrosine helps produce the adrenal hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. You need vitamin C because the only place in the body that vitamin C is temporarily stored is in the adrenal glands. DHEA and pregnenolone are two adrenal hormones that are also precursors for all other hormones. I believe it is critical to support the adrenal function with freeze dried adrenal extract. There are also two herbs that I would heavily rely on to support adrenal function; licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa). Both support liver function and restore adrenal function. They also facilitate the body's normal response to stress, and help keep adrenal hormones active longer.

With these nutrients and the right diet, you can bounce back from adrenal exhaustion and begin living a vibrant, full, and fearless life!

Terry recommends a formula with these ingredients:
Vitamin C 200 mg
Vitamin B6 (as pyridoxal-5-phosphate) 10 mg
Pantothenic Acid (Calcium Pantothenate) 100 mg
Adrenal Extract (freeze dried) 450 mg
L-Tyrosine 450 mg
Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) Root (5:1) Extract 125 mg
Rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa) Root (5:1) Extract     75 mg
Pregnenolone 15 mg
DHEA 10 mg

Questionnaire: Adrenal Burnout or Just a Bad Day?

The following questionnaire will help determine whether or not you could possibly be experiencing adrenal insufficiency (underactive function).

Circle the number that is most appropriate for you. If the indication does not apply to you, then just leave it blank. If you experience that indication in a mild way, circle #1. That means you may experience that indication once or twice a month. Circle #2 for moderate symptoms, which means they may occur several times a month. Circle #3 for severe symptoms, which are symptoms that you are aware of almost constantly. Do not ask family members and friends if they think you have these problems. Do not overthink-try to answer these questions instantly. You should know at once if you have one of these indications.

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Mild

Moderate

Severe

Chronic fatigue

1

2

3

Low blood pressure

1

2

3

Muscle weakness

1

2

3

Dizziness

1

2

3

Weak, rigid nails

1

2

3

Brown spots or bronzing of the skin, especially on the shins

1

2

3

Frequent hives

1

2

3

Arthritis

1

2

3

Respiratory disorders

1

2

3

Bowel disorders

1

2

3

Muscular and nervous exhaustion

1

2

3

Decreased perspiration

1

2

3

Constipation

1

2

3

Swollen ankles, especially in the P.M.

1

2

3

Crave salt

1

2

3

Allergies

1

2

3

Asthma

1

2

3

Bronchitis

1

2

3

Weakness after colds and flu

1

2

3

TOTAL:


RESULTS

After you've circled the correct numbers, add your score. If you have a score of 5-8, you may have a mild case of adrenal insufficiency. A score of 8-12 may indicate a moderate case, and 12 or over is highly indicative of a severe case of adrenal insufficiency.

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Hypoadrenal vs Hypothyroid


*Percentage of people with adrenal insufficiency who exhibit this condition

Reprinted with kind permission of terrytalksnutrition.com


Please Discuss This Article:   Post a Comment 

Adrenal exhaustion a likely key in CFS
Posted by: ex-cfs
Aug 13, 2014
In my quest to understand and eventually recover from CFS, I was able to explain quite a lot with an understanding of how the stress system changes with long-term, chronic overuse. That's WAY too large a topic for a comment here.

In my case, when I was ill with CFS, I had a cortisol test which showed that I was low on cortisol in the morning and on average over the day. Instead of coming up at around 6 am like it was supposed to (cortisol wakes one up in addition to managing stress), mine was coming up around noon. At the time, I would have trouble really getting started until about 11 am, when magically I would do better. So this made sense. Supporting my adrenal gland was an important part of recovery. I could feel my strength rebuilding within a month. Unfortunately, I was not able to access all the treatment I wanted for this.

Many years later, having largely recovered from my CFS, but after adding PTSD to my brew of ongoing high stress, my adrenal was even more exhausted. New, unavoidable stresses were dragging me down. Once again, I tested low, especially in the morning, but now my cortisol was not coming up until evening, and then it was keeping me up and tired all night. I often did not really get going until 2 in the afternoon, 4 pm on really bad days. But this time I was able to finally find a way to do very low dose cortisol (hydrocortisone) HRT. Finally, my adrenal is repairing. I am able to function well on much lower doses of cortisol HRT. My PTSD symptoms have evaporated as my stress resilience returns.

Oh, and I found that my subclinical hypothyroid was secondary to other hormones that were running too low. Many comprehensive thyroid tests were done over the years from 2 years before I became sick with CFS to many years after. In my case, these other low hormones were testosterone and cortisol. I replaced both, and then had no more hypothyroid symptoms.

I urge everyone with CFS to get adrenal function tested to see whether this is an issue with you. The problem is more widespread than in CFS, may affect many in our stress-filled society, but it may be especially acute in those with CFS.

I am not a doctor, just a patient that found this to be very helpful.

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