Light-headedness and salt cravings can be a sign of adrenal fatigue.
If these were the only problems, this would be easy! But, it’s not.
70% of people taking thyroid replacement medications continue to complain of symptoms related to adrenal fatigue. It is not unusual to have concurrent presenting symptoms of both low adrenal and low thyroid functions.
WHY YOUR DOCTOR IS NOT HELPING YOU
Conventional medicine tends to miss this due to ignorance on adrenal fatigue.
Those who were diagnosed as hypothyroid after a traumatic and stressful event such as pregnancy, accident, infection or an emotional trauma such as divorce or death of a loved one should be especially on the alert if thyroid replacement alone is not helping.
Those who have hypothyroidism but fail to improve with thyroid replacement medication should always investigate adrenal fatigue as a possible etiology for their thyroid problem. Normalization of the adrenal function in such cases is the key and it often leads to spontaneous resolution of the hypothyroid symptoms.
The faster the sufferer of adrenal fatigue recovers, the faster the symptoms of hypothyroidism will be resolved. This can happen in a matter of weeks.
Those who are on thyroid replacement will invariably find that less medication is needed as their adrenal function normalizes. In fact, one can become overmedicated and run the risk of hyperthyroidism if one’s thyroid medication is not reduced as the adrenal fatigue condition improves. This is an important yardstick and gauge of improvement of one’s adrenal function. The credit goes to the adrenal glands and not the thyroid gland.
Those who have hypothyroidism but fail to improve with thyroid replacement medication should therefore always investigate adrenal fatigue as a possible etiology for their thyroid problem.
Thyroid replacement with T4 and T3 without first considering adrenal fortification is a common mistake and often leads to a worsening state of adrenal fatigue over time. The reason is simple:
Thyroid replacements tend to increase metabolic function and energy output. Raising the basal metabolic rate is akin to putting all systems of the body into overdrive at a time when the body is trying to rest by down-regulation through the many mechanisms described above. The body’s survival mechanism is designed to achieve a reduction of and not the increase in the levels of T4 and T3. What the body wants (to slow down) and what the medications are designed to do (to speed up) is diametrically opposed to one another.
Adrenal Exhaustion Symptoms
- Gain weight; severe or cannot gain weight
- Body temp is low; intolerance to cold
- Temp regulation fluctuating and exaggerated
- Mental function: mental function brain fog, slow thinking
- Low immune function
- Hair: loss sometimes, thin, sparse on extremities
- Nails: thin, brittle
- Peri-orbital tissue (skin around the eye socket): sunken
- Skin thin and dry
- Pain: headaches, muscular, migraines
- Reactivity heightened: hyper-reactive
- History of Infections is common
- Chronic fatigue
- Orthostatic hypotension: frequent “postural hypotension” usually known as head rush or dizzy spell, a form of hypotension in which a person’s blood pressure suddenly falls when standing up or stretching.
- Blood sugar tendency toward hypoglycemia
- Heart palpitations
- consistent low blood pressure
- GI Function: Irritable or hyperactive
- Mal Absorption – imperfect absorption of food by the small intestine
- Sensitive to medications
- Personality Type A; cCan have an obsessive compulsive personality
- Craving for sweet and salty
- Sleep pattern: wake up 2-4 am
HOW TO FIX ADRENAL FATIGUE CONNECTED TO HYPOTHYROIDISM
A total mind-body recovery approach is best, incorporating a customized program of
- the correct lab tests (this is not detected by just blood tests)
- a thyroid trained practitioner
- lifestyle adjustments, and
- nutritional supplementation
to match the body’s needs during the entire recovery process. Medications can be administered as needed as last resort. Recovery time varies depending on severity. A three to twelve month recovery period is normal under expert guidance.
- Avoid Stimulants
- Balance Your Blood Sugar With Your Diet
- No caffeine: Herbal Teas and Mate — NOT Coffee
Basic Multivitamin/ B Complex — You will want to take a strong, balanced formula that provides decent amounts of key factors for adrenal and metabolic health. One formula I personally recommend is Jacob Teitelbaum’s “Daily Energy Enfusion,” which replaces 20 different pills with one powder that you can mix into a drink, plus a B vitamin capsule.
Adrenal Glandulars — I’ve been taking this for a few months now and it’s made a world of difference.
— Desiccated adrenal gland can be helpful to some people in supporting the gland, and replacing some missing adrenal hormones. Be sure to get a reputable brand from a reputable supplier, to ensure quality, potency and safety.
Pregnenolone, DHEA — I’ve been taking this for a over 2 years and it really makes a difference.
— Pregnenolone and DHEA are hormones that can help resolve adrenal fatigue. Use of over-the-counter hormones is recommended only under the guidance of your practitioner.
This is by no means a comprehensive list of supplements or solutions. Your best option is to work with a practitioner to diagnose your adrenal fatigue, and to develop a customized treatment program that will help resolve this condition.
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