Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue? I did, and 80% of people do at different times in their lives. If you have Hashimoto’s disease or hypothyroidism, you most likely are too, and it’s stealing your life away day by day.
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
You may be experiencing adrenal fatigue if you regularly notice one or more of the following:
- You feel tired for no reason.
- You have trouble getting up in the morning, even when you go to bed at a reasonable hour.
- You are feeling rundown or overwhelmed.
- You have difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
- You crave salty and sweet snacks.
- You feel more awake, alert and energetic after 6PM than you do all day.
WHAT IS AN ADRENAL?
The human body has two “adrenal glands”, which are endocrine glands that lie like caps on top of the kidneys. Each of the adrenal glands secrete hormones for different needs in the body, but both are related directly to dealing with stress and the stress response.
The adrenal cortex secretes corticosteroids, such as glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids. These hormones are responsible for responding to stress; using carbohydrates, fats and proteins; and regulating the salt and water balance in the body.
The adrenal medulla secretes both adrenalin and noradrenalin, also known as epinephrine and norepinephrine respectively. These hormones are involved in the body’s “fight or flight” response.
Here’s a 33 second video that is helpful.
WHAT IS ADRENAL FATIGUE?
It’s a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level. Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia.
In 1998, Dr. James L. Wilson coined the term ‘adrenal fatigue’ to identify a specific kind of chronic tiredness that many people experience. It can affect anyone who undergoes frequent, persistent or severe mental, emotional or physical stress. Adrenal function can also be an important factor in health issues ranging from allergies to obesity.
As the name suggests, its paramount symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep but it is not a readily identifiable entity like measles or a growth on the end of your finger. You may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness or “gray” feelings. People experiencing adrenal fatigue often have to use coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day – the worst options to get balance back in the body.
WHAT THIS HAS TO DO WITH YOUR THYROID CONDITION
Most people with a thyroid condition experience adrenal fatigue and even adrenal exhaustion, leaving a person hardly functioning from day to day. I am one of those people. If you haven’t read my story, you can here.
After being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in 2010, my adrenal lab tests showed that I had almost no amount of activity registering from my adrenal glands my body was so compromised.
I was sobbing all the time, always tired, confused, listless and sleeping constantly, exhausted, depressed and just wanted to disappear. Seeing the lab tests that showed a box with arrows where my lab test “should be normal” and where it was, on the bottom of No Man’s Land, was very helpful to me, it was nice to know it wasn’t “me”, I really had something going on, and even better, it could be fixed.
GET THE RIGHT LAB TEST AND FIND OUT
Make sure to work with a thyroid trained practitioner and get the right lab tests for this and other body/brain problems that are nameless and life-destroying.
To find a THYROID TRAINED PRACTITIONER, go to my list and find one near you.
If you cannot find one there, contact my practitioner, #1 on the list; he can help you get your life back with the right lab tests and more.
HOW TO HEAL EXHAUSTED ADRENALS
It’s all about nutrition and creating a healthy, balanced – less stressed – lifestyle.
Dr. Wilson says that because blood sugar has a lot to do with health adrenals, “One of the major dietary mistakes made by people with low adrenal output is not eating soon enough after waking. If you have adrenal fatigue, it is very important that you eat before 10:00 AM. This is vital in helping to replenish the waning stored blood sugar supply after the previous night’s energy needs.” Find more about eating breakfast on my blog here.
YOUR DIET IS IMPERATIVE IN HEALING ADRENALS
If you don’t have the THYROID RESET DIET, order it today and start healing your adrenal glands. You will find the diet in my Get Your Life Back! manual, plus checklists for over 70 symptoms and more HERE.