A lot of fatigue is connected to poor adrenal function. The adrenal glands sit above the kidneys and are part of the endocrine system. They produce several hormones to do with the stress response.
The adrenal gland consists of the cortex and the medulla. The cortex is the outer part and produces cortisol, a powerful anti inflammatory hormone. Inflammation occurs in many health problems eg allergies, asthma, arthritis and lupus.
The medulla is the centre part of the adrenal gland. It puts out adrenaline, (which is also called epinephrine), and norepinephrine. These hormones are almost a direct extension of the nervous system. They govern the body’s stress response, also known as the fight-or-flight response.
When the brain thinks there is a threat (stress),the adrenal glands prepare to either fight or flee. The nervous system stimulates the circulatory and respiratory systems to be ready. This diverts oxygen and blood away from normal bodily functions and accesses the body’s energy reserves.
When this system switches off, the body stays on alert for a long while afterwards. This exhausts the energy supplies and wears down the adrenal glands and kidneys, impairing immune function.
The body reacts to real and imaginary stressors. These can be emotional or psychological and can be caused by stress. This can be overuse of caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, drugs, poor nutrition or deficiencies of vitamins.
‘A person with weak or impaired adrenal function may have low blood pressure, low blood sugar, low body temperature and a feeling of complete exhaustion.’ Other health problems creep in such as hypoglycaemia and neuro-mediated hypotension (NMA). With NMA, the central nervous system instructs the heart to slow down, causing decline in total volume of blood circulating per minute, and in blood pressure. This allows the blood to pool in the lower limbs and less is available to nourish the brain. Other symptoms of poor adrenal function are depression, dizziness or lightheadedness and memory lapse.
Dr Ellen’s prescription to heal the adrenal glands
Digestive enzymes aid digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Supplements cannot work unless the body is able to use them. Digestion and absorption are the keys to the effectiveness of supplements, and enzymes are the key to thorough digestion and absorption.
Take 2 capsules of adrenal enzyme formula twice a day either between meals or with meals. The formula should contain the following:
Adrenal Fatigue Recovery Group. Australia
Enzymes for health and healing by Ellen W Cutler and Dr Jeremy Kaslow
Notes from a talk given by Dr Jacob Teitelbaum on the Thyroid Summit
Discussion on the thyroid and adrenals
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Dr Jacob Teitelbaum has written books on Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and specialises in these illnesses. He runs the Fatigue Practitioners Network and lives in Hawaii.
Jacob Teitelbaum had CFS/Fibromyalgia and spent more than 39 years studying it.
He is author of the book Fatigued to Fantastic
A low thyroid is a common trigger for Fibromyalgia. Difficulty sleeping is a common symptom of fibromyalgia. There is also a loss of digestive enzymes, and food allergies. Dr Teitelbaum feels that everybody who has fibromyalgia should try taking thyroxine. 95% of people who do, improve.
Symptoms of CFS/Fibromyalgia are being excessively tired, achy, have weight gain, brain fog and insomnia. If you cannot sleep and have these other symptoms you may have fibromyalgia.
If your ferritonin level is under 60, you cannot process T4.
Take selenium 60-200 mcg daily.
The most important thing is how you feel. Low thyroid levels need more than 35 mcg of selenium. He says the T3 and T4 tests are unreliable. Don’t rely on blood rests. It is more important how you feel. He feels Nature-Throid and Westthroid are the best medicines for the thyroid. If you have high T4, you are at risk of getting osteoporosis.
This is the best at strengthening bones if you have osteoporosis.
Don’t take more than 120mcg a day other than rare exceptions. If you have been on it a while and still not feeling good, reduce your thyroxine. Those with CFS/Fibromyalgia need more T3.
T4 is the storage form of the hormone. The cell push off iodine, creating T3. T3 gets the body moving. If you take T3, divide the doses throughput the day. With T4, take it all at once.
To induce sleep use lavender, an Epsom salts bath or a herbal mix. Take Ashwaganda and phosphatidylserine if you can’t sleep at bedtime. Eat a protein snack at bedtime if you get low blood sugar throughout the night, eg a boiled egg, or six nuts.
Take medications in low doses.
If you are sleeping in the day you may have sleep apnoea. If you have restless legs, you may have an iron or magnesium deficiency. For magnesium deficiency, take 200 ml of magnesium glycinate. If you are low in iron you may need ferritin. Levels need to be 60.
DO NOT LIMIT SALT. You need more salt if the adrenals are not working. Use unprocessed sea salt, Celtic salt, raw or pink or Hawaiian salt.
However do restrict sugar. Drink lots of water.
Take 1 scoop 3 times daily. For 3 weeks, then twice daily. It is a great energy booster and improves energy by 60%. Ribose looks and tastes like sugar. Add a teaspoonful to your hot or cold drinks. It helps ease pain.
Add vitamin B4 and phosphates
For low Adrenals with immediate hunger
If taking Prednisolone, taking 20+ mg will start to give adrenal suppression.
Low testosterone and low thyroid will help men.
If they are in bad pain, they will also be deficient in testosterone.
If you have Candida symptoms and you have fibromyalgia, you may also have post nasal drip, nasal congestion, irritable bowel syndrome, gas and bloating. Often the muscles get locked in a shortened position. You may also often get viral or antibiotic sensitive infections.
Cytomel is T3.
Air hunger is a classic sign of Lyme infection. Lyme infection is like a tick bite.
Take thyroid medication on an empty stomach. Wait 1 hour before eating. No coffee. Take at least 3-4 hours away from calcium or iron supplements. You can take them at night if needed. If taking T3, it may be better dividing the dose. If you crave coffee, it is an adrenal dysfunction.
To find doctors who practice holistically go to ABIHM.org
Books: Beat sugar addiction now
Thyroid Healthy by Suzy Cohen
The thyroid revolution
Living well with Graves’ disease
Living well with hypothyroidism by Mary Shomon
An imbalance of iron in our blood causes our body to have unpleasant symptoms.
Not enough iron can cause exhaustion, breathlessness and weak or tired arms, palpitations and much more. Read on for more detail:
It is important to clean hands if we have poor health, for whatever reason. Hands are used for everything, from washing, to dressing, to eating, to working. Along the way, they collect germs from all sorts of places.
When we are unwell, whether we have a cold or cancer or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), we have more germs on our hands. We pick up the germs of others through handshakes, taps in wash basins or handrails on an elevator.
In Hong Kong, there were ladies whose job it was to clean the handrails at railway stations to try to stop cross contamination so that people would not get ill. Cutting down on germs is important to staying healthy.
When we are very ill and in bed, we are not continually washing our hands. It is enough to get to the bathroom occasionally. A quick rinse under the tap and quickly back to bed. Germs build up on our hands.
Generally speaking, I find women better at keeping their hands clean. They wash their hands when doing the washing up. Women may give their hands a good wash in the bathroom. They also spend some time in the laundry doing the washing. There is always a job needing to be done with water.
Men on the other hand, tend not to do these mundane chores and are not as aware of keeping their hands clean. Men should always give their hands a good wash after going to the toilet, a proper wash.
Washing the Hair
When we wash our hair, our hands get a good clean. However many people do not wash their hair every day. Also many men do not have hair to wash. So it is very important to wash your hands every day. If you do it in the shower you can give a good scrub all the way up the forearm as well. Keep those germs at bay.
Men tend to shake hands, a good way to pass on some germs. Women tend not to shake hands so much.
In a hospital where their premature babies were cared for the babies kept getting infections. It was traced down to the nurses having long fingernails. All sorts of bugs, grease and dirt can congregate under long nails. So give your nails a trim and then a good wash.
As people age, they tend to be less active. They also tend not to do the amount of washing up or cleaning of younger years. When they sit around their hands collect body oils and food scraps which can store quite happily under their fingernails. They also tend not to wash their hands so often. Please help the elderly to keep their hands clean. It is good for their health.
Please wash your hands properly and frequently.
Need more energy? Who doesn't! People who are ill need more energy. They just do not have enough energy to do the normal things in life. People needing more energy may have some of these illnesses
Every cell in our body has a job to do. They have to make energy to keep the body going. There are little furnaces within the cells called 'mitochondria'. The mitochondria need fuel to make energy. Without enough energy our body slows and starts to break down.
Co enzyme Q 10 (CoQ10) and D-ribose are the two ingredients that are essential for the mitochondria to make energy. If your supply of these is low, you will have low energy.
CoQ10 is needed in greater quantities in the heart. If you take statin drugs to reduce cholesterol, then you definitely need to supplement with CoQ10 as these drain CoQ10 from the cells.
Dose: 200-400mg CoQ10 daily.
D-ribose comes in the form of a white powder. It is only in recent years that scientists found how to make it. It is very safe to take.
Dose: 1 tsp powder 1-3 times daily
If you have CFS/ME and are very fatigued, take 3 doses daily for a 2-4 weeks. Cut back as you see fit.
These 2 natural supplements taken long term will give your mitochondria the fuel they need to make the energy your body needs.
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Co-Enzyme Q10 and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Co-enzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is found in our cells. It is the fuel we need to make energy. Without enough CoQ10 we get tired and exhausted.
More and more people are suffering from unexplained, often severe exhaustion accompanied by many unpleasant symptoms. While medical doctors can usually find nothing wrong with the patient, Functional medicine doctors or Integrative doctors or Naturopathic doctors treat the patient in different ways.
Here is a list of supplements I have found helpful over the course of many years. I will put links where I can. There is also a lot of information available in this blog in past articles. These are just suggestions. Each person is different. You just many find a suggestion of a supplement here that may help you. Above all, do your own research. Empower yourself.
Supplements for the Cells
Essential Amino Acids
Essential Fatty Acids
Red Palm Oil
Linden Flower Tea
Tart Cherry Tea
There are lots of remedies that can help people with illness. Some I have found useful are
Schuessler cell salts
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Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
Many people today find they are worn out and exhausted all the time in their busy lifestyles. Their body and mind is always in the 'fight or flight' mode. This means we are forever on the alert waiting for the next thing to happen. As a result, we find we cannot relax. If we cannot relax, we cannot sleep; either it is difficult to get to sleep or we wake during the night and stay awake for a few hours. Many people with Adrenal fatigue wake between 2 and 4am.
The result of this is that we get more and more tired and then we get more and more 'wired up', in a higher and higher state of alertness which causes even more tiredness. This can result in the adrenal glands being unable to produce enough cortisol to keep this state going.
As a result we start to become more and more tired. Some people are so tired and worn out that they can no longer work or do their normal day's activities. The worst of these are bed-bound.
Western doctors test the adrenals with a 24 hour urine test. The urine must be collected for the whole day, all put in together and then tested. This gives an overall result for 24 hours. Adrenal hormones change through the day. The highest secretion should be in the morning. This gives us the 'get up and go' feeling in the morning. People with Adrenal Fatigue often have low hormone secretion in the mornings and high levels in the evenings. This means that they cannot get going in the morning and are rearing and ready to go at night. This might suit shift workers, but not the rest of the population.
Naturopathic doctors tend to test the adrenals with a saliva test. The saliva is tested at different times of the day so that they can see what your adrenals are doing throughout the 24 hours. This gives a better picture.
Our adrenal glands sit on top of our kidneys and are connected to them. We have two kidneys and two adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are closely connected to the thyroid gland. So if you have a problem with your thyroid gland you may have a problem with your adrenal glands as well.
Norepinephrine is secreted by the adrenal glands and the brain in response to stress. Too much of this results in problems focusing, increased anxiety and an inability to tune out distractions. Other major hormones produces are cortisol, epinephrine and adrenalin.These all need to be in balance, along with the thyroid gland for a balanced life.
What Can I do To Calm Down?
These methods are recommended by Terry Wahls MD.
Some supplements that may help are
Also increase salt intake and water.
Where to Get Friendly Help and a Kind Ear
Facebook have some great groups. Among them is the one describes below. It was started for people from Australia but now has members from around the world.
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Personally I am not in favor of being diagnosed by someone with the label of an illness.
In our society today, it has become the norm for people to be diagnosed or labelled with the name of an illness. I have found that with many people, this sits like a weight on their shoulders, weighing them down heavily. There are few people that, when diagnosed with a major illness, have the strength of mind, followed by body, to go search out a therapy that can ease their symptoms, sometimes even get rid of their illness altogether.
Many doctors, I could say most doctors, look at the statistics of illnesses and know the usual progression of the disease. This is then placed on the patient's shoulders and installed into their mind. They 'think' there is no solution.
Most doctors do not have the time to research new techniques that are found since their years of studying medicine. They rely majorly on what they learned in medical school and the seminars given by doctors, to update them with medical solutions.
Medical solutions towards disease lean strongly towards drug therapy or surgery.
It is quick and easy for the doctor to write a script and quick and easy for the patient to take the pill. Sometimes this can be a lifesaver for many people and can get them out of a dangerous health crisis. Unfortunately, many drugs have unpleasant side effects.
A Passion for Good Health
It also takes passion for a doctor or a patient to probe and learn to find other methods that can be a good and sometimes better, and have no side effects, than relying on the medicine chest.
A disease diagnosis is a name given to a list of symptoms. There is a list of symptoms for Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, irritable bowel syndrome, diabetes and autism etc.
The symptoms of these diseases overlap. Many illnesses can have brain fog, anxiety, sore throat, palpitations, difficulty breathing. A label accumulates these symptoms. Once a label is applied to an illness, the person is sent to a doctor dealing in that group of symptoms. It takes a brave doctor to look for a solution outside what is being recommended by his colleagues.
Very, very slowly, people - the patients - are starting to look for other answers as they do not like the outcome that has been given to them eg 'you will not improve anymore' or the side effects of the drugs given to them.
One such modality that has now been recognized by The American Academy of Pediatrics is Neurofeedback. It is a form of brain training. Good results have been documented with ADD, ADHD, epilepsy, anxiety and traumatic brain injuries. They recognize it is as effective as medications for ADD/ADHD and rarely has adverse side effects.
Other modalities that treat many symptoms for varying diseases are
Light Therapy, Sound Therapy, Crystal Therapy, Homeopathy and Flower Essence Therapy.
If you look around you will find many people being treated with different modalities by mainstream doctors and by Complementary therapists. Don't be stuck with a label. Free yourself. Lift that weight by trying different therapies. Find the one that is right for you, one that eases your symptoms.
There is always an answer out there.
Go find it!
People with auto-immune diseases and chronic diseases are always looking for that extra supplement that may help them get better.
N-acetyl-cysteine, often referred to as NAC is one of these supplements that can help.
Glutathione is the major antioxidant in our body. This means that its job is to go around and knock off all those free radicals that we are always hearing about. Now don't bother taking Glutathione itself. It is for sale but you will be wasting your money as it is not absorbed as a supplement by our body. It does a vanishing trick before it is of any use.
So what do we do? We take NAC. It can be manufactured by our body into Glutathione. Magic! Then the glutathione can zap around our body and gobble up those free radicals again.
It is very important to take NAC if you have a chronic disease such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia or Adrenal Fatigue. Also it has a great effect on auto immune diseases. When we are in a state of prolonged ill health we make lots of free radicals and it is not good to have too many of these floating around.
Have a look here at what Jay Mattingly, MD has to say about its benefits.
I have been taking it for years and can really notice when I don't take it.
Chronic Fatigue can be a debilitating illness. The problem is the medical profession for years did not even believe it was an illness because they could not prove the patient had anything wrong with them from their tests. This put the onus back on the patient to find some relief for themselves. They turned to the Alternative health professionals who would at least listen to them.
Over the last thirty or forty years as more and more people present with similar symptoms, testing has improved. Some professionals have taken an interest in the health of these sensitive people. Bless them.
There is now a growing body of knowledge about these mysterious illnesses - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) sometimes called CFIDS or ME in other countries. Adrenal Fatigue is term given to some sections of these illnesses also.
During my research and after reading a book by Dr Wilson about Adrenal Fatigue (the same symptoms as I had) I came across a Facebook (FB) group in the US with thousands of people suffering from this illness. They prefer to heal their body with natural remedies instead of putting yet more chemicals into their system.
As there were a lot of people there from Australia, I started a FB group for Australians to help each other. I have just been amazed at the response and the growing number of people who are asking to join. Everyday more people are asking to join. Now we have people from around the world searching for information here too.
So, if you are looking for a supportive environment to learn about the symptoms of your illness like debilitating exhaustion, brain fog or allergies you just might find some answers in Adrenal Fatigue Recovery, Australia.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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