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    Info Adrenal Fatigue - Functions, Signs, Symptoms and Recovery Schedule

    The adrenal glands are primarily known for the production of our stress hormones Cortisol and Adrenaline, but they are literally a hormone factory that significantly affects the function of every tissue, organ and gland. They produce our anti-aging hormone DHEA, our reproductive hormones: Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone, as well as Aldosterone, a hormone that controls the sodium andpotassium levels (electrolytes) in the body. If potassium levels become too high, aldosterone is secreted causing the kidneys to excrete more potassium and retain more sodium. Low sodium can also stimulate the secretion of aldosterone. A diet chronically high in potassium or low in sodium can stress the adrenals. Excess potassium is also a natural diuretic and causes some loss of sodium. There should be a balance between potassium and sodium. Please see your physician for an electrolyte blood test to establish your levels.

    The problem occurs when we are constantly in the “flight or fight” mode and the adrenals produce too much Cortisol and Adrenaline. When this state of emergency is maintained for extended periods of time, the body's reserves become depleted, weakening the immune system, causing interrupted sleep, exhaustion, kidney abnormalities, lower blood sugar and even hypothyroidism.

    The Adrenal Glands are Involved in Multiple Functions of the Body:

    • Stress control
    • Metabolism
    • Blood sugar and cravings
    • Digestion and elimination
    • Thyroid
    • Reproductive hormones
    • Mood and chemical imbalances
    • Blood pressure and heart health
    • Immune system (allergies, infections, etc.)
    • Liver and detoxification centers


    Individuals with adrenal fatigue can follow a distinct energy pattern – Fatigued in the morning, rarely feeling awake before 10 am, and not feeling fully awake until after a noon meal. There will be a lull in their Cortisol in the afternoon between 2-4 pm leading to sleepiness or clouded thinking, then an increase in energy level after 6 pm, although they tire easily, they feel best at night and resist going to sleep until after 11 pm.Cortisol production is naturally high in the early morning hours (around 7 am) to assist with the waking cycle. But those who chronically stress their adrenal glands have lower concentrations in the morning. Many will consume caffeine in an attempt to boost Cortisol, which further stresses the adrenals. Then at night the elevated Cortisol prevents the ability to enter Stage 4 REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which the body needs for recovery. Gastrointestinal issues including bloating, indigestion, heartburn and reflux also add to the stress on your adrenals. When your digestive system is irritated or inflamed, the body’s natural response is to eliminate the inflammation by producing more Cortisol. However, elevated levels of Cortisol begin to erode the intestinal lining and leave an individual susceptible to food allergies, yeast, fungus, and Candida overgrowth.



    Common Causes of Adrenal Stress:


    • Physical trauma
    • Chemical toxins
    • Poor diet / digestion issues
    • Excess exercise
    • Lack of sleep
    • Infections
    • Emotional trauma
    • Anxiety, depression
    • Prescription drugs (many)
    • Pregnancy
    • Stress


    Do's & Don'ts

    Do

    • Eat organic, fresh foods
    • Eat regular meals, preferably small amounts every 2 hours
    • Diet should combine unrefined carbohydrates (whole foods) combined with protein and oils (nuts and seeds), olive, fiber, flax, and high quality omega-3 fish oil
    • Diet should have a heavy emphasis on vegetables, organically grown (lightly steamed or raw)
    • Keep well hydrated - 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day
    • Add anti-stress supplements such as magnesium, zinc, r-lipoic acid, coq10, vit. E, b6,9,or 12, probiotics, relax
    • Become empowered and informed about your health
    • Get to bed by 10 or 11 pm
    • Sleep until 7 or 8 am when possible
    • Meditate or listen to relaxing tapes that promote relaxed brain waves
    • Surround yourself by people who are concerned for your well being and are a positive influence on your life
    • Be compassionate, kind and nurture yourself
    • Laugh
    • Do things you enjoy
    • Add mild exercise and stretching
    • Reduce stress
    • Enjoy the outdoors


    Don't

    • Skipping meals
    • Fasting
    • All refined sugar, chocolate, hydrogenated fats, refined carbohydrates and junk foods
    • Eating carbohydrates by themselves
    • Caffeine alcohol, sodas, juice
    • Artificial sweeteners
    • Foods that you react to or are allergic to (keep a food log)
    • Arising early if you don't have to
    • Staying up late & catching your "second wind"
    • Making some else responsible for your health
    • People who steal your energy or are negative
    • Taking care of everything and everybody, but not yourself
    • Feeling guilty for taking care of yourself
    • Over critical or hard on yourself
    • Excessive seriousness
    • Fretting / worrying
    • Over training, over exercising
    • Stress

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    for this information, it's very interesting to read. I'm in 2 minds now whether this is my problem because I don't have that much trouble getting up in the morning, I've always been an early riser. I also flag in the evening and would ideally go to bed at 10 every night. I'm also not someone who's easily stressed.

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    @MrsE one doesn't have to have all of the symptoms. I have never had any laziness, early morning or crashing problems at all. My symptoms were muscle weakness and very poor hair and skin....extremely dry palms etc.

    But look at my old results.


 

 

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