Adrenal fatigue

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  • 1. Adrenal Fatigue Adrenal Glands are the “Glands of Stress”
  • 2. Factors Affecting the Adrenal Gland
  • 3. Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue  Difficulty getting up in the morning  Continuing fatigue not relieved by sleep  Craving for salt or salty foods  Lethargy (lack of energy)  Increased effort to do every day tasks  Increased PMS  Symptoms increase if meals are skipped or inadequate  Afternoon lows between 3:00 and 4:00 pm  Decreased sex drive  Decreased ability to handle stress  Increased time to recover from illness, injury, or trauma  Light-headed when standing up quickly  Mild depression  Less enjoyment or happiness with life  Thoughts less focused, more fuzzy  Memory less accurate
  • 4. Why Medicine Has Not Recognized Adrenal Fatigue  It is still not taught in Medical schools  Only form of hypoadrenia that is recognized is Addison’s Disease  Lab tests for adrenal function can drop ½ of its normal value and still fall within normal range  Home Tests:  Iris Contraction. Shine light across eye. Pupil should contract and remain contracted. If it alternately dilates and contracts – low adrenal function  Blood pressure. Lie down for 5 minutes take BP. Stand up. BP should rise 10-20 mmHG or stay the same. In Adrenal Fatigue the Blood Pressure will drop
  • 5. Circadian Rhythm of Cortisol  Highest levels secreted at 8:00 am (rising cortisol helps up wake up in the morning)  Lowest levels between midnight and 4:00 am  After 8:00 am, it downtrends through the rest of the day with a small dip between 3:00 and 5:00 pm.  Eating something, even a little snack, causes a small burst in cortisol levels  Exercise also elevates cortisol levels
  • 6. Adrenal Fatigue and Cortisol  Secretion may be irregular  Some may experience low cortisol at every point in the cycle  Others have a normal level at 8:00 am, but by 10:00 am cortisol levels have fallen below normal  Some have a normal pattern with a severe drop between 3:00 and 5:00
  • 7. Actions of Cortisol  CELLS: protects against effects of excess insulin; regulates sodium and potassium levels  HEART AND BLOOD VESSELS: regulates blood pressure, sodium/potassium levels, strengthens contractions  ANTI-INFLAMMATORY  WHITE BLOOD CELLS: lymphocyte products, counters inflammation of tissues, prevents tissue damage  BRAIN-CNS: mood excitability, thoughts, memory, mental clarity  NORMALIZES BLOOD SUGAR
  • 8. Adrenals Role in Stress  Cortisol primes the different parts of your body to respond when called into action  Without cortisol, the body cannot react adequately to significant stress challenge  People who suffer from low blood sugar frequently suffer from Adrenal fatigue  People with adrenal fatigue almost always have an irregular blood sugar pattern
  • 9. General Rules for Adrenal Fatigue  Be in bed before 10:00 pm  Look for things that make you laugh  Make your lifestyle a healing one  Notice one thing to be grateful for each day  Move your body, breathe deeply  Believe in your ability to recover  Keep a journal  Eat the foods your body needs  Salt your food, salt your water (use sea salt)  Eat lots of colored vegetables  Chew your food well  Take responsibility for your own health  Laugh several times a day  Enjoy your recovery  Take your dietary supplements regularly  Eliminate energy robbers (things in your life that drain your energy)  Take 1000 mg of Vitamin C every day. (Best in afternoon when the low hits)
  • 10. Things to Avoid  Getting overtired  Caffeine, sugar, alcohol and white flour products  Coffee, even decaf  Staying up past 11:00 pm  Pushing yourself  Energy suckers  Being harsh or negative with yourself  Foods you are addicted to  Foods you suspect an allergy to  Foods that make you feel worse  Never skip breakfast  Avoid fruit in the morning  Never eat starchy carbohydrates be themselves. Include other vegetables in the meal
  • 11. Hormones of the Adrenal Glands  Epinephrine: Responds to “fight or flight” situations  DHEA, Pregnenolone, Progesterone, Estrogen, Testosterones: Anti-oxidants, Tissue repair, Sex hormones, balancer of cortisol  Cortisol: Blood sugar, anti-inflammatory, immune response, heat and blood vessel toning, nervous system, stress reaction  Aldosterone: Regulation of Sodium, Potassium and Fluid Volume
  • 12. HPA Axis – The Regulation of Cortisol  Hypothalamus – Pituitary – Adrenal Axis  Hypothalamus (similar to a thermostat – senses the heat in the room (the stress in your body) and compares to desired temperature – ignites furnace if necessary)  Pituitary (like the relay switch)  Adrenal Glands (like the furnace – and Cortisol is like the heat output  HPA Axis in one of the most important elements of the whole body process known as homeostasis.
  • 13. Herbal Formulas for Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia  Cerra-logic and Pituiten for Brain  Gall-astic and Nerv-all  Adrenix  Check for infections and parasites  Lepterra *Supplements available from Inno-Vita This company sells to professionals only so you may need to find a practitioner in your area for evaluation and purchase. http://www.inno-vita.com/
  • 14. Sample Program  Foundation Formulas: Lepterra with Adrenix  Priority Formulas: Pathogens (Bacteria, Virus, Fungus, Parasites) Drainage (Tox-Ex, Xpleen) Chemical/Metal: (Meta-Ex)  Secondary Formulas: Liver (Livergy, Gall-Astic) and Endocrine (Pituiten, Cerr-logic, Thyroiden, Nerve-all)