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Balance Your Adrenal Glands Naturally

Balance your adrenal glands

 - Stress Management glands

 

These walnut sized glands manage stress from all sources

 

      “Adrenal Fatigue” – proper adrenal function determines how energetic you feel and your ability to cope with the physical demands of life. Fatigued (Worn out) adrenals cause you to feel exhausted and yet although a common problem, is very often misdiagnosed in the U.S.

Wilson, James. “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.” Smart Publications, p. 6, 2002.

 

 

Adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system

 

      You have 2 adrenal glands – one on top of each kidney

 

      The adrenals secrete  50+ hormones - many essential for life, and include:

 

-       Glucocorticoids - include CORTISOL; help body convert food into energy, normalize blood sugar, respond to stress and maintain your immune system’s inflammatory response.

 

-       Mineralocorticoids - include ALDOSTERONE; by maintaining a proper balance of sodium, potassisum and water in the body, they help normalize blood volume and thus your blood pressure.

 

-       ADRENALINE – this hormone increases heart rate and controls blood flow to  muscles and brain. Also helps liver convert glycogen to glucose.

 

      Some body functions controlled by adrenal hormones:

 

         Maintain metabolic processes – E.g. blood sugar level management,  regulating inflammation

         Regulating your body’s balance of salt and water

         Controlling your "fight or flight" response to stress

         Maintaining pregnancy

         Initiating and controlling sexual maturation during childhood and puberty

         Producing sex steroids - such as estrogen and TESTOSTERONE.Using bioidentical hormone therapy in an attempt to normalize male or female sex hormones, without FIRST normalizing adrenal function, will virtually guarantee failure because the weakened adrenals will never allow the hormones to find  proper equilibrium.

 

      Adrenals there for the fight or flight situations, but prolonged stress can cause their function failure -  increasing adrenaline and other hormones increases heart rate and blood pressure and slows digestion enabling body to divert all its energies to the present potential threat or challenge. Prolonged stressors overwork the adrenals causing their fatigue, these stressors include:

 

         Anger, fear, anxiety, guilt, depression, worry, relationship problems and other negative emotions

         Overwork, including physical or mental strain

         Excessive exercise

         Sleep deprivation

         Light-cycle disruption (such as working the night shift or often going to sleep late)

         Surgery, trauma or injury

         Chronic inflammation, infection, illness or pain

         Temperature extremes

         Toxic exposure

         Nutritional deficiencies and/or severe allergies

 

 

 

Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

 

      Decreased adrenal hormones, notably CORTISOL - deficiencies in certain adrenal hormones will vary from case to case, ranging from mild to severe.

 

      Addison’s Disease – Mainly due to autoimmune disease, is adrenal fatigue In its most extreme form experienced by 4 out of 100,000 people. It  causes muscle weakness, weight loss, low blood pressure and low blood sugar, and is potentially life threatening.

 

      Hypoadrenia/Adrenal Fatigue symptoms can be debilitating:

 

         Unrelenting fatigue and weakness, especially in the morning and afternoon – unable to keep up with daily demands

         A suppressed immune system

         Increased allergies

         Muscle and bone loss and muscular weakness

         Depression and other mental disturbances, such as increased fears and anxiety

         Cravings for foods high in salt, sugar or fat

         Hormonal imbalance

         Skin problems

         Autoimmune disorders

         Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms

         Low sex drive

         Lightheadedness when getting up from sitting or lying down /abnormal blood sugar levels

         Decreased ability to handle stress

         Trouble waking up in the morning, despite a full night’s sleep – rely on coffee/soda stimulation

         Poor memory

 

      People with adrenal fatigue often have bursts of energy at specific times – not untypical is a burst of energy around 6 p.m., followed by  possibly resisted sleepiness at 9 p.m. or 10 p.m.. Another “second wind” at 11 p.m. is common, which may keep you from falling asleep until around 1 a.m.

 

 

 

Common adrenal function ACTH test does not diagnose Adrenal Fatigue

 

      The  ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) test only recognizes extreme underproduction or overproduction of hormone levels (as shown by the top and bottom 2 % of a bell curve.

 

      Inexpensive Salivary CORTISOL test CAN diagnose Adrenal Fatigue -  purchase online and do at home

 

 

How to Recover from Adrenal Fatigue

 

      Although natural treatments are very effective, expect recovery to take some time:

         6-9 months for minor adrenal fatigue

         12 - 18 months for moderate adrenal fatigue

         Up to 24 months for severe adrenal fatigue

Veracity, Dani. “Recovering From Adrenal Fatigue: How Your Body Can Overcome Chronic Stress and Feel Energized Again.” Natural News, April 6, 2006 http://www.naturalnews.com/019339.html (Accessed June 11, 2009)

 

      KEY STEP: Address current and past emotional traumas in your life - using prayer, meditation and/or Meridian Tapping Technique (MTT) .

 

      Rest when you feel tired - short naps or just lie down in the day

 

      Sleep in late if you feel like it – until 9:00 am

 

      Exercise moderately but regularly – daily 30 min walk, rebounding

 

      Make what you eat count nutritionally and control your blood sugar levels

 

         Eat a small meal or snack every 3 - 4  hours

         Eat within the first hour upon awakening

         Eat a small snack near bedtime

         Eat before becoming hungry – which indicates you have already run out of fuel (low blood sugar), placing additional stress on your adrenal glands

 

      Avoid stimulants - E.g. coffee and soda -  can further exhaust your adrenal glands

 

      Possibly supplement with DHEA hormone with MD approval (if after above steps, you are not seeing desired results)– adrenals normally produce this natural precursor hormone, which levels can be low with adrenal fatigue;

 

Reference

 

·         Dr.  Joseph Mercola’s website – www.mercola.com

Hormones Links

 

HORMONES- Related Links:

HORMONES

Hormones 101 – “Feel Good, Look Good”

Chart of Human Hormones

Testing Hormone Levels

 > Take Hormone Test

 Synthetic Hormones

        – “Frankenstein Version of Natural Hormones”

Balance Adrenal "Stress Managment" Glands  

(1) AMINES:

5-HTP – “SSRI Alternative”

SEROTONIN – “Mood Hormone”

MELATONIN – “Darkness Hormone”

 > The Biological Clock

T3 and T4  - “Thyroid Hormones (Triiodothyronine and Thyroxine)”

HISTAMINE – “Inflammatory Response Hormone”

Fight or Flight Catecholamines:

EPINEPHRINE. NOREPINEPHRINE 

DOPAMINE –  “Go Get it! /Reward Hormone” 

(2) POLYPEPTIDES:

Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN)  - “For auto immune disease, cancer, AIDS, COPD and the common cold”

FSH, LH and GnRH

PROLACTIN – “Cool Down Hormone”

INSULIN – “Blood Sugar Uptake”,  GLUCAGON, IGF

LEPTIN – “Curb appetite / Burn Fat”

GHRELIN – “Hunger Hormone”

(3) STEROID HORMONES:

Steroid Hormones

Steroid enzymes affecting Steroid Production /Activity 

Glucocorticoids

 CORTISOL – “Stress Hormone”

MIneralocorticoids

ALDOSTERONE – “Water Retentive Hormone”

Sex Steroid Hormones

Sex Steroid Hormones

Sex hormone-binding carriers

Estrogens – “Predominantly Female Sex Hormones”

Progestagens

PREGNENOLONE

PROGESTERONE – “Precursor to Androgens, Estrogens and Corticoids”

Estrogens and PROGESTERONE in Lifestage Events

Androgens -"Predominately Males Sex Hormone"

Sterols

Vitamin D - The Sunshine Vitamin

  CALCITRIOL (active form)

  CALCIDIOL (circulating form)

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