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Adrenal Fatigue: Fact or Fiction

Adrenal Fatigue: Fact or Fiction

I’ve written about adrenal fatigue in several of my newsletters.  One of my readers sent an article from Mayo Clinic, which said there is no such thing as adrenal fatigue.  She asked me to comment.

Having suffered from adrenal fatigue, I know firsthand what it is to experience fatigue, body aches, low blood pressure, and lightheadedness–some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. It can feel like hypoglycemia. Sleep disorders can also be caused by distressed adrenal glands that can cause cortisol to pump in the night and wake you up with an alert mind and a tired body. There are many suboptimal conditions that people experience that can’t be diagnosed with standard tests given by allopathic doctors.  A typical test that naturopathic doctors and other holistic physicians recommend is the saliva test.  It will give you a measurement of adrenal hormone production at different times of day and night.

Dr. James Wilson is well known for his work with adrenal fatigue.  He says, “Adrenal fatigue is 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. 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 or other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day.

This syndrome has been known by many other names throughout the past century, such as non-Addison’s hypoadrenia, sub-clinical hypoadrenia, neurasthenia, adrenal neurasthenia, adrenal apathy and adrenal fatigue. Although it affects millions of people in the U.S. and around the world, conventional medicine does not yet recognize it as a distinct syndrome.

Adrenal fatigue can wreak havoc with your life. In the more serious cases, the activity of the adrenal glands is so diminished that you may have difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. With each increment of reduction in adrenal function, every organ and system in your body are more profoundly affected. Changes occur in your carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, heart and cardiovascular system, and even sex drive. Many other alterations take place at the biochemical and cellular levels to compensate for the decrease in adrenal hormones that occurs with adrenal fatigue or adrenal dysfunction. Your body does its best to make up for under-functioning adrenal glands, but it does so at a price.”

Notes

http://www.adrenalfatigue.org/what-is-adrenal-fatigue

Rebekah’s Life Changed With Vitality Renew–an Adrenal Support Supplement

I had in the past taken adrenal supplements with some success; then I ran out recently. I decided to order your adrenal supplements and not buy the one I usually buy at the health food store. It took several days to get it, and I was already running on empty. I ended up in bed for a couple of days, not really sure why at the time. When the supplements arrived, I took two in the morning after I ate something. I was surprised to find that I was up walking around in the afternoon and did not go back to bed that day as I had been doing. As I continue to take these supplements, I am beginning to have hope that I can again live a normal life and do the things I used to do. I just wanted you to know about this immediate success with your Vitality Renew supplement. I would never have thought it was possible to feel this good so quickly! I just turned 60. I’ve been through this low adrenal functioning before, and the despair is just too much. I hate being in bed during the day. I have memories of when I used to dance in ballet class 16 hours a week. It was joyous! I know it’s likely I will never be able to do that again. I’d love to dance 8 hours a week, but it’s all hypothetical at this point. I’m happy I at least have that memory. I’m just glad to be vertical and walking right now. I got a treadmill for my birthday. Yesterday I walked a quarter of a mile. That may not seem like much, but it’s a long way from being bedridden. . . and in just 2 days after starting the Vitality Renew I ordered from your website. I’m glad to read that radishes address the thyroid. I have been diagnosed with low functioning thyroid. I’m hoping one day that my under-active thyroid will be healed. Meanwhile, I’m reading everything I can about thyroid health and juicing. I thank God every day for how much I have learned and am still learning from you!

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Adrenal Booster Cocktail

Hot peppers and parsley are rich in vitamin C; celery is a great source of natural sodium.  Both are very beneficial for the adrenal glands.

  • 4 carrots, scrubbed well, green tops removed, ends trimmed
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 handful parsley
  • Dash of hot sauce
  • Dash of celery salt

Cut produce to fit your juicer’s feed tube.  Juice ingredients and stir.  Pour into a glass and drink as soon as possible.

Serves 2

From The Juice Lady’s Remedies for Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

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