Adrenal burnout and chronic fatigue

Adrenal burnout and chronic fatigue

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Feeling burned out?

Is it your adrenals?

Burn out. That’s what adrenal dysfunction and chronic fatigue feels like. Even getting out of bed seems like too much effort. If that’s you, here’s something you need to understand. There is an answer and it lies in the nutrients that can repair your adrenal glands. Here’s how to bounce back from exhaustion and live a vibrant life! 

Imagine if you awakened every morning feeling completely inadequate to meet the demands of the day. How would you feel if even a little physical or mental stress left you feeling drained? Problems such as these have an enormous, negative impact on relationships, careers, and personal happiness. And the root cause is very often impaired adrenal and/or thyroid function. In fact, I have probably been asked more questions about the adrenal and thyroid glandular systems, and the symptoms of underactive adrenal and thyroid function, than just about any other health topic. So many people feel helpless in dealing with their exhaustion following any “fight or flight” stress response. We know that adrenal burnout and an underactive thyroid can have long-term, serious consequences. I also know the symptoms can be confusing regarding whether the issue is with the thyroid or adrenal. Are you wondering if your adrenal glands are less than optimal? It is more widespread than you may think.

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Adrenal Function

The adrenal glands are two small glands about the size of an
acorn, one sitting on top of each kidney. The adrenals produce many hormones
that keep us healthy, both physically and mentally. As early as 1898, Emile
Sergent, the great French physician, described the two prime functions of the
adrenals as antitoxic and angiotonic. His description of the detoxifying
functions of the adrenals was brilliant. “Should these glands happen to be
damaged, a condition of depression and muscular fatigue is seen to appear
which, in man, we shall find in the form of the earlier symptoms of adrenal
insufficiency-asthenia” (physical weakness and loss of strength). Functional
adrenal insufficiency is due to a number of factors: inadequate development
from birth, exhaustion by fatigue, age related degeneration, chronic stress or
any factor which, without provoking organic disease of the glands, is capable
of reducing their normal activity. Other symptoms which may occur are
sensitivity to cold, low blood pressure, weak heart action and pulse, anorexia,
slow metabolism, and constipation. People with adrenal insufficiency often have
many symptoms associated with upper respiratory problems. They are the ones who
always have a cold, allergies, hives and catch any illness that is making the

There are many other subclinical signs and symptoms of
adrenal dysfunction. You’ll find a self-analysis to determine your degree of
adrenal insufficiency at the end of this article. With strong adrenal activity,
you will be healthy, both mentally and physically. People with strong
functioning adrenals enjoy friendly confrontation, fear nothing, and many of
them become business entrepreneurs or enjoy taking risks in other areas of
their lives.

An example of a person that I consider having strong adrenal
function, based on his muscular build, thick, curly hair, and his mental and
physical strength, is Pastor Joel Osteen. I believe that Joel’s strength comes
from God, but outside of his relationship to God, I believe all of his characteristics
are due to his strong glandular function. It is hard to believe, but Joel
weighs no more than 160 pounds and has been reported to bench press over 300
pounds. That is double his body weight. Just being able to press body weight is
above average. I believe Joel is filled with courage and has a positive
attitude. People like Joel, who have strong adrenal function, eventually become
successful business and sales people and are not afraid to take risks to get
where they want to go. Those with weak adrenals, depending on the degree of
insufficiency, have weak muscles, are filled with fear and are afraid to tackle
huge projects. They’re afraid to speak up in front of others and would rather
die than give a public speech. They are usually content just getting by and
would prefer working in an occupation that allows them to be in an office by
themselves with the door closed and not have to bother confronting their
co-workers. They can be unusually shy. They dislike anyone looking over their
shoulder, and when this happens, they become nervous and tense. If they have to
confront someone either physically or mentally, they will have to lie down
later due to the exhaustion caused by the confrontation.

Low Blood Pressure – Not a Healthy State

I caution you regarding hypotension (low blood pressure),
since doctors are so concerned with high blood pressure, low blood pressure may
be considered healthy. It is not. Nature always has a balance and high or low
is abnormal. It is true that high-performing athletes may have lower blood
pressure because they have developed such an enormous cardiac capacity. But if
you are not a super-athlete, low blood pressure can signal a problem! I have
seen individuals with low blood pressure in the range of 100 to 110 over 60 to
70 and they may wonder why they are always sick.

Adrenal insufficiency is probably the number
one factor underlying many health disorders
 that no one has an answer
for. It usually begins after a period of prolonged stress – emotional or
metabolic. Severe fatigue in the morning is the main symptom. Usually, people
with adrenal insufficiency describe themselves as “slow starters.”

Interestingly, the ability to resist infections is a
function of the adrenal’s integrity even more than the immune system. People
with exhausted adrenal glands typically have recurrent minor infections.
Post-viral fatigue is common in this case as well. In fact, more than half of
chronic fatigue syndrome cases begin after significant stress such as surgery,
viral infection, trauma or accident. This inability to recover is in large part
due to adrenal exhaustion that has developed due to underlying stress such as
poor nutrition, mental and physical stress, overwork and lack of sleep.

Allergies are very often a manifestation of adrenal
insufficiency, too. Recurrent sneezing can be a subtle clue of adrenal
weakness. In nearly every case of multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome, low
adrenal function has been the underlying cause. Those who have less severe
sensitivities have proportionately less severe adrenal insufficiency. Because
their condition began with a viral infection and other stressful challenges to
the adrenal glands, people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome generally
improve when their adrenal glands are rejuvenated.

Low Thyroid (Hypothyroidism): Similar, but Not the Same

Hypothyroidism can also play a significant part in this
complex condition. Stiffness upon rising, especially of the low back, is often
a complaint, which usually subsides after a hot shower. Sore throats in the
morning are common as well, usually resolving later in the day. Sound like
common symptoms? Then you may want to consider supporting both the adrenal
glands and the thyroid gland.

You CAN Repair the Adrenal Glands

The Right Diet

The ideal diet for someone experiencing adrenal
insufficiency would be similar to the diet for the hypoglycemic person – or
almost anyone, really. It should be low in carbohydrates (no refined carbs and
no sugar) and emphasize whole, unprocessed proteins and high quality fats,
including olive oil and butter. For truly excellent diets rich in natural fats
and proteins, I strongly recommend you take a look at 
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recipes and solid information that can help you regain energy and peace of

For adrenal repair, sodium is a critical factor and should
not be avoided. However, the salt should be of high quality and not refined
white salt or white sea salt. I would highly recommend Celtic sea salt, usually
½ teaspoon of salt to a quart of water, three quarts of the salt and water
combination per day.

The Right Nutrients

I recommend specific nutrients to help repair adrenal
insufficiency. For instance, B vitamins — particularly vitamin B6 (P-5-P, the
biologically active form of B6) and pantothenic acid are a must. L-tyrosine
helps produce the adrenal hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. You need
vitamin C because the only place in the body that vitamin C is temporarily
stored is in the adrenal glands. DHEA and pregnenolone are two adrenal hormones
that are also precursors for all other hormones. I believe it is critical to
support the adrenal function with freeze dried adrenal extract. There are also
two herbs that I would heavily rely on to support adrenal function; licorice (Glycyrrhiza
) root extract and rehmannia (Rehmannia glutinosa) root
extract. Both support liver function and restore adrenal function. They also
facilitate the body’s normal response to stress, and help keep adrenal hormones
active longer.

With these nutrients and the right diet, you can bounce back
from adrenal exhaustion and begin living a vibrant, full, and fearless life!

To prevent adrenal burnout and keep your adrenal glands
healthy, I recommend adrenal gland extract daily combined with vitamin C,
vitamin B6 in its active form (P-5-P), pantothenic acid, l-tyrosine, licorice
root extract, rehmannia root extract, pregnenolone, and DHEA.

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