Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal What?

 

A while back I went to a saliva specialist. I was having problems with my sinuses and kept getting sick after long travel times. I eat really well and do all the right things for my health so I was puzzled about the why of all of this. Why couldn’t I stay well?

 

When the doc sat me down and told me the reason was stress, it shocked me. I don’t consider myself a stressed out person. He told me that if I were a cell phone and he had to plug me in to charge me, I would still not be charged if I were plugged in for a month!

 

Stress?! Well, what I found out is that there are different kinds of stress. My kind was the kind from a life of travel and the abuse that it plays on your physical body and the crazy schedule that I live.  Through that stress, I developed what is known as adrenal fatigue.

 

As I am working through this, I’ve been thinking a lot about the affects this has on people. This could only be my thoughts… but could it be that there are many people on anti-depressants that actually have some form of adrenal fatigue? All of the same signs are there.

 

I didn’t realize how bad I was until I went to my naturopathic doctor and he started me on a regimen toward healing. I told my husband I didn’t realize that I was depressed until I started feeling better again. I’m still in process with this whole thing and they say it takes months to get over, so I keep doing what I’m suppose to do and I also am searching out new things to try to see what can help.

 

One of the things I have found that has really helped me is an organic product called Maca. You can take it in pill form or powder form. I personally like to mix it in a drink that I take every morning. When I first tried it I was shocked at how good I felt and after reading about it, I was really impressed with what it does.

 

Here is the drink I take just about every morning. This is also really good to take when you are working out. All the ingredients are so good for you. Enjoy!

 

Maca Energy Drink

12- 16 ozs. of coconut water (use another juice if you can’t use coconut)

1/3 tsp of Maca

½ tsp of Spirulina

1 TBS of raw coco powder (I use WonderCocoa, 99.7% caff free)

A small handful of goji berries or ½ to 1 tsp. of goji berry powder.

Blend and drink.

(I put a few drops of stevia in mine).

 

Here are some symptoms of adrenal fatigue:

  •                Morning fatigue — You don’t really seem to “wake up” until 10 a.m., even if you’ve been awake since 7 a.m.
  •                Afternoon “low” (feelings of sleepiness or clouded thinking) from 2 to 4 p.m.
  •                Burst of energy at 6 p.m. — You finally feel better from your afternoon lull.
  •                Sleepiness at 9 to 10 p.m. — However, you resist going to sleep.
  •                “Second wind” at 11 p.m. that lasts until about 1 a.m., when you finally go to sleep.
  •                Cravings for foods high in salt and fat
  •                Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
  •                Mild depression
  •                Lack of energy
  •                Decreased ability to handle stress
  •                Muscular weakness
  •                Increased allergies
  •                Lightheadedness when getting up from a sitting or laying down position
  •                Decreased sex drive
  •                Frequent sighing
  •                Inability to handle foods high in potassium or carbohydrates unless they’re combined with fats and protein

 

Treatment of adrenal fatigue

“Optimal adrenal health is one of the major keys to the enjoyment of life,” according to Dr. Wilson. If you have adrenal fatigue, you can fully live life again by making the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to treat your disorder.

Treating adrenal fatigue is as easy as:

  •                Lying down during your work breaks (preferably at 10 a.m. and again anytime from 3 to 5 p.m.)
  •                Sleeping until 9 a.m. as often as possible
  •                Laughing
  •                Exercising
  •                Minimizing stress
  •                Taking negative people out of your life
  •                Eating regular meals
  •                Chewing well
  •                Doing something fun each day
  •                Combining unrefined carbohydrates with protein and oils
  •                Avoiding junk food
  •                Eating five to six servings of vegetables each day
  •                Taking calcium and magnesium supplements
  •                Adding sea salt to your diet
  •                Taking 2,000 to 5,000 milligrams of vitamin C each day
  •                Supplementing vitamin E with mixed tocopherols
  •                Taking B-complex supplements that are high in B6 and pantothenic acid
  •                Adding licorice root extract to your dietary supplement regimen

 

Taking back your life

If you take your treatment plan seriously, you can expect your adrenal fatigue to heal in:

  •                6 to 9 months for minor adrenal fatigue
  •                12 to 18 months for moderate fatigue
  •                Up to 24 months for severe adrenal fatigue

 

 

References: http://www.naturalnews.com/019339.html#ixzz1Qmbkv7Rs

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/maca.htm

 

 

 

At the time of writing this blog my husband and I are on a Hawaiian island getting much needed rest. My doc was happy to hear that we were taking time some off. He said that Hawaii is healing. I like that.

 

So, I’m praying over my body for healing and being responsible with what I can do, too.

 

If you feel like you fit into this, I encourage you to research and then do something about it. Don’t just put a bandage on yourself. Get yourself healed; body, soul and spirit.

 

To your health,

Beni

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8 thoughts on “Adrenal Fatigue

  1. yup…all of that is what I go trough 😦 confirmation that it’s time for a change! thanks Beni & God bless you always.

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  4. Where Beni, do you get most of your products from, Orchard’s. I was specifically asking about the goji berry powder, maca powder & the coco, brands? I’m a single mom on disability, from a number of fusions in my body & am being very intentional to take back my health. Your health class was my wake up inspiration to go for this 100% over a yr. ago. I cannot thank you enough Beni, the content & testimony spoke to my heart, stirring a resounding, yes, yes, I’ve got to give myself to this, not just for myself, H.S. but for my very life, for my children…. I was digressing & failing on so many fronts…..it was pass time. You gave me hope Beni, know matter what the finances, condition now, this was a defining decision only I could make, & I needed to make, everything depended on it. I’ve taken myself & the kids thru clean eating, sugar, gluten & dairy free, adding warm lemon water in the morn., apple cider vinegar drink for fermented food intake ( another suggestion?), juice plus, methylguard Plus for the diagnosis of MTHFR genetic disorder & a greens drink like the one you listed (mine uses spinach also). I have chronic & adrenal fatigue & so will now replace the drink in the am with this one? Suggestions on being able to keep the greens drink somewhere in the diet, seems theyre both needed? I’d like to know most cost effective source, with quality included you resource? Another place, you’d said to take 1-5,000 units of vitamin c a day, again could you give your source & if powder or pills? I’m trying to wean myself off of pain & anxiety meds I’ve been on for over 16 yrs., fentenyl & morphine I took myself off of, this I can do to, by the grace of God. I dont have a lot of time to read, using Katie Wellness Mama for alot of my health/nutrition resouce. Would you recommend the hormone book or The Hormone Curve if I could make time to read one. I’m 61 yrs. old & have had severe osteop…., level of a 90 yr. old for the past 20 yrs., has not gotten better. Have recently taken Jenn G. 21 day fix class, so now I’m exercising! Next financial move is to see Stausi for p. training help & join Every Day F., he has a similar story in his accident & damage done as mine & look at him, such a living testimony, again so grateful for what you brought to me/everyone in your 6 week class. Any suggestions I’d love (basic, GOOD gluten free site or cookbook? Thank you so much Beni (this was meant to be a couple sentences!) from my heart for giving me kisses through you, from Him….He’s sooo good! Appreciate you so much!

  5. Lindsay I know you’re asking Beni and that she has more knowledge than I do, but in the meantime I thought you might like to know of something I’ve found that’s helped me. I shop around online and have found some better prices at http://www.swansonvitamins.com or go the Vitamin Shoppe where Solray Adrenal Caps, a raw gland concentrate with herb activators. God bless you.

  6. Beni, I just found out that I, too, have adrenal fatigue. I just came to this page today and was so surprised because it sounds like you were writing my story! Thank you for being so brave to tell your story and help others.

    • Hi Beni, could you confirm I am signed up for class, computer having problems loading, not sure it connected with your site for the class, so excited yo be a part taking back my health! How are you doing class, videos on FB? Thx so much!

      Sent from my iPhone

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