A new blog with information, ideas and news about Adrenal Fatigue. Referrals to books, organizations and doctors who are familiar with this undereported syndrome. Info on "Belly Fat", fatigue and poor quality of life due to Adrenal problems.
Ashwagandha is used to help with mental health (anxiety level), concentration, fatigue, social functioning, vitality, and overall quality of life and is often mentioned when speaking of thyroid problems. I recently acquired a bottle and thought I'd give it a try. I haven't been taking supplements lately for my Adrenal Fatigue but I thought this might give me a boost. Well, in a word, yes. It has only been a week and I fell a lot more energetic, a lot less tired throughout the day. Often used as an herb in Ayurvedic medicine, I have heard that it may be beneficial to people suffering from Adrenal Fatigue. I recommend this product as a feel good addition to your regimen and it may come in some of the products already mentioned in this blog.
I picked up a magazine at the store the other day and found an article about Adrenal Fatigue. It was "for women First", just about the only magazine I will willingly pay for these days. To be displayed until 9/10/2012, it has Dr. Oz on the cover. I didn't realize the article was in there, which only goes to show that Ardrenal Fatigue is becoming more well known to everyone. It goes on to discuss the fact that it is a fairly common condition that causes exhaustion, anxiety and weight gain, which are often attributed to depression.Once they start perscribing medications for that, the other possibilities become masked.
Some of the points made, as we have talked about before, suggest that stress is a major contributing factor. Once you have enormous amounts of stress your adrenal glands cannot secrete enough cortisol to handle it, which in turn leads to exhaustion.
You can order an at-home salivary cortisol test to self diagonose the condition. One suggestion is ZRTLab.com and there are others available, too.
A suggestion to consume more omega-9 fatty acids because the supplement can ease or ward off symptoms is made. I know I take Omega 3 fatty acids, I'll have to read the label to see what it has to say about Omega 9's. According to Dr. Fred Pescatore, M.D., 3 grams a day should help and you can get that from half an avocado or 2 Tbs of macadamia nut oil. Another suggestion is black licorice, since it contains adrenal-rejuvenating cortisol. Two supplements to look for are Astragalus root & cordyceps, They both make cells more effficient at using cortisol.
According to the article, loading up on the Omega 9's, eating protein, unrefined carbs and "good" fats will start making you feel better very quickly. Also, set aside some relaxation time.
Just a recap for you, in case you can't find the magazine. I find all sorts of tidbits in this magazine and it is pretty inexpensive, too.
I haven't posted for a long time, I've been a little distracted trying to find and keep health. I found a chiropractor who knew what I needed and she got me to try taking Adrenal Cortex and a very strong multivitamin. Those two things have helped a lot. Dr. Lea Kabala sells these things on her website so you can investigate that. Feel Awesome is her business name and now you have a link. She is also on Facebook. I also took some time figuring out how to lose weight on that new product that everyone is using through clinics. It is called HCG and some info on that can be found if you Google "Dr. Simeon's Protocol". I think most of my health problems would have been smaller if I had been able to lose weight in the first place. Something about Adrenal Fatigue makes it hard to follow just any old diet but this one worked like a charm. I actually used the sub lingual form of HCG and you can buy that on the 'nets. A lot of people are going to clinics and getting shots to make it work and that may suit you, (and your pocketbook) better than my way. Anyway, I probably won't have much more to say about Adrenal Fatigue as a problem unless I fall way back into some old habits. Knowledge is power with this problem and it's knowledge that is hard to come by when you just keep asking the same Western medical people the questions.
I haven't been keeping up with this blog for awhile, I had nothing to report. Recently, I ran across a Network Chiropractor in Tucson, Dr. Lea Kabala. With her help and knowledge, I have found a line of supplements that have helped a lot. Her website, http://www.feelawesomewellness.com/ has information and a page with access to the supplements she is a proponent of. Click "Our Products" then shop around a bit. She told me to try Essential Therapeutics Adrenal Cortex 250mg and Essential Therapeutics Basic Optimal Multi Vitamin/Mineral Iron Free. I've just been on them for a month or so and I feel a lot better now. Dr. Kabala will work with you via email, if that is your preference or you can order what you need by referencing her web page. I will post more as time goes on as I have thought a couple of times that I was getting some relief. I may feel differently in another month, I don't think so though. You can only search so long and when you find someone who can help, especially with as little hassle as this, you have to go with it.
Look back at your history, once you have finally figured out what is wrong with you. When did the stress start? Do you have a family history of adrenal problems? Have you subsisted on sugar as your major food group? All of these things and more could have contributed to get you to the point of looking "adrenal fatigue" up on Google or some other search engine. Once you finally narrow it down, (with no help from your traditional doctor, I might add), then you can begin to try to do something about the causes of your ailment. As for me, now that I have thought about it for a long time, I can probably trace it back to family attitudes, possibly a genetic predisposition toward adrenal problems and the stress of everyday living. I have never heard anyone say that it could be genetic but, upon reflection, I realized that my mother had this problem, in huge measures. Then, I began to think of other women in my family and I think it must be somewhat predetermined, always provided that the right atmosphere is set up as you go through life.Like alcoholism, yes, you may have a predisposition for it if your family has a history, but not all the people in one family develop into full fledged alcoholics. I wish I could explain it to my now deceased mother and let her know that she wasn't imagining things and that there really was something wrong with her body, something that the doctors chose not to address. Some of her health problems were probably caused by her adrenal problems, not the least of which was asthma. Long suspected to be a stress related disease, asthma could have been a "chicken and egg" question. Adrenal fatigue first or asthma first?
So, start back through your trip, in your mind. Did you take a job that you knew was too stressful? Did you let one develop into a stress trap that you couldn't get out of? The next one would be more of the same, after all, now you have experience, right? I think all things have a psychological viewpoint as well as a physical one. They say you end up with a mate for deep reasons that you may not even know and I think that is true of the career paths you chose, as well. One job that I took, five years ago or so, should have had a flashing neon light on the front door, (Dysfunctional, dysfunctional, dysfunctional). Yet I took that job and have been facing the consequences since then. All of these things add to my big pile of stress. I seriously think that, when dealing with this disease, that your new stress just piles on top of the last stress you suffered and keeps growing. Unless you address it head on and get rid of your last problem, your next one just melts together with it, making it a bigger ball of stress.
Once you can narrow some of your stresses down, you can begin to put these things behind you, making you a much healthier person. Really.
I haven't been keeping up lately. I had been trying to fight my adrenal problems by myself since I figured out what my problem was. While my treatments had allowed me to loose some weight, I still wasn't progressing toward health very well. I finally went to the compounding pharmacy and got some Adrenal Rebuilder, made by Future Formulations,LLC in Tucson. I have written about the creator of these supplements before, James L. Wilson, N.D.,D.C.,Ph.D. He wrote the book that is a wealth of information but I thought I could harness the information and cure myself.The book is, "Adrenal Fatigue,The 21st Century Stress Syndrome" and if you think you have an adrenal problem, you should definitely seek it out. I guess this guy knows more about it than I do, needless to say. Soon after I sought out the Future Formulation, LLC line, I started taking the Adrenal Rebuilder and seriously started feeling better. You're supposed to take a concentrated amount for 2-3 months and thereafter, as needed. There are other nutrition supplements as well, I'm just not able to afford all of them right now. You can get more info at www.adrenalfatigue.org and although I had thought to try to sell the line through this blog, you can order there for now. I'm not sure I have enough visitors each day to really do a good job of it.
I 've read a few blogs tonight about the types of food that may be good to help heal from Adrenal Fatigue. Raw nuts, raw vegetables and wild caught fish make a great start. Trader Joe's sells a lot of the nuts, particularly walnuts and almonds. Be careful of some of their produce though because of the great distances that it is shipped to the store. Surely there is a local store that sells vegetables from a closer locale. Here in Arizona, we are close to all of the supplies of produce, California and Mexico supply a great deal to the rest of the country. I love fruit, and I would rather eat fruit than veggies any day. That being said, it is the constant inclusion of sugar in my diet that is a big factor in my illness. So, eating vegetables is a lot more wise than gobbling up fruit all the time. That's if I stay completely away from processed food with sugar, which I can't do on a daily basis just yet.
My nurse practitioner put me on Armor thyroid medicine last month. Has anyone else taken this stuff and what side effects have you had? I think my heart rate is way up and my sister, who once took the same prescription, had heart fibrillation's and had to stop. I guess if that is normal, okay. If not, I'll need to check back in with her.
As I began to investigate the problems I have with Adrenal Fatigue, I guess I hoped that working on that as a specific would result in a long sought answer. With the recent addition of thyroid medicine, I also thought I would be moving toward some sense of wellness. That has not been the case and although I do feel better from day to day, I don't really feel like any basic change is being made. Of course, some discipline might help; but that is something that if it were sold in a bottle would be the hit of the next Christmas season. We're all looking for a measure of health and we begin to know what it takes to get it and keep it. Some people are able to take what they know and apply goal setting,self discipline and faithfulness to accomplish better health, both mental and physical. Others mean well, but if it were easy, all of us would be fine examples of what health looks like. Like all things in life, striving and working toward a goal will result in the desired results. Simple, really.
The figure in this photo is standing at the edge of the maze of life. I took this at Mission San Xavier del Bac, just south of Tucson. Scattered in and among the Catholic symbols and statues at this location, there are a fair amount of this guy. I think the Native Americans in the area revere him and that he is part of their history,from long before the Catholics came upon the scene. Knowing Tucson as I know it, that was a long. long time ago. I looked up a definition to put in here; as you know, there are no secreats on the web! Life and Choice, depicted in this common symbol, "the-man-in-the-maze" was originally created as an illustration of an emergence story by the Tohono o'odham or Papago Indians of the Central Valley in Arizona. The little man is named "U'ki'ut'l" in their language. It has been adopted by other people because it is significant of life's cycles and eternal motion and also of the choices we are confronted with. The right choices lead us to a point of harmony with all things, no matter how hard or long the road taken.