Low Adrenal Insufficiency, often referred to by doctors as another one of those "it's all in your head illnesses", is growing at an alarming rate. Learn of the hidden root causes of this illness and what you can do to combat it.
Usually going hand-in-in hand with a sub-clinical low thyroid condition is a sub-clinical low adrenal insufficiency condition -- often resulting in what is commonly known as “burnout”. Sub-clinical, being defined as having all the classic symptoms in either mild or severe form yet not having any corroborating test results. Being that both low thyroid and low adrenal conditions are so very often misdiagnosed and confused by medical doctors, we will present a brief overview of this “hidden” illness known as burnout -- low adrenal insufficiency or adrenal fatigue.
The adrenal glands, part of the endocrine system, along with the thyroid and other related endocrine glands, has a unique function among many others. They provide more than 50 crucial hormones to keep the body feeling well -- especially through protracted periods of emotional or physical stress. Some of the more well known hormones being: adrenaline,cortisol, DHEA, progesterone and testosterone. (1)
Usually categorized by medical science as “adrenal exhaustion”, this is a misnomer. Many ignorant doctors label this condition as Addison disease, which it is not. In fact, Addison disease is an extremely rare illness in which there is a total failure of hormonal and cortisol hormone production.
One of the most famous suffers of this terrible adrenal condition was President John F. Kenney and one of his sisters. The President's illness was kept "top secret" by his family and doctors until the time of his assassination.
The adrenal glands, a small gland resting on each kidney, haven’t burned out as yet but function at sub-clinical levels. Hence, a “low adrenal” or “adrenal insufficiency” condition possibly exists. Yet, for medical science, this may be another of “it’s all in your head” illnesses.
If the twentieth century was stressful, wait to see what the 21rst century holds in store for the future. Prolonged and chronic stress resulting in burnout are at levels before not known in human history -- they have become the norm.
Poor dietary habits such as over-loading on high starch carbohydrates, especially simple sugars and refined starches, is another culprit and major undiagnosed root cause of a low adrenal condition.
Insufficient rest and peace of mind is another major cause of this insidious and difficult to pin point illness -- yet, more and more people are suffering from both this and low thyroid conditions than ever before.
Low Adrenal Insufficiency: The Symptoms - many similar to a low thyroid condition and other conditions such as diabetes
- Personality Changes may be observed as a gradual increase of sadness, aloofness, depression and a sense of hopelessness. Sudden or gradual decrease of strength and stamina. A desire for being isolated and alone.
- Inability to lose weight or easy weight gain
- Lack of restful sleep.
- Unrefreshed morning fatigue -- not feeling better until about 10 a.m.
- Brain fog or clouded thinking
- Not feeling better until early evening hours
- Resisting going to sleep but getting more energy at about 11 p.m.
- Finally falling asleep around 1 a.m.
- Salt and high fat cravings (like potato chips) -- (actually adrenals requiring more iodine in the salt)
- Weakness in muscle and tenderness tendons
- Allergies and lightheadedness on sitting up/down
- Shortness of breath and frequent sighing
The Remedy -- Easier Than You Think
For many, an adrenal insufficiency diet of lower starch carbs and the elimination of all other stimulants is essential in order to allow the adrenal glands to rest and recover. However, there is more and it mostly consists of taking authority over your life and taking it back from the world system and others -- including your family.
- Number One - Eliminate all caffeine and sugar from diet.
- Get all the information you can on Adrenal Fatigue. There are some highly to be recommended sites such as Dr. Lam, M.D. This website will be a treasure house to those searching for thoroughly documented information on this illness. Included are email, chat and free telephone consultations with this specialist and his holistic approach to combating Adrenal Fatigue. A must visit site. (3)
- Lay down every time you feel tiredness coming on and sleeping until 9 a.m. Rest as much as possible
- Laughing, recreation, and doing low level exercises such as Tai Chi
- Avoiding stressful situations and pace yourself. Don’t try to do everything in one day and rest one day between running errands and doing other commitments.
- Take negative, blood-sucking people out of your life
- Eat several snack meals a day instead of three big ones. About every 2-3 hrs.
- Do something funny each day
- Combine complex carbohydrates with protein/oils
- Eliminate junk foods
- Eating five to six servings of protein daily about 2 oz. each snack
- Take vitamin C (1,000 mg. minimum), Calcium and Magnesium supplements
- Add unprocessed Sea Salt with Iodine (2)
Final Word - Learn To Say "No" To Others
Quite probably this condition was provoked by too many years of saying “yes” to others when one should have said “no” in many instances. Grandmas, single parents, those balancing careers plus child rearing plus planning for the future, the list goes on and on. However, there is light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.
If taking the above treatment plan seriously, adrenal insufficiency can 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
Taking back one’s life is crucial when dealing with one’s health in any vernacular. Honor the Sabbath as a way of worship, if God rested on the seventh day, should you not also?
Written by Beverly Anne Sanchez, October 19, 2011