This article gives tips for healing adrenal fatigue.
If you are tired all the time, and find yourself with the symptoms listed below, then adrenal fatigue may be the cause.
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The adrenal glands are two walnut size glands located just above the kidneys.
The adrenal glands produce cortisol which allows the body to cope in times of stress. This stress response is designed to work short-term. Under long-term stress, the adrenal glands can strop producing appropriate amounts of cortisol. The body then responds to stress with the above symptoms of adrenal fatigue.
In his book, the Metabolism Reset Diet, the expert Dr Christianson states that the term "adrenal fatigue" is actually inaccurate.
"It is not that the adrenal glands are unable to make cortisol. Rather, the hypothalamic-pituary axis is intentionally slowing down the cortisol production so that the body has a chance to rest and repair".
Please note it is the problem of an abnormal cortisol slope or abnormal-adrenal-function-leading-to-fatigue that is is discussed in this healing article.
Dr Christianson has another book, specifically addressing problems with the adrenals - the Adrenal Diet.
An excellent five-minute video Dr Aimie Apigian talking about the adrenal glands, and about how Aswaganda powder can help, but only AFTER moving the body out of the chronic freeze response.
Is adrenal fatigue recognised by Doctors?
The world health organisation, WHO, recognised adrenal fatigue in 2010.
In 2013, a study by the International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health identified that people with burnout had lower levels of cortisol.
If your Doctor is sympathetic, you might want to ask him or her to refer you to an endocrinologist. The blood test to measure your body's capacity to make cortisol is called the synacthen test.
However, many people who have adrenal fatigue still seem to be making cortisol. Most doctors do not recognise the condition and they are unlikely to give advice for healing adrenal fatigue.
Start by implementing the wonderfully practical advice below for healing adrenal fatigue.
You may also want to consult an alternative healing practitioner.
Naturopaths and nutritionists use an adrenal stress test. This consists of taking saliva samples to measure cortisol levels throughout the day. Cortisol levels should rise in the morning, rise before midday, and drop off around four p.m. They should then rise again after dinner and drop by bedtime.
are websites which recommend taking certain natural healing supplements
specifically for healing adrenal fatigue. I don't have any personal
experience of doing so.
I do however highly recommend these plant-derived minerals which have helped to increase my energy levels.
Please note that these are not books that I myself have read:
Wishing you health both within and beyond illness,
Katherine T Owen
Katherine T Owen runs this website - www.HealingCFSME.com.
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