Do I have Adrenal Stress?

Concentration of power is the key to any foundation you are trying to create.

The world is plagued by greater and greater division – within countries, political groups, families and even individuals. We are all in a state of total distraction and diffusion, we can hardly keep our minds in ONE direction before we are pulled in a thousand others. The modern world’s level of conflict is higher than ever and we have internalized it into our own lives.

The solution is a form of retreat within ourselves; learn from our past, but don’t live in it. Visualize our future, but also don’t keep your thoughts focused there. You must stay focused in the present moment of your daily life, focus only on what is in front of you…

Concentrate on a single goal – a single task and drill it until complete. Making your bed can be a beginning till end task that brings about a complete task. As I write this article, it begins, then it ends….

Concentrate yourself daily until it becomes part of you. Even a small goal is a goal complete.

This is your true Keys to Power in your own life.

ADRENAL FATIGUE

Americans – land of the “Free” are working more than ever, multitasking to make ends meet, no sleep, and stressed out are common complaints a lot of people have on a daily basis. ln a new survey by the American Psychological Association, showed nearly 75% of Americans say they are stressed to the max over money, work, relationships, family demands and the economy. We work 40 hour week jobs that take us 60-80 hours just to keep up. Corporate American has enslaved us with invisible chains….Are we really that free?

Studies now show that having to be at work at 7 or 8 am is really torture! 9 or 10 am would be a better choice since some work better in the later hours. Should corporations allow employees to choose early or later hours for their personal schedule – studies suggest so. What do you think?

We are now working harder and longer hours than anyone, being paid for basic salaries while the companies rake in billions. As soon as you are no longer needed, employees are being tossed out like dirty laundry. Being stressed out takes a toll on your body and can effect you in many ways. Let’s take a look on how the body responds.

The adrenal glands are triangular endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They release hormones in time of stress, aide in production of energy, and contribute toward balance of electrolytes and fluids. The glands are divided into 2 regions called the cortex and the medulla. The outer cortex of the adrenal gland produces steroid hormones such as cortisol, aldosterone, and androgens. Cortisol is released in response to stress to regulate blood sugar levels and metabolism. In excess it can cause bone loss, diminish thyroid activity, and suppress other hormones. Aldosterone helps regulate blood pressure by working with the kidneys. ln excess, aldosterone can be a cardiovascular risk.

ln humans, when aldosterone antagonists are administered to patients with chronic heart failure, mortality decreases. Androgens play a role in male sex characteristics and are a precursor to estrogen. The inner medulla produces epinephrine and norepinephrine which are hormones of the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for our “flight or fight” reactions (will I make that deadline or not?). When the sympathetic nervous system takes over, our heart rate increases, pupils will dilate, blood pressure rises, and mobility of the intestines reduce. Digestion goes south! Why? Because your pH now becomes too alkaline in the stomach to breakdown proteins and your pH in your mouth becomes to acidic, where digestion actually begins. A vicious cycle begins of unbalance.

What is adrenal insufficiency?

Adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison’s disease, is caused by inadequate production of hormones made by the adrenals. The cortisol and aldosterone will be secreted due to destruction of the cortex. lt can be diagnosed by an ACTH (adrenocorticotropic) stimulation blood test or Dr Price can perform a few simple muscle and tell you in seconds.

This test recognizes an underproduction or overproduction of hormone levels at the top and bottom 20% of a bell curve. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency are muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, irritability, weight loss, dizziness, depression and darkening of the skin. Since Tuberculosis cases have decreased since the middle of the twentieth century, the major cause of Addison’s disease results from an autoimmune reaction which can take months to years to destroy the adrenals, which is due to autoimmune disease 80% of the time. With routine care and holistic care visits people with Addison’s disease have a normal life expectancy.

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a collection of non-specific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbance, abnormal blood sugars, and digestive problems. The term is now a everyday term in holistic doctors practice and many health magazines. Adrenal glands can be functioning 20% below average with your body experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue, but the ACTH test won’t recognize it. Many will try to take certain stimulants to feel better, supplement with glandulars or take the latest “adrenal fatigue vitamin of the month” because they feel their symptoms are associated with poorly functioning adrenals. But, how do you know? Fatigue can be a sign of a multitude of disorders including increased coronary risk, Iiver dysfunction or even simple protein malnutrition. Don’t get caught up in treating symptoms. This is not the way to address this issue.

We now know in our office what is the real culprit of this condition. An Organic Acid Test will almost 100% of the time nail this answer down for us all. “Candida,” it is the underlying condition of almost ALL auto immune conditions and psychological conditions as well. In fact, your “Shrink” should FIRST order this test before loading you up with many anti psychotic cocktails. Your brain will also not be functioning properly since mold spores will pass the blood brain barrier and create a condition now known as “Leaky Brain.” We have already seem too many of these to count. You don’t need to take medications with huge side effects, you need to kill your yeast overgrowth, mold and fungus infection! By the way, this is also the main reason many of us have adrenal fatigue today because of the dompomine levels unable to convert to norepinephrine, yeast blocks the conversion. So now you find yourself with constant fatigue and nothing seems to help.

Can you recover from adrenal fatigue?

Your body can overcome chronic stress and feel energized again. A healthy body will handle stress more seamlessly. First of all, always rule out the worst first. As mentioned above, fatigue is a warning sign that here may be something more important going on in your system. Getting a thorough Organic Acid Test and toxic element testing will shed light on dietary changes you need to make, target areas you may need to supplement and help to objectively monitor your progress.

Call today to set up your consultation to get on the road to better health.
ln the meantime, try these lifestyle changes to improve energy levels:

  • Take a good multiple vitamin and mineral supplement. A multiple vitamin isn’t a cure all but does help to balance the nutrient density of your diet. Be sure to review our previous newsletters. We carry several from many different companies.
  • Get some rest! Having problems sleeping and staying asleep? Turn the TV off at least 2 hours before bedtime and read a good book (Biochemistry used to put many students to sleep).
  • Also, try a natural sleep aid such as 5 HTP, Herbal blends which contains a homeopathic remedy and Valerian root. Take 2-4 at bedtime as needed.
  • Exercise to burn off those stress hormones and help you sleep better at night! Yes – we did say that 8 letter word EXERCISE. With all those stress hormones floating around in your body, especially in your liver, exercise will help clear them from your system.
  • Also, our wonderful Liver/gallbladder flushes – not whether should, its when is your next one scheduled? Wait, I am too busy….tell that to your stressed out body.
  • Rehydrate! Dehydration can cause fatigue and headaches- Aim for 1 quart of clean, filtered water per 50lbs of body weight. Don’t go over 3 quarts per day regardless of your weight. Maintain blood sugar levels with a balanced diet and by eating every two hours.
  • Avoid coffee – try Mate Yerbe instead, better energy and less caffeine. Even avoid caffeine all together for a few weeks to allow your adrenals to rest, every time you ingest caffeine, who do you think is doing the work?

There are THREE main products that you need to combat stress by assisting your Adrenals back in action.

  1. Adrenal stress Formula -DSF, ADB5-Plus, etc.
  2. Magnesium (citrate, orotate, lactate, etc.)
  3. Himalayan salt – in water and the powder in your food.

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