Last Modified on Feb 10, 2014
by Deirdre Layne | November 20, 2013
What Is Adrenal Fatigue?
In a society of fast paced everything and living by deadlines and timeframes, many individuals know the feeling of exhaustion all too well. Stepping in the door at night feeling as if one more step or responsibility would be the tipping point is an understandable result of a long day of work or the common stresses of the day to day grind. But, what if that feeling of sheer exhaustion never goes away? That state of constant exhaustion paired with difficulty waking up in the morning, the need for multiple caffeine saturated beverages or stimulant snacks, and continued stress is likely a result of what is now termed adrenal fatigue. Actually categorized as a syndrome, adrenal fatigue is associated with a number of signs and symptoms. Common signs include low blood pressure, body aches, extreme fatigue, unexplained weight loss, lightheadedness, and loss of body hair. Most often brought on by periods of intense or prolonged stress, the syndrome can also manifest during or after a chronic or acute infection including influenza, bronchitis, and or pneumonia. The characteristic factor associated with adrenal fatigue is that of the diminished function of the adrenal glands. Diagnosis of adrenal fatigue includes charting of daily affect and symptoms as well as sensitive blood testing and stimulation tests.
As adrenal fatigue is often the result of a high stress lifestyle, finding ways to effectively manage stress and establish a well-balanced lifestyle work toward relieving adrenal fatigue. Getting an adequate amount of sleep, minimizing stress, and adding enjoyable activities into daily life are all effective ways to combat adrenal fatigue. In addition to these lifestyle changes, adrenal supplements like calcium and magnesium, vitamin C and E, and even B-complex supplements are all effective treatments for adrenal fatigue.
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Adrenal Cortex, Licorice Root
- Adrenal Fatigue Remedies
- Advice Needed
- Book Recommendations
- Coconut Oil
- Cortisol Replacement Therapy
- Dessicated Adrenal Tablets
- General Feedback
- June's Remedies
- Lemon and Baking Soda Alkalizing Drink
- Lemon, Ginseng
- Multiple Supplements
- Oil Pulling
- Remedies Needed
- Sea Salt Drink
- Severe Adrenaline or Cortisol Rush Remedies
- Workaholics Anonymous
Adrenal Cortex, Licorice Root
[YEA] 06/05/2009: Lisa from Coto de Caza, CA: "First, see if you can find a doctor who believes in adrenal fatigue and do the cortisol saliva test. Alternative DR's, DO's, ND's are a good place to start. Prescription cortisol will help a lot.
If that doesn't work, try Adrenal Cortex 250 mg, 1-2 each in morning and 1-2 each at noon. It's important to take twice a day to keep the levels up through the afternoon
If that doesn't work enough, add Licorice root, 450 mg 1-2ea, 2 times per day. Licorice will help keep the cortisol that you do have, circulating longer.
I've been taking the Adrenal cortex for a few years, but adding Licorice root did make a positive difference. I didn't feel an "over abundance" of energy like a stimulant, but the afternoon "crash" doesn't happen and I can get a lot done."
05/07/2010: Sarah from Los Angeles, Ca replies: "does anyone know if topically applied cortisone cream could affect cortisol production over an extended period of time? I am having all kinds of endocrine issues and am trying to figure it all out, and realized that I have heavily used Hydrocortisone cream for everything over the past several years wondering if could be inducing cushings type symptoms... thanks"
05/07/2010: Ravi from Dallas, Tx, Usa replies: "Sarah
Yoga, Yoga, Yoga: It does wonders, believe me. I am the living example. No topical cream, no pills to swallow. Be regular with yoga workout, ideally soon as you wake up.
12/31/2011: Bill from St. Petersburg, Fl replies: "Sarah, Applying cortisone cream for a long period of time can absolutely throw off your endocrine system. Your skin, being the body's largest organ, absorbs things fairly well into your system, so topical steroids can be quite potent. Your body will naturally start reducing its own production of cortisol because you're getting an outside source of it.
So if you've been applying it for a long time, you want to taper off, not go off cold turkey. I didn't know this and for years dealt with a host of serious side effects from adrenal insufficiency.
One of the best ways to get your system balanced again is to take an adaptogen called Maca root. It's one of the only substances I know of that actually resensitize your hypothalamus. This is crucial because your hypothalamus governs how much hormones (of all kinds) you should be manufacturing. It works amazingly well at balancing the endocrine system.
Best of luck to you."
09/02/2012: Kat from Charlotte, Sc replies: "Bill- How much of the Maca root do you take daily? I have thyroid issues and AE. I am about at my wits end. I used to live in St. Pete. And I may be moving back there. Can you recommend a person or place to go for treatment there? Thanks!"
04/27/2013: Aimee from Tampa, Fl replies: "Thank you, Bill, for the Maca tip!!! It worked wonderfully for me. One thing that I think helped, as well, was that I had already made drastic diet changes for about 4 months prior- removed gluten, dairy, soy, corn, sugar/artificial sweet, eggs, & peanut products from diet. These are very allergenic and mess with the endocrine and hormonal system."
Adrenal Fatigue Remedies
08/06/2008: Adrenal Fatigue from Kenedy, Texas: "Does anyone else suffer from Adrenal Fatigue? I found these suggestions at this website and thought they might help someone also suffering with this:
"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
Taking negative people out of your life
Eating regular meals
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
Dietary changes to enrich your nutrition and reduce carbohydrates and stimulants. We also recommend the addition of high-quality nutritional supplements, including essential fatty acids from fish oil.
Stress reduction, including moderate exercise and taking more time for yourself. It's helpful to make a list of your stressors, especially those that are constant.
Get more rest. Your body needs time to heal."
08/14/2008: Angela from Tonasket, WA. replies: "I found out thru muscle testing with my chiropractor that my adrenal gland wasn't working well. Call that adrenal fatigue or not, I don't know, but she gave me a supplement called adrenal, desiccated (that says it's only sold thru health care professionals unfortunately.) that has really seemed to help me already. I'm only half way thru the bottle so far, but I'd reccomend it. My chiropractor is also a nutritionist by the way."
09/08/2008: Andrew from Delta, British Columbia replies: "Response to Angela,
Actually, your chiropractor is not being honest with you. You can purchase dessicated adrenal cortex from a large number of vitamin suppliers. Go to iherb.com and do a search for adrenal cortex."
04/03/2010: Bt from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "Actually iHerb says "However, modern adrenal extracts are manufactured in such a way that they do not contain significant levels of adrenal hormones. Therefore, it is difficult to find any justification for their use along these lines."
04/06/2010: Angela from Lynchburg, Va replies: "That reason is precisely why you need to get a quality supplement thru a good source. My chiropractor wasn't being dishonest, the bottle was simply stating the fact that you cannot find this quality brand on a shelf in the drug store. There are also vegetarian forms with herbs that they recommend. Also, I have since found a natural food store,(run by a naturapath mind you) that carries the brand.)
Whatever the supplement, you need to make sure of your sources. A lot aren't even digestible, or are toxic if taken in excess. Most natural ones of quality are hard to overdose on, and are fully assimilated."
12/31/2011: Bill from St. Petersburg, Fl replies: "These are all great recommendations (the list pasted from that site), but I don't think they'll be enough to get you back on track if you truly have adrenal exhaustion. I would do some research into Maca root. This is an amazing plant from Peru that is an "adaptogen". Adaptogens are wonderful natural compounds that actually help your body get back to balance, whether your endocrine system is overactive or underactive. Really amazing stuff.
Maca is a good one to try for adrenal problems because the regulation of your adrenal hormones entails more than just the adrenal gland - it requires proper functioning of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands as well. (Referred to as the "HPA" axis. ) These glands all communicate to one another and work in concert to produce the right amount of a myriad of different hormones - all at the right times.
In my own experience, Maca root has helped immensely...
Best of luck!"
03/21/2012: Napua from Dublin, Ca replies: "Adrenal is a perscription herb remedy from Otho Molecular products. You can only get it by a perscribing Dr. or nutrionisist. You can get adrenal cortex online, but not Adrenal. Not that I have seen anyway."
05/13/2012: Gayla from Tampa, Fl replies: "To Bill from St. Petersburg-- It was great to read your post. Finally, someone who seems to understand Adrenal Exhaustion and the body in the Tampa Bay area. I have AE and wonder if you know of MD, DO, or other heath practitioner in our area that could help me. Not a just a pair of adrenal glands, low thyroid, low hormones, etc. But, as a whole person that would like to heal as well and naturally as possible. I would like to talk with you~you may contact me at homekeeper1977(at)yahoo.com. Again, thanks for your post."
06/12/2012: Tommy from Orange, Ca replies: "Going through this as well. Aside from taking whatever the supplement may be, it may be equally important to stop the coffee, sugar, alcohol, and the uncountable number of junk foods, some of which are touted as health foods. I suspect vegetables with a good source of protein along with some grains and a little fruit is the core diet.
Exercise should be more along the lines of yoga and deep breathing since that will provide the oxygen and circulation to various body parts; I suspect hot yoga would not be good - probably depends on your overall health, age, etc. Quality rest is obviously a factor.
Adaptogens will help but with herbs it is always a good idea to talk with a professional because there may be other conditions that would be adversely affected by the herbs. For example, deer antler may boost energy but if you are depleted, however it may be too "hot" for your current condition. Bottom line - I'd talk to an herbalist or an acupuncturist trained in herbs so that you can take something that is suitable to your overall condition. Acupuncture may provide you with a little extra help in making the changes. Homeopathics may be helpful as well and I don't think there is much downside to them. Almost always, there is some kind of mental or emotional thing going on as well, so look at how you are living your life and then follow the advice that you would give someone else if they had your lifestyle or habits.
Lastly, you have to be patient with yourself and accept the exhaustion as a sign that you are being asked (or maybe told) that it is time to change."
11/12/2012: Sweetie from Somewhere, Florida replies: "Just want everyone to have a heads up; I have found that continuous overuse of stevia affects the adrenals. Stevia can block the enzyme (11-beta-HSD hyroxylase) that breaks down cortisol to cortisone metabolites. Levels of cortisol can rise and cause blood pressure problems and others. Avoid the use of stevia in any quantity. It is usually safe, but in small occasional use."
11/12/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi Sweetie, I'm very curious where you have found this information. All the information I have researched on stevia is how it does not feed candida, raise blood sugar levels, cause weight gain or rob the body of minerals.
What exactly do you mean by continual overuse of stevia affects the adrenals? Actually, continual overuse of anything is going to create an imbalance in the body. And the statement, "It is safe, but in small occasional use. " That's ridiculous. I use it daily and have been for about four years now. Donna Gates uses it to help kids who have ADD/ ADHD and candida to overcome their desire for sugar. Certainly, we know that sugar use leads to many problems.
There are many who I consider quite erudite in the alternative health/ health fields who advocate its use. I won't list the many as that would be overkill but among the many are well-known figures such as Dr. Oz, Dr. Weil, Dr. Mercola and David Wolfe.
Best to you, Lisa"
11/14/2012: Art from Vancouver Bc., Canada replies: "Are you sure you are? I thought it was splenda that was causing all the damage not stevia. Where did you get your info? Stevia is a natural sweetener not artificial. Take care, art"
11/23/2012: David from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "Re use of stevia and in defense of "Sweetie" and in response to Lisa. If you google "stevia 11 B Hydroxysteroid Dehydrogenase" or just the terms Sweetie used you will find the source you want. It is the Open Journal of Endocrine and Metabolic Disease, 2012, no 2. p. 49-52, the full text on line. Very impressive to demonstrate potential "chronic" use of stevia can produce edema, hypertension and hypokalemia. That last one is a decrease in potassium which the ingestion of stevia can induce, says the scientific article. Many problems with loss of potassium as everyone knows... heart, muscle issues etc."
11/24/2012: Terry from West Chester, Pa replies: "Please define "chronic use of stevia"."
11/24/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi David, Thank you for at least providing the source of this information posted by Sweetie. My problem with this source is, it is an isolated case of one 32 year old Caucasian woman. It is also rather vague just citing, "On persistent interrogation, patient admitted to daily consumption of sweetener stevia for over 9 months. " This is too ambiguous for me to take seriously.
I have consumed it daily for probably 4 years now to sweeten my one cup of coffee I drink in the morning. Stevia comes highly recommended by very notable doctors and those from the alternative health field as I said in my response to Sweetie.
The study also does not define what chronic is, as stated in its conclusion: "This case report indicates that chronic consumption may induce edema, hypertension and hypokalemia... " I would need the definition of "chronic" before I would become alarmed about this isolated case. I would also like to note the word "may" in there. Honestly, chronic use of anything is most likely going to lead to problems! At any rate, thanks for the source. Lisa"
11/27/2012: David from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "To Terry and Lisa re Stevia consumption. "Chronic" as discussed in the article I cited is certainly greater than the modest once a day use which Lisa practices (in her coffee in the morning). The article does not state quantity, but I can imagine what the patient told her doctor: She likely substituted stevia for sugar and if she was a heavy sugar user then she might be consuming an equilavent amount fit to meet the required sugar volume. I'm just guessing but could that be 40 drops a day? 50?
But if used in moderation which is Lisa's practice then the outcome would be without the negative that may be associated with heavy consumption.
Also, to Lisa: Do you have a source for a similar study as that which I cited that could demonstrate heavy consumption (40 drops daily or more) does NOT produce any symptoms? I'd like to read it.
I also use Stevia. Just a few drops, say in Oatmeal in the morning. But as a user, I also welcome information that puts me on notice as to possible overuse."
12/17/2012: Newton from Sao Paulo, Brasil replies: "Dear David, the article cites on page 2: "... 6 g - 8 g. Were added to 4 to 6 oz of coffee consumed 2 - 3 times a day". That's 12 to 24 grams daily which is a huge amount! Any sweetener at such dosage would probably have some colateral effects..."
05/04/2013: Heather from Greenville, Sc replies: "My experience with stevia was a bad one. I tried it for a week and it made me very dizzy. Stopped it and the dizziness stopped. I would take precautions with stevia especially if you are hypoglycemic."
05/05/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "I was sitting here reading posts wondering why I was so dizzy and thinking about what I ate or drank today... Forgot about the stevia on strawberries in yogurt until reading this post. Two days in a row. I usually don't eat stevia.... Problem solved.... Stevia causes dizzyiness. Thank you!"
05/15/2013: Heather from Easley, Sc - South Carolina replies: "Joy and Heather: I'm curious what brand of Stevia you were on? Not all Stevia is created equal. In fact, many of the stevia brands that are even carried at Whole Foods actually have aspartame and other artificial sweeteners in them... Back in the day when I used to use aspartame I know it gave me headaches and made me very dizzy. Just a thought."
05/16/2013: Joy from Battleground, Wash replies: "Hy top white was my most recent bad experience on strawberries, but had a bad experience with the RAW brown colored stuff once before but only had one pack that time. Just felt ill that time. NO lingering misery all day and night and day.
I've always been hyper sensitive to everything and only recently been able to venture into new things.
I rarely eat out or buy prepackaged food or anything with color or dye or additives , breads make me feel like puking. Allergic to semolina in all pasta, pizza, chinese food, sensitive to most fruits, SOYyeast, berries(because of mold and fertilizers), most peanut butter, jelly, most juice, pop and many vegetables... Canned goods are a no no... Frozen foods, blah... If I freeze something... Triple bag it. Can taste refridgerant, don't eat much meat, don't add much seasoning. Rarely milk or cheese, vinegars, wine almost never(but mini cup for communion) , no alcohol, no packaged teas, sauces, most coffees, all creamers, sensitive to soaps, perfumes, make up, shampoo skin creams sunscreens hair control products dyes holds permanents lotions conditioners flowers plants grass molds synthetics, rayons, nylon, some other fibers. Aloe vera , fish oil, olive oil , oils in chips crackers cookies cakes , baked goods , most pies, mushrooms, margarine marshmellows, smoke from woodburning, vitamins, any medications, scented candles toothpaste, oils on nut mixes.. Molds on dried fruits, bleach, no kiwi melons or ripe bananas petrol products and solvents and cleaners.... Dust, pet dander and dirt.. Doughnuts are poison and LARD IS BAD.
But for the most part, I haven't had to take shots or meds to counter any allergy attacks in years. I can have some things once in a whlie and be okay... Like birthday cake with ice cream and a pop, two days in a month. The water cure helped me the most after years of agony. I've been forced to LEARN or suffer. WHAT DOESN'T KILL US MAKES US STRONGER"
11/10/2013: Kelly from Missouri replies: "Have the people on here w/ adrenal insufficiency had all the labs on DHEA, cortisol, ACTH, etc... that must be done to have conclusive proof that one has this disorder? Before using any medications or supplements, one must get a thorough exam and blood work by a physician. Speaking of the Stevia, I drank about 10 packets a day, and my dhea and cortisol were at near zero. I went off the Stevia and they numbers went up some. Still I have secondary adrenal insufficiency."
02/10/2014: Madonna B. from Cypress, Tx replies: "I have used liquid stevia to sweeten my coffee for over a year now and have not had any side effects. I don't think it wise to make blanket statements about side effects. It would be better to make clear that the effects were for that individual.
I personally have had no dizzyness or any other discomfort. It should be taken into consideration as well that if one has eliminated all processed sugars in favor of stevia, you may possibly experience withdrawal symptoms as your body adjusts (which could possibly include dizzyness).
It's also important to note that there are numerous companies producing stevia extracts now and probably not all equal in quality. Just my 2 cents."
02/14/2011: Ellamo from Trinidad, Ca: "I am having many symptoms around my digestion... Feeling like I'm not digesting my food or absorbing enough nutrients. I am having a hard time keeping weight on. I am wondering where to begin? Does anyone have any suggestions in terms of doing a parasite cleanse versus a liver flush? Which I should do first and will this tax my adrenals? I have adrenal problems and am concerned about this... Thanks!"Replies
02/19/2011: George from Denver, , Usa replies: "Had a similar situation but unable to connect the dots went on with my life as a vegetarian since meat seemed to give the most distress. As it turned out it was poor food combining with meat that was the problem. Not that I didn't have a serious digestive problem but the lack of knowledge about the proper combinations of foods to eat or not with each other, brought on a wrongful action. I did go back to meat 13 yrs later when my body begged for it. I did however still have poor digestive ability. To get to the main point, my neck was out of alignment at the 1st and 2nd vertibrae causing my brain stem to touch and suppress the nerve signals going to my entire digestive tract. That touching shut down the whole system. 20 years later saw a NUCCA chiroprator. After adjustment hungry again for first time in decades. May want to get your neck and spine aligned."
03/25/2011: Esprit64 from North Yarmouth, Maine replies: "Hello: I went for years spending money on top-of-the-line supplements and foods wondering why excellent nutrition wasn't working to restore my health. It's possible that because of conditions you have, nutrition is going from your mouth to the toilet without any stops in-between. Please consider checking out the following and eliminate them as the source of your problems: gluten intolerance (or possibly Celiac), leaky gut syndrome, food allergies. Gluten intolerance manifests in many ways: distended belly after eating offending foods, aches and pains in joints/muscles, etc. You can find ample information about these conditions on this website."
05/10/2011: Bella from Melbourne, Australia replies: "I had the same condition and used a Chinese Herbal formula for digestion - they have a few out there, do an internet search to suit your problem (eg. Abdominal swelling, pain, diahorrea or constipation, unable to digest meat/protein properly, unable to digest wheat... ) It stopped my diahorroea and I have put on 10kg."
07/24/2011: Kelly Risse from Catawissa, Mo replies: "I lost a vast amount of weight for 2 years. Towards the end, I started taking my glucose at the nurse's office at school. I did not know it, but I was diabetic, type 1. Very unusual at age 42. That is why no one could figure it out. It was adult onset and I was very thin, not overweight. Get a glucose test done ASAP."
08/24/2008: Teresa from Kenedy, Texas: "From Fatigued to Fantastic by Jacob Teitelbaum and Adrenal Fatigue, 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James L. Wilson are 2 books that have some very helpful info on Adrenal fatigue and fibromyalgia."Replies
09/28/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "I don't have this book and haven't read it, but based on the excellent info on this person's site which also is in the book and the fact I did my last post's research at this site, someone might want to look into the book itself.
02/20/2012: Kay from Destin, Fl replies: "Dr Teitlebaum is a Fantastic doctor and a great humanitarian; his website (EndFatique. com) offers a very good FREE diagnostic program (and a very extensive one too for a reasonable fee) that is effectively sorts out fatigue issues of all types/causes... and it provides specific treatment recomendations for BOTH natural products and RX's, (AND various alternatives for people on a tight budget). The results can be printed out easily, along WITH a professional referral letter to your personal doctor containing his diagnostic criteria/results and the various treatments he recommends for YOU specifically. This alone can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in Dr visit & referral fees; and is extremely helpful if you have complex issues! If you already have some lab tests, you can plug that data in as well!"
[NAY] 07/01/2011: Dyana from Chesterfield, Missouri: "Bully!! I have adrenal fatigue and have been stuffing down the coconut oil along with steamlining my diet and I DO NOT feel any better! Started this diet of meats, veggies and fruits (all organic which is breaking the bank). I'm sure it's very good for you but it is no magic cure... No better energy within 3 hrs that's for certain... For me anyway"Replies
08/13/2011: Heather from Asheville, Nc, Usa replies: "Dyana, Adrenal fatigue does not happen overnight and most sources say that it takes a few years worth of lifestyle changes, including diet and rest. Hope you start to notice a difference soon.
06/06/2013: Jolene from Albuquerque, New Mexico replies: "Dyana - have you tried the Maca Root that others have recommended and the whole food dietary changes? Good luck. It's hard to deal with this and other similar conditions."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 02/24/2011: Coco from Teaneck, Nj: "Hi Bill, your informations are just absolutelly correct. I started one week ago with coconut oil internaly 2 tblspoons a day and also topicaly around my back, hips, liver as there is my pain located. The pain is gone but the skin is itchy and I noticed a pimple-rash on the skin. Do you think I should go lower with the dosing or continue?Thanks for your input."Replies
02/25/2011: Bill from San Fernando, Luzon, Philippines replies: "Hi Coco... I wrote a much more in depth explanation on the benefits of coconut oil here which might help you:
Coconut Oil Benefits
The only reasons why you might have had such a skin reaction to the coconut oil are:
* Allergy or sensitivity to VCO.
* The skin problems could also be an expression of your detox using VCO.
* An inabilty of the liver to clear out the trash and toxins from the blood which will have an effect on the skin. Your liver is under stress in other words.
When I had systemic candida in my own body, I had psoriasis, eczma, tinea cruris, bad athletes foot as well as a whole host of other awkward problems. And when I cleared up the candida successfully -- everything, including my skin ailments, just disappeared. These were just symptoms or expressions of my own candida problems caused through my acid blood and weakened immune system.
By all means cut down the VCO dose if you think it will help. But I would also simply try and improve your blood quality and blood alkalinity by supporting both your liver and kidneys more. The easiest option for you here is just to take Milk Thistle(1500 mgs twice a day) and Chanca Piedra(1000 mgs twice a day) at mealtimes. Adding Alpha Lipoic Acid(300 mgs twice a day) and Selenium (200 micrograms/day) would also greatly aid in supporting your liver, blood and kidneys. This remedy is essentially a powerful triple anti-oxidant and anti-pathogen remedy which will work to revive the kidneys and liver.
As well, it would also help you if you alkalized your blood(outside mealtimes) using Ted from Bangkok's lemon/lime and Baking Soda remedy. You can check out his alkalizing remedies here on EC:
Ted's Alkalizing Formulas
Finally, since most problems are related to diet, I would try eliminating all dairy products, all wheat products like bread and baked products, sweetners like aspartame, sugar and glucose as well as eliminating MSG (monosodium glutamate) products from your diet for a while to see if this helps you. All these foods tend to greatly acidify the body and weaken the immune system as well."
02/26/2011: Coco from Teaneck, Nj replies: "Hi Bill, thanks for your answer. I am absolutely sure I have no allergies. This is the detox. I have to cut down. All my pains in nerves and lower back are gone first time in 10 years. I feel still anxious after waking up at the morning and need a few hours to calm down. Again the pain is gone and I am on 2 table spoons of coconut oil only about a week. Nothing will stop me to continue, doesn't matter how long it will take. The rash/pimples/ are around my lower back and liver area where I am using it twice a day topically. I believe I am experiencing cleaning. So that's great. Thanks for your advice on the other suplements I hope I can find a decent company-seller who is selling organic as many do not.. Hope to hear from you again."
11/28/2011: Laura from Phila, Pa replies: "Hi Coco, how do you apply coconut oil, just rub it into your skin over the liver area and for how long do you keep it? I tried to take it internally, but get pain in the liver area, I guess my liver needs a detox, and hopefully it would also help with my adrenal issues. Thanks!"
[YEA] 04/13/2008: Gail from North Bend, WA: "I have been experiencing hypothyroid symptoms as well as adrenal exhaustion symptoms for 6 months. My Medical Doctor did blood and urine tests as well as an MRI because I was experiencing headaches, low body temperature, extreme fatigue, earaches, muscle and joint pain. All tests came back normal. Liver function normal, thyroid normal, B12 normal, iron normal. Naturopath did allergy testing, autoimmune and thyroid tests. Thyroid TSH, T3 and T4 all were in optimal ranges. No allergies to foods. Negative to autoimmune test. I began on my own taking nutritional support for my Adrenals. I purchased a book and took all the recommended supplements for Severe Adrenal Fatigue. My morning temperatures were consistently in the lower 97 degree F. I ate well, eliminating junk food and sugary foods. My morning temperature dropped into the 96 degree F range. In desperation, I began taking Virgin Coconut oil, starting with 2 teaspoons on day 1, then 3 teaspoons on day 2. 3 Tablespoons on day 3. After 4 days of VCO 3 tablespoons a day I was able to do light exercise. Before that I was barely able to make it through a day. My legs felt like lead. I worked 4 days a week at a sitdown job and would be in bed for 3 days. After 9 days of 3 tablespoons of Virgin Coconut Oil a day I had nerve zapping in my right leg and right shoulder at night. Since that time I have had no nerve zaps and the pain in my left shoulder due to Adrenal Fatigue is 98% better. I have been able to exercise vigorously. If I reduce to 1 tablespoons a day my body aches. At 3 tablespoons a day I have energy and have no body aches. My morning temperatures have gone up a degree, 97-98 F. I've been taking Virgin Coconut Oil for a month and a half."Replies
08/07/2008: Susan from Auburn, WA replies: "I read your post about adrenal fatigue - what book did you get and supplements did you take exactly - I have had this for YEARS. Stress is finally better, but still taking a long time for me to recover. I am specifically interested in what supplements worked for you. Thank you. Do you think it is the supplements or the coconut oil?"
05/23/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Debra:
Are you saying that for the past 4 years you have been producing no cortisol at all?
Did you have some severe trauma or illness back then that initially caused the cortisol to drop to zero (adrenal failure)?
I looked at the hormone pathways,and producing zero cortisol should be impossible unless perhaps you were initially given Rx cortisone in error, and that shut down your body's production completely! This is well documented medically. I can see your desperation to get off the drug since it could be causing the no cortisone production problem!:
In addition to a chronic underproduction of cortisol, adrenal fatigue syndrome can also be caused or aggravated by corticosteroids Â synthetic hormones like prednisone that are often prescribed for many illnesses in dosages that far exceed the amount of cortisol the body requires.
This heightened level of cortisol can, in effect, shut the adrenal glands down, suppress the immune system, and in some cases bring on ...
It then gives a link to 'find a good doctor' to rebalance, but these are all USA places. There might be affiliates there in Oz?:
Here are some diagrams showing the anabolic-metabolic
pathway for the hormones, starting with pregnenolone the master hormone:
Note in chronic stress that the pathway gets shunted totally away from the DHEA route leading to the sex hormones, in favor of exclusively making cortisol/cortisone!
But in your case, instead of a very high ratio here, you have 0 in the numerator where normally the cortisol number goes!
The result is an elevated cortisol to DHEA ration. This is measurable with the Functional Adrenal Stress profile. Simply divide the cortisol sum by the DHEA(s) average to get the ratio. A normal ratio is approximately 5:1 to 6:1.
Since pregnenolone is the master hormone, it makes sense that the body disperses its manufacture out over many organs and tissues.
But, cortisol is made exclusively in the adrenal cortex region of the kidneys.
I believe you have a national health plan there in Oz?
If so, try to get a DHEA blood level test to make sure that the pregnenolone hormone is functioning OK or at all, since it is needed for everything.
Here is a quick note on licorice, but you must get the correct type, and it must not be "deglycyrrhizinated.
Apparently one must also be especially careful of the dosage:
This is possibly why a condition which medical literature terms as pseudoaldostronosm is brought about in licorice by glycyrrhizin. This condition is similar to the one brought about by excessive secretion of aldosterone which is an adrenal cortex hormone. Excessive quantities of this in the human body can be disastrous. It can lead to high blood pressure and in some cases even heart failure and cardiac arrest. Other symptoms like headache, lethargy, sodium and water retention and excessive excretion of potassium are also seen.
Its affinity for the endocrine system makes licorice a most remarkable herb, which when used judiciously can be very helpful in treating many human ailments. Licorice has an anti-inflammatory, antiallergic and antiarthritic effect similar to that of cortisone but without its side effects. This is because of glycyrrhizin which has a structure similar to hormones produced by the adrenal glands. Its antiallergic effect makes it very useful in treating allergic rhinitis, hay fever, conjunctivitis and bronchial asthma. Licorice has mild estrogenic properties and can be very helpful during menopause. It gets these properties from the steroid like compounds present in it which can change to estrogen precursors like estradiol and estrone. Licorice can act as a mild laxative and can also relieve indigestion and heartburn by lowering stomach acid levels."
05/31/2010: Amanda from Hot Springs, Ar, Usa replies: "do you know if you have a QRA Practitioner (Quantum Reflex Analysis) in your area? That is something you may want to look into."
03/02/2012: Jacquelyn from Ocala, Fl replies: "LICORICE: I'm in a DIRE state of adrenal exhaustion due to serious stages of Systemic Lupus. Sys. Lupus is probably the most serious adrenal exhaustion disease in existence. I have tried EVERYTHING over the last 15 years. Regular Dhea definitely gives alot of cortisol but also testosterone which I dont want. It can get as many unwanted side effects as chemical steroids which I've also tried to avoid throughout my illness. I do take 7-keto but with little results.
MY QUESTION: I recently have gone to LICORICE which I prefer... But I must take ALOT of capsules to get any benefit. No side effects that I've noticed but how can I get the BEST results from Licorice?? WHAT COMPONENT is in LICORICE that seems to soothe my adrenal inflamation and severe exhaustion?? And HOW DO I GET THE BEST OF THE BEST of what I need??
I'm looking at long term use and want to avoid any side effects from long term. I have no high blood pressure issues normally, thank God. So I hope to keep it that way. ANY HELP WOULD BE SO APPRECIATED... My condition really is desperate. ( I've spent years in Western medicine and Holistic and have tried EVERYTHING for all my symptoms.)
I also tried Maca years ago when it became popular but didn't see results. Rhodiola Rosea as well as Magnolia I've also tried. Was on all three for a couple of years. Maybe I didn't give them a long enough chance. Thanks greatly....jacquelyn"
03/04/2012: Timh from Louisville, Ky, USA replies: "Jacquelyn, I would work not just from the source pathway of energy (glands), but all along it for a holistic cure. What I mean is try some energy supplements like L-Tyrosine, Iodine, Pyruvate, Malic Acid, D-Ribose, Inosine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Co Q10 or Ubiqinol, Coenzyme 1 (NADH), Dimethylglycine (DMG). Of course I wouldn't use any of these without first using therapeutic levels of vitamin/mineral supplement. Coenzymated or "activated" B-Vitamins are preferred over standard B's.
Be careful w/ Licorice as it increases Aldosterone levels which causes the body to retain sodium; it's advised to ALWAYS increase Potassium and decrease Sodium intake while using Licorice. Rotate the tonic herbs: Ginseng, Ashwagandha, Dong Quai, Fo Ti, Astragalus, Rhodiola, Sarsaparilla, Cordyceps Sinensis, among others. Stinging Nettles and Avena Sativa recycle otherwise useless Testosterone metabolites (which can cause enlarged prostate in men) thus raising T levels that one may find hard to achieve through other boosting methods like DHEA etc.
H2O2 may help but I would do only min dose of 5 drops 1X day. NADH constantly recycles Oxygen, but it is one of the more pricey supplements.
Hope this helps and good luck."
Cortisol Replacement Therapy
09/30/2010: Connie from Slc, Ut: "Hi Y'all; My opinion about cortisol replacement is that it is not recommended. (only for dire situations) I suggest to folks considering this protocol, try nutrition and supplementation first. Certainly, reduce and discard toxins and allergens as best you can. Some foods may be problematic at this time, but may be reintroduced with improved digestion. There are many known allergens listed here at EC. (some people are sensitive to sulfur in foods and supplements). Improve digestion: B-complex with addition of sublingual methyl B-12 (for production of HCL). Iodine for concentration of chlorides (acid) in stomach. Individual needs will vary. It could be as low as 2mg daily for sensitive individuals. (maybe less, maybe more). Vitamin C;highest concentrations in the body are located in the adrenal glands. Balance Electrolytes; sodium, potassium, chlorides, bicarbonates, magnesium, and calcium. (high difficulty here, individual needs vary greatly. There is a narrow range for chlorides, although needed, and calcium is usually not to be supplemented because it will be properly placed when the other electrolytes are balanced). Consider Glandulars, ("Mad Cow" cause is entirely dubious). Consider Herbs: many choices, Licorice is very effective, off and on, but it does "waste potassium", so test with caution. Cortisol replacement, even in physiologic amounts, increases the need for the full alphabet of nutrients, and can raise the glucose too high for many individuals. Please reduce stressors and increase nutrients first.
Thank You, Connie"Replies
04/05/2012: Tom from Midland, Texas replies: "Connie; I agree that nutritionals should be the first line of treatment for Adrenal Insufficency. Personally, I've had to deal with this issue in conjunction with a Hypothyroid condition (low basel temperature) followed by the stress of 3 operations.
Once I'd identified my situation I first started taking Bovine Thyroid 3gn/day, 6 gm/day vitamin C, and recently started taking 2 Licorice Root Extract 380 mg tables in the morning and at noon. This seems to be helping. I have also started Raw Bovine Adrenal 300mg (4.6 gn) which also appears to be helping. I'll give it 3 weeks to stabilize my hormones before I add anything else.
After reading "Safe Uses of Cortisol" I am considering taking 2. 5mg of Cortisol 4X day if I don't see the Adrenal Insuffency moderate on my current regimen.
Dessicated Adrenal Tablets
11/03/2011: Yellah from Belton, Mo: "My exhaustion was caused by adrenal fatigue, after taking dessicated adrenal tablets from Standard Process for 4 months I was able to move to the maintenance tablets, drenamin. It was amazing how much better I felt. It's worth a month of tablets to see if that is your problem, I got mine from my chiropractor, make sure you get a reputable brand."Replies
03/15/2012: Jay from St Petersburg, Florida/u.s. replies: "How many did you take per day? I got mine from a chiropractor too but he wants me to to take 10 per day for the first week and it seems like a lot. I just started yesterday, I took a total of 7. I'm going to up it today to 8 and try that until I get to the recommended 10."
[YEA] 03/15/2013: Lloyd from Charlotte, Nc replies: "My adrenals were determined to be low from a saliva test after my alternative MD believed my fatigue was due to adrenal depletion. Results of the test were that he was correct. I had been under severe stress for years and the effect was lack of energy which no amount of vitamins, herbs etc could seem to help. My MD put me on dessicated addrenal glandulars, two with each meal.
In a month I was feeling my energy level totally return. Maintance was two a day as directed by another alternative MD (many years later).
Also in the first saliva test, my testosterone levels were also low so small "drops" were prescribed. That level also improved. With the two: adrenal supplementation and testosterone supplementation, I'm in great shape in terms of energy level, now into my mid 60s."
07/19/2013: Terese Guay from New Gloucester, Maine: "Hi girls, I'm sorry for all your problems. For me I was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism and mainly on synthetic thyroid hormone and I eventually crashed like most people who take Synthetic T4 and the Drs were telling me I was fine because of the inferior TSH lab, well I was not, I was very Hypothyroid and since they left me like that for about 6 years I had adrenal fatigue also. No Dr told me that I found out by reading on the STOP THE THYROID MADNESS site, it's the best site. I haven't found anything better. I'm doing better and I don't have a fever anymore and my BP is closer to normal. I have better energy. Im on the way to recovery one day at a time. STTM site is all based on research and patient presentation. And yes those mercury amalgams caused me to get Hypothyroidism and you have to get them out safely!!!! And since I've gotten them out my feet aren't in pain anymore. STTM has links to an Adrenal support group and Natural Thyroid group etc. And most of all they have listed the right labs to find out if your hypothyroid and for Adrenal labs to see where your at with your cortisol etc I hope you find help their!!! And my daughter who is Hypo with adrenal fatigue I'm helping her and her TSH lab always comes back normal. Terese :)"
10/26/2012: Stella from Denmark: "Can someone tell me if this tin can be ingested in small amounts like it has been suggested of TED, can this be taken in small amounts to recover from adrenal fatigue?
250 Grams of Stannous Chloride Tin (II) Chloride (Hemihydrate)"
[YEA] 10/12/2011: Carol from Haverford, Pa: "The #1 thing that helped me gain energy back was juicing. I used apples, celery, carrots, spinach, wheatgrass, and sometimes beet, and ginger. I also detoxed. It took about a 3 months to feel almost back to normal. I also made sure I got plenty of sleep and took sleep supplements."Replies
10/13/2011: Anji from Santa Barbara, Ca replies: "How long did you fast for? Was it on and off or the whole time? What kind of detox did you do and what sleeping aid did you use? I have Adrenal fatigue and am just about to go on a juice fast and I've been working with a chinese doctor with great results. He recommended the juice cleanse. I am excited to see someone else get results with juicing. It gives me hope that I am on the right track."
01/04/2013: Anji from Santa Barbara, Ca replies: "I think that the person who posted on juicing didn't fast but added juice to their diet. I don't know since she hasn't written back. It's been a long time since I posted the reply. And I want to mention that I used to cleanse or fast often before 2012. But this year I never skipped a meal and ate when hungry. I also went for therapy and learned that my anxiety/ low adrenals might be connected to perpetually worrying about the future and the past. I always thought of myself as positive. But there was lots of mind chatter going on, also. My thyroid seems to have normalized since my basal body temperature has come up to normal and I'm not anxious hardly at all anymore. One other thing I've added to my diet is natto, the unfrozen organic kind. I think it has helped to normalize my hormones, also. Reg. the juicing. I have 1 glass fresh most mornings. Another thing that happened with lower stress and never starving my body, is, that I lost those pesky #15 lbs, got down to my ideal weight and don't gain easily like I used to when my body was deprived and holding onto every morsel once I ate again. I think food deprivation causes adrenal stress. To all you fellow yoyo dieters. Watch out, you might be exhausting your adrenals and get further away from achieving your ideal weight!"
10/07/2013: Jacquelynna from Ohio, Usa replies: "I love to hear about your experience, this is helpful. I totally agree that food restriction is stressful for the body. For more information read Diet Recovery 2 by Matt Stone. Really interesting read on deprivation and caloric restriction's effects on the body/mind."
10/16/2013: Anji from Santa Barbara replies: "Hi Jaquelynna, I just stumbled upon your response.
I seem to be improving more and more continuing not doing any calorie restiction but not overeating either. I basically eat mostly raw, tons of greens, fruits, some nuts and seeds, chia pudding and natto (not raw), flaxoil... I feel very healthy. There have been several shifts for the better in my digestion, sleep and mood. It seems important that I make sure to eat a minimum of 1600 kcal but I end up around 1800 in average. I'm 5'8" and my waist is 29". I don't push losing weight- not weighing myself for sanity sake- even though my ideal is 1-2 inches smaller, because it's not worth ruining my wellbeing. One thing that makes me sleep like a baby is eating lots of apples. I don't know why but they do.
I've also started to go to sleep early, at 9pm every night to prioritize my health. It's been over a year now that I'm back to sleeping like I did as a child. no more waking up at 2am once or twice a week and not being able to go back to sleep.
I also don't go out to night clubs or overly stimulating activities at night. And I even enjoy reading a book with my hubby instead of a movie. Calms the nerves and keeps cortisol down. Sleep is sooooo important and for free!
[YEA] 09/07/2008: June from KC, KS: "Hi, I am surprised to see so little feedback on adrenal fatigue, so I thought I would add my experience. I was diagnosed with adrenal burnout several years ago, but I suspect I have suffered from this problem since childhood.
I read not too long ago, I think on a coconut oil website, that studies show abused children often grow up to suffer adrenal problems, which makes sense in my case.
Anyway, emotions and past trauma are definitely things to consider in your healing program and I have done quite a lot in this department. It does help.
As far as supplements, I take a lot of B vitamins and I think they help. A nutritional consultant/chiropractor I worked with for a while had me taking cortisol tablets, but I never felt they helped.
The naturepath I work with now has me on green drink powder. I think more than anything this really helps me. I have tried several kinds and what you want to look for are the organic ingredients. Some taste better than others, but I find each brand takes getting used to. Most companies are adding berries and stevia as sweetener, so they really are quite delicious. I think the greens really fortify my body and help with the adrenal issue.
One of my adrenal symptoms is heart palpitations which can be brought on by stress and poor choices in diet. Sometimes they come out of nowhere, it seems. I usually can control them with an electrolyte mix...similar to what Ted has recommended here. My recipe is: 2 heaping tsp Calm (powdered magnesium citrate), 6 capsules potassium citrate (emptied) and 1 tsp natural sea salt (the kind that looks like sand). Put ingredients in a quart jar and add 1/2 cup hot water. After mix stops bubbling fill nearly full with cool water.
This mix helps me almost immediately. I take as little or as much as I need. (Too much, though, can cause the runs from the mag. citrate.) I usually take a couple shot glasses full a day and the jar lasts me several days. I leave it sitting on my kitchen counter. My naturepath recommends you have an electrolyte drink every day. I think it's smart.
The other thing I know is really important for me is detoxing the body. And my naturepath has said this is very important. I have just realized, too, that fibromyalgia, which I had for 9 years, is caused because the body is not draining properly and toxins get backed up in the system. I have felt extremely bogged down at times, as if I am carrying lead weights, and I will sweat for 20 minutes and feel completely different and have complete relief! I have a steam cabinet, which is fabulous! You can also use your bath tub, just add epsom salt, h202, vinegar, iodine, etc...anything to help the body detox and that works for you.
I am also reading more about parasites and the diseases they cause. I think Hulda Clark has done a lot of research in this department and I'm going to try her parasite cleanse, too. Also going to make my own black walnut hull tincture. Look online for the recipe, if you are interested.
Back to the adrenals...I have done so many things and taken so many supplements it is hard to really pinpoint what made the biggest difference. But I can tell that my work with the naturepath who uses top grade supplements, including many homeopathics, really is beneficial. Expensive, but beneficial.
I also sleep a lot: 9-10 hours is best for me. I take sublingual melatonin to help me fall asleep. I avoid sugar as much as possible and try to be gluten-free. (very important for people with blood type o.) And I've spent a lot of time (and money) in self help/spiritual programs which are so very important.
I hope my information has helped."
11/15/2008: Kay from Raleigh, NC replies: "June, how were you diagnosed with adrenal fatigue? It's been suspected for me, and I'm waiting for some test results. However, I also noticed that some of your symptoms, and comment on fibromyalgia, made me think of Lyme disease. SO much is not known about lingering cases or chronic Lyme, and many think that it is often incorrectly diagnosed as fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue, even M.S. and Alzheimers. Some of your remedies are similar to things I've used for Lyme disease.
Unfortunately, the testing for Lyme is MAYBE 75% accurate, cases are often not diagnosed and reported if doctors think "It's not in this state", perpetuating that myth, and there are people who have wondered what is wrong with them for years, only to be told by standard medical testing that they're "fine". I was finally diagnosed, 9 years after classic symptoms and a negative test, and 5 years after another negative test. My 1st test this year was 'negative', (after being on antibiotics, which I think can affect the results), my insistence on another led to a positive test and acknowledgement of this disease. The author, Amy Tan, had it for 8-10 yrs before she was diagnosed, http://www.amytan.net/LymeDisease.aspx
and an M.D. in Maryland, Dr. Singleton had it for 8 years before his diagnosis, and was told he had fibromyalgia
http://www.lymedoctor.com/index.html (page 2-3 of his Introduction in his book can be viewed).
The tick is the size of a sesame seed, often not seen, and not everyone gets the bullseye rash. Even the CDC says there may be 10x more cases than known.
Many symptoms are also symptoms of other diseases or disorders."
Lemon and Baking Soda Alkalizing Drink
[YEA] 11/02/2011: Yves from Ottawa, Canada: "I just want to thank Earth Clinic and Ted for the Lemon/Baking Soda Alkalizing drink.
I became deathly ill about 4 years ago after a metal detox gone wrong. I managed to slowly recover however have had chronic insomnia and low energy since then, along with other problems that persist.
I did a Lemon and BS drink about 30 minutes ago and I feel great. I feel like I have blood going to my brain. I actually felt the adrenal glands starting to "pump".
I will continue and hope to resolve my insomnia and fatigue problem."Replies
11/29/2011: Jacquelynna from Cincinnati, Oh replies: "How did your metal detox go wrong? I am toxic for heavy metals and considering taking action, but being cautious... would love to hear about your experience."
07/03/2013: June from Port St Lucie, Florida replies: "Yves, How did you find out that you were metal toxic?"
08/23/2013: Renee from San Juan Capistrano, California replies: "Hi I would like to know how to make the lemon and baking soda alkaline drink? I am suffering with adrenal burnout and a lot of body aches and painful inflamation, I'm 37 years old but feel 90 because of my chronic fatigue, any helpful suggestions to help ease the joint pain?"
EC: Ted's Alkalizing Recipe:
- 1 lemon or lime
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- Half a glass of water
Take the juice of 1 lemon or 1 lime ( which is approx 2 tablespoons of juice), add to half a glass of water. Add 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda until the fizzing stops.
Taken twice a day on an empty stomach.
[YEA] 02/27/2010: Faithinhealing from Forest Park, Ohio, Usa: "Vitamin C is great for adrenal issues. Lemons are high in vitamin C so I use 1/2 in water first thing in the morning and before bed. I also use ginseng which seems to help as well. I use the liquid ginseng that you drink with a straw, they are very small viles that you get at the Health Food Store. B vitamins are also critical and I use the liquid multivitamin which contains all of the B's!"