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.
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.
(Port St Lucie, Florida)
(San Juan Capistrano, California)
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!
I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, plus other ailments(fatty liver, weak pumping heart, kidney problems, blood crystals, blood clots, pH imbalance, poor digestion and no peristalsis) which all developed over the past 2 months due to buying food which was excessively alkaline. (Previous tests 6 months ago were all clear apart from a whole host of parasites).
I read here that licorice root, B-complex, basil and coconut oil help and started taking them last week. A week has not gone yet and I feel much better. Last night was the first night I slept well just taking chamomile tea. Past few weeks I needed the chamomile tea and 2 melatonin tablets to catch a wink.
The licorice is in tea form, and its a blend of several herbs of spices - licorice, basil, cinnamon and a few others. I drank the licorice tea for 5 days straight 3 times a day, and decided to have a break for a few days. I will drink it again after a 3 days break for 3 days then once or twice a week, depending on how I feel till I take once a week for a few months.
For diet, I started blending various leafy and root vegetables, include 3 tablespoons of chia seeds, and one apple each morning and drink a blend of herbal teas during the day including pine pollen, ashwanganda and other herbs and spices (I just brew a teaspoon of a few each day and drink whole day rather than put in food). I add 3 teaspoons of B-complex, 1 teaspoon of MMS, 2 tablespoons of Omega 48 blend, 1 teaspoon of Ascorbic acid to the flask and drink the mixture the whole day at work. I am so glad it was caught early and already I see some results, though its early days.
Also, I started deep breathing exercises each day, sniffing basil or lavender essential oils once a day before going to bed.
My bowels are now moving well each day which a huge relief. My fatigue is slowly going away. I started climbing stairs for exercise and skipping. The pain I felt past month in the heart while exercising is going.
I was diagnosed as having adrenal weakness and a slower thyroid. I was through dr's after dr's. most saying that I had nothing wrong with me. I ended up seeing an herbal doctor. she had me on many herbals and no unkfood, and vitamins.
The things that I take now are the ones that I need to take or I can hardly function. B vitamins complex 50 mg( that is a combination of all the b vitamins, 50 mg of each one )
Vitamin C 1000 mg- 500 mg twice a day, possibly three times a day
calcium/magnesium at 1200 mg of calcium and 600 mg of mag.
a potassuim tablet -I think 99 mg a day
vit A and Vit E. these you can only have a certain amount a day, so buy the highest mg you can. they aren't allowed to sell them at anything higher than a certain amount so you will ok with that much.
I have to limit my stress, chores a day and exercise. If I'm tired I go to sleep, so what if the laundry isnt done or the dishes are left. I need more sleep than the average adult. When I keep up with these things I am way better, but too much overtime and not keeping up with my vitamins drags me way down. I have lately been getting away from my routine and it is showing. I have had to quit many jobs because of this So if you find a set of things that work...stick with it,
Stress upsets adrenal sufferers more and things that are small seem to be huge, but to us, we can't help it. the b vitamins and c vitamins and calcium/magnesium do help soooo much with this.
I would like to hear from others with this condition. Thanks
Hope someone can help me with adrenal fatigue. Would oil pulling have any effect for a severe case of adrenal fatigue? I have been suffering with this for the past 4 years. I take 4 different antidepressants and wondered if this would create a problem. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
(Valencia, Ca Usa)
Severe Adrenal Fatigue Remedies
An acquaintance of mine just posted this on another forum and I had to provide the info here. After a few days of the watercure...I seem to be doing much better. Here is his testimony!
What makes anyone do anything for 9 months without results? I guess it's knowing at the core, the protocol contains an obvious TRUTH. How can a high mineral, vitamin and live carbon drink NOT make you better?
My story is unique from what I've seen. For years, I'd been drinking too much water, up to 2 gallons in extreme heat, and had an almost unquenchable thirst to boot. I knew something was seriously wrong. Every time I'd try the protocol, it would make my thirst worse. I knew there was something I didn't understand, yet I didn't know what. I tried several variations of kelp & ingredients, but figured that it was something more fundamental, something not related to the drink.
Over a period of 9 months, I began deprogramming my mind from the lies I'd been fed for years. One of the most fundamental, was the inaccurate perception that you can have too many vitamins & minerals (you can; if it's synthetic). That meant the iodine in kelp, vitamin d & a whole other host of things. It took a serious illness to break down one that stood in my way; 'too much salt'. We've all heard this, it's common health knowledge that you should only have a limited amount of salt each day. I was bound by this through years of programming. Besides, whenever I'd eat salt, it would always taste pleasant, yet bland.
Last week I got very ill through fault of my own. I had just moved out the country and by chance, happened to have some sea salt in my bag. During this time I couldn't eat, and felt very thirsty, yet when I started eating the salt, the thirst subsided quickly. I ate more salt, but my past beliefs kept telling me "don't have too much, it's bad for you". However my body's response told me otherwise. As I got better I thought there maybe something in this. I added large quantities of salt to everything, my drinks, food, I even ate it straight into my mouth. Eventually the salt no longer had it's bland taste, it became too strong to eat. My body was telling me I gotten enough. The thirst problem, which had affected me for around 5 years, had gone... Let me repeat that, without changing anything else apart from the salt in my diet, a health problem that affected me for 5 years of my adult life, disappeared overnight!
I was elated. Then I got even more excited. I recalled the sodium/potassium ratios balance in the body and had a great feeling that reason the drink hadn't been working had something to do with it. The recommended diet (high vegetables), when followed strictly, made me ill. It knocked me out almost to sleep. On the flipside; junk food alleviated this and made me feel much better. I thought it could be because of two things, the drink and diet were too high in potassium and my stomach acids were very low. Junk food was the opposite, it was very high in sodium and easy to digest. I reasoned that if I pushed up my sodium amount, not only would I be able to start eating much better and increase my stomach acids (which is made from the chloride of salt), but the drink would start working and I would get the coveted energy rush everyone talks about.
I knocked up a tablespoon of AN kelp, mixed with lemon juice to eat separately. I added a tablespoon of BSM & 1/2 a lemon, but I didn't have any lime water to hand. I also added as much extra salt whenever I felt a thirst to balance the potassium. When I carefully began to take it over a period of 2 hours I soon noticed a slight tingling in the back of my head. The slight tingling suddenly became a spark. My brain started to clear up, focus increased and I became very aware... In that moment, I realised that 9 months of hard work had finally paid off. The drink started working! I was almost in tears. I knew that at last, I was digesting large quantities of minerals. The real repair work had begun...
At last I can say; "the protocol works". Thank you Moreless, for you have changed my life and all those that contributed to it. Thank you to everyone else on the forum for everything you've written and I've attentively read. The regulars and non-alike. Thank you to Weston A. Price, the author of Nutrition & Physical Degeneration for originally exposing the uncommon truths to me. Thank you for my creator for giving me a brain to allow me to endure the hardships, the intelligence to figure out, giving me the faith to proceed and tenacity to stick to it when all around doubted.
I hope anyone reading this, who's been having trouble will keep researching, spending time figuring it out. There's much that's gone into reaching this point today, the hardest being changing of bad habits and creating new ones. I remember coming to the testimonial forums many times just to keep me going and moving forward. I hope my journey helps you.
Although my journey back to health is far from over, I feel incredibly blessed. I'm in my mid 20s, I'm already very successful for my age and this will allow me to give so much more back to humanity in the years to come.
EC: Hi Faithinhealing,
Can you let us know what forum your friend's testimonial was published? If something has been copied, we need to provide the reference.
(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)
(Forest Park, Ohio)
(Chicago, Illinois, Us)
Hey EC... I really need your input on how safe and effective are adrenal glandulars? I am suffering from adrenal fatigue and am looking into using them but I dont have a clue how they work. Also, a few of my friends are using supplements for poor adrenals/low thyroid from a company called biotics. Any thoughts on this? Thanks guys. Awaiting an early response.
(Louisville, Ky, USA)
(Louisville, Ky, USA)
Though I haven't been properly diagnosed, I suspect that I have low adrenal function... low sex drive, depression, motivation, general lack of energy, severe sensitivity to alcohol or coffee. Taking Rhodiola & Vit C, magnesium seems to help and recently (on occasion) taking low dose of 7 Keto (precursor to DHEA) I add just a fraction of a 100mg pill which would amount to 10 to 20mg, (some doctors just recommend 5mg) to my cereal... The effects are quite positive, especially to my mental state. I've read that high doses can result in heart palpitations and that one should take rest periods.... I take it with the Rhodiola (a half of a 500mg pill) added to cereal with a tablespoon of ground chia for omega 3 to ease the absorption.
Adrenal Fatigue Question
I am curious to know anyone's feedback regarding my lethargy issues. I am a 42 yr. old female. I am hypothyroid and was also told by an endo. I have Hashimotos. I take the synthetic thyroid med. and also do lots of supplements thanks to the helpful info here on EC and also iherb. I am also a vegetarian (lacto-ovo)
My mornings start out fine, but by 1:00 I get really fatigued and getting things done is laborious and difficult. My mood plummets and I become stuck in this negative low energy rut, physically and mentally. I rely on coffee late afternoon for a jump start, (and have for 4 years since my twins were born.) I was taking a green tea extract with 100 mg. of caffeine which helped quite a bit, but i think Ted said that flouride in green tea can be harmful for the thyroid..? so have since stopped. I am a busy mom, but I can't imagine these feelings of being overwhelmed day in and out are normal.
After reading about adrenal burnout, I believe I may have it. My father died at the young age of 52 from adrenal cancer. I don't really have the $ at the moment to order one of the saliva tests. I found a product which gets really rave reviews and am wondering if this is something that would be beneficial. If I take it with my other supplements which also have B6, can that be too much? Also, I notice some people are wary of licorice root?
Here are the list of ingredients in it>
Adrenal Polypeptide Fractions
Licorice Root and Rhizome Extract
Adrenal Cortex Extract
Thank you so much in advance for any input you have. This is my first post, but I have been on EC for about 6 months now. I am in awe of all the wisdom, knowledge and info. available here on EC.
(Beaverton, Or, Usa)
(New Gloucester, Maine)
Hi everyone Can anyone recommend a safe adrenal supplement. My doc wants me to start using some but i am sceptical because they are made with animal products and i am scared of mad cow disease. Help please!!
(Baltimore, Md, USA)
Hi T & Tavora: Thank you guys so much for yr feedback. Ireally do appreciate it. Here's the deal though. Most of the stuff T recommended i am currently using. It did help but not greatly. I have been using these for about 2months. I'll still continue though. As for the licorice-Tavora if you google side effects of licorice its pretty scary. I know many people swear by it but i am really scared to use it. Any other feedback will be appreciated.
EC: Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) has fewer side effects: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deglycyrrhizinated_licorice
(Manhattan, New York)
(Myrtle Beach, Sc)
I am a 63 year old man and all my life I have been stressed to the point of exploding . I have always had a seething burning anger and have always had a low opinion of the human race. This began when I was 8 years old and continues to this day. Anger, hate, and bitterness have been my constant companions my entire life, now it has poisoned my body. For many years I have been told my hands were ice cold and my temps indicated I had weak adrenals but until now I never realized how it could affect my health. This has been brought to my attention my a constant atril fibulation problem that I think was created by my adrenal fatigue. I am starting a program of licorice vitamins and minerals as well as adrenal extract.I look forward to adrenal solutions and atril fib connections on this board. I have no other choice than to get my mind purified and put all the negative thoughts out of my mind that have poisoned me for years.
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(Forest Park, Ohio)
Hi, I am wondering if I have adrenal fatigue as for many years I have had huge amounts of stress that I didn't address until about two years ago when I was diagnosed with hbp... doing all I can to keep that under control but no matter what I do keeping stress at bay is very challenging...
Is there any way to test for adrenal fatigue or get it checked somehow? Do not want to go the conventional doctor route either....Besides what can be done about that? I just started on B vitamins and doing calming exercises and all types of calming .. I also use magnesium and lemons and essential oils... Thank You
(Fountain Inn, Sc)
Hi, I've had adrenal fatigue for years, tried a lot of cures with no success until I was recommended Workaholics Anonymous 12 step program. As appeared to be I was work anorexic as a result of constantly running around on adrenalin and then crushing by getting burned out. I couldn't do anything without getting hyperactive. The program taught me that it's a psychological problem and gave me tools and support for recovery. It's a self-supporting fellowship, free of charge.