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
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.
I agree with treating the whole body... For me using 3 T. Of coconut oil a day... Kelp... Bee pollen (pantothenic acid)... aceola powder (vitamin c)....1/2 lemon squeezed in hot water first thing in the morning and before bed... Raw garlic (adaptogen)... And tumeric (helps cleanse the liver and great for adrenals and helps decrease toxic estrogenics in the body)... And himalayan sea salt all seem to help me remineralize and rebuild my immune system. I might also add that unsulphured black strap molasses also helps to provide the minerals... In addition to kelp and sea salt... All great for remineralizing!
Sea Salt Drink
Thanks for your experience on lowering fluid intake. How has your health improved????
Because of water retention I try to drink plenty of water but someone else suggested NOT drinking too much water because it does mess with the sodium/potassium ratios just as you've stated! Another solution is a sea salt bath WITH PEROXIDE which helps the body detoxify... Or the baking soda bath WITH PEROXIDE! For whatever reason they seem to provide more energy and clarity throughout the day... Quite possibly balancing the lower sodium to potassium rations perhaps indicative of Adrenal issues! The recipe is 1-2 cups of Baking Soda or Organic Sea Salt to 1 Quart of Hydrogen Peroxide.... Also taken from the curezone ask Moreless forums!
Here is the rest of the list of products: iodine, dhea, tyrosine, dandelion root tea, milk thistle extract (silymarin) sole from himalayan salt.
One of the most important things is to sleep 5 hours straight without raising your head above your body. It takes 5 hours to completely recharge your adrenals. When you get up they quit charging and start working. The most common problem is going to bathroom a lot at night. If you have this problem, no caffeine 5 hours before bedtime, reduce fluids 2 hours before and take bee propolis.
I had adrenal exhaustion was a truck driver for 14 years studied alternative medicine for 15 years. Doing great today. Almost every one makes the mistake of trying to treat the symptoms like adrenal exhaustion and what you must do is treat the whole body. We are very complex and systems are dependent on each other. You must treat the hypothalumus and the thyroid and the parathyroid the adrenals and the liver. I will give you a list of herbs and supplements to do all the above and will let you research them and why they are so helpful. Herbs-cordyceps, full spectrum licorice and maca, fresh royal jelly Vitamins- vit c, b-complex, panothenic acid
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.
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I am only suggesting that it may be simply too much water intake leads to excretion of sodium, and correcting to a much reduced fluid intake may allow the sodium levels in the blood to return to normal.
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Latest 2 week update - After the two additional weeks on the reduced liquid intake, my sodium has risen to the normal zone - 136 and my red blood cells are also normal now. My hemoglobin and my hematocrit have continued to rise and are closer to normal.
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To Faithinhealing -- I suggest that the amount of water being consumed may be the real problem as I have had a similar difficulty. Last summer I fainted and was found to have a very low serum sodium level. When I got out of the hospital, a month or two later, I thought I'd cured myself with sea salt and blackstrap molasses for my low hemoglobin that had also been found. This summer both of these blood levels are low again and I went to an endocrinologist to get her insights. Turns out after reducing my liquid intake dramatically for 6 days (one to two quarts total liquid including btw all juices as well) my strength seemed to be returning and in fact the blood level of sodium was up to 131 from 127. This Wednesday the level will be checked again (2 weeks more now on the reduced liquid) - we'll see. Low thyroid or cancer may also be involved based on the SIADH diagnosis - but we'll see. Perhaps just the much too high intake of liquid is the whole issue. Normal intake should be much more in the range of half your weight in ounces of water per day. 180 pounds - then 90 ounces.
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Answer about origin of post
*** To EC ***
The text comes from a post from sicknesshope.com i. E.
I know this because I post on that website (and as well as in curezone and many of my posts are on pH balance).
Unlike curezone or earthclinic, people cannot view the post unless registered. Which is a very simple process.
The post and thread relates to the importance of the potassium/sodium ratio.
However there is more. Of importance are the other ingredients of the "Moreless alkalizing drink" i.e. BSM, kelp, ACV, Epsom salt and calcium hydroxide.
I, myself, referred some of my posts in EC to the older AskMoreless forum in curezone.
And lastly, FYI, I was introduced to pH balance with Dr R. Young's books. Later I found Ted's formulas. And later I found the Ask Moreless forum. I can say that I learned a lot from Moreless. His alkalizing drink, which was developed 4-5 years ago, is IMO the best. Moreless knew Dr. Carey Reams, the creator of Reams Biological Theory of Ionization (RBTI). http://www.Newtreatments.org/reams
Anyway, I wanted to let EC know where the original post came from and why I know it.
Thanks again EC for your website.
Alain from Ottawa
EC: Thank you so much for providing the source, Alain!
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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.
Emily, Aww, so sweet of you to foster a little piglet. Cytomel is synthetic T3 and can be taken in conjunction with Synthroid.
Tami-thanks for the helpful info about the T3. Only problem is I'm a vegetarian, so don't want to ingest from the pig. (ironically enough, I'm fostering a piglet right now!)
I'm also 42 & have Hashimoto's. Your post says you take Synthroid. Have you ever tried a medication made from dessicated porcine (pig) thyroid gland? Synthroid is a synthetic T4 hormone replacement. T4 is the storage form of thyroid hormone. In an ideal situation your body will convert the T4 to T3, which is the active hormone. If your body isn't doing the conversion well it could explain your continued fatigue. Dessicated thyroid contains both T4 & T3. The boost of T3 made a huge difference in my fatigue. I purchase mine from a compounding pharmacy as prescribed by my doctor.
do you know if you have a QRA Practitioner (Quantum Reflex Analysis) in your area? That is something you may want to look into.
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.
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 ? 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.
Adrenal Cortex, Licorice Root
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.
Adrenal Cortex, Licorice Root
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
don't use deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) for adrenal fatigue as the glycyrrhizinated component is the thing that blocks the cortitsol reducing enzyme. the whole reason for taking it is to increase cortisol by preventing its breakdown..
I came down with something a while back and was given three huge Azithromycin tablets, one per day, three days. I have not felt so good, so normal, in my life (except when I did an olive oil liver cleanse). Unfortunately, I made the mistake of taking a laxative the last day, and it seemed to eliminate the medication. I have chronic fatigue, constipation, indigestion, cold hands and feet, forgetfulness, gluten/dairy/sugar intolerance, and lately leg and foot pain when I lay down at night. I eat mainly plain yogurt (avoid additives, even pectin), organic green apples, fresh lime/lemon juice, dry apricots, fresh vegetable juices, chlorophyll/algae capsules, a really good multi-vitamin, started on horse chestnut capsules and glucosamine/chrondroiten/msm. Digestive enzymes help a lot, I can feel when I take them. Apple cidar vinegar, sodium bicarbonate, distilled or reverse osmosis water, basil/chamomile/catnip tea, teas for PMS, dandylion root tea. Getting enough sleep really helps with mood and memory. Chamomile tea, valerian root, and Swedish Bitters help with sleep and waking up feeling refreshed. If you wake up tired, try drinking a glass of water and laying back down for a bit. Avoid additives, especially MSG type, eat organic and raw whenever possible. Don't smoke, drink, or do illicit drugs. Coffee and alcohol will prevent you from sleeping properly. I feel differently every day, but lately much improved. Thank you, EarthClinic contributors, for providing such a helpful site, you are all a huge blessing.
Adrenal Fatigue Remedies
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.
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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.
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!
Your right about why dis-information gets passed along. I don't think all those who sell remedies for candida have that motive but I do think there are those who should of taken the time to verify the information before using it. I being neither of these and being my own doctor and researcher do the best I can.
As far as blood test and other medical test I am all for them as they can take the guess work out of treatment. The problem in the United States is that many of us do not have the resources or co-operation of some of our doctors to do these test. So if we want to get well we take responsibility for our own health which we should anyway.
Thanks for all your posting and input. It is much appreciated. Keep up the good work.
Well said Cindy, agree completely. For over 100 hundred years we have had Modern Medicine and The Germ Theory. And yet, despite all the "advances" made with stem cell research, genome theory, antibiotics, vaccinations, antiobiotics etc, there are still no cures for Alzheimers, Malaria, Cancer, AIDS, Lupus, Parkinson's disease, Obeisity, Diabetes, measles, flu or even the common cold. Where are the outright cures?
I find it very odd that all the pharmaceutical companies seem to invent these days are just fancy anti-inflammatory and analgaesic painkillers, that are not really designed to cure the ailment, but are specifically only ever designed to take down inflammation and remove the pain no matter what your problem or disease happens to be. And all this with the possibility of such awful side-effects.
If I didn't know better, I might also suspect that this drug design practice might fit in very well with their business profit model -- after all, if you are cured quickly by a drug, then noone buys it anymore do they? So, poor profits. But if you can design drugs whereby, even though they don't cure the problem, people will still become heavily dependent on them from the emotional comfort factor -- and will take these drugs for the rest of their life, then this will be very profitable indeed for the drugs companies involved.
Phoenix, thank you for the information about the origin of the spit test. I had rather assumed it originated with Dr. Crook. If it is not reliable, then better to go with the survey-type tests that calculate a score based on symptoms.
As to your assertion that true candidiasis is rare and the inclusion of medical studies that appear to support this--for every study you come up with, I can come up with two that say the contrary. However, I don't want to waste space here on dueling medical studies. That is not what this site is about. While most of mainstream medicine continues to scoff at the concept of systemic candida (as your post illustrates) people who have gone from doctor to doctor in a desperate search for relief from their aches, pains and misery have figured out how to cure themselves and get their lives back. They are sharing how they did it. THAT is what this site is about.
Well I have to agree with you because of my experience. I had suspected that I was having problems with candida and because I brought into the spit test I did nothing about it. Each time I did the spit test it was perfect. My stomach kept getting bigger and I didn't know why. One night I threw up a big piece of candida with streamers. Have been treating for candida and my stomach is getting smaller. Hopefully these posts will help to dis-spell some of the the dis-information going around.
Hi Ron...I've just found and read the original description of your problem on the Atrial Fibrillation age of earth clinic and I'm truly astonished at the similarities between your candida symptoms and mine (the only real difference being that I did not suffer from adrenal fatigue). Here is a description of my symptoms:
I had candida three years ago. My symptoms were psoriasis, eczma, BM and toilet only once every 4 days if I was lucky, tired and sluggish all day, severe grogginess and brainfog in the mornings, bad athletes foot, jock itch(tinea cruris) and overweight. I also regularly caught colds, flu etc many times a year on a regular basis.
This is what I took to cure candida:
* Ted's alkalizing remedies using either whole squeezed lemon/lime or 2 tbspns ACV plus 1/2 tspn baking soda(Arm & Hammer brand) two or three times a day. This is Ted's Alkalizing Remedy and this is THE NUMBER ONE CURE for Candida in my book.
* One tablespoons of virgin coconut oil stirred into my coffee at least 2 - 3 times a day.
* Blackstrap molasses in my coffee, no refined sugar or aspartame sweetener allowed in my diet. BSM also added more potassium to my diet and also helped to balance the extra sodium from using the baking soda.
When I started this remedy at the beginning, I got fairly severe flu-like symptoms for a while -- it almost seemed as if the remedy was making me worse. But this die off or Herxheimer Effect always happens when you get the fungal toxins released into your blood from microbes and fungus from the die off, so think of it as a good sign. Your liver and kidneys are overworked initially, until your immune system can get on top of it. After this die-off it was easy. All my skin problems just disappeared slowly (except the jock itch -- but that's another story) and I haven't had a cold or flu in 2 years.
I must also emphasize that it took a WHOLE YEAR of using these remedies regularly to cure the candida, because any fungal infection is so hard to get rid of, much harder than getting rid of a virus or bacterial infection for sure.
I also took a daily decoction that I made consisting of three herbs just to support my liver, kidneys, blood and immune system throughout this protocol. The 3 herbs were: Tinospora cordifolia, Chanca Piedra (Stonebreaker) and Tumeric root. I gathered the fresh herbs and made the decoction myself(I live in the Philippines). But you can use other simple herbs such as Milk Thistle, Dandelion, Burdock or Liquorice and Ginseng in support just as well.
The reason I started on the magnesium therapy was that, even after curing my candida, occasionally during the day I would suffer strange regular episodes of dizziness from a racing heart. I don't know what that was, but I took magnesium supplements(800 - 1200 mg/day) as well as sprayed my body with Epsom salts as a means of curing this, and was successful. I have also reduced my mag intake accordingly. As a synergistic aid for absorbtion as well as trying to boost my immune system, I now also take mega-doses of Sodium ascorbate(Vitamin C) dissolved in water -- at least 2 - 4 grams per day in split doses.
Your symptoms are remarkably similar to my symptoms, so with enough determination, there is no reason you can't get rid of both your atrial fibrillation roblem as well as your candida, so please don't give up !!
Hi Ron...The combination of your atrial fib and adrenal fatigue problem might well point to a Magnesium deficiency, since magnesium is a very important electrolyte in your body -- it regulates both the calcium in your bones and tissues as well as the potassium which is balanced by sodium. Magnesium is used and is necessary in over 300 enzyme processes in your body, so Lord knows what else it would cure if you were deficient of this mineral as most of us are. Taking Magnesium is also known to vitally regulate and improve arrythmia and tachycardia in heart conditions. The best magnesium salts to take internally are mag chloride, mag citrate, mag gluconate and mag sulphate(Epsom salts) forms. The dosages recommended for deficiency are anywhere from 800 - 1200 mg of magnesium -- but too much magnesium will generally cause diarrhea -- so, if this happens, just cut back the dosage and continue. I refer to drink 1/4 teasoon of mag sulhate(Epsom salts) in half a glass of water two or three times a day. Magnesium is also known to be a major neural influence on the relaxation part of muscle operation(including heart muscle operation), so if you are deficient magnesium, your muscles would be tense(whose neural influence is governed by calcium).
But the quickest way to up your Mag levels is simply to take a bath at least 2-3 times a week and add 2-3 cups of Epsom salts or mag chloride to the bath water. Stay in the bath for at least half an hour. Your body will quickly absorb what magnesium it needs and in larger amounts than supplementing which sometimes causes diarrhea issues. I simply spray myself after my shower with a small garden sprayer that contains 1 tbspn of Epsom Salts to 8 oz of water(I don't have a bath in my house). I let it just dry and be absorbed by my body. For more info on magnesium, check out these links, which I hope will further interest and convince you as to the uselfulness of magnesium as related to your problems:
I'm a 60 year old who has very few problems medically now, either with my body or with stress. But it wasn't always like this. I had candida for 7 years due to my own stressful job I think, and it took me a year of using Ted's alkalizing protocols to get rid of this. Now, free of intestinal candida, I have a phenomenal amount of energy and a much happier outlook. I would, therefore, recommend and urge that you use Ted's alkalizing remedies every day. See this link here for the remedies:
I've used all of Ted's alkalizing remedies and I still use them, they simply work as described.
Regarding your anger problems, these might relate to problems in your past. The Traditional Chinese Medical system approach believes that anger and love are both ruled by the liver/kidneys region and since you have adrenal fatigue(kidneys) this could well be affecting you emotionally, causing a hormonal/energy imbalance. Liqourice and sea salt are very good for the intestines and kidney, but I would deliberately add another supplement like Milk Thistle to directly target liver improvement. Once you liver and kidneys are healthy again, your blood and hormone levels should both also improve, and there should be a noticeable improvement in your health and outlook on life.
All the best,
You mention among all your other ailments that you have candida yeast. I don't know if you mean localized like a vaginal infection or what, but all your symptoms and problems sound like systemic candida. Candida attacks the adrenals and thyroids causing untold misery and yet MDs continue to blow off the symptoms as "all in your head" and regard you as a raging hypochondriac. I have researched candida extensively and believe that when you clear up the candida the "other" problems will clear up also. The best thing I have found for treating systemic candida is a commercial product that I can't mention here, but it is a special probiotic developed in Japan. It contains bacteria that are different than your usual probiotic because these bacteria eat the yeast rathering than just crowding it out. Do a google search on candida and when you find the same stuff mentioned on a number sites, you'll know you've found the right thing.
It's interesting to read all the comments on adrenal fatigue. I am going through menopause. I have fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, low blood sugar, palpitations, candida yeast and numerous symptoms that are really ruining my zest for life. I'm in constant pain. I have been tested for many things including thyroid. I'm sure thyroid is a problem though nothing shows up on the blood tests except low B12 anemia and low salt. In fact I get charlie horses if I don't make a point of consuming salt. I haven't been able to exercise because of muscle cramping. The one thing that has helped in the past is to go on a low carb diet was mostly meat, eggs and cheese with green vegetables and other low carb veggies. It totally excludes grain products. I felt better eating this way than any other. B vitamins also help. My life are been an extremely stressful one due to numerous tragedies and it has just taken a toll on my body. I had hot flashes and DHEA helps with that. Does anyone have any solution for the muscle and joint pain? I'm beginning to feel like a hypochrondriac! Any other suggestions would be appreciated. This has to be all tied together. I just don't know how.
The purpose of the adrenals, usually bovine, is to give your own adrenals a rest and time to rebuild. This can take several years of eating healthy (that means no alcohol, coffee, sugar or white refined flours)Lots of greens and adequate protein. But use the adrenal fractions only for a period of time I took it for a year, then when you are no longer as stressed take herbal support.
I have found Rhodiola to be excellent for adrenal support. I also use ginseng, licorice and schizandra.
Adrenal fatigue: There are a couple of supplements that help adrenal fatigue, and calcium is not one of t hem. They seem to worsen the condition and promote blood clotting, but also restricts blood flow from that also. The other supplements besides vitamin C, magnesium, is the vitamin E, chromium 1000 mcg, and DHEA. Tin deficiency tends to occur with adrenal, but the dose is very low, usually 2 mg-5 mg of Tin chloride. I doubt they sell that, but it seems to help depression that goes with it. The iodine supplement is taken along with the vitamin C 500-1000 mg, 1-2 drops for lugol's solution. During the afternoon, a quick pickup, might be taking some betaine HCl, which adds energy to the body if taken during that time. If there's still problem I have other remedies up my sleeves also. It's important to eat lighter meals during lunch and drink plenty of water during that time, so that the energy of digestion is not depleted from lack of water. It requires the body less energy if water is drank during the lunch hour plus lighter meals. Water acts as a catalyst and allow the food to be better digested.
I have researched and believe I may have adrenal fatigue also. I have low blood pressure and low temp along with heart palpitations and fog brain also experience aches in shoulders. I found it interesting to hear that someone else other than I also is not much of a salt eater. I avoid salt also and it maybe a cause among others for adrenal fatigue. I also take B complex with vit c and still feel worn out. I feel a little better taking a multi vit and calcium with Magnesium, but still am extremely tired by 3pm. By 3 I feel like the day should just be over and time for bed. I am still searching for something to kick start me come mid afternoon. Any ideas??
I don't have much experience with oil pulling - tried it once or twice only - but from what I've read it should be done on an empty stomach, so I would oil pull first thing in AM and do your meds after. I'm afraid I don't have any insight on whether licorice root goes with the antidepressants, and medical doctors seldom can tell you whether the two work or don't work together, but if it was me I would go ahead and do licorice root along with the other meds, but space them out so one is not on top of the other. Like maybe at least 1/2 to 1 hr. apart. Licorice actually has antidepressant properties and is also good for ulcers, canker sores, and inflammation. It will raise blood pressure and long-term use will deplete the body of potassium, hence the 1 week on, 3 weeks off schedule.
Gean: thanks for the quick response. I will definitely try your suggestions. Do you happen to know if there would be contraindications with my 4 antidepressants? I also need to know if the medications should be taken before or after with oil pulling (if I am able to do the OP). Thanks so much!
Melissa, for severe adrenal fatigue I would get licorice root solid extract (Tahoma Clinic is the only one that carries it to my knowledge), and take 1/2 teas. in a little water 3 times a day. Take for one week on, three weeks off. Go to bed by 9:00 p.m. every night. Stay away from sugar and caffeine. Find out what the root cause is (mine was 8 large mercury fillings I had in for 30 years) and remove it, by a safe amalgam removal dentist. Don't do vigorous exercise. Oil pulling might help somewhat, but not without the other stuff. E-mail me if you need more info. Best wishes.
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.
Ron, it's a tough one...so many possible paths to take..
addressing the anger would be a great place to start..finding a good
therapist is difficult...(then we get angry at the money we throw at them :))
guided imagery may help as well..
as for the supplements I have had some success lately with a combination of Cordyceps and Korean Red Ginseng. (asian ginseng) Do your own research.
Be careful to purchase a quality brand..Ginseng is recommended for adrenal balancing
especially for men, though can possibly be overstimulating...hard to say how your body will react. (other herbs etc, Ashwaghanda, Magnesium, walking, breathing exercises, eating well, no caffeine! no alcohol..filtered water...positive friends)
Loren - if you're apprehensive about licorice - consider a supplement called Basic Preventive. It's made by Douglas Labs. They're supplements are pretty high quality. They make them in different versions (ie copper/iron free, glandular based, chelated, etc) The labels read as BP 1,2,3,4,5. Each one has similar yet diff ingredients. Though pricey - I can attest its potency. I took them to help me with an inner ear problem. Definitely gave me a lot of energy and got rid of my brain fog. Only caveat is the pills are BIG and you have to take anywhere btw 6-9 a day (depending on which version u buy).
Thanks for that information on what type of licorice to use. Any suggestions on what adrenal glandulars are safe to use? Thanks
do some research on Maca and Ashwagandha.. both considered adaptogens & reported to help with adrenal fatigue
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
Hi Loren, I have a supplement here without animal products in it. If EC will allow me to name it, it is "Christopher's Adrenal Formula". It contains mullein leaves, licorice root, eleuthero root, gotu kola, hawthorn berries, lobelia, cayenne pepper, and ginger root, in a vegetable-based capsule. You're supposed to take 2 caps 3 times a day (that could get pricey). Funnily enough the bottle has 50 caps; you'd think they'd even it up to 60 to match the suggested dosages!
Unfortunately I can't give you any testimony as to its effectiveness as I've only taken it sporadically, since my main focus has been working on my Hashimoto's with other things. Bear in mind that herbals do take time to be effective and you might have to take something for months to really know if it's working for you. I see lots of other good recommendations here for adrenal fatigue as well...certainly consider trying some of those as well as a supplement like this one. Best of luck, and if it works, please do let us know!
Loren - try Licorice Root extract. It's an excellent dietary supplement for adrenal fatigue. My adrenals were taxed out at one point but after taking it - my energy levels picked up. But also diet/nutrition plays a big role. Try to get a lot of greens in. You'll feel ten times better!
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!!
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.
I HAVE BEEN ON HERE BEFORE COMMENTING ABOUT HAVING A CONSTANT A FIB PROBLEM AND THAT I HAVE TRIED JUST ABOUT EVERYTHING AND WAS GOING TO CONCENTRATE ON THE ADRENALS. I READ THAT THOSE THAT HAVE ADRENAL EXHAUSTION ARE ADVISED TO UP THE SODIUM INTAKE AND MY MINERAL ANALYSIS ALSO INDICATED I WAS LOW IN SODIUM. I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A HUGE AVOIDER OF SALT, NO CANNED FOOD ONLY FRESH VEGGIES NEVER SALTED EVER. I AVOIDED SALT LIKE IT WAS POISION AND THEN I READ ABOUT NATURAL SEA SALT AND ALL THE MINERALS THAT WERE IN IT AND READ ABOUT HOW SALT NOT TABLE SALT BUT GOOD QUALITY NATURAL SALT AFFECTS HEARTBEAT AND STARTED TRYING SOME SEA SALT AND IT REALLY SEEMS TO BE HELPING MUCH TO MY SURPRISE. COULD THIS BE THE MAGIC KEY? THE FACT I HAVE AVOIDED SALT AND WENT OUT OF MY WAY NOT TO INGEST ANY SALT AT ANY TIME MAY HAVE CAUSED MY A FIB. COULD IT BE SO SIMPLE? ANY ONE THAT HAS TRIED THIS OR CHECKED IT OUT PLEASE ADVICE ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE BECAUSE THIS IS THE FIRST THING THAT REALLY SEEMS TO FIT THE PUZZLE. SEA SALT HAS AN ANTI ARRYTHMIC EFFECT AND I AM AS SHOCKED AND SURPRISED AS I CAN GET.
Dear Ron: Just a thought... often when people have adrenal problems they are also hypothyroid. If your body temps are low you could have this problem. It doesn't necessarily show up on blood tests. Wilson's temperature syndrome website is a wonderful resource. Apparently in the old days hypothroidism was diagnosed by low body temps and depression. A good book is Hypothyroidism the hidden illness, by Dr. Brody Barns.
Hope this helps you.
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.
I have had this problem several times off and on so bad I couldn't get out of bed. I will share with you what has helped me. Used the same vitamins your herbalist had you on except a lot more potassium. Plus I added lugol's iodine several drops a day. But that is what my body needed. Dr's Brownstein book recommends 25 mg to 50 mg. (1 drop equals 12.5mg)I believe is what the book said. The book is name Iodine why you need it and why you can't live without. Then I also used licorice. Which really kick my adrenals in (big help). But if you use licorice all the herb books say you need to supplement with potassium as it depletes it. But for me it is worth it to be able to move around again. I did find a product which I don't think I can mention it combines all these things in caps. lot easier to deal with. Plus it has adrenal cortex extract in it which feeds the adrenals and l-tyrosine. I know how you feel I hope my experince helps some.
I don't have your problem but I remember a patient with a sluggish thyroid who was on Vitamin Bl2 injections. When she started coming to our clinic she was taking 2 gr. Synthroid daily for her sluggish thyroid. After talking with her about her eating habits and her other problems, I suggested that she get rid of bleached flour problems and switch to whole grain products including whole wheat flour for making any breads or gravies at home. I also suggested that she get a good Stress tab (Vitamin B complex + vitamins C & E) and take one of them at mealtime and bedtime instead of the one a day that the bottle recommends. When she returned a couple of weeks later for her Bl2 injection, she requested that we repeat her blood chemistries and her thyroid test, which we did. The next day I got a call from the lab and quickly called the patient to inquire if she had doubled her thyroid dosage and started a potassium supplement since her last test, and her answer to both was no and asked me why I was asking her about them. Her thyroid test had gone from low normal reading to a hyperthyroid level and so had her potassium. We solved the potassium level problem by questioning if she was using a salt substitute, which she had started and most salt substitutes are potassium chloride, so we decided she needed to stop that and go back to salt. She was also instructed to stop her thyroid medication for a week & restart it at 1/2 tablet daily and return 21 weeks later for repeat labs, which were looking great. An hour or two of reading in a pharmacology text concerning problems caused by vitamin/mineral deficiencies revealed that B vitamin deficiences cause a sluggish thyroid. So my suggestion is whole grains will help with the vitamin E and magnesium, increasing fruits and vegetables will increase potassium levels and the stress tablets will junp start your thyroid. I also recommend that anyone with health problems stop all carbonated beverages because they stress the kidneys, and anything that stresses the kidneys are going to create problems elsewhere also. Hope you find this information helpful. Google "excitotoxins" and learn all the names they hide monosodium glutamate under and work on eliminating both of the two major excitotoxins our processed foods are so laden with by reading ingredient labels carefully and stop buying anything containing them. You are pretty safe in buying unseasoned frozen vegetables, unless they came from some of the fields that Dr. Mercola says has been using MSG on the crops in the fields for at least a decade. I have found a couple of brands of canned vegetables that list 3 different names for MSG in their ingredients lists, so I have boycotted those brands in my household. If canned vegetables list anything beyond the vegetable, water and salt, I leave it on the shelf. I pretty much stick with frozen or fresh vegetables that are not seasoned with anything but salt.
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
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.
Adrenal Fatigue Remedies
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.
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 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.
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?
Adrenal Fatigue Remedies
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.
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.