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who doesn’t like a little bit of controversy so let’s talk about adrenal fatigue since everywhere we turn there’s people fighting over whether adrenal fatigue is real or total mess well the thing is we have to understand first of all what adrenal fatigue is before we can go into detail it’s basically defined as this debilitating fatigue right it’s the effect of so much stimulation so much caffeine so much stress where adrenals essentially aren’t able to produce enough cortisol norepinephrine DHEA a couple other things but then we have to factor in the medical community doesn’t recognize adrenal fatigue but they recognize something called adrenal insufficiency see we have to respect what the medical community looks at they look at adrenal insufficiency as the inability to produce these specific catecholamines and to produce these specific hormones without being able to produce those they call that adrenal insufficiency they don’t recognize adrenal fatigue because it’s such an ambiguous broad statement and I don’t blame them that’s a pretty broad diagnosis to just give but I think as laypeople we can sit here we can truly understand whether or not we have the early signs of adrenal insufficiency or just a broad adrenal fatigue let me explain how the adrenals actually work let me explain some of the structure of them and I’ll explain the different hormones different catecholamines the different affects it has so the adrenals are basically a three and a half by one and a half inch gland sits on top of your kidneys they’re mainly responsible for producing cortisol norepinephrine and DHEA but there’s three different layers within the adrenals and we break them down here real quick the first layer is called the capsule that’s just a fatty layer and adipose layer that protects the adrenals the second layer is called the cortex and that’s sort of the big fleshy area of the adrenal that makes up about 80% of it there’s three different zones within this cortex there’s the zona reticularis there’s the zona glomerulosa and there’s the zona fasciculata and it’s a mouthful but it’s really not that important to know the terms then we have the center portion which is known as the medulla the medulla is the epicenter that produces most of the catecholamines like the epinephrine the norepinephrine the dopamine and the adrenaline the things that really get us going but let’s talk about that meaty portion for a second that quartz because that has a big role to the main role of that cortex and the different zones within it is to produce things like Andros their own to produce things like DHEA to produce things like although steroid and mineral corticoids what are all these things I’ll break them down here real real quick so I don’t waste a lot of time okay DHEA and Andros Darrow and stuff like that that is the hormone that helps you create testosterone helps other hormones in your body it helps sex hormones believe it or not the adrenals do play a role with your sex hormones then we have things like cortisol cortisol is a stress hormone directly right it comes up when we are stressed and it helps us reduce inflammation and balance out from stress quite a bit more then we have things like all those stair them all those sarin is a mineral corticoid which you may have heard before but basically what it does is it regulates fluid balance and minerals in your body believe it or not the adrenals do affect your fluid retention have you ever noticed that when you’re really stressed out you hold more water well that’s simply because you have mineral corticoid below and you’re all those steroid levels are totally skewed so your potassium your sodium levels are totally out of whack your kidneys therefore don’t know how to regulate how much water you hold and how much water you excrete starting to put it together now so there’s one sign of adrenal fatigue it’s excess bloat all the time not only the basic understanding of what the adrenals are and the different things that they do let’s talk about why stress affects them okay what is happening in your life that’s making these things burnout let’s start with caffeine if you’re constantly taking in caffeine you constantly have this bombardment of norepinephrine epinephrine and adrenaline it’s simple process that’s the feeling that we get that’s the high that’s the love of caffeine but when you start causing this constant creation of that then your adrenals are going to get fatigued they’re going to get a little bit tired of having to produce that and they don’t always have the time to recirculate and get things going but then there’s other factors and when we factor in there’s three different layers of the adrenals to begin with there’s three different angles in which we can affect it so then we have stress chronic stress where our cortisol levels are elevated all the time now remember cortisol is good it does help us reduce inflammation it does get our blood pressure up when we need it but if it’s chronically elevated all the time your poor cortex portion of your adrenals having to pump it out constantly and therefore it’s going to get tired it’s going to get exhausted and you’re going to have all these other side effects that occur from cortisol being elevated like high blood pressure all the time high blood sugar simply because your body’s trying to get energy to where it needs to go you can see definitely a bad circle of events definitely a bad chain reaction then DHEA dehydroepiandrosterone the one that all the guys think is only a precursor to testosterone well it plays a big part in our circadian rhythm – it also plays a big part in our overall energy and our vitality and it helps us cope with stress it’s kind of funny and I mean this with complete utmost respect to men and women but mainly the reason that men that have high levels of testosterone get Moody isn’t because of testosterone it’s cuz the elevated estrogen levels testosterone is actually naturally pretty calming even though it does trigger some aggressive tendencies so DHEA is a precursor to testosterone that can actually help a male calm down and deal with a situation a lot better so contrary to popular belief that’s really more so how it goes but let’s talk about what you can start doing and how you can really tell if you have adrenal fatigue like I said in beginning this video if you’re someone that’s fatigued all the time then obviously you may have it but there’s a lot of people out there that are tired there’s a couple of telltale things one is you’re tired in the morning and you end up having most of your energy towards the end of the day this has to do with the effect of cortisol cortisol when acting normally and when our adrenals are acting normally will be produced at its utmost level in the morning to help you wake up help get your day going a good healthy person has energy in the morning and starts to wean off by the end of the day but there’s a lot of people out there that have to supplement with caffeine so they don’t really know how they truly feel in the morning and then they find that their natural energy is higher in the evening they start becoming night owls they do more work at night because their adrenals are burnout it’s taking a long time to ramp up so that one is number two but then number three is like the inability to fight infections constantly feeling sick constantly feeling rundown you know your body you know your immune system and the thing is cortisol plays a big role in your immune done so if your cortisol is not operating right it’s not able to regulate your immune system you can become very immunosuppressed which means you’re much more susceptible to acquire an illness or to not fight an infection so those three signs general fatigue are very very extreme fatigue but also gaining more energy throughout the end of the day then of course the inability to fight infections and lastly like I mentioned before the inability to regulate water very well constant fluctuations and blow fluctuations and water retention so what can you do here’s three simple tips really quick first off make sure you’re getting enough of a Himalayan pink salt that you need okay Himalayan pink salt is going to help balance out your body it’s got 20 or 21 of the important minerals that you really need to regulate that aldosterone those mineral corticoid it’s going to help that process out then the next thing you want to do is you want to make sure that you’re getting rid of the sugar believe it or not sugar is so inflammatory it’s causing cortisol to elevate a lot of the time to try to bring the inflammation down it may not seem like much and it may seem far-fetched but when your body’s having to constantly combat inflammation and combat the negative effects of sugar then you’re definitely putting yourself in a bad situation the next step is taking DHEA believe it or not DHEA even though it’s something that the adrenals are a produce if something is going to help you feel a little bit more mellow it’s going to help you balance out with stress it’s going to help your energy it’s going to help your vitality but it’s actually going to take some of the stress off the adrenals so it doesn’t have to produce quite as much of it for a short amount of time and the third thing that you can do is take care of your DHEA levels and you might be asking how you do that comes down to again minerals particularly magnesium magnesium helps support the synthesis a ssin of DHEA to begin with like I’ve mentioned in many other videos it’s involved in so many enzymatic processes in the body magnesium in particular that it really really helps form these things that are going to take stress off the adrenals now again I get a lot of likes in this video and you like this in-depth science of adrenal fatigue I’m going to create another video that breaks down the adrenal cocktail and what you can do to actually help your adrenals and take those steps day in and day out the Folies kickstart your body into adrenal recovery I will see you in the next do
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Adrenal Fatigue ad Cortisol: Is Adrenal Fatigue Real: Thomas DeLauer
Adrenal fatigue is characterized by relentless, debilitating fatigue and can also include muscle weakness, decreased appetite, and weight loss – some people even experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Adrenal fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands aren’t able to produce enough of certain hormones, such as norepinephrine, cortisol and DHEA, which allow you to respond to the conditions of your daily life in healthy and flexible ways.
Simply put, the theory behind adrenal fatigue is that your adrenal glands are unable to keep pace with the demands of perpetual fight-or-flight arousal.
As a result, they can’t produce quite enough of the hormones you need to feel good (1)
So, What are Your Adrenal Glands?
Located at the top of each kidney, the adrenal glands are two, triangular-shaped organs that measure about 1.5 inches in height and 3 inches in length
They are also known as your body’s shock absorbers – produce hormones that help the body control blood sugar, react to stressors like a major illness or injury, and regulate blood pressure.
Cause(s) of Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue is caused when your adrenal glands cannot cope due to you being overly stressed – basically, the main cause is stress
The adrenal glands are an essential part of your body’s responses to any kind of physical, emotional or psychological stress.
Many different types of stress can cause adrenal fatigue. Examples of physical stress include any severe or recurrent infection or illness, having an operation, poor diet or a severe injury. An emotional or psychological stress may be caused by many situations, including relationship, family or work difficulties. (3)
However, there are 3 specific hormones that can be a cause of adrenal fatigue:
Also called adrenaline is commonly thought of as the fight-or-flight hormone. It’s produced when something is (or you think it is) threatening.
This hormone makes your heart pound, your blood rush to your heart and large muscle groups, your pupils widen, your brain sharpens, and your tolerance for pain increase—basically, it prepares you for battle.
Cortisol increases your appetite and energy level while toning down your immune system’s allergic and inflammatory responses.
This hormone stimulates the storage and release of energy in the body, helps the body resist the stressful effects of infections, trauma, and temperature extremes, and helps you maintain stable emotions.
Ideally, cortisol is released into the system only on an occasional basis, rather than in response to chronic stress.
If cortisol levels become too high for too long, they may have undesirable side effects, including muscle wasting, kidney damage, fluid retention, spiking blood sugar levels, weight gain, and increased vulnerability to bacteria, etc.
Rid the diet of excess sugar and processed grains
These are very hard on the adrenal glands. Eating excess sugar/starches will cause blood sugar to spike and insulin to come to the rescue due to excess glucose in the bloodstream.
Blood sugar then drops or plummets, causing the adrenals to work to bring levels back up.
When you are suffering from fatigued adrenal glands, cortisol levels drop and make it difficult to maintain normal blood sugar levels. People with adrenal fatigue tend to have low blood sugar.
Consume Natural Salt like Himalayan Sea Salt
Natural salts contain many trace minerals, which help to support the adrenals.
Adrenal fatigue reduces the production of the hormone aldosterone, which helps regulate salt in the body.
Optimize DHEA Levels
When your adrenal glands are out of whack, your DHEA production will suffer greatly, and your stress hormone cortisol can roam freely inside of your body, destroying all the hard work you are doing to get your endocrine system back in shape.
One of the best ways to support DHEA in the body is through magnesium supplementation. (5)
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