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Chronic Fatigue: More than Just Being Tired

CFS sundromeIf you’ve ever known anyone who has been diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you know that the disease is characterized by much more than just exhaustion. Chronic Fatigue feels like a never ending attack of the flu in that the body continually aches all over. Combine the pain with the sense of being extremely tired no matter how much rest you get, and it makes for a very difficult way to spend the day.

To many suffering with an auto immune condition may seem hopeless. At Temple Health Solutions we specialize in hope.  We understand autoimmune issues and many of the underlying issues that create them within the body.  We invite you to come visit our offices and meet with Dr. Temple to find out how to reclaim your health , release the fatigue, restore your energy and revitalize your life once and for all.  You don’t have to spend the rest of your life exhausted and in pain, there is hope, there is life after auto immune, call our offices and find out more today.  480-657-2282

Are Your Adrenal Glands Stressed Out?!?

file1801281015946Working more than ever, multitasking to make ends meet, no sleep, and stressed out are common complaints a lot of people have on a daily basis. In a new survey by the American Psychological Association, nearly 75% of Americans say they are stressed to the max over money, work, and the economy. Being stressed out takes a toll on your body and can effect it in many ways. Let’s take a look on how the body responds.

 

The adrenal glands are triangular endocrine glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They release hormones in time of stress, aide in production of energy, and contribute toward balance of electrolytes and fluids. The glands are divided into 2 regions called the cortex and the medulla.

The outer cortex of the adrenal gland produces steroid hormones such as cortisol, aldosterone, and androgens. Cortisol is released in response to stress to regulate blood sugar levels and metabolism. In excess it can cause bone loss, diminish thyroid activity, and suppress other hormones. Aldosterone helps regulate blood pressure by working with the kidneys. In excess, aldosterone can be a cardiovascular risk. In humans, when aldosterone antagonists are administered to patients with chronic heart failure, mortality decreases (1). Androgens play a role in male sex characteristics and are a precursor to estrogen.

The inner medulla produces epinephrine and norepinephrine which are hormones of the sympathetic nervous system responsible for our “flight or fight” reactions. When the sympathetic nervous system takes over, our heart rate increases, pupils will dilate, blood pressure rises, and motility of the intestines reduce.

 

What is adrenal insufficiency?

Adrenal insufficiency, also known as Addison’s disease, is caused by inadequate production of hormones made by the adrenals. The corisol and aldosterone will be secreted due to destruction of the cortex. It can be diagnosed by an ACTH (adrenocorticotropic) stimulation blood test. This test recognizes an underproduction or overproduction of hormone levels at the top and bottom 2% of a bell curve. Symptoms of adrenal insufficiency are muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, irritability, weight loss, and darkening of the skin.

Since Tuberculosis cases have decreased since the middle of the twentieth century, the major cause of Addison’s disease results from an autoimmune reaction which can take months to years to destroy the adrenals (2). Fortunately, only 4 per 100,000 people develop this, which is due to autoimmune disease 80% of the time (3). With routine care and physician visits people with Addison’s disease have a normal life expectancy.

 

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a collection of non-specific symptoms, such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbance, abnormal blood sugars, and digestive problems. The term is popular in health books and magazines; however it is not an acceptable medical diagnosis because there is no test for it (4). In fact, adrenal glands can be functioning 20% below average with your body experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue, but the ACTH test won’t recognize it.

Many will try to take certain stimulants to feel better, supplement with glandulars or take the latest “adrenal fatigue vitamin of the month” because they feel their symptoms are associated with poorly functioning adrenals. But, how do you know? Fatigue can be a sign of a multitude of disorders including increased coronary risk, liver dysfunction or even simple protein malnutrition. Don’t get caught up in treating symptoms.  This is not the way to address this issue.

 

Can you recover from adrenal fatigue?

Your body can overcome chronic stress and feel energized again. A healthy body will handle stress more seamlessly. At Peachtree Health, we provide you with the most complete health assessment to determine what is at cause in your health symptoms.  Fatigue is an early warning sign but what is it warning you of?  We will run a thorough blood work-up and toxic element testing along with Salivary adrenal and hormonal testing to fully help us help you reclaim your health.

Call today to set up your consultation to get on the road to better health.  And as you ARE ready NOW to take action enjoy the following tips to get you started on the right path to optimizing your health and well being!

 

  • Take a good multiple vitamin and mineral supplement. A multiple vitamin isn’t a cure all but does help to balance the nutrient density of your diet.  Be sure to review our previous newsletters “Choosing a Multiple Vitamin” May 2008 and “Understanding Supplement Labels” December 2010 for more information.
  • Get some rest! Having problems sleeping and staying asleep?  Turn the TV and electronic devices off at least 1 hour before bedtime, be in bed by 10 pm at the latest and for a little extra help, read a good book or enjoy some deep relaxation breathing.
  • Exercise to burn off those stress hormones and help you sleep better at night!
  • Rehydrate! Dehydration can cause fatigue and headaches. Aim for 1 quart of clean, filtered water per 50lbs of body weight. Don’t go over 3 quarts per day regardless of your weight.
  • Maintain blood sugar levels with a balanced diet and by eating protein, fiber, good fats and complex carbs at every meal spaced approximately 4-5 hours apart.  If you are hungry sooner, this is your body telling you that you are eating to many carbohydrates and not enough protein and fats.
  • Avoid Caffeine and other stimulants

 

References:
  1. Catena C, Colussi GL, Nadalini E, et al. Cardiovascular outcomes in patients with primary aldosteronism after treatment. Arch Intern Med. 2008;168:80-85.
  2. Margulies, Paul M.D.  Adrenal Diseases-Addisons Disease. National Adrenal Disease Foundation. 2007
  3. Wilson, James. “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st century stress syndromes” Smart Publications, p. 7. 2002
  4. Nippoldt, Todd B., M.D.  Is there such a thing as adrenal fatigue?  Mayoclinic.com. 2009, April 30.

Do My Adrenals Make Me Look Fat?

Your walnut-sized adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys, cannot distinguish among the various stresses that are present in your life — whether they are physical, mental, or emotional. The adrenals just pump out hormones to counteract stress — any stress! They are “fight or flight” hormones intended to serve us for short periods only. But today’s stresses are anything but short term … so the hormones just keep flowing! If this persists, you can become an “adrenal type” of person — one who has overactive and/or exhausted adrenals.

This is very serious business because your quality of life depends so very much upon how well your adrenal glands work. Visible symptoms develop with persistent adrenal imbalances. Chief among them is hanging fat in the midsection that sags downward over the belly.

Thinned-out arms, legs and buttocks generally accompany this fat because the key hormone that prevails during stress (cortisol) converts these muscles to sugar in an attempt to create more energy for a continually stressed body. With thinned muscles and a large abdomen, adrenal types often have a hard time finding clothes that fit. Moreover, stress hormones in excess will steal protein from the bones, leading to osteoporosis.

Sometimes a fat pad develops in the lower neck and upper back called a “buffalo hump.” Also, fat accumulation in the face may give a round or “moon face” appearance, a face that may redden because of weakened blood vessels.

So why does the extra fat appear? With all this sugar pouring into the bloodstream through the action of stress fighting hormones, the fat-burning hormones of the liver get turned off. Not even high-protein or low-calorie diets will turn them back on again! Then fat accumulates on the belly because of the excess sugar thrown into the blood to meet “dangers” that don’t exist. In the meantime, insulin stores the extra sugar as fat to keep your blood sugar levels out of the danger range.

In other words, stress hormones prevent fat burning. Counting calories or eating more protein simply will not help you.

To make matters worse, some adrenal types will try to work off fat with heavy exercise. But this just creates more stress and more stress hormones. Result? Less muscle and even more fat!

Sounds strange, doesn’t it, but it’s true. Many of those with adrenal weakness will actually get fatter with the wrong types of exercise! Can you imagine how frustrated adrenal types can get with their exercise programs?

What a predicament!

Fortunately, adrenal imbalances can be corrected to turn muscle-burning adrenal types into fat burners again.

Is this you?  Call our office today if you are interested in a consultation about our programs that WILL change your life – a healthier, happier YOU is just around your future’s corner if you take the right path today.  480-657-2282