I know what fatigue is. I lived and breathed it for six straight years in my 20′s — the kind of fatigue that makes it hard to hold your head up or do much more than crawl out of bed to brush your teeth only to be obliged to head back to bed.
I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 6 years of my life but got my health back 7 1/2 years ago. I never care to return to it again. Thankfully, most people will never know what that kind fatigue feels like! I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.
The good thing about getting my health back from CFS was that I regained my ability to work full-time, exercise, and function in society! The bad part is that over the past few years I have gotten a little complacent about my health and let my lifestyle slide. I began eating a little more sugar, a little less high-nutrition foods, and working too much with not enough leisure time.
About a year and a half ago I started noticing I was putting on weight, getting cold hands and feet like I used to before, feeling more run-down, starting having worse mood swings around my period — all signs of hormone imbalance. I was doing a lot of things for my health that were keeping things from getting really bad, but the signs of hormone imbalance persisted and worsened as well.
I realized this fall that my adrenals had something to do with the problem because I began to feel a tightness and aching in my upper middle back right where my adrenal glands are late at night or first thing in the morning.
I learned that upwards of 80% of people in modern society have adrenal issues. This is largely due to chronic stress and adrenal malnourishment! Our poor adrenal glands are often starved for the nutrition they need at the same time we ask them to operate on constant overdrive, and they let us know they are unhappy in a number of ways. Here are some of them:
Signs of Adrenal Imbalance –
- Sleep — Difficulty winding down for bed at night and/or difficulty getting up in the morning.
- Energy — Always on the go living a high-adrenaline lifestyle and/or feeling weary, lethargic, and fatigued.
- Temperament — Very driven and short-tempered and/or feeling overwhelmed with everyday life and mildly depressed.
- Mental — Racing thoughts and scattered thinking and/or mental fog.
- Libido — Worse PMS and lower libido.
- Weight — Weight gain around the middle and possible food cravings including carbs and caffeine.
- Blood Pressure — High blood pressure and/or low blood pressure and dizziness.
- Other — Intolerance to cold and possible hair loss.
Some other signs of adrenal fatigue may include asthma, bronchitis, or chronic cough, allergies, recurrent infections, muscle weakness, back pain, hypoglycemia, inflamed joints, headaches, excessive thirst and/or urination, swelling, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, indigestion, hyper-pigmentation, and irregular heart sounds.
Over the past several months, I have been feeling sad that my jeans that that were a little loose when I bought a year ago are now the only jeans that fit me, and barely at that. Some part of me has wondered if I should just resign myself to the “aging” process, slowly growing tireder and fatter. But I knew there were more answers out there — and I was hoping that one lady I knew would have some of them.
I was right!
On Thursday’s Preparedness Plus Call with Dr. LeAnne Deardeuff, I got the answers I was looking for.
Here is just a little of what I learned about balancing the hormones naturally:
How to Balance the Adrenal Glands
Our adrenal glands need certain nutrients to keep functioning optimally. Here are some of the things they need:
Nourish the Adrenals
- B Vitamins — The adrenal glands eat B Vitamins like they are candy. Super B is a fantastic B Vitamin supplement.
- Essential Fatty Acids — The adrenals need Omega 3 oils found in fish oil like OmegaGize or flax seed oil, up to 1/4 c. per day!
- Trace Minerals — Trace minerals are essential for adrenal health. Mineral Essence is the one I use. You can also use a pinch of a good high-quality sea salt like Redmond salt or Himalayan salt in a glass of room temperature water and drink first thing in the morning (before 8 AM) to help nourish the adrenals.
Give the Adrenals a Break
We need to learn to relax and let our adrenals take a break from the constant production of adrenaline and cortisol, the stress hormone. Yoga, stretching, meditation, adequate sleep — all of these things will help. Young Living’s Cortistop can also be helpful for this.
Help the Adrenals to Heal
Certain therapeutic-grade essential oils and herbs can be a powerful boost to the adrenal glands. En-R-Gee, nutmeg, or clove essential oils as well as licorice root are amazing for the adrenals. I learned from Dr. LeAnne that these must be used at 9 PM.
I began using En-R-Gee oil over my adrenal glands on my upper mid back at 9 PM just last weekend, and I began to experience an immediate shift!! It may take other people longer to notice a difference, but immediately I began shifting my sleep cycle to going to bed much earlier and waking up refreshed earlier in the morning, a sign my adrenals were healing!! The thing is that never in my entire life have I been happy to wake up early, and this Saturday I woke up at 6:30 AM refreshed and in a good mood!!!
Adrenal fatigue or imbalance can sometimes be a root problem, but sometimes can be a symptom of other issues. For instance, sometimes adrenal fatigue can actually have pituitary dysfunction at its root. Dr. LeAnne recommends finding the root issue and focusing on that gland for 4 months to help it heal.
Also, other health issues may need to be addressed at the same time as we focus on our glandular problems. Two of the most common ones are:
- Bowel toxicity – I recommend going off or drastically reducing sugar consumption, minimizing the consumption of grains, using a good probiotic like Life 5, and regular use of a raw apple cider vinegar raw honey drink. For severe bowel problems I recommend the GAPS Diet.
- Liver toxicity — I recommend oil pulling with helichrysum essential oil, JuvaFlex, and milk thistle or dandelion tea as well as my all-time favorite nutritional supplement NingXia Red to help detoxify the liver!
There is so much more that Dr. LeAnne addressed in her presentation. I could not begin to address it all in one blog post. But I hope that if you have signs of adrenal fatigue that you will take the steps you need to get your energy and your life back and make burn-out a thing of the past!!
Get Detailed, Earth-Shattering on Natural Hormone Balancing!!
With her nearly two decades of experience as the primary healthcare provider for thousands of people including many Amish in her area, in this audio training Dr. LeAnne Deardeuff, D.C. sheds light on causes and solutions for:
- Adrenal fatigue,
- Thyroid imbalance,
- Female hormone imbalance,
- Low testosterone in men,
- Pituitary dysfunction,
- And more!!!
Julie Behling-Hovdal is a reflexologist/holistic healer and founder of Essential Survival where she teaches people how to prepare for the #1 cause of death in the event of an economic collapse — lack of access to medicines. In 2005 Julie was able to get off 4 prescription drugs and heal from a 6-year stint of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and fibromyalgia with products from Young Living Essential Oils. Get a free copy of her report “Fast Track Survival Medicines” at http://essentialsurvival.org/fast-track-survival-medicines/.
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