The ABC's of ADRENAL HEALTH

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

Working as a health consultant, I encounter people, almost every day, who struggle with the same batch of complaints such as; low energy levels, frequent fatigue, interrupted sleeping patterns, weight gain - particularly around their abdomen, fluctuations in mood but particularly towards the miserable end of the happiness scale, muscle tension and cramps, so on and so forth. These signs, generally, when, presented together, are an indication of ADRENAL OVERDRIVE and in chronic cases can lead adrenal fatigue.


Essentially we are bio-chemical beings and most of our 'dis-eases' can self correct with lifestyle plus dietary adaptations, together with the support of natural remedies.

In order to assist your body in correcting imbalances and treating the root cause of the dis-eases (and promoting santé), follow these steps (as long as you have ruled out any possible dire medical reasons with the advice of a qualified medical professional!):


A.

Before embarking on any course of corrective treatment, lay the foundation by removing nutrient-depleting parasites (they crawl in thin and they climb out stout!); wormwood, cloves, garlic, black walnut, wormseed, Neem, Grapefruit Seed Extract, etc. are a few effective examples of helminthic eradicators to support purging of worms (round, tape, pin and hook, to name a few), protozoa, Candida and flukes.


Conclude this treatment with an on-going pre + pro-biotic protocol, to benefit the gut flora, which is debilitated by antibiotics, high sugar consumption and processed/refined food-like substitutes. Do this by consuming cultured and fermented foods. They are highly restorative to intestinal flora and healthy functioning of nutrient assimilation and absorption.


A few examples of cultured Foods & Fermented Foods

  • Kefir is an enzyme-rich fermented drink made with kefir (yeast/bacteria) grains.

  • Tempeh is a cultured & fermented soybean product.

  • Multi-tasking raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar is rich in enzymes & potassium.

  • Soured cabbage (Sauerkraut) is fermented by the action of lactic acid.

  • As with the above, kimchi, is the natural fermentation of raw vegetables, with the added benefits of the ginger and garlic used as flavourings.

  • Miso is another fermented soy product, which is loaded with anti-oxidants particularly zinc & manganese.

  • Kombucha is a fermented tea widely venerated as the ‘Immortal Health Elixir’ in the East.

B.

Once the canvas has been cleaned, proceed to the colourful array of restorative herbs and supplements to promote bio-chemical harmony of the adrenal glands and the most basic solution should start with:

  1. Magnesium. It is used in over 300 chemical reactions within the body and amongst other functions it also metabolises cortisol, a hormone released from the adrenals during the flight or flight response towards a stressor. Magnesium is also a nerve tonic and thus a calmative for feeling ‘wired’.

  2. According to this study (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22116696) Vitamin C is found in some of its highest concentrations in the neurons of the Central Nervous System. I recommend that is sourced from an Ester C rather than an ascorbic acid due to its neutral pH. Rosehips and Camu Camu are also good sources of this restorative vitamin. Vitamin C promotes healing from the damage caused by systemic inflammation as a result of on-going physical, mental & emotional stress.

  3. Opting for a painless method of administration, the Vitamin B12 transdermal patch will support the body. Methylcobalamin is a vital nutrient for overall health including red blood cell production, influencing dopamine levels, removal of hormones and DNA replication.

  4. Vitamin B6 or Pyridoxine, is necessary for the production of serotonin and norephedrine, which assist in the transmission of signals in the brain.


C.

If one's energy, stress and mood levels have not improved to one's satisfaction then using an adrenal toner or adaptogen is beneficial, such as

  1. Ashwagandha significantly reduces cortisol concentrations and the immunosuppressant effect of stress.

  2. Rhodiola Rosea is documented to be effective in relieving the effects of fatigue and ‘burnout’ caused by stress and neuro-protective against toxins. It strengthens the nervous system, assists in depression, enhances immunity and improves memory. It is useful in weight loss, sexual function and improving energy levels. It enhances the transport of serotonin precursors (tryptophan) and h-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) into the brain.

  3. Panax (as in panacea means ‘heal all’) ginseng is used as a general tonic and heralded for its therapeutic effect upon concentration, physical stamina and endurance. Not only is it regarded as an adaptogen and energiser, it is also used to calm the spirit, eliminate anxious and stressed qi (energy), open the heart, and strengthen the mind. It strengthens all 5 organs: heart, spleen, lungs, liver, and kidneys.

  4. Sceletium acts as a serotonin-uptake inhibitor and decreases anxiety and tension.

  5. The antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory benefits of Olive Leaf give the body much support, especially for the immune system.

  6. Maca root - Research has shown maca to have beneficial effects on cortisol regulation and blood sugar. It also allows for more efficient uptake of hormones into our cells, increasing their effectiveness. If you suffer from Adrenal Fatigue and have low hormone levels, maca helps your body to make the most of those low hormone levels.

  7. Tulsi, Holy Basil, is known for its digestive healing abilities, protection for cardiac system and a potent anti-inflammatory. It eases stress by calming the nervous system. Can be used internally, or externally to assist in repairing skin damage.

  8. Gynostemma is a herbal tonic similar in make-up to ginseng. It is effective for lowering blood pressure, purify the blood and support the kidneys. It assists the body in dealing with stress and is effective for weight loss by promoting the metabolism of fats.

  9. Schisandra chinensis, are superberries that protect the liver, nourish and purify the blood, boost the body with endurance and strength, to name a few of its heralded properties. Due to the fact that they contain all five flavours: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and pungent, they are a master herbal tonic to the five organs.