The no BS guide to Adrenal Recovery Part 3
Continuing on the road to adrenal recovery, you will need a medical evaluation to determine what areas of your body are causing you issues. This will be the most frustrating part of the whole recovery process, because most doctors will not even acknowledge the root cause of the problem. It’s easier for them to treat the symptoms with a quick script. One of the most important things to check is cortisol. Higher and more prolonged levels of cortisol in the body have been shown to have many negative effects, such as:
Impaired cognitive performance
Suppressed thyroid function
Blood sugar imbalances such as hyperglycemia
Decreased bone density
Decrease in muscle tissue
Higher blood pressure
Lowered immunity and inflammatory responses in the body, slowed wound healing, and other health consequences
Increased abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, developing metabolic syndrome, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL), which can lead to other health problems.
Hormonal imbalances are also a huge issue. Chances are if you’re feeling poor, your hormones are out of balance even if your blood work comes back in the normal range. Most doctors will run limited tests checking hormones. Just because you have a simple TSH test, doesn’t mean that your thyroid is functioning properly. You could have a high Reverse T3 number that will block active T3 from entering the body’s cells. The same can be true with testosterone and estrogen. If you are suffering from deficiencies symptoms, yet your numbers are in the normal range SHBG could be high, once again preventing the active hormones from doing their jobs. As you can see the evidence is there which makes having the proper testing critical. Unfortunately most doctors do not feel it is necessary to do these tests because technically you fit into the normal range even though your actually not. Be persistent with your health until you find a doctor that will be thorough.
Supplementation is essential with adrenal fatigue. With the body’s systems working overtime, there is a need to keep them from being depleted any further. Adaptogenic herbs can help manage stress levels with the help of many vitamins. Liposomal Vitamin C can help support the adrenals, along with a good B complex, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin D, Zink, Iodine, Selenium, and trace minerals. A good probiotic along with measures to promote good gut flora are essential. If you have Leaky Gut, or any type of autoimmune issue, rebuilding the gut will be even more important. You want to give the body all the ingredients it needs to heal. With a positive outlook on the future, there WILL came a day you feel better!