Why Tired and Lack Energy, All the Time-It’s Your Adrenal Glands

Adrenal Glands

Why Tired and Lack Energy? It’s probably NOT due to poor diet, iron-poor blood, or a sluggish thyroid.

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Why You Really Lack Energy and May Be tired all the Time? It May Just Be Your Adrenal Glands! By Dr. John.

Your adrenals are triangular-shaped glands that sit right on top of your kidneys.  They may not look important—but ignore them at your peril!

These walnut-sized glands produce more than 50 different hormones, many of which are essential for energy, and stamina, a sharp mind, a strong immune system, and a healthy libido. But the #1 function of your adrenal glands is to help your body deal with stress.

When your body faces any kind of danger, your defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction.  Your adrenals respond by pumping out adrenaline, cortisol, and DHEA. Your heart rate and blood pressure increase, your digestion slows, and your body becomes ready to face a potential challenge.  This helps you stay focused, energetic, and alert so you can handle the situation.

Once your stressful event is over, your adrenaline level drops pretty quickly. Other stress hormones like cortisol and DHEA help refuel your body and bring it back to balance. This process is fine if the stress you’re dealing with is sudden and short-lived, like maybe getting in a fender-bender or taking an important test.

But here’s the problem…

Modern Life is Devastating to Your Adrenal Health!

Today, you’re faced with stress 24/7. The demands of career and family pull you in a million different directions.  You worry about your kids and grandkids. You struggle to make ends meet. You’re under the gun with work deadlines. Your finances hit a snag and you feel anxious about your future.

Even simple things like traffic jams, long checkout lines, and a difficult commute all jolt your adrenal glands. Factor in environmental toxins, processed foods, infections, pain, insomnia, and allergies, and it’s no wonder why your adrenal glands are crying out for help!

Basically, the more stress you experience, the harder your adrenals must work to protect you. So how do your adrenals react to all this stimuli month after month, year after year? Eventually they run out of juice and before you know it, you’re running on empty.

When your adrenal glands stop working, the first thing you notice is that your symptoms start to intensify.  You can’t sleep at night, you become forgetful, you feel irritable or depressed without knowing why.

Other signs of adrenal fatigue include headaches, especially in the afternoon, elevated blood sugar levels, weight gain, and slow recovery from a cold or flu — to name just a few.

But more than anything, adrenal failure makes you feel exhausted. And it’s a fatigue that isn’t just about feeling tired or sleepy.  It’s a form of fatigue that causes you to feel completely drained — and usually hits around 2 or 3 in the afternoon.

Do You Have Burned Out Adrenals?

These Simple Tests Can Help You Find Out 

Test #1: Ragland Test
This is a very simple blood pressure test you can do at home or even at your local drug store. Lie down and relax for about 10 minutes, and take your blood pressure. Then, stand up and immediately take your blood pressure again.

Normally, your blood pressure will rise 10-20mmHg when standing up. But if your blood pressure falls, you may have adrenal fatigue.

Test #2: Flashlight Test

Stand in front of a mirror in a dark room. Hold a flashlight towards the side of your face, so the beam is shining across your eye.

When the light hits your eye, your pupils should immediately contract. But if you have adrenal fatigue, the pupil will contract at first, and then slowly start to dilate. This dilation will last about 30-40 seconds before your pupils contract again.

Test #3: The White Line Test

Using a fork or the end of a ballpoint pen, lightly stroke the skin on your abdomen or the inside of your forearm, making a mark about 4″ long. In a normal reaction, the mark is initially white but quickly turns to red. If you have adrenal fatigue the line will stay white for about 2 minutes before turning to red.

Let me tell you about my own experience with adrenal failure. I had been working too hard, sleeping too little, drinking too much coffee, and exercising too hard for a few weeks. It was also that time of year when the sage was in bloom, and I am very allergic to sage. I remember sitting on the couch just feeling exhausted. But it was a different kind of feeling than I had ever felt before.

The TV was on a program that I did not want to watch.  I couldn’t stand the program.  The channel changer was right on the coffee table before me. Not a problem right? But it was a problem. I was too tired to pick it up and change the channel.

So I just sat there and stared out the window. I wasn’t sleepy. I was just feeling too drained to even push a button.  I’ll never forget that feeling. And when I tell my patients that story, they always say, “That’s just how I feel.”  That kind of fatigue is diagnostic of adrenal exhaustion.

Little wonder why more than half of my patients who complain of allergies, chronic fatigue, depression, or other health problems actually suffer from overworked adrenals.

Your Resiliency, Energy, Endurance and Your Very Life All Depend on Healthy Adrenal Glands

You might think that adrenal failure is something that affects only a small number of people.  But when you consider our insatiable addiction to coffee and energy drinks, the scale of the problem is actually huge. Believe it or not an estimated 80% of people experience adrenal fatigue at some point in their lives. Yet mainstream medicine barely knows it exists!  

But here’s the good news: adrenal fatigue does not have to be permanent. In fact, you can restore your adrenals to perfect health within a few months.  All you have to do is nourish and strengthen your adrenals while giving them a chance to rest and rebuild.

First, I recommend four particular nutrients that directly support adrenal function.  They work together to help restore and repair your adrenals to get them back on line.

Let me tell you about the first one now. It’s one of the most important nutrients for anyone with adrenal failure and also known as…

The “Anti-Stress Vitamin”

While you know about B-complex vitamins like B6 and B12, you’re probably less familiar with Vitamin B5—also known as Pantothenic Acid.

People with adrenal failure are nearly always deficient in this key nutrient. According to studies, this member of the “B” family helps increase levels of important stress hormones like cortisol and progesterone.

Another thing pantothenic acid does is relieve that extra anxiety you feel when you’re “stressed out”. The reason? It helps boost dopamine levels in the brain. Dopamine is the feel good hormone that improves your state of mind.

Pantothenic acid is also one of the best nutrients for cellular energy production. So it can help your heart and your brain get the fuel they need to do their job every day—while keeping your entire body energized, too.

While pantothenic acid is my first recommendation for supporting adrenal health, you should also know about this additional re-energizing “partner.”

Keep Stress Hormones in Healthy Balance — Naturally

Licorice root is a rich source of a compound called glycyrrhizin, which gets converted to glycyrrhetinic acid (GA) in the intestine. GA helps slow down the body’s breakdown of cortisol, giving your adrenals extra support.

What’s more, Licorice root also balances levels of aldosterone, an adrenal hormone that helps keep your blood pressure, fluid levels and electrolytes in balance.

When aldosterone gets too high, your blood pressure skyrockets and your potassium levels decline.  This causes muscle aches and numbness in your hands and feet.

But when aldosterone gets too low — which is common in many people with adrenal problems — your blood pressure plummets.  This leads to palpitations, dizziness when you stand up, and overall fatigue. So licorice root keeps you more in balance and better able to cope during times of stress. It soothes nervous stomachs, too.

As you can see, pantothenic acid and licorice root can have a profound impact on your adrenal health and energy levels. Now, I’d like to tell you about a third nutrient that’s crucial for keeping adrenals in top-notch form. Yet you’ll rarely find it in any adrenal formula!

Did You Know That Overworked Adrenals Affect Liver Function as Well?

It’s true.  When you protect your liver, you boost the health of your entire body but especially your adrenal glands.

Constant exposure to pesticides, heavy metals, food chemicals and air pollution means your liver and adrenals are constantly fighting off toxins. That’s why I added Liver Concentrate to my short list. Liver concentrate is a natural detoxifier, as well as a great source of B vitamins, protein, iron and enzymes.

In one study conducted at the University of Southern California, subjects eating a standard diet plus B vitamins could swim only 13 minutes. Meanwhile, subjects eating a standard diet plus liver concentrate could swim for over an hour  — and some were still swimming at the end of the 2-hour mark!

The fourth nutrient I always recommend may sound unusual — but it’s one of the most effective for helping tired adrenals rest and recover even faster. Here’s why:

The Natural Adrenal “Strengthener” That Delivers Essential Trace Minerals, Too

Believe it or not, one of the best ways to strengthen your adrenals is with substances similar to the adrenal gland itself. They are called glandular extracts, and they contain trace amounts of the same hormones that human adrenals contain along with essential trace minerals, proteins and vitamins.  That’s why you should also take Adrenal Cortex Extract to help restore your adrenal glands to top-notch form.

Glandular therapy — also known as live cell therapy — has a history that goes back as far as the Ancient Greeks, and it’s still used in Traditional Chinese medicine.  But it became popular in modern medicine about 100 years ago, when Swiss doctor Paul Niehands found that dried thyroid gland could help underactive thyroid and dried adrenal gland likewise could relieve Addison’s Disease.

Researchers concluded that glandular extracts improve the function of the unhealthy organ — and the practice was quite effective.  So if glandular therapy has been around so long, why haven’t you heard about it before? Because the practice got swept away by the tidal wave of pharmaceuticals that dominated medicine by the mid-20th century. As a result, research in glandular therapy came to a screeching halt.

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