Adrenal fatigue isn’t really a root cause. It’s more so yet another complication that often accompanies candida. You’re wise to look into it.
My personal experience with adrenal fatigue is that supplementing for your adrenals can make a tremendous impact. Tracking your daily temps can give you a better idea of how your adrenals and thyroid are functioning. Check out this webpage: http://drrind.com/therapies/metabolic-temperature-graph Low temps indicate thyroid issues and widely fluctuating temps indicate adrenal issues.
Adrenal cortex extract is the supplement I use to support my adrenals. It’s by far the most important supplement I take. Back when I was super fatigued the difference between being on it and off it was night and day.
Hope that helps a little bit. I’ll post more later.
Thanks for the information. That link seems to be very useful. The biggest issue I have with the Adrenal Vs. Thyroid issue is if you are adrenal fatigued, chances are your thyroid is not working properly either. My understanding is that they have a definite link to one another.
Yep, you’re right about those two issues being intertwined. If one has adrenal dysfunction it’s likely they’ll also have thyroid problems and vice versa. I highly recommend tracking your temps as Dr. Rind suggests for at least a week or so in order to get a better idea of where you’re at. A cortisol spit test can also be useful. If you’re seeing an N.D. this might be something to ask about.
Also, I should mention that you always want to make sure your adrenals are functioning and stable before taking anything to supplement your thyroid. Taking thyroid medication while your adrenals are still struggling will put further stress on your adrenals and exasperate your situation. Think of the adrenals like the engine and the thyroid like the throttle. Pushing forward on the throttle before the engine is running correctly is only going to crash the engine.
Supplementing with ACE for your adrenals can make a huge impact. I take 300mg a day and benefit tremendously. Here’s the brand I take in case you’re interested: http://www.pureformulas.com/cytozymead-60-tablets-by-biotics-research.html?CUSTOMTRACKING=CUSTOMTRACKING&CAWELAID=532161301&CAGPSPN=pla&catargetid=530005240000712394&cadevice=c&gclid=CLjUuZi6z70CFUJqfgodJIAA3g#sthash.XBxSHPU1.dpbs
If you do decide to try some ACE make sure to work your way up gradually, starting with one just tablet and increasing by one tablet every week or so. Monitoring your temps (and how you feel) while you do this is important.
Also, here’s some testing dvjorge suggests when it comes to determining adrenal function:
Do this test at home.! It is scientific. I don’t advice quackery.
Pupilary Response Test for Adrenal Fatigue
Stand in front of a mirror in a darkened room (best done at night) for at least 15 seconds.
Look straight into the mirror without blinking.
Using your penlight or small flashlight, hold the light at eye level and by the side of your head pointing at your ear (see chart). About 8 inches away to avoid damaging the eye.
Slowly move the light around your head toward your nose, staying 8 inches away at all times.
Stop once the light is at a 45 degree angle to your retina. The light should NOT be pointing directly into your eye but should come in at an angle. hint: you shouldn’t feel like a deer in headlights.
Hold the light steady and count how long your pupil can hold the contraction, up to 20 seconds. Once it starts to ‘pulse’ or loses the contraction, the test is over.
Repeat on other eye.
0-4 seconds | Adrenal Exhaustion |
5-10 seconds | Adrenal Fatigue |
11-19 seconds | Adrenal Dysfunction |
Mine go CRAZY big small big small within seconds
Confirm with this one :
Test #2: Blood Pressure Test
If your blood pressure drops when you stand up from a lying position, this almost always indicates low adrenals. This can be measured with a blood pressure gauge (a sphygmomanometer), which you can buy at a drug store. Make sure to purchase the type that doesn’t require a stethoscope to take your blood pressure.
Make sure to do this test when you are well hydrated or it could give you a false positive. Lie down quietly for about 10 minutes, then take your blood pressure (while still lying down). Then stand up and measure your blood pressure immediately upon standing. Normally blood pressure will rise 10-20mmHg from standing up. If your blood pressure drops, you likely have adrenal fatigue. The more severe the drop, the more severe the adrenal fatigue.