Adrenal Fatigue? Cortisol BELLY FAT? The REAL TRUTH and Facts about what may be causing Weight Gain!
Getting Rid of the “Belly Beast”– Cortisol Belly Fat Facts and how they are caused by Adrenal Fatigue…
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Quotes from: Wilson, J. A. (2001). Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st
Century Stress Syndrome. Petaluma, CA:Smart Publications.
SHOCKED THAT I HAVE ADRENAL FATIGUE: My story…
I had never heard about Adrenal Fatigue until I had my hormones tested. THEN the alarming truth surfaced when I learned that my cortisol levels (affected by adrenal glands) were malfunctioning and ultimately contributing to my muffin top. UGH! I must get rid of the belly beast and will do what it takes once and for all to conquer this. So here is my story and adrenal health 101 facts and advice on this….
So I am writing this to alert my blog readers that if you feel like you cannot lose weight and are eating a normal diet, then please note “this is not your fault if you have adrenal fatigue that is sabotaging your success by lowering your metabolism. PLEASE READ ON…
This important information is significant and should be taken to heart by everyone! The news is out that stress is contributing to a spike in cortisol which can affect and create a condition known as adrenal fatigue. This in turn may cause many health problems like bloating, extreme fatigue and depression, weight gain (especially middle section), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, foggy thinking, lack of sex drive, and even Alzheimer’s. There are easy solutions to correcting the imbalance and restoring your body to “balance” regaining your energy and life again including weight loss!
The adrenal glands sit over the kidneys, where they play a significant role in the body, secreting more than 50 hormones necessary for life, including epinephrine (adrenaline), cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), progesterone and testosterone. Since they produce so many essential hormones, the adrenal glands are responsible for many of the functions we need to stay alive and healthy, including:
- Energy production — carbohydrate, protein and fat conversion to blood glucose for energy
- Fluid and electrolyte balance
- Fat storage
One hormone in particular, cortisol, is extremely important for keeping our body systems in balance, as well as protecting our cells. For example:
- It controls the strength of the immune system: Too much cortisol weakens the immune system, setting the motions for increased susceptibility to infections and cancer, while too little leads to an overactive immune system and autoimmune disease.
- It normalizes blood sugar.
- It regulates blood pressure.
These small but mighty glands also work with other hormones and systems in what Dr. Wilson calls a “symphony.” As he points out, when one part of this symphony drops out, such as what happens after menopause for women and andropause for men, the adrenal glands have to pick up the slack by producing larger amounts of sex hormones. Because of this, Wilson claims, good adrenal gland function is linked to longevity.
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Unfortunately, the adrenal glands’ health is paradoxical. As the manufacturer of adrenaline, they are the “glands of stress,” but are also the first glands to fail during prolonged or intense periods of stress. The problem with stressors is that they are “cumulative,” in the sense that their impact tends to add up in the body over time until your adrenal glands (and probably your mental state) just can’t take anymore. “One more stress is the stress that breaks the camel’s back,” Dr. Wilson says. , or when the adrenal glands can’t deal with the amount of stress they’re given. Adrenal fatigue used to be rare, but is now all too common because of our lack of relaxation and other lifestyle factors, such as smoking, sleep deprivation, poor eating habits and excessive caffeine intake, as well as allergies.
Diagnosing (and misdiagnosing) adrenal fatigue
To make matters worse, doctors often don’t diagnose this problem. Dr. Wilson offers the example of a woman who has been to 37 doctors before finally receiving proper diagnosis and a renewed sense of hope. So, why don’t doctors recognize adrenal fatigue? In medical school, they are only taught to look for extreme adrenal malfunction — Addison’s Disease, which occurs when the glands produce far too little cortisol, and Cushing’s Syndrome, which stems from excessive cortisol production. They check adrenal function by testing ACTH levels, using a bell curve to recognize abnormal levels. This is where the problem occurs. ACTH tests only consider the top and bottom 2 percent of the curve abnormal, yet symptoms of adrenal malfunction occur after 15 percent of the mean on both sides of the curve. In other words, your adrenal glands can be functioning 20 percent below the mean and the rest of your body experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue, yet most mainstream physicians won’t recognize that you have a problem.
Fortunately, there are ways you can test yourself for adrenal fatigue. To start off, go ahead and “check off” the symptoms you have been experiencing.
Symptoms of adrenal fatigue:
- Morning fatigue — You don’t really seem to “wake up”., even if you’ve been awake since 6 a.m.
- Weight gain in mid upper section that is hard to the touch and you cannot get rid of despite exercise and diet.
- Afternoon “low” (feelings of sleepiness or clouded thinking) from 2 to 4 p.m.
- Cold hands or feet
- Burst of energy at 6 p.m. — You finally feel better from your afternoon lull.
- Sleepiness at 9 to 10 p.m. — However, you resist going to sleep.
- Wake up during the night.
- Cravings for foods high in salt and fat
- Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
- Mild depression
- Lack of energy
- Decreased ability to handle stress
- Muscular weakness
- Increased allergies and seem to get respiratory illnesses or other more frequently
- Lightheadedness when getting up from a sitting or laying down position
- Decreased sex drive
- Frequent sighing/ yawning
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The best test to determine if you have adrenal fatigue is by doing a salivary cortisol test. You don’t need a prescription for the exam. In fact, you can even buy the test online, do it at home and send in your sample to a lab for the results. Dr. Wilson is very positive about the effectiveness of the salivary cortisol test in diagnosing adrenal fatigue. It is so valid and accepted that Plan B Medicare covers it and “they don’t want to cover anything they don’t have to,” he quips. If you don’t have insurance, rest assured that this non-invasive test is also very affordable.
Treatment of adrenal fatigue
“Optimal adrenal health is one of the major keys to the enjoyment of life,” according to Dr. Wilson. If you have adrenal fatigue, you can fully live life again by making the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to treat your disorder. For holistic alternatives contact email@example.com or with any questions
Treating adrenal fatigue is as easy as:
- Lying down during your work breaks (preferably at 10 a.m. and again anytime from 3 to 5 p.m.)
- Sleeping until 9 a.m. as often as possible
- Laughing- very theraputic
- Exercising- even mile exercise helps
- Taking negative people out of your life
- Eating regular meals
- Chewing well
- Doing something fun each day
- Combining unrefined carbohydrates with protein and oils
- Avoiding junk food
- Eating five to six servings of vegetables each day
- Taking calcium and magnesium supplements
- Adding sea salt to your diet
- Taking 2,000 to 5,000 milligrams of vitamin C each day
- Supplementing vitamin E with mixed tocopherols
- Taking B-complex supplements that are high in B6 and pantothenic acid
- Adding licorice root extract to your dietary supplement regimen
The good news it that I am taking steps to correct my adrenal fatigue and so can you! Without a strong adrenal gland we set ourselves up for health problems. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org more information and resourses to help you increase function of adrenal and optomize your metabolism and health.
This article was featured using quotes and information from:
Wilson, J. A. (2001). Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st
Century Stress Syndrome. Petaluma, CA:Smart Publications.
Many blessings for health and happiness-