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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Adrenal Fatigue

"Adrenal fatigue is caused by lack of or poor quality sleep; relentless stress; EMF exposure; heavy metal toxicity; thyroid problems; caffeine, nicotine, or other stimulant use; or a chronic or acute infection, especially respiratory infections (influenza, bronchitis, or pneumonia). With most adrenal problems there are many of the aforementioned causes at play.

Adrenal fatigue is experienced two ways: either the sufferer struggles with fatigue throughout the day, using stimulants such as caffeine to make it to an early bedtime, or the sufferer's day is exactly the same except he gets a second wind around 9-10 at night and buzzes until the wee hours when he can finally go to sleep. Adrenal fatigue can be so severe, it can become difficult to be out of bed for more than a few hours at a time. In addition to loss of energy, adrenal fatigue is also associated with the following:

•Lowered libido
•Immunity reduction
•Low blood pressure

The following herbs are used to treat adrenal fatigue: •Licorice: Sometimes used alone, sometimes in conjunction with Panax ginseng and Bupleurum falcatum--especially used for people who have damaged adrenal output by long term steroid use. Warning: licorice can raise blood pressure.

•Rhodiola: Adaptogen--helps the body adapt to stress.
•Shisandra: Also an adaptogen--helps the body adapt to stress.
•Holy Basil: Also an adaptogenic--helps the body adapt to stress.
•Ashwagandha root: Increases in T3 and T4, supports thyroid and adrenals, balances hormones.
•Astragalus: Improves immune system, adrenal function, and reduces stress.
•Ginseng Root: Revitalizes the adrenals and balances hormones."


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