I knew I was so tired I could lay in bed all day, but maybe it was because I'm a mom of two toddlers?
I knew my body was rejecting healthy food, but maybe I just wasn't trying hard enough to eat better?
I knew I was carrying a heavy load of anxiety, so maybe I just needed to get back on prescription antidepressants and nerve medicine?
I knew my brain was in a fog all day, again maybe I was just depressed?
I finally decided to listen to the alarms my body was sounding, and went to see a doctor. A holistic doctor, because let's face it, every time I went to my family practitioner I was talked to for 10 minutes and then given a prescription for Xanax and Wellbutrin. For me, I knew I didn't want these medications. I knew my body wasn't healing.
I went in and got a full body system look over and the results were astounding. My body was toxic. I knew something was wrong, but for someone who eats pretty good, exercises moderately, uses essential oils and takes some supplements I was shocked at the results.
Diagnosis? Adrenal Fatigue.
"Adrenal fatigue results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level. As the name suggests, its paramount symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep but it is not a readily identifiable entity like measles or a growth on the end of your finger. You may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness or "gray" feelings. People experiencing adrenal fatigue often have to use coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day.
Adrenal fatigue can wreak havoc with your life. In the more serious cases, the activity of the adrenal glands is so diminished that you may have difficulty getting out of bed for more than a few hours per day. With each increment of reduction in adrenal function, every organ and system in your body is more profoundly affected. Changes occur in your carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, fluid and electrolyte balance, heart and cardiovascular system. Many other alterations take place at the biochemical and cellular levels in response to and to compensate for the decrease in adrenal hormones that occurs with adrenal fatigue. Your body does its best to make up for under-functioning adrenal glands, but it does so at a price."
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Did you know that most doctors don't even recognize Adrenal Fatigue as an illness? As someone who has experienced it full blown, that is just crazy! My diagnosis was about a month and a half ago, and instead of prescription medications, my holistic care provider put me on a wellness program. In just 5 weeks I have felt so much better!
Here are some snippets on what I have been doing to battle Adrenal Fatigue.
1. Eating a good breakfast. We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, I am just not a breakfast person. When I wake up in the morning the thought of food makes me queasy. Before I would drink a couple mugs of coffee and wait till lunch time to eat. In doing this, my blood sugar levels would plummet resulting in my fatigue and moodiness. My body would try to play catch up all day, but it just couldn't. I'm still not a breakfast person, but I have came up with a system that works. I wake up, drink a glass of water, a cup of coffee and eat breakfast at 10 o'clock. This month I am trying something else as well. Young Living offers a great meal replacement called Balance Complete. I won't be replacing a meal, but I will be drinking this first thing in the morning to feed my adrenal glands and then follow with my 10 o'clock breakfast. What do my breakfasts look like?
Usually like this, although sometimes I admit, I give in to a bowl of Lucky Charms. My body does not like those days! Along with a good start in the morning I am also limiting gluten, eating more whole foods and doing my best at drinking 160 ounces of water a day.
2. Supplements. Before I was taking supplements I thought I needed, but after consulting with my health care provider, he told me exactly what I needed. Love that!
The entire family is taking probiotics (I sprinkle them on the kid's food or add them to their drinks), liquid vitamin B (everyone but Harper takes this directly in their mouth, for him I add it to his drink) and liquid cod liver oil (everyone takes this by mouth except for Harper too!). These three supplements I purchased from Vitacost. It's a great website that usually offers things at lower prices than specialty stores, gives reviews of the products and offers ingredient lists. The three Standard Process supplements can only be given out by health care providers, and are only taken by me. That is why it is so important to listen to your body! You may need more than what you think! Along with taking these supplements I am also trying to get more sleep. I say trying because I am such a night owl. Especially now that Steven and I have started watching The Walking Dead from season one on Netflix. :)
3. There's an oil for that!
EndoFlex is a blend that has a base of sesame seed oil, spearmint (Mentha spicata), sage (Salvia officinalis), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), myrtle (Myrtus communis), nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), and German chamomile (Matriciaria recutita). It works wonders on the endocrine system of your body which is the collection of glands that secrete hormones directly into the circulatory system. The major endocrine glands include the pineal gland, pituitary gland, pancreas, ovaries, testes, thyroid gland, parathyroid gland, hypothalamus, gastrointestinal tract and adrenal glands. PERFECT! I apply four drops over my mid to lower back area (over the adrenal glands) in the mornings. I should note that my health care provider did not recommend essential oils as part of my treatment plan. I am trying them out on my own.
4. Regular adjustments from my chiropractor. I go in every two to three weeks to go over the progress I am making and get needed adjustments. This has done wonders for my anxiety! Everywhere I was carrying tension and worry feels brand new. I had never seen a chiropractor before this so I didn't know what to expect, but the results speak for themselves. Part of seeing a holistic doctor is also your spiritual wellbeing so I was also given some Bible versus to look over during the day to keep me grounded. The Psalms seem to be a good place for me. :)
Today I am feeling like myself again. My body isn't struggling and my mind is clear. The tough part about Adrenal Fatigue? It's a lifestyle change not a quick fix. There isn't a magic pill. I have to be mindful of taking care of myself everyday all day. But that's okay!
Because I'm kicking Adrenal Fatigue right in the teeth!