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Is Adrenal Fatigue Real? How to recognize and treat your exhaustion

 

 Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is at the center of medical debate. The central question surrounding it being “Is Adrenal Fatigue real”? It certainly feels real to anyone experiencing it, but if your Allopathic practitioner isn’t convinced, then how can you begin to reverse it? 

 

As a Naturopathic Doctor, looking past your exhaustion and deeper into the root causes, here’s my take on whether Adrenal Fatigue is real and what you can do about it without blindly spending thousands of dollars on potentially unhelpful practices. 

 

What is adrenal fatigue syndrome?

The condition’s idea is that constant stress puts an undue burden on the adrenal glands to produce hormones — primarily cortisol — and the glands burn out. 

The lack of adrenal hormones leads to a host of symptoms. 

 

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome

No two people are the same. Adrenal fatigue can present differently in everyone....

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STOP Trying To Heal

mindset self-healing Aug 16, 2021

Part of really healing is creating the space for that healing to occupy.  Truth is, much of the space within us is occupied by what has happened, what can't happen, by our old experiences, by the beliefs we hold, our story and what we believe is possible for us and more.

Reality is, for many of us, there just isn’t space for anything new.  Perhaps this is why I have seen so many women reach for healing and then pull back, that sense of fear, futility and strife is really reminiscent of what the space inside of us is experiencing.

It isn’t just emotional though, it is deep biology, reality is, this lack of space is a true tissue event.  The more we are confined in this place of no space within our mind, our tissues are reaching capacity.

This is really the problem because our tissues are reaching capacity, there is no drainage and no free flow.  As we reach capacity, our whole system goes into lower and lower levels and states of function.  Now,...

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How Often Do You Push Through

diet mindset self-healing Aug 09, 2021

How often do you push through?

No one is looking, so if you can be honest, how often are you just pushing?

The women I talk to every day tell me that this is how they live, some sort of blending of obligation, should, have to and must, and they tell me it is killing them.

I ponder a lot how we get here, having lived in push through much of my own life, through grad school and two degrees simultaneously, having my oldest child in my last year of med school and my masters program in oriental medicine.  Building a practice, having more kids, grocery shopping, cooking, being a wife, friend, daughter, sister.

Then, taking the little bit left and turning it on myself by way of “I am not enough” “If I only looked better” “If I could just be thinner, I could feel better about all this stuff” on and on, turning what I had left into a toxic stew of diminishing return.

I would take my tired self and push to exercise because I was supposed to, or because...

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Do You Want More?

Do you wait to pray only when things are bad? Or do you honor the connection to God/Creator/Spirit all the time? 

I ask because it also bears asking do you reserve self care, good food, self love, rest and time off only for when you feel bad? Or do you celebrate your life, your body and your place in this world with those things daily?

We tend to reserve care for self for when it has become undeniable...a headache, an illness, when we can no longer get off the couch, when our pain, depression, or anxiety has reached a point where it cannot be ignored, and then, we stop, rest, take a break, bow out of commitments, call off work, tell people no.

Why?

One of the key aspects of how we get exhausted is that we reserve our love of self for when it is convenient or undeniable, and serve all others needs ahead of our own.  But, this model sucks!

Excuse my language, but if you have been saying yes to everyone around you before saying yes to you and you are suffering, isn’t it...

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Bandaids On Bullet Holes

Would you ever consider putting a bandaid on a bullet hole? Now, you may be thinking….why would I ever do that?

It sounds so simple, of course not! but if you want to know the truth, this is what 90 percent of the world is doing with regards to healing. Taking a symptom-based approach to long term health and in the process, never getting to the truth, never addressing the root.  

Let’s take a look at just two of the most hot button topics in healing right now...SIBO and Hypothyroidism.  

SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth syndrome) is the condition of name right now being ascribed as the cause of a multitude of conditions...and most commonly, docs and health practitioners are touting...if your guts not right neither is your body...fix your SIBO and watch your total health change.

Now, challenge is, that statement is 100% right...if your gut is sick, you will be too...BUT they're looking at it as a condition whereby your gut balance is disrupted, and the only...

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You Are Not Pieces

mindset self-healing Jun 28, 2021
Someone told me the other day that they wish they had called me first, but, instead, they did three other programs this past year, one for their mindset, one for their fear residuals from childhood, and one on diet.
 
The outcome: some shifts, but still stuck.
 
The reason she found herself still stuck is, you cannot separate the body or our experience into pieces, taking the mind stuff in one corner, the emotions in another, the body in yet another.  You are not separation, you are connected DIVINE expression.
 
Healing is supposed to be the rejoining of your whole self.  Those emotional experiences are not sitting somewhere in isolation, they are part of your cells, those cells which are existing in a low function state, not sending messages, tired, not using nutrients, not producing a sensation of life...yes, those cells are the same ones having the experience of fear, of restricted belief, of stuckness.
 
Too many “experts” advocate that...
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What is your body relationship?

mindset self-healing Jun 21, 2021
I remember the day when I really realized what my conversation with my body really was.
 
Here I was, taking on a crazy schedule, regarding everything as my responsibility,  caretaking for all the people in my life and doing it all fast.
 
By constantly pushing, I was continually telling my cells and systems “Oh, by the way, you're just one big disappointment to me” and on top of that, my inner voice constantly noticing the flaws .. fat, cellulite,  wrinkles, headaches, joint pain…all seen from the viewpoint of “How can you act this way when I work so hard for us”
 
This was my message to my divine creation on a daily basis.
 
Maybe it sounds familiar to you?
 
See, I really truly believe that our body absolutely has always done exactly what we've asked it to do. Now our ego will distort that and say, I never asked my belly to get big, I never asked my knees to hurt, but we have to take a broader look and really...
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What if you aren't lazy?

lifeforce self-healing Jun 14, 2021
That fatigue that is wearing you down, making life get smaller and smaller, making you have to choose to not do things you love, making you say NO so very often, making you feel like you are just lazy, and lack motivation. 
 
It isn't going away.
 
This isn't a season, or the job you have or your lack of willpower, this isn't menopause or the lack of exercise or even quarantine. 
 
There is no super fast remedy or magic pill for this, and yes, it is actually getting worse 
 
You can't wait this out.
 
It has to be remedied now.
 
But, truth is, no one understands fatigue, most doctors, health coaches, Functional medicine practitioners, honestly, they think it is all gut and adrenal, some think it is the weight you have added.
 
They are wrong,  I say that because not only have I lived it, but, I was offered or tried all those options.
 
Truth is, it is all of you, mind, emotion, spirit and body, a problem not remedied by a...
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You have been trying so hard to heal…

You have been trying so hard to heal….

Trust me, I know!  All those special plans, books, diets, supplements, herbs, meditation, paying attention to your mindset, getting movement...I know you have been working on healing for a long time.

It honestly sucks to have worked so much and have so little to celebrate about the outcomes!  Especially when you see other people saying it was just this “one” shift that did all the work.

I have a secret for you, it was never just one shift.

I have followed so many “gurus” over the years, watching their FB posts, reading their emails, and guess what...not one time was that “one” shift they sell the thing that healed them, and another truth...many of them aren’t really healed at all.

Reality is, there has never been just “one” thing wrong with our system when it presents us with symptoms...and symptoms are the result of maladaptation in body self regulation that has likely gone...

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Would you talk to a child like you talk to you?

How many of you secretly wish your body would just behave?

Do you think about how tired you are and just think...this isn’t right, come on! 
Do you think about your weight and think...what’s wrong with me?
Do you try to separate from your body...distracting yourself with anything you can find just so you don’t have to be in it?

And yet, how many of you are raising kids, have raised kids or are an auntie or special inspiration to a child?

Would you ever let them talk to their body the way you talk to yours?
Would you tell your kids that their fatigue just doesn’t warrant solving?
Would you tell them to push past the pain? Suck it up?
Would you tell them they are the flaw when they are worried about their weight?
 
Would you put them on super restrictive diets and put them down when they didn’t succeed?
Would you send them to the gym or to enroll in a Beachbody program despite pain, fatigue and depression?
 
I ask because this is what I see...
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