Seven Causes Of Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a condition where your adrenal glands get overworked and burned out. It can take a major toll on your health and wellbeing, so you’ll want to avoid the major adrenal fatigue causes if you can. In this article, learn what causes adrenal fatigue and how to fix it.

What is adrenal fatigue?

What are the adrenal glands? The adrenal glands are two triangle-shaped glands. There is one on top of each of your kidneys. The adrenal glands have an outside and an inside. We’re going to be primarily talking about the hormones on the outside—especially cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone. 

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Adrenal Fatigue Test

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Part One – Will Adrenal Fatigue Cause Weight Gain?

Part Two – Will Adrenal Fatigue Cause Weight Gain? How does this actually work?

Next week we will cover Seven Causes Of Adrenal Fatigue.

Adrenal Fatigue Test

These are the two simple home tests that you can do for adrenal fatigue. All you need is a flashlight.

1. The holding your breath tests.

One good indication of adrenal fatigue is the ability to hold your breath for long periods of time.

If you cannot, you probably have an adrenal issue. Why? Because the oxygen in your lungs is connected to the adrenals, and so if you have really good adrenals you can hold your breath for like a minute or longer.

Dr. Berg talks about perfect adrenals: “There is a guy who came to my office who is 80 years old. I have a machine that measures the adrenals and he had a perfect score. I asked him, “What did he do his whole life?” He took first place in the Olympics when he was like 20 years old for water polo, and he was able to hold his breath for at least three to four minutes, he can hold his breath now for three minutes underneath the water, so his adrenals are really tough.“

If you have an adrenal case, you are huffing and puffing when you are going up stairs, you run out of air real quick. You cannot hold their breath.

2. The iris test.  

The iris is kind of like the aperture of the eye.  The aperture is just an opening in the camera that allows the light to go in at a certain level, just like the eye.

How it is done. Look into the mirror. Shine a light into the eye and you will see the little black part in the center, that is the pupil. The other part, which is kind of the colored part, is called the iris.

If there is a real bright light, the iris contracts and constricts the amount of light going into the eye. It controls the light.

If you shine a light into the eye, the iris, normally should contract.

What is controlling that is something called the autonomic nervous system or the sympathetic nervous system. It is part of the nervous system that is intimately involved with flight or fight and the adrenal.

The iris is contracting, constricting, and relaxing. When that contracts it makes the pupil, the little center part, get smaller or larger, depending on what is happening. When you shine light in there, normally the iris, the outer part, is supposed to contract and hold that position for at least one to two minutes. If that contraction cannot occur, that means the adrenal glands are weak, and you will start seeing the pupil get bigger and smaller like a wave, it will not be able to maintain the very tight contraction.

The small little pupil should get smaller and maintain that smallness by keeping the light held steady. If it starts to get weak and start to open up, which a lot of times it will within about 10-15 seconds. The iris actually fluctuates, then we know the adrenals are weak because the entire nervous system that controls that is weak.

If you can hold that constriction and keep this thing constricted for at least a minute, then your adrenals are good.

Now that you know you have weak adrenals the next step to do something about it.

Next week will cover the Seven Causes Of Adrenal Fatigue 

This Post has been condensed from Dr. Berg’s video, Two Simple Tests for Adrenal Fatigue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYfUCMCBYGE

Dr. Berg is a chiropractor, who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting, is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media. He has taught students nutrition as an adjunct professor at Howard University.

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Part Two – Will Adrenal Fatigue Cause Weight Gain? How does this actually work?

High sugar stimulates insulin and insulin will do two things. Insulin is a fat making hormone but it also prevents the burning of fat. If you are in a chronic stress state, your body is not going to be able to get you into ketosis because of high cortisol and the high sugar and the high insulin so it is going to be really hard for you to get in the state of fat-burning if you have high cortisol.

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Part One – Will Adrenal Fatigue Cause Weight Gain?

You must first understand why you would get weight gain with adrenal fatigue and how it all works. 

There is a condition of hypercortisolism that is high cortisol. The adrenal gland has an outside and an inside. The outside makes cortisol, the stress hormone.  There is a condition called Cushing’s syndrome. It is is high cortisol. Hypercortisolism means too much cortisol. It does not develop quickly. It is the same with adrenal fatigue, it starts at a certain point and it gradually gets worse and worse. Just like you have insulin resistance, pre-diabetic and then eventually a diabetic.

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The Most Important Action You Can Take If You Have Adrenal Fatigue.

The Adrenal can become burnt out.

If you have too much adrenal function like too much cortisol it’s called Cushing’s.

If you have a deficiency of cortisol and other adrenal hormones, that is called Addison’s.

The two big symptoms of adrenal fatigue are chronic fatigue and chronic inflammation.  Cortisol normally is an anti-inflammatory. But if the adrenals are weak or you run out of cortisol or it does not work anymore because of cortisol resistance then you get inflammation.

Continue readingThe Most Important Action You Can Take If You Have Adrenal Fatigue.

KICK Keto-flu, Atkins-flu and Adrenal fatigue

Most of the symptoms that the internet community attributes to ‘Keto-flu,’ ‘Atkins-flu,’ and ‘adrenal fatigue’, insomnia, anxiety, and slow recovery after exercise can be cured by a modest daily supplement of one essential nutrient – sodium (aka salt).

There is no science linking carbohydrate restriction and/or nutritional ketosis to impaired adrenal function (i.e., inadequate cortisol or adrenaline production).

To avoid confusion, we need to differentiate between ‘sodium depletion’ – which triggers the renin/aldosterole pathwaythat reduces sodium excretion – and simple dehydration. Dehydration triggers thirst, which stimulates water consumption. But water consumption alone cannot reverse the symptoms of sodium depletion. Without enough sodium in the body, no amount of water intake can maintain normal volume in the circulation. Dehydration by itself tends to be self-correcting. Sodium depletion are symptoms less specific.

Sodium – Essential But Still Controversial

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Sodium has been recognized for thousands of years as an essential mineral for human well-being and function, but the optimum level of intake for humans remains highly controversial. Sodium intake has been linked to increased blood pressure in about 25% of the general population, and given the strong association between hypertension and cardiovascular disease, the assumption has been that we all should consume less sodium to reduce our heart-attack risk. In other words, we are all told to limit our salt intakes because this is assumed to be benign for most of us and life-saving for the minority with what is called ‘salt-sensitive hypertension.’

We must question this one-size-fits-all recommendation. Why? Because no one has bothered to do the obvious study in which people with normal blood pressure restrict their salt intakes for years at a time to see if this improves their overall health, or at least does them no harm.

The Salt/Sodium Adrenal-Hormone Connection

Eat no salt for more than a few weeks and you die. Don’t eat quite enough salt long term and you will develop symptoms that are the same as those described for ‘adrenal fatigue’, such as weakness, fatigue or low energy, headache, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps or spasms, confusion and irritability.

Sodium is an essential mineral found in your blood, specifically in your serum, and in the extra-cellular fluid that surrounds all of the body’s cells. Its level in the blood is guarded by the actions of both your kidneys and adrenal glands. Eat too much salt and your kidneys accelerate its excretion.

Eat too little and your adrenals make a hormone called aldosterone that causes your kidneys to conserve sodium, but in doing so they are physiologically obligated to simultaneously waste potassium. Wasting too much potassium is not good because your muscles, heart, and nerves need to contain the right amount of potassium to work properly.

The reduced amount of sodium available in the circulation that triggers the adrenal gland to increase production of aldosterone also increases adrenal production of the stress hormone cortisol and the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline. Increased cortisol and adrenaline levels are stress hormones that are potent impediments of healthy sleep.

Bottom line: salt, potassium, adrenaline, and cortisol are intimately connected; there is a clear relationship between inadequate dietary sodium and the purported signs of ‘adrenal fatigue.’

How Nutritional Ketosis Affects Your Sodium Needs

With adaptation to nutritional ketosis over a number of weeks, many basic functions of the body undergo profound changes:

  • Fat (and ketones made from fat) replaces glucose as the primary fuel
  • Sensitivity to multiple hormones, including insulin and thyroid hormones, improves
  • The kidneys switch from retaining sodium to rapidly excreting it, (normal sodium metabolism with nutritional ketosis).

For those who are prone to retain sodium (e.g., causing bloating, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, edema/ankle swelling), this accelerated sodium excretion with nutritional ketosis is a blessing. But once any excess sodium and water have been cleared from the body in the first few weeks of a ketogenic diet, a new balance of sodium intake to sodium excretion then has to occur so that adequate blood circulation (aka, circulating volume) can be maintained. However if, in this keto-adapted state, dietary sodium is restricted, your brain and kidneys signal your adrenals to increase aldosterone and cortisol. What this means is that a combination of nutritional ketosis plus salt restriction leads to adrenal stress.

   Nutritional ketosis + salt restriction = adrenal stress

Research Linking Ketogenic Diets to Adrenal Stress

Despite the hundreds of published studies of humans on ketogenic diets lasting as long as 2 years, there is no credible scientific evidence for adrenal damage or fatigue.

Research Showing Normal Blood Cortisol During Ketogenic Diets

There is just one paper showing that serum cortisol levels remained normal in 12 men given a well-formulated ketogenic diet for 6 weeks (Volek, 2002).

Why It Is Safe to Recommend Adding Salt to a Ketogenic Diet

First,since nutritional ketosis accelerates sodium excretion by the kidneys, whatever risk might be associated with too much sodium at any one level of salt intake would be less during ketosis than when eating a high carb intake. Stated another way, a high carbohydrate intake suppresses the body’s natural ability to excrete sodium and thus reduces a person’s ‘salt tolerance.’ Insulin is known to be involved in renal sodium metabolism.

The second important point is found in a recently published study that threatens to derail the whole anti-salt crusade. An international group of scientists collected urine samples from over 100,000 adults in 17 countries and then observed their health status for 4 years (O’Donnell 2014). They reported that people consuming less than 4 grams of sodium per day had a sharply increasing risk of death, almost doubling when they got down to 2 grams/day of sodium. In contrast, with higher sodium intakes, the risk of death rose very slowly beginning with intakes above 6 grams/day.  For example, as shown in the diagram below, mortality risk was increased by only 15% at 8 grams/day.

See the Chart: ** Estimated sodium excretion and risk of death from any cause

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Optimum Sodium Intake During Nutritional Ketosis

Virta’s recommended sodium intake for most people during a well-formulated ketogenic diet is based upon the amount needed to avoid the symptoms of ‘Atkins flu’ or ‘adrenal fatigue’ is 5 grams per day (3 grams in your food, 2 grams from broth/bouillon).

There are still variations between individuals that necessarily modify this advice.

  • People with high blood pressure or fluid retention that persists after keto-adaptation, and particularly if they are taking a diuretic medication, should not increase their sodium intake above 3 grams per day until these symptoms are resolved and the diuretic medication stopped.
  • People routinely taking NSAID medications like ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) or (Aleve, Naprosyn) are more ‘sodium sensitive’ because these drugs block salt excretion by the kidneys and raise blood pressure.
  • Heavy physical exercise in the heat will cause increased sodium loss in sweat, which can increase one’s daily sodium requirement above the 5-gram level.

And finally, as always, it is important to distinguish between grams of sodium and grams of salt.

    Salt and sodium are not the same.

    1 teaspoon of salt = 5 grams of salt = 2.3 grams of sodium (the rest is chloride)

High quality studies published by Virta and others continues to lead us to the scientifically correct view: nutritional ketosis is good for you. In particular, given the emerging view of ketones as both a fuel and beneficial epigenetic signal (arising from nongenetic influences on gene expression), there is unique therapeutic value to nutritional ketosis. And all that is needed to capture these benefits is to supply the  daily salt intake required to maintain an optimum balance of sodium and potassium in the body.

    Ask yourself this question: if nutritional ketosis has been shown to markedly increase my defense against oxidative stress, and it also makes mice and worms live 13-26% longer, why would I give up these advantages just so I could eat sugar and refined carbs?

This Post has been condensed from: Sodium, Nutritional Ketosis, and Adrenal Function

By Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD, Jeff Volek, PhD, RD, Citations for scientific studies.

https://blog.virtahealth.com/sodium-nutritional-ketosis-keto-flu-adrenal-function/

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