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Adrenal Exhaustion

The adrenal glands get very little attention in Western medicine, yet they have the important job of secreting sex hormones and stress hormones that guide reactions to a stressor throughout the entire body. We have two adrenal glands, which are comprised of two parts: the medulla and the cortex. The medulla triggers the instinctual “flight or fight” response, including the increase of blood sugar levels, the rate of breathing, cardiac output and blood flow to the brain, lungs and muscles. The cortex produces hormones that are essential in regulating excretory, immune defense, metabolic, mineral balancing and reproductive functions. The cortex also secretes corticosteroids in response to stress, and these hormones help us to cope with long-term stressors by converting protein to energy. This energy remains available long after the “flight or fight” response subsides. Adrenal exhaustion occurs when the glands wear out from the continual production of the stress hormone cortisol and can lead to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and eventually Addison’s disease. Most importantly, adrenal exhaustion promotes hormone imbalance. The adrenal glands and the thyroid are linked. If the adrenals become stressed, the thyroid gland can produce less thyroid hormone and vice versa. Most people today, particularly women, have some degree of compromised adrenal gland function due to stressful lives.

Symptoms

Extreme hot flashes and night sweats, insomnia (you go to bed but three hours later you are wide awake), environmental sensitivities, hypoglycemia, poor concentration, low energy, dizziness upon rising, irritability, nervousness or anxiety, shortness of breath, knee problems, muscle twitching, heart palpitations, sensitivity to light, digestive problems or cravings for salt, sugar, junk food or coffee.

To test your adrenal gland function, rest for five minutes and then take your blood pressure. Stand up and immediately take another blood pressure reading. If the reading is lower when you are standing than when you are resting, you can suspect decreased adrenal gland function.

Causes

Sustained periods of high stress lead to chronic elevation of the stress hormone cortisol, which research now links to bone loss, compromised immune function, chronic fatigue, exhaustion, fat accumulation, infertility and memory loss. During menopause, the workload of the adrenals also increases as these glands are a primary source of sex hormones, including estrogen.

For women, particularly those who come home from a full-time job to care for their families, cortisol remains elevated in the evening when it naturally should subside to allow the onset of sleep.


PRESCRIPTION FOR HEALTH

Nutrient Dosage Action
ADRENAsmart

1-2 capsules midday with a snack

Helps reduce the effects of stress, is anti-aging, regulates the heart by increasing oxygen utilization
For insomnia, nervousness, supports the liver, improves physical endurance
Improves energy, supports the immune system
Bsmart 3 capsules Supports adrenals glands, helps the body deal with stress
MAGsmart 1 scoop daily Supports the nervous system
Helps the body cope with stress
Borage Oil / GLA Skin Oil

2000 mg borage oil daily

Supports the nervous system

CALA-Q Plus

 4 softgels daily

Helps protect the cardiovascular and nervous system
MULTIsmart 2 packets or 6 capsules Provides the nutrients a woman needs every day support all functions

HEALTH TIPS TO FIGHT STRESS

  • Breathing is a powerful de-stressing tool. Several times per day, breathe in through your nose and fill your lungs with air until your abdomen rises. Then slowly exhale from your mouth until your lungs are empty. Repeat this five times.
  • Get eight hours of sleep every night and try to sleep until 7:30 in the morning. Just say “no” when you have too much to accomplish in one day.
  • Share the household workload with family.
  • Eat 7 to 10 half-cup servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
  • Get help in dealing with grief. The loss of a loved one, a divorce, or the loss of a job all produce grief. Immune suppression is the result when grief is not dealt with.
  • Carpe diem – seize the day – and live it to the fullest. Don’t worry so much about tomorrow.
  • Believe in yourself. Negative self-talk and continually doubting your abilities hamper your body’s ability to heal.
  • See the beauty around you. Smell the flowers, watch the sunset and listen to the wind. Love your family and friends and be forgiving.
  • Be good to yourself. Most of us are our own worst enemies. We focus on our weaknesses and minimize our strengths. Wake up each day and tell yourself you are a good and useful person.
  • Do the things you have always wanted to do. Learn to water ski, sing in a choir, write a book, tell stories to your grandchildren, walk, garden – whatever makes you happy.
  • Seek your spiritual side. This does not have to be religious, although those with strong religious beliefs generally live at peace and feel protected. Most of us believe in something greater than ourselves, a spiritual power that offers solace and helps us find the quiet place within.

ADRENAsmart

What to expect from this product: Helps us handle stress better Supports healthy hormone function For cardiovascular health Improves endurance Aids deep, restful sleep Stops night-time waking Normalizes cortisol, our...

From $34.49

Bsmart B-Complex

Activated B-Complex What to expect from this product: Active coenzyme B-vitamins Reduces the effects of stress Regulates mood by increasing serotonin Helps with PMS symptoms Lowers homocysteine a marker for heart...

$39.99

MAGsmart powder

What to expect from this product: Helps you sleep Supports the heart, nervous system and cellular energy Relieves muscle cramps, twitching eyelids, restless legs Calms irregular heartbeat Reduces the pain...

From $28.69

MULTIsmart

What to expect from this product: All the nutrients you need every day Easy-to-use powder packets with a delicious fruit taste or capsules Highly absorbable nutrients Complete bone nutrient formula—no...

$40.29

GLA SKIN OIL

Highly Concentrated GLA from Borage Oil What to expect from this product: Ensures beautiful, smooth, glowing skin Improves calcium retention in bones Treats eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis Stops breast and...

$56.39

GLA BORAGE OIL

Highly Concentrated GLA from Borage Oil What to expect from this product: Ensures beautiful, smooth, glowing skin Improves calcium retention in bones Treats eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis Stops breast and...

$52.89

SEAsmart Omega 3 Fish Oil

Information Required What to expect from this product: Omega-3 Supports a healthy heart Promotes normal blood pressure Lowers "bad" LDL cholesterol and raises "good" HDL cholesterol Vital for healthy eyes...

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CALA-Q Plus

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$41.39