Are there any good ways to determine whether or not a person is suffering from adrenal fatigue or cortisol issues? I hear Robb Wolf talk about this a lot but I am unsure of how to diagnose myself. I'm not saying that right now I feel like this is an issue. I think this would be helpful to discuss.
Genuine adrenal deficiencies are properly diagnosed via bloodwork and treated with corticosteroids. If you suspect an adrenal problem, I strongly urge you to forget about "supplements from Whole Foods" and find an endocrinologist who has a clue about adrenal stuff -- many don't -- for a round of testing. That Natural News list of symptoms linked by terenced is a good one.
Speaking as someone who nearly died from an adrenal crisis many years ago, this is not something to screw around with -- you really don't want full-blown Addison's Disease.
For what it's worth, quite a few people who think they have "adrenal fatigue" end up getting diagnosed with thyroid issues.
Eat healthy, exercise in healthy moderation, get plenty of good sleep, get sufficient UVB sunlight, keep company with good friends and family, and don't let life psychologically stress you out (meditation helps and so does a layed back attitude). Be a good worker but don't forget to set aside sufficient time for play and personal desires. All things in balance. If you do all that, you should be keeping your stress levels relatively low. Besides, I would guess Grok did not live a totally stress free life either. -Eva
Symptoms: I found this http://www.naturalnews.com/024985_cortisol_blood_adrenal_fatigue.html.
Treatment: I 100% agree with Eva. I believe I was suffering from adrenal fatigue, however, I was never diagnosed. Since I switched to a paleo/primal diet, I have been much better. I fight off colds much more easier than ever before. Sleep and eating paleo was key for me.
I like these sites, but I haven't treated my own adrenals, so I'm only basing this on the plausibility of what they say, not experience:
I diagnosed myself with adrenal fatigue. My ASI, a saliva test confirmed this. The first endocrinologist told me I needed to see a shrink. When I insisted this was biological, he dug his heels in. I think he was offended I diagnosed myself and had an ASI. After a year I got a second opinion from him. His fellow MD gave me a test, the gold standard ACTH which proved not only did I have adrenal insufficiency (MDs can only tolerate that term) AND hypopituitarism.
So they wanted me on steroids. Bioidentical steroids for adrenals and something made from e coli DNA. I tried the steroids which did little and wiped me out WHEN I forgot to take them. I went to an acupuncturist who yelled at me for asking about MSG in her expensive supplements, a LSA pro specialist who recommeded Nature's Sunshine supplments I then had a reaction to, a naturopath who put me on Standard Process that made me feel the worst ever, and I forget who else. It has been 3 years since the diagnoses and 5 years since I sustained the PTSD and endocrinological damage from working an organic farm. I know, that must be impossible, like priest never molest kids?
Robb Wolf discusses endocrinology most accessibly. Dr. Michael Borkin lectures are uploaded on YouTube in BioMans account (however arrogant Borkin is highly informative). Dr. Lam has some helpful insight and advice. His nutritionist is more affordable. I tried Vit C which she recommeded and I had a bad reaction...In retrospect the cheap Now brand was bad quality.
Ultimately nothing helped. For the past couple months I have been working my way towards a Paleo Diet. I eliminated grains because Robb Wolf reitierated they are inflammatory. I noticed my energy was normal rather than comatose after meals. I inadvertenly eliminated cheese as I usually put it on chips or in pizza. My chronic sore throat went away.
I don't know who I would go to for care. It seems the only person who cares about my recovery is myself. I am teaching myself alternative health. I will keep trying new things. I post a little about my experience on YouTube under the name "researchfiend."
As a weightlifter I suspected I could have adrenal issues.
I bought "Nutriadrenal'' and for a while it did give notieable results.
I am going to leave it a few months before buying more, I think it may help even if you have a mild problem stressed or engage in intense physical activity, and is cost effective.
Great info, everyone. As a former adrenal fatigue sufferer, it’s so important to know that there's hope for this chronic and life-altering disease.
I think it’s key to include in your diet foods that provide your body with cholesterol. Coconut oil is something that has worked for me, as well. Taking 2,000-5,000 mg of vitamin C was one of the things that helped me get better.
Here's another site with good info:
A high-sodium diet, afternoon naps, going to bed early, and the supplement Drenamin by Standard Process have all helped my adrenal fatigue tremendously. I notice a big difference especially with the salt and the drenamin.
It seems safe to gather these answers int o the common light that most here found better suggested results by their own trial and error. Caution still urges safety as you consider that going undiagnosed by a doctor means that a treatment suggested here may be for an entirely different health issue. Rather than telling you my story I will tell you the facts that I have learned: Adrenal health is only the armpit to overall endocrine health. The endocrine system commands the bodie's overall hormone production, including adrenaline, and there are good herbal supplements that aid in balancing this infrastructure. Also, when taking supplements it is suggested you continue them for a few months so you can allow your system to make this new adjustment into a stable pattern. Of course do not continue if you see no, or ill side effects during the first few weeks. Red meat especially is also an inflammatory. I'm a vegetarian, who tries so watches his processed food intake (no fake meats/cheese). I know meat is an addiction that's hard to kick, so good luck. Strive for balance as others here have said! :)