What tires out our adrenals? The simple everyday mix of juggling a job and juggling a family PLUS a drip of chronic stress — extended family expectations, financial downsize (or upsize), an illness, a major life change … (Psst. Any change is stressful, even from worse to better.)
Here are the symptoms of Cortisol Deficiency per Dr. Lee.
Debilitating Fatigue * Unstable blood sugar * Foggy Thinking * Low blood pressure * Thin and/or dry skin * Intolerance to exercise * Brown spots on face
Recognize any of these? Personally I wasn’t aware of unstable blood sugar (what test is that?) or my low blood pressure (which I was assured was “fine.” See below.) But the rest was me – oh yeah – right down to two large brown spots on my face.
Rule of thumb. Actually, a few.
1. Watch out when Drs. assure you that something is “fine” or “normal” after they remark or call attention to it as in “Boy, you have low blood pressure, has it always been this way?” Then you say something like “I don’t know. Is this a problem?” and they say “Of course not, this is normal in lots of people including world-class athletes.” (This is an actual conversation that I had with a doctor. BTW, I was not a world-class athlete. I was just a woman who was tired all the time!)
2. Check out Dr. Lee’s books: Dr. John Lee’s Hormone Balance Made Simple: The Essential How-to Guide to Symptoms, Dosage, Timing, and More and What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM): Premenopause, Balance Your Hormones and Your Life from Thirty to Fifty
3. Cortisol, what is it? It is a steroid hormone manufactured in the adrenal glands. It puts the ump into our fight or flight which is why it is referred to as “the stress hormone.”
4. Stress, who needs it. If you feel stressed all the time and your life really isn’t “on the line” PLEASE find a way to soothe your spirit and give your hormones a break. One of my somethings is the practice of Reiki. Learn more about it with this easy-to-follow book called “Portable Reiki.” In minutes a day you will feel the difference and, like it implies, you can take it and do it anywhere.
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