Adrenal Fatigue. Does my daughter have “it?”

Concerned mom wants to know why her daughter is tired all the time
Letter from a reader
Hi Viveca,
I was searching the web trying to find some way to help my daughter and found your website.  She has all of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue.  She is 21 and has always been very skinny and energetic.  She has gained 40 pounds in the last two years and has terrible acne along with all of the other symptoms you listed.  I understand the emotional aspects, but I am wondering if you are taking anything for adrenal fatigue and if so, is it helping?  I am desperate to help my daughter.  She just moved to LA to persue a career in acting and this has the odds stacked against her.  The worst it gets the more stressed she becomes.  I would love to hear back from you.  Thank you very much.
– Concerned Mom

Dear Mom,

When I was about her age and going full throttle I use to regularly wear myself out and into bronchitis. A very wise doctor I had at that time would say to me “you can keep going and go into pneumonia and break your health and take a very long time to recover or, you can go to bed for a few days and get some rest.” That blunt style worked for me and I’d head to bed.

Left untreated, adrenal fatigue can go into adrenal failure in which you break your health. Unlike adrenal fatigue, adrenal failure can take years to recover. So, perhaps you could mention that you’d spoken with an expert who said she could either make a few changes NOW or take a few years off to recover. Blunt worked best with me then and now.

I am not a doctor and always recommend visiting a physician to determine if there are underlying causes. That being said, if your daughter decides to make changes I would recommend she do the following Continue reading

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Blood Type Diet

Natural way to boost energy and recover from fatigue or any dis-ease.

My journey to understand and recover from fatigue has paused, lingered and returned to  the Blood Type Diet. The first visit was for Michael. He was suffering from terrible migraines and while researching cures for him I found something that works great for us. No good deed goes unrewarded …

M. and I are opposites. I am a Blood Type A which Dr. D’Adamo refers to as “The Cultivator.” Another word is vegetarian. Michael is a Type “O” a.k.a. carnivorous! My first “date” meals for him were unconsciously vegi- oriented. Put me in a kitchen and I’m reaching for a chopping knife and a big vegetable! He ate a couple of these meals with exclamations of “delicious!” By the third repast he was at my elbow with a hunk of meat. One of our first jokes was “and here’s the beef!”

Making a long story short — the more I work with the principles of The Blood Type diet the better we feel. Last year’s health adventure UPPED my focus and integrated another work of Dr. D’Adamo, Cancer Fight It with the Blood Type Diet. This book features a new food category, “super beneficial foods,” a disease-fighting and immunity-boosting super food category.

This week I will post the super beneficial foods for each blood type. The goal is to have you incorporate as many as possible into your daily diet routine. It can be as easy as sprinkling flax on your oatmeal and throwing in some dried cherries then adding soymilk to your morning java. It can take some effort like what I’m going through to find jackfruit! It may also give you a great reason to hang out in French restaurants (Escargot is a super tasty and beneficial food for Type A’s).

Note: I’ll be listing for one blood type a day. If this isn’t you, just check back in a couple of days.

Blood Type A: Super Beneficial Food List (Partial Listing.)

Soy Foods
Richly oiled cold-water fish, Snail
Flax (linseed) oil
Peanut, Walnut
Fava (broad) bean
Domestic mushroom, Onion, Broccoli/broccoli leaves, Garlic
Red grapefruit, Watermelon, Jackfruit, Elderberry, Blueberry, Cherry
Dill Weed, Tarragon, Tumeric
Green Tea

I have a couple more recommendations for you.

1. Print off this list. Post it in your kitchen so that it is at your finger tips and under your nose, literally.

2. Purchase Dr. Peter D’Adamo’s book: Cancer: Fight It with the Blood Type Diet (Eat Right for Your Type Health Library) You don’t have to have cancer to benefit hugely from this book. You don’t have to have adrenal failure before you start loving, nourishing and caring from your adrenal glands with the Fatigue Be Gone Jumpstart e-Guide.

3. If you don’t know your blood type you can be “typed” for free by donating blood at a blood bank. You can also order an inexpensive blood type test kit here.

Finally, do sign up to receive the almost weekly Fatigue Be Gone Newsletter. I keep it bottom-line short with a natural energy-boost tip or two. Click here to read a past issue on the topic of how to beat fatigue and insomnia.

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Annual Physical: HUGE opportunity to uncover why you feel so tired.

Do you feeTired all the time? Schedule time to find out why.l tired all the time? If so, now is the time to schedule that annual physical. Most health insurance plans cover the cost of this exam.  Too bad most of us walk into this appointment with less preparation than we’d put into a Baskin & Robbins outing! Is this because it is free? Partly. The big reason is a characteristic typically expressed by chronically fatigued women and men. We (cough, cough) tend to not take care of ourselves or take notice of our “selves.” We take great care of our significant others, work and community obligations BUT when it comes to self-care … we flat line.

I’m not putting anyone down. Look to your right or left – that’s me in the trenches next to you!

Next Thursday, March 11th, is a very important doctor’s appointment. Nine days out. Today I started filling out the Fatigue Be Gone “Daily Food & Activity Log.”  This log is designed to help uncover your fatigue causes and symptoms, patterns and blocks. Click here a copy you can start using today. PDF file.

So far I’ve uncovered the following fatigue causes & culprits …

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Finish what you start. A taxing weekend is part of your recovery from fatigue.

One symptom of Adrenal Fatigue is that we sufferers are easily overwhelmed by everyday tasks. We operate in an exhausting world of “brain fog,” hyper-sensitivity and poor short term memory. It is easy for us to lose track of bank balances, anniversaries, personal commitments and to feel constantly “behind,” frustrated and angry.

overwhelmed feeling feed adrenal fatigue

overwhelmed feeling feed adrenal fatigue

Then, add in an unwanted seasonal project like … tax preparation … and in comes the rage, insomnia, anxiety and extreme a.m., can’t-get-out-of-bed, fatigue.

Have you seen that stop smoking commercial about how “quitting smoking sucks. “product name” makes it suck less.” I encourage to follow my lead and have one sucky tax preparation weekend then to put of off (but never out of mind) and drag it through weeks of evenings. That’s what I did last year and the year before and the year before.

This time I will gather everything I need in one room. (and avoid the Zig Zag Syndrome. See below.) I will close the door – light the scented candle – have all my favorite music and pets near at hand and FINISH what I started three weeks ago. My husband can take over breakfast, lunch and dinner duty (as I did for him last weekend and the weekend before and …) Did you know that most people stricken by Adrenal Fatigue tend to be “Type As” who have a difficult time asking for help? True.

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Understand Adrenal Fatigue.

Identify Adrenal Fatigue symptoms and make a change or two.

Adrenal fatigue is one of the most common types of fatigue. It is said that 80-percent of American women will experience it in their lifetime — that included me. You’re probably here trying to figure out why you feel so tired. Right?

I’d like to take this opportunity to “take you by the hand” and share some of my best Adrenal Fatigue treatment resources.

First, to better understand adrenal fatigue, its symptoms and causes, I’d like to share an excellent article written by Kathy Browning, Are You Constantly Tired? You May Be Suffering from Adrenal Fatigue.

Next, the result of our poll “When are your most tired?” is a must-read. In brief, we surveyed our visitors to find out what time(s) of day they felt most tired. Why? Because there are many types of fatigue and your specific symptoms, including the hours in which you feel extremely tired, is critical info for your recovery.

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