Adrenal glands can cause destructive personality changes.

Symptom Quiz & Video

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How to Correct Adrenal Deficiencies

The Adrenal System

You may have symptoms of either overactive or under active adrenals (or both). Having symptoms of both overactive and under active adrenals simultaneously is not unusual because your adrenals may tend to "seesaw" back and forth when stressed. Try both quizzes, below.

Q u i z !

Which of These 10 OVERactive Adrenal Warning Symptoms Do You Actually Have?


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Note: It Is Common to Have Both Under and Overactive Adrenals

The reason is that when you are under stress your Adrenal Glands may see-saw back and forth, trying to achieve balance.

Q u i z !

Which of These 27 UNDERactive Adrenal Warning Symptoms Do You Actually Have?


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Self-Test to Check Adrenal Health

You will need a blood pressure monitor.

Lie down and rest for five minutes.

After five minutes, take your blood pressure (while lying down).

Next, stand up and immediately take another reading.

If your blood pressure is lower after you stand up, your adrenals may be functioning poorly.

Adrenal Glands and Kidneys

The Adrenal Glands

The adrenals are part of the endocrine system, as is the thyroid gland. Therefore, support given to either of these glands will benefit both. The adrenal glands are located just above the kidneys, and consist of two parts, the inner medulla and the cortex (outer covering).

When You Sense Danger

When your nervous system senses danger (physical or psychological) the adrenal glands release adrenalin and noradrenaline, the "fight or flight", stress-response hormones, into your bloodstream. As a result this immediately constricts your blood vessels and raises your blood pressure.

Why Stress Stops Digestion

Consequently blood vessels in your gut are also simultaneously constricted. Hence this causes stomach muscle stress and contraction and quickly slows or stops all digestive processes. Due to this, food is difficult to digest if you try to eat while under stress (although often there are other reasons too).

Today's Stressful Life

Today, for many people these stress-response hormones are triggered on a low-grade level all day long. Driving in heavy traffic, dealing with stressful situations at work or at home, always feeling rushed - even watching television news -all contribute to a constant state of alertness and overstimulation. But our bodies weren't designed for constant stress; our adrenals need a period of rest after the release of stress hormones.

Overactive or Under Active?

First of all, when our adrenals are overactive it can lead to chronic high blood pressure, anxiety, mood swings, depression, destructive personality changes and other mental instabilities. In addition, if your adrenals continue in an overactive state for an extended period, they are likely to become under active -- worn down and unable to respond at all. Because of this weakened state of your adrenals you may be fatigued, or suffer insomnia, allergies, hypoglycemia or other symptoms.

Powerful Foods
for Adrenal Health

  • SEAFOOD (especially cold water fish)
  • LEGUMES (black beans, lentils, etc.)
  • RAW SESAME SEEDS
  • FRESH FIGS
  • SEA VEGETABLES (above)
  • YAMS
  • RAW PUMPKIN SEEDS
  • BROWN RICE
  • RAISINS

Cut Back On

Finally, try to eat much less red meat, fatty foods, alcohol, caffeine and refined foods. Also aim for several small meals a day, rather than three larger meals.

Nourishing Your Adrenals

Because undernourished adrenals make optimum health impossible to achieve, therefore a well balanced diet is essential to optimum health. And potassium is one of the most important nutrients for the adrenal glands. Fruits and vegetables are the best sources of potassium. 

Restoring Your Adrenals

Changes in diet and lifestyle, plus a carefully designed program of nutritional supplements can help restore the balance and health of the adrenal glands.

Try to Eat More of:

  • carrots
  • corn
  • avocado
  • potatoes
  • tomatoes
  • asparagus
  • lima beans
  • spinach
  • apples
  • apricots
  • bananas
  • cantaloupe
  • oranges
  • peaches
  • plums
  • strawberries
  • sea vegetables (below)

ALSO SEA VEGETABLES:

  • ARAME
  • BLADDER WRACK
  • DULSE
  • HIJIKI
  • KELP
  • KOMBU
  • NORI
  • SEA PALM
  • WAKAME

Sea Vegetables

Especially relevant and powerful, the sea vegetables are good for your adrenals because they are high in minerals, B vitamins and other nutrients.

Sea vegetables are such a good source of many minerals that I advise adding them to your diet right away. They can be chopped in the food processor or blender and sprinkled over food. Or added to soup after it is cooked.

The Endocrine System including the Adrenal Glands

Other Foods to Consider

Chicken and fish are also good sources. If you can add enough of these foods to your diet you shouldn't need a potassium supplement, other than a good multivitamin/mineral tablet.

Keep Salt Low

Keeping your salt intake low will also help avoid potassium deficiency. Remember, it's possible to put your system more out of balance by taking single-dose supplements.

B Vitamins

Pantothenic acid (vitamin B-5) is also extremely important for the adrenals. 

Sources of Vitamin B-5
(Pantothenic Acid)

  • whole grains
  • lentils
  • peas
  • beans
  • cauliflower
  • broccoli
  • salmon
  • liver
  • tomatoes
  • peanuts

Other Supplements

Also, if you do not eat several servings of these foods daily, you should take a B complex tablet with at least 50mg of pantothenic acid. (All supplements must be taken with a meal.) You may want to take 500mg of vitamin C with bioflavonoids and 200 I.U.'s vitamin E daily for several months (if your chart also shows deficiencies in those vitamins). If you have a high score, take an extra pantothenic acid supplement for three to four months, for a total of 500mg daily.

Powdered Green Food

Another good supplement for you would be a green food powdered supplement that is dissolved in water or diluted juice. It would give you a quick green boost (minerals) and, since it is a food-source supplement, it is easily absorbed. Wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina, chlorella and sometimes alfalfa are the main ingredients. They supply an extra boost of vegetable protein, minerals, a wide range of vitamins and chlorophyl (good for your liver). Wakunaga Kyo-Green (we don't sell nutritional products but you can buy it online) would be a good one to try (it's not too expensive) but there are others available if you can't find it. Additionally, green superfoods are really good fatigue fighters and can help prevent food cravings when taken between meals.

Stress and Adrenals

Because stress (especially anger) plays a large part in wearing down the adrenals, therefore learning stress modification techniques is crucial in restoring their vitality. Consequently moderate enjoyable exercise, such as walking, which is very relaxing, is beneficial for adrenal health. Also, relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation and massage therapy can be very effective in rebalancing adrenal glands.

Allergies and Adrenals

Since your adrenals are the body's first defence against any allergens it is common for allergies to accompany adrenal stress. In addition, adrenals are also responsible for preventing blood sugar drops during periods of heavy stress. Therefore adrenal imbalances may also be accompanied by blood sugar disturbances.

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Additional Help

In conclusion, if improved diet and relaxation techniques do not appear to alleviate your symptoms completely, you might consider a consultation with a holistic doctor. There are some very effective, safe herbal compounds which can help rebalance the adrenals, but they should be prescribed by a naturopath, a homeopath or another holistic doctor.

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