Heal Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid Naturally

A few months ago, I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue (HPA Axis Dysfunction) and hypothyroidism. Since I started Natural Desiccated Thyroid in addition to various supplements, I have seen improvement. However, the healing road is a journey and I’m learning that every day. There are some days I feel amazing, and some days I feel not so amazing. I truly believe I will feel “normal” again one day soon, and I wake up every morning with that hope. I’m going to share some tips that I believe are really helping my body heal in hopes it will help someone else as well!

Prioritize Sleep. I shared this before, but I think it’s worth repeating. I think good sleep habits are huge in your wellness. I make sure to get to bed by 10 PM to make sure my body is asleep before the spike in cortisol, which can keep you awake for hours. I make sure the room is at a temperature I find best for sleeping, wear a sleep mask or use blackout curtains, and if I’m going to use any natural sleep aids, I try to do so about half an hour before I get in bed. Some natural sleep aids I use are melatonin (this I use rarely as I’m afraid my body will stop making it if I use it all the time) and l-theanine (calms anxiety and puts the brain in a parasympathetic state).

Stay on top of supplements. I recently started taking this multivitamin, and I think it’s helped so much. I have the MTHFR gene mutation, so my body does not detoxify properly. Taking extra B vitamins helps with the detoxification process, and the selenium and zinc in the multivitamin can help the thyroid convert T4 to T3. I have also started iodine painting, which basically means putting a drop of iodine on my skin (this is the brand I prefer) and letting it absorb. I’m nervous to take iodine internally, so I feel much safer with just putting it on my skin for my body to absorb what it needs.

Work on liver health. The liver is so important to the body’s overall health, and I’ve been diligent in my quest to help support my liver. I have been drinking dandelion root tea, as this helps support bile production and detoxification. I am also very careful about the beauty products and cleaning supplies we bring into our home. We use a lot of baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils to clean. I feel good about not exposing myself and my family to the toxins in conventional cleaning products. I know personally if I smell synthetic fragrances, they give me a headache that can linger all day. It’s just not good for you.

Limit stress and say no. Limiting stress is a huge part of the healing journey. For many, stress is what caused their adrenals and thyroid to become fatigued. By limiting the amount of stress in one’s life, the real healing can start to occur. So many hormones are affected by stress, and by saying no to over commitment and yes to what you actually want to do, you can work on balancing those hormones naturally.

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, this is just my personal experience with hypothyroidism and adrenal fatigue. Some of the links in the post are Amazon affiliate links- I make a very small commission off them, which will help me buy my supplements.

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When Your Labs are “Normal” but you Aren’t

A few months ago, I visited my primary care physician begging her to run blood work on me to test various functions: thyroid, my blood sugar (A1C), and anything else she thought could be causing the symptoms I was experiencing. I felt awful every day; like I was seriously dying. I was waking up in the middle of the night, heart pounding, sweating like I was on fire, and feeling like I was going to throw up. I was extremely fatigued- I could sleep 10 hours a night and still feel like I needed more sleep. I just felt ‘off’, like something was just not right. My anxiety had skyrocketed, much worse than usual. When I inquired about the doctor running my full thyroid panel- not only TSH, but free T3 and T4, total T3 and T4, and a thyroid antibody test as well, she told me that she would only run TSH because she was “pretty sure it would come back normal”. She also told me to try Zoloft, that she thought maybe I was anxious or depressed. I’ve been anxious most of my life, and this was definitely not normal anxiety.

Sure enough, my TSH value (as well as other labs) came back in the “normal” range, but I was still feeling like garbage. My health got so bad that I decided I would have to visit a functional medicine doctor that would hopefully actually listen to my problems and get to the root cause of my issues. I couldn’t get in to the office for a few weeks, so I tried everything I could to help address my symptoms before hand. I started making sure I was in bed earlier- your cortisol can spike if you stay awake after 10-10:30PM. It can be a good thing at the time, but then you stay up way too late and feel awful the next day. I made sure my diet was optimal- I started eating strict Paleo again to hopefully help address any nutritional deficiencies. I started taking supplements again. I did start feeling better.

By the time I saw my new doctor, I had done some work to heal my body. I felt improvement over my symptoms. I didn’t feel back to my old self, but I felt like I was heading in the right direction. After meeting with the doctor, she said she would run a full thyroid panel because she was almost positive that I was having some thyroid problem based on my symptoms.

At my next appointment, she told me I am clinically hypothyroid and to continue with the Paleo diet (I am actually considering trying the GAPS diet for some serious healing), and to take a medicine called NDT (natural desiccated thyroid) at a low dose and we would increase it if necessary. She also said that I had HPA axis (hypothalamus pituitary adrenal) dysfunction and we would work on treating that as well. My vitamin D level was also a little low- 21 was the value; she would like to see it at least 50. The anxiety and fatigue I was feeling was caused from gut inflammation, thyroid, and adrenals. She said to make sure that my stress level is low, and to not over commit to things (hard to do as a mom!).

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

  • Waking up feeling fatigued
  • Inability to handle stress, feeling overwhelmed
  • Relying on caffeine to get going
  • Weakened immune system
  • Trouble staying asleep
  • Blood sugar problems
  • Low libido
  • Moodiness

I ordered this book, which has been so helpful in figuring out how to treat everything that’s going on. These are some of the supplements I started taking in an effort to heal my body from the mineral imbalance that is causing the hypothyroid and adrenal issues:

              • A methylated B complex vitamin- this is the correct form for people with MTHFR issues.
              • Whole food vitamin C – this is not a synthetic form.
              • Triple Calm Magnesium –magnesium is so important to the body!
              • A soil based probiotic – I love this probiotic. I can notice a difference when I take it. It helps with gut repair.
              • Rhodiola, an adaptogen that can help your body adapt to stress. This one is recommended for anxiety as well.
              • Ashwagandha– probably one of the most well known and widely used adaptogens.
              • N-A-C, a powerful antioxidant that helps with detoxification

I’ve heard ff you have a problem money can fix, it’s not that big of a problem. That makes total sense!  Dealing with a health issue has been so hard; much harder than getting out of debt!  I did have to pay out of pocket to visit the functional medicine doctor, as they don’t accept insurance.  If it helps heal me, it will be worth every penny! Some days are great, and then other days are really hard.  The healing is not linear, which is very frustrating. I am hopeful that in a few months or so I will be feeling a whole lot better! I’ll be sure to update on the healing journey.

Have you ever gone through a health problem like this?

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, this is just my personal experience with hypothyroid and adrenal fatigue. Some of the links in the post are Amazon affiliate links- I make a very small commission off them, which will help me buy my supplements.

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Elderberry Syrup Recipe

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During the winter, my family takes elderberry syrup along with other supplements to boost our immune systems. Elderberries have been known to shorten the duration of illness, and it’s a berry so it’s generally considered safe for pretty much anyone including pregnant and nursing women. I personally have taken it while pregnant and nursing.  I really enjoy making and taking the elderberry syrup. If you don’t want to make your own elderberry syrup, you can buy it here.

Elderberries (sambucus nigra) grow in the wild, and you can harvest them yourself and make the syrup if you would like.  Some of the benefits of elderberries are: cold ad flu relief, blood sugar stabilizer, natural diuretic, good for allergies, and high in antioxidants.  They are also high in vitamins A, B6 and C, which helps them boost the immune system.

I purchase my organic elderberries in bulk from Amazon. They’ve always been great quality and I like buying in bulk so I don’t have to worry about running out when I want to make it.  Sometimes I also make elderberry tea by steeping 2 teaspoons of elderberries in 10 ounces of boiling water.  I add in some raw honey and it is delicious!  Here’s how you can make your own elderberry syrup:

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of filtered water
  • 3/4 cup dried elderberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • sprinkle of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon dried ginger
  • raw organic honey to taste (we purchase from Costco)
  1. Add 4 cups of filtered water to a medium sized pot and sprinkle in elderberries, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. I let mine barely bubble and check it every ten minutes.  It smells so good while it is cooking!  When it looks like the liquid has been reduced and is a little thicker than it was, turn the heat off and remove it from the burner.
  3. Let the mixture sit for awhile to cool down. After this has happened, I take my potato masher and squish the berries to release the liquid.  When done squishing berries, strain through a metal strainer into a glass container.  At this point, you can discard your elderberries.
  4. When the liquid is just warm, add honey to taste. We add between 1/2-3/4 cup of honey.  Stir to combine!

We take 1 tsp for kids and 2 tsp for adults daily as a preventative.  When illness strikes, take that dosage every two to three hours until symptoms disappear.  I actually use the elderberry syrup added to my daughter’s cod liver oil since she prefers the flavor.  She takes it with no problem and actually reminds me to give it to her if I forget!

Make sure to consume elderberry syrup within a month or so.  I have seen it mold when not consumed quickly enough, and that is why I don’t make more than one recipe at a time.  I shake mine well before dosing to the family members. The last illness we had lasted about 2 days for us, and didn’t seem to be as bad as other peoples’ symptoms and I attributed that to the elderberry syrup!

What do you do in the winter to boost your immune system?

 



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