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    DESCRIPTION

    ADRENAL GLAND ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY

    The adrenal glands are a pair of triangular-shaped organs that rest on top of the kidneys. The adrenal glands are no bigger than a walnut and weighing less than a grape. Each gland normally weighs about 5 grams (slightly less than 1/5 ounce) and is made up of two parts.

    The cortex, or outer section, which is responsible for the production of cortisone, cortisol, aldosterone, androstenedione, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). The adrenal cortex helps to maintain the salt and water balance in the body. It is also involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of blood sugar. In addition, the cortex produces a sex hormone similar to that secreted by the testes.

    The medulla, or central section, secretes another hormone, adrenaline (also called epinephrine) and norepinephrine, which functions as both a hormone and a neurotransmitter. When the body is under stress. This hormone speeds up the rate of metabolism and produces other physiologic changes designed to help the body cope with danger ("Fight or Flight Response").

    STRESS HORMONES

    Adrenaline, cortisol, DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), and norepinephrine are the body's four major stress hormones. The highest levels of these hormones are released in the morning and the lowest at night. Cortisol is also involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of blood sugar. Aldosterone helps to maintain electrolyte (salt) and water balance in the body. Androstenedione and DHEA and androgens, hormones that are similar to, and that can be converted into, testosterone. DHEA has been promoted as a cure-all for aging. However, very little is known about the action of DHEA in the body, and while it is available from numerous sources, it is a steroidal hormone and should be used with caution, preferably under a health care provider's supervision. The long-term effect of using DHEA supplements are not known.

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    Adrenaline speeds up the rate of metabolism and produces physiologic changes designed to help the body cope with danger. It is produced when the body is under stress. Under circumstances of extreme stress, large amounts of cortisol are released, which can lead to a host of health problems.

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    ADRENAL GLAND FUNCTION

    When you think of the adrenal glands (also known as suprarenal glands), stress might come to mind. This is correct, the adrenal glands are arguably best known for secreting the hormone adrenaline, which rapidly prepares your body to spring into action in a stressful situation. But the adrenal glands contribute to your health even at times when your body is not under extreme stress. In fact, they release hormones that are essential for you to live. These hormones control many important functions in the body, including:
    • Maintaining metabolic processes, such as managing blood sugar levels and regulating inflammation.
    • Regulating the balance of salt and water.
    • Controlling the "fight or flight" response to stress.
    • Maintaining pregnancy.
    • Initiating and controlling sexual maturation during childhood and puberty.
    • The adrenal glands are also an important source of sex steroids, such as estrogen and testosterone.
    ADRENAL GLAND HORMONES

    The adrenal cortex and the adrenal medulla have very different functions. One of the main distinctions between them is that the hormones released by the adrenal cortex are necessary for life; those secreted by the adrenal medulla are not.

    ADRENAL CORTEX HORMONES

    The adrenal cortex is responsible for creating three different types of hormones:
    • Mineralocorticoids, which conserve sodium in the body.
    • Glucocorticoids, which increase blood glucose levels.
    • Gonadocorticoids, which regulate sex hormones such as estrogen.
    Death would result if the adrenal cortex were to stop functioning as it controls metabolic processes that are essential to life. Glucocorticoids and mineralcorticoids are the two main groups of corticosteroid hormones. The release of glucocorticoids is triggered by the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. Mineralcorticoids are mediated by signals triggered by the kidney. When the hypothalamus produces corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH), it stimulates the pituitary gland to release adrenal corticotrophic hormone (ACTH). These hormones, in turn, alert the adrenal glands to produce corticosteroid hormones.

    Glucocorticoids released by the adrenal cortex include:
    • Hydrocortisone: Commonly known as cortisol, it regulates how the body converts fats, proteins, and carbohydrates to energy. It also helps regulate blood pressure and cardiovascular function.
    • Corticosterone: This hormone works with hydrocortisone to regulate immune response and suppress inflammatory reactions.
    The principle mineralcorticoid is aldosterone, which maintains the right balance of salt and water while helping control blood pressure.

    There is a third class of hormone released by the adrenal cortex, known as sex steroids or sex hormones. The adrenal cortex releases small amounts of male and female sex hormones. However, their impact is usually overshadowed by the greater amounts of hormones (such as estrogen and testosterone) released by the ovaries or testes.

    ADRENAL MEDULLA HORMONES

    Unlike the adrenal cortex, the adrenal medulla does not perform any vital functions. This means that you do not need to these hormones to live. Even thought they are not vital to life, they still have important functions in our bodies as stress regulators. The hormones of the adrenal medulla are released after the sympathetic nervous system is stimulated, which occurs when you are stressed. As such, the adrenal medulla helps you deal with physical and emotional stress.

    You may be familiar with the fight-or-flight response. This is a process initiated by the sympathetic nervous system when your body encounters a threatening (stressful) situation. The hormones of the adrenal medulla contribute to this response. Hormones secreted by the adrenal medulla are:
    • Epinephrine: Most people know epinephrine by its other name, adrenaline. This hormone rapidly responds to stress by increasing your heart rate and rushing blood to the muscles and brain, making us more aware, awake and sensitive to our environment, our senses working at full capacity to help us. Our hearts beat faster and harder, we may begin to sweat, our muscles are tense and ready for action. It also spikes your blood sugar level by helping convert glycogen to glucose in the liver. (Glycogen is the liver's storage form of glucose.) This glycogen-glucose process releases quick energy from our reserves and gets you ready to escape or run away from a stressful encounter or gets you ready to fight to protect yourself, both as a life preservation reaction to a given situation.

    • Norepinephrine: Also known as noradrenaline, this hormone works with epinephrine in responding to stress. However, it can cause vasoconstriction (the narrowing of blood vessels). This results in high blood pressure.
    ADRENAL FUNCTION, STRESS & ADRENAL FATIGUE

    Although no bigger than a walnut and weighing less than a grape, each of your two adrenal glands sits like a tiny pyramid on top of a kidney. But do not let their size fool you; these powerful little endocrine glands manufacture and secrete steroid hormones such as cortisol, estrogen and testosterone that are essential for life, health and vitality. They modulate the functioning of every tissue, organ and gland in your body to maintain homeostasis during stress and keep you alive. They also have important effects on the way you think and feel.

    The main purpose of your adrenals is to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease to work and relationship problems, or even an encounter with a really big bear in the woods or a really big jerk in a bar. The adrenals largely determine the energy of your body's responses to every change in your internal and external environment. Whether they signal attack, retreat or surrender, every cell responds accordingly, and you feel the results. It is through the actions of the adrenal hormones that your body is able to mobilize its resources to escape or fight off danger (stress) and survive. In a more primitive society that would mean being able to run away quickly, fight or pursue an enemy or game, endure long periods of physical challenge and deprivation, and store up physical reserves when they are available.

    In modern society, these same responses are triggered by such circumstances as a difficult boss, test anxiety in school, air pollution, family quarrels, financial problems, too little sleep, infections and overindulgence in or sensitivities to food or substance abuse. If your adrenal function is low, as it is in adrenal fatigue, your body has difficulty responding and adapting properly to these stresses.* This can lead to a variety of physical and psychological health problems that are themselves a further source of stress.*

    It is also your adrenal glands' job to keep your body's reactions to stress in balance so that they are appropriate and not harmful. For example, the protective activity of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant adrenal hormones like cortisol helps to minimize reactions like swelling and inflammation in situations ranging from allergies to autoimmune disorders. These hormones closely modulate many metabolic processes:
    • The utilization of carbohydrates and fats.
    • The conversion of fats and proteins into energy.
    • The distribution of stored fat - especially around your waist (the spare tire) and at the sides of your face.
    • Normal blood sugar regulation.
    • Proper cardiovascular function.
    • Gastrointestinal function.
    After mid-life (menopause in women), the adrenal glands gradually become the major source of the sex hormones circulating throughout the body in both men and women. These hormones themselves have a whole host of physical, emotional and psychological effects, from the level of your sex drive to the tendency to gain weight. Every athlete knows that steroids (adrenal hormones) affect muscular strength and stamina.

    Even your propensity to develop certain kinds of diseases and your ability to respond to chronic illness is influenced significantly by the adrenal glands.* The more chronic the illness, the more critical the adrenal response becomes. You cannot live without your adrenal hormones and, as you can see from this brief discussion, how well you live depends a great deal on how well your adrenal glands function.

    CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA

    Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, or CAH, refers to a group of genetic disorders that affect the adrenal glands. These glands sit on top of the kidneys and release hormones the body needs to function. CAH creates imbalances in these hormones, which cause a wide range of symptoms in infants, children, and adults. CAH prevents the body from making enough cortisol and is characterized by low levels of cortisol. Commonly, people with CAH also have other hormone imbalances. For example, their bodies might not make enough aldosterone (which maintains a balance of water and salt), but might make too much androgen. Aldosterone is a hormone that controls blood pressure, as well as the amount of salt and potassium in the body. CAH also causes the adrenal glands to make too much androgen. Androgen hormones promote the development of male sexual organs. Most commonly, CAH causes male-like characteristics (such as excessive hair growth in girls/women, early hair development in boys) and puberty to occur too early in children. Girls with CAH may be born with ambiguity of their external genitalia, meaning their genitalia do not look like typical female genitalia. CAH can be categorized as classic or nonclassic. The most common type of CAH can be life-threatening if it is left undiagnosed and untreated in newborns. Most patients with CAH must take daily medications to treat the symptoms.





    FREQUENT SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

    REDUCED ADRENAL FUNCTION SYMPTOMS

    Disorders that are directly related to the adrenal gland include reduced adrenal function, usually referred to as low adrenal reserve. The adrenals still produce enough hormones to maintain a relatively normal state of health, but stressful situations increase the need for hormones that the malfunctioning adrenals cannot produce, leading to anything from fatigue to total collapse. Symptoms of reduced adrenal function can include:
    • Weakness.
    • Lethargy.
    • Dizziness.
    • Headaches.
    • Memory problems.
    • Food cravings.
    • Allergies.
    • Blood sugar disorders.
    ADRENAL GLAND SUPPRESSION SYMPTOMS

    The normal activity of the adrenal glands can be suppressed when people take steroid medications (medicines that act like cortisol in the body) such as prednisone, hydrocortisone, or dexamethasone. Steroid medications, most often prednisone, may be prescribed to treat certain types of arthritis, severe allergic reactions, autoimmune diseases, and other conditions. Ordinarily, the dose of steroids is tapered slowly before the drug is stopped completely. When steroid medications are stopped suddenly, after being taken for several weeks or more, the adrenal glands may be unable to produce steroid hormones (most importantly, cortisol) in sufficient amounts for several weeks or even months.

    Adrenal insufficiency occurs when the adrenal glands do not make enough cortisol, and sometimes, aldosterone. Symptoms include fatigue, muscle weakness, decreased appetite, and weight loss. Some people experience nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Adrenal insufficiency is treated with hormones that replace the hormones your body is lacking.

    ADDISON'S DISEASE SYMPTOMS

    Addison's Disease is a rare condition that may develop when the adrenal cortex is seriously underactive. It is a chronic condition that requires lifelong treatment. Symptoms include:
    • Fatigue to extreme fatigue.
    • Weakness.
    • Loss of appetite.
    • Weight loss.
    • Dizziness or fainting upon standing.
    • Nausea and/or vomiting.
    • Moodiness.
    • Low blood pressure.
    • Diarrhea.
    • Depression.
    • Craving for salt and salty foods.
    • A decrease in the amount of body hair.
    • An inability to cope with stress.
    • Constant complaints about feeling cold.
    • Discoloration and darkening of the skin. Patches of darker skin. Elbows, knees, scars, skin folds, and creases in the palms are more noticeable when these body parts are exposed to the sun. The mouth, vagina and freckles may appear darker.
    • Development of bands of pigment running the length of the nails and by darkening of the hair.
    The most common type of this disorder is autoimmune Addison's Disease. This comes about when the immune system mistakenly attacks the tissue of the adrenal glands, destroying them. It may be associated with other autoimmune diseases that affect other endocrine glands. The most common of these is hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid). Addison's disease that coexists with hypothyroidism is known as Schmidt's Syndrome. Less commonly, Addison's disease occurs together with insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, another autoimmune disease, or insufficiencies of the parathyroid glands and/or gonads, or with pernicious anemia. Addison's disease is a chronic condition that requires lifelong treatment. Fortunately, people with Addison's disease can have a normal life expectancy if they stay on the proper medication as prescribed by an endocrinologist (a specialist in hormonal diseases).

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    ADRENAL STRESS & FATIGUE SYMPTOMS

    The function of the adrenals is to aid the "flight or fight" response by bringing all your body's resources to "alert" status. When your adrenal glands are healthy and functioning properly, they can instantly increase your heart rate and blood pressure, sharpen your senses, release necessary energy reserves for immediate use, and slow your digestion and other secondary bodily functions. This is considered a healthy response to a stressful, possibly life-threatening or survival situation. The adrenal response will take priority over all of the other bodily functions when it is activated. However, the adrenal response to stress isn't supposed to last very long in duration.

    When a person lives with constant stress, unlike those who experience occasional demands followed by rest, relaxation and proper nutrition, the stressed person may develop adrenal stress and fatigue. Today, this is a growing concern since we tend to be over-worked, under-nourished, worried about money and personal problems, exposed to pollutants and toxins in our environment without any relief or down-time for recovery. Our daily challenges may include:
    • An overbearing, demanding boss.
    • Lack of restful sleep (quality and quantity).
    • Fear of job loss or job loss.
    • Job commuting pressures, rush hour traffic, road rage.
    • Financial difficulties.
    • Personal conflicts in relationships (home and/or work).
    • Illness or death of a loved one.
    • Personal illness, infection or surgery.
    • Inadequate nutrition. Skipping meals.
    • Unhealthy dieting with weight gain and weight loss cycles.
    • Stimulant over-reliance (drugs, caffeine, carbohydrates).
    • Digestive problems.
    • Over-exercise.
    • Unresolved past or present emotional issues.
    In its normal function, the adrenals release cortisol, which helps us to work with our challenges by converting proteins into energy, releasing glycogen and counteracting inflammation. This is acceptable for a short time. But at sustained high levels, cortisol gradually tears your body down by destroying healthy muscle and bone; slowing down healing and normal cell replacement; impairs digestive function and metabolism; impairs mental function; interferes with healthy endocrine function and coopts biochemicals needed to make other vital hormones required by the body; and weakens the immune system.

    Adrenal dysfunction may be a factor in many related conditions, including fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, premature menopause and others. It may also produce a host of other unpleasant symptoms, from acne to hair loss.

    OVERACTIVE ADRENAL CORTEX - CUSHING'S SYNDROME SYMPTOMS

    Cushing's Syndrome is a rare disorder caused by an overactive adrenal cortex and the excessive production of cortisol or by excessive use of cortisol or similar glucocorticoid (steroid) hormones. People with Cushing's Syndrome take on a characteristic appearance:
    • Upper body obesity, heavy in abdomen and buttocks with very thin limbs (arms, legs), and rounded "moon" face and neck.
    • Muscular weakness and wasting of muscles.
    • Bone weakness.
    • Skin problems with round, red marks mimicking acne may appear on face.
    • Reddish-blue streaks on the abdomen or underarm area.
    • Swollen or puffy looking eyelids.
    • Increased growth of body hair. Women may grow facial hair such mustaches and beards.
    • More susceptibility to illness and having trouble healing properly.
    • Thinning of skin often leads to stretch marks and bruising.
    • Fatigue.
    • Mood swings, irritability.
    • Depression.
    • High blood pressure.
    • High blood sugars.
    • Increased thirst and urination.
    • Slow growth rates in children.
    • Women may experience the absence of menstrual periods or menstrual irregularities.
    • Men may become less fertile ad have a reduced or absent sex drive.

    If left untreated, Cushing's syndrome may cause extreme muscle weakness, poor skin healing, weakening of the bones that results in osteoporosis and increased susceptibility to serious infections such as pneumonia and tuberculosis.

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    CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA SYMPTOMS

    Symptoms of CAH range from mild to serious. Some people with mild CAH are never diagnosed because their symptoms do not cause them any problems. Symptoms of the mild form of CAH, which can be diagnosed in children or adults, may include1:
    • Shorter than average final height.
    • Early signs of puberty (in children).
    • Acne.
    • Irregular menstrual periods and possible trouble getting pregnant (in women).
    • Excess facial hair (in women).
    Symptoms of the severe form of CAH, which is diagnosed in children, may include:
    • Dehydration.
    • Low blood pressure.
    • Low blood sugar level.
    • Trouble keeping enough salt in the body.
    • Altered development of the external genitalia in girls, which is noted at birth and may require surgery to correct.
    • Shorter than average final height.
    • Early signs of puberty.
    • Irregular periods and possible trouble getting pregnant (in women).
    • Excess facial hair (in women).
    • Benign testicular tumors and infertility (in men).
    PARAGANGLIOMA & PHEOCHROMOCTOMA SYMPTOMS

    Most people with pheochromocytoma have high blood pressure (hypertension) because the tumor causes the adrenal gland to produce too much adrenaline or noradrenaline. Other symptoms may include:
    • Rapid heart rate.
    • Headache.
    • Sweating.
    • Episodes of high or low blood pressure.
    • Anxiety or panic attack.
    • Shaking (tremors) of the hands.
    • Pale skin.
    • Blurred vision.
    • Weight loss.
    • Constipation.
    • Abdominal pain.
    • High blood sugar.
    • Psychiatric disturbances.
    HYPERALDOSTERONISM SYMPTOMS

    When the adrenal glands produce too much aldosterone, blood pressure rises. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can put you at risk for stroke, heart attack, heart failure, or kidney failure. Hyperaldosteronism was thought to occur only in about 1-percent of all patients with hypertension. However, recently, this estimate has changed to greater than 10-percent.

    The main symptom in Hyperaldosteronism is moderate to high blood pressure (hypertension), which can be difficult to control. Other symptoms include:
    • Low potassium levels.
    • Muscle cramping or spasms.
    • Excessive urination, sometimes at night.
    • Headache.
    • Generalized weakness.





    CAUSES

    DRUGS, DISEASE, TOXICITY & HEREDITY

    The functioning ability of the adrenal glands is most often impaired as a result of the extensive use of cortisone therapy for non-endocrine diseases, such as arthritis and asthma. The long-term use of cortisone drugs causes the adrenal gland to shrink in size, and can result in a "Cushinoid" appearance.

    Adrenal problems that crop up in later life can be due to heredity. In addition, refined carbohydrates in the diet, such as sugar and white flour, deplete many of the nutrients required for adrenal support, especially the B vitamins.

    Adrenal enzyme deficiency, vascular spasms, degeneration, trauma, nutritional deficiencies, pituitary disease, tuberculosis, toxic chemical attack, or even exposure to electromagnetic fields can affect the adrenals. Organic chlorine and carbohydrates are suspected agents.

    Dioxin and fire ant poisons are known agents. Other chemicals that might be involved include tobacco, alcohol, street drugs, heavy metals, coffee, sugar, pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides.

    ADRENAL GLAND DISFUNCTION

    There are multiple reasons why the adrenal glands might not work as they should. The problem could be with the adrenal gland itself, or the root cause may be due to a defect in another gland. Adrenal gland disorders occur when the adrenal glands do not work properly. They can be classified into disorders where too much hormone is produced or where too little hormone is produced.

    These disorders can occur when the adrenal gland itself is affected by a disease process due to genetic mutation, tumors, or infections affecting one or both of the adrenal glands. Or, sometimes the cause is a problem in another gland, such as the pituitary, which helps to regulate the adrenal gland. In addition, some medications can cause the adrenal gland not to function properly. When the adrenal glands produce too few or too many hormones, or when too many hormones are introduced by an outside source, significant disorders can develop.

    Low adrenal function is often very common, but often missed by standard blood tests. Low levels of adrenal cortisol can result in the following: fatigue, hypoglycemia, muscle aches, low blood sugar, sugar or salt craving, shakiness relieved with eating, moodiness, wiped out with exercise, the inability to tolerate thyroid replacement and more.

    Methods for diagnosing adrenal gland disorders differ depending on the specific disorder. For example, the severe form of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) is most commonly identified during newborn screening, whereas paraganglioma is diagnosed using blood and urine tests.

    Health care providers use a variety of surgical and medical treatments for adrenal gland disorders. These include surgery to remove tumors in the adrenal gland or, when appropriate, surgery to remove the one or both of the adrenal glands; minimally invasive surgery performed through the nostrils to remove tumors in the pituitary gland; medication to stop the excess production of hormones; or hormone replacement.

    Below are the most common disorders and diseases of the adrenal glands.

    ADDISONS DISEASE CAUSES

    Addison's disease is a rare disorder that may affect men and women at any age. Addison's disease is diagnosed in 1 to 4 of every 100,000 people. It develops when the adrenal cortex fails to produce enough cortisol. In most cases of Addison’s disease, the glands also fails to make enough of the hormone aldosterone. This is also termed primary adrenal insufficiency. Addison's disease can be cause by an autoimmune disorder. This is a condition in which the immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissues and cells. The most common cause of Addison's disease in deveoped countries is autoimmune disorders. It can also be caused by an infection (for example, tuberculosis), or other rare disease that cause infiltration and thus destruction of the adrenal glands (for example, sarcoidosis or amyloidosis). In the case of Addison's disease, this reaction results in damage to the adrenal glands. Addison's disease symptoms can vary, depending on what causes the disease. (See Symptoms)

    CUSHINGS SYNDROME CAUSES

    Cushing's syndrome is an uncommon condition that is essentially the opposite of Addison's disease. Cushing's syndrome is uncommon, affecting about 10 to 15 out of every 1 million people each year. This syndrome can occur at any age, but it occurs most often in adults between the ages of 20 and 50 years old. Women are affected five times more frequently than are men. It is caused by overproduction of the hormone cortisol. It is a condition that occurs when a person's body tissues are exposed over time to too much of the hormone cortisol. The syndrome can be caused by taking certain medicines or, less commonly, it can be caused by noncancerous or cancerous tumors. Cushing's syndrome includes a range of symptoms, but they can be treated and, in most cases, the syndrome can be cured. The scientific names for Cushing's syndrome is Hyperadrenocorticism or Hypercortisolism.

    There are a variety of causes of this disorder. A tumor in the adrenal gland or pituitary gland could be to blame. Cushing syndrome is caused by the body's overproduction of cortisol. This can happen for several reasons, including the presence of tumors (abnormal growths) such as a tumor of the pituitary gland (this may include pituitary adenoma - a type of benign tumor), a tumor of the adrenal gland, ectopic adrenocotricotropic hormone syndrome, or familial Cushing's syndrome. A tumor in another part of the body are called "ectopic" tumors and are more commonly found in the pancreas, lung, or the thyroid gland. Cushing's syndrome due to tumors occurs more commonly in women.

    The more common cause of Cushing's syndrome is the excessive or prolonged use of steroid medications called glucocorticoids. These are cortisol-like drugs which are used to treat inflammatory disorders such as asthma, lupus, rheumatoid arthritism and other iuflammatory diseases. The syndrome also can occur when hormones are taken to suppress the immune system so that a patient's body will not reject a transplanted organ. Untreated Cushing syndrome can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis, and other health issues.

    CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA CAUSES

    Congenital adrenal hyperplasia, or CAH, refers to a group of genetic disorders that affect the adrenal glands. These glands sit on top of the kidneys and release hormones the body needs to function. CAH creates imbalances in these hormones, which cause a wide range of symptoms in infants, children, and adults. CAH prevents the body from making enough cortisol and is characterized by low levels of cortisol. Commonly, people with CAH also have other hormone imbalances. For example, their bodies might not make enough aldosterone (which maintains a balance of water and salt), but might make too much androgen. Aldosterone is a hormone that controls blood pressure, as well as the amount of salt and potassium in the body. CAH also causes the adrenal glands to make too much androgen. Androgen hormones promote the development of male sexual organs. Most commonly, CAH causes male-like characteristics (such as excessive hair growth in girls/women, early hair development in boys) and puberty to occur too early in children. Girls with CAH may be born with ambiguity of their external genitalia, meaning their genitalia do not look like typical female genitalia. CAH can be categorized as classic or nonclassic. The most common type of CAH can be life-threatening if it is left undiagnosed and untreated in newborns. Most patients with CAH must take daily medications to treat the symptoms.

    CAH is one of the most common genetic disorders, affecting approximately 1 in 100 people. Mild CAH is more common than severe CAH. Severe CAH, also referred to as complete or classic CAH, is estimated to occur in 1 in 14,000 people. CAH affects men and women equally, although it is found more frequently in people from certain ethnic backgrounds, including those of Ashkenazi Jewish, Hispanic, and Italian heritages. Both parents must carry the gene in order for a child to be born with CAH. Researchers have identified the location of the gene that causes the most common forms of CAH as chromosome 6.

    PITUITARY TUMORS CAUSES

    The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain. It releases hormones that affect many of the body's functions. Hormones are chemical messengers that send signals to the body's organs to keep them working properly. Among those hormones is the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which stimulates the adrenal glands to release the hormone cortisol. Pituitary adenoma, or tumor(s), may form in the pituitary gland. Pituitary tumors have various effects on hormones and health, and they can cause many different health complications in adults and children. These tumors can develop on their own or be caused by one of many inherited disorders. Scientists have not yet discovered what causes pituitary tumors. Most pituitary tumors are not inherited; only a small percentage of cases run in families.

    Sometimes, benign (noncancerous) pituitary tumors or, more rarely cancerous tumors, may grow on the pituitary gland, which can cause a variety of problems. Some pituitary tumors release too much ACTH, which, in turn, can cause the adrenal glands to produce too much cortisol. Cushing's disease refers to pituitary tumors that cause Cushing's syndrome. Although a large number of people have pituitary tumors (up to 20-percent of the world's population), most of these tumors are not cancerous, do not cause symptoms, and are never diagnosed. Cancerous tumors in the pituitary are very rare; only about 100 cases have ever been reported.

    PARAGANGLIOMA & PHEOCHROMOCTOMA CAUSES

    Pheochromocytomas (often abbreviated as pheo) and paragangliomas (often abbreviated as para) are rare types of tumors. Pheochromocytomas form in the adrenal glands, while closely related paragangliomas originate from cells of neuronal origin, which can be located throughout the neck, chest, abdomen, or pelvis. These tumors can produce hormones that control normal body stress reaction and other functions, including heart rate and blood pressure.

    Paragangliomas, most of the time, are sporadic tumors, meaning their development is not associated with any known risk factor or genetic mutation. Paragangliomas also are very rare. Only about 2 in every 1 million people are affected. These tumors can occur at any age. Up to 25-percent of paragangliomas are caused by genetic syndromes. In these patients, family members may also be affected.

    Pheochromocytomas are part of a larger family of tumors called paragangliomas. Most of the time these tumors are sporadic, meaning why the develop is not associated with any known risk factor or genetic mutation. However, an increasing number of patients, greater than 20-percent, have genetic mutations responsible for tumor development. In these patients, family member may also be affected. Pheochromoctyoma is a paraganglioma that develops in the adrenal medulla. It produces adrenaline, causing excess levels of this hormone in the body. In most cases, the tumors are not cancerous and do not spread to other parts of the body. In about 10-percentmof cases, the tumors are cancerous.

    HYPERALDOSTERONISM CAUSES

    Hyperaldosteronism is a disorder in which the body produces too much aldosterone. The excess aldosterone is either produced by an adrenal gland tumor that typically affects one adrenal gland or from abnormal growth of both glands, called "adrenal hyperplasia." There are two causes of hyperaldosteronism. One cause is an excessive growth of normal cells in both adrenal glands. The other cause is a noncancerous tumor in one of the glands. There are no known gene mutations associated with this disorder at this time. However, rarely, hyperaldosteronism can run in families.

    ADRENAL FATIGUE CAUSES

    Stress on the job, the kids, the house - life in general 21st century is a hectic balancing act. Today a growing number of complementary medicine practitioners believe daily stress has thrown our adrenal glands completely out of whack, causing an epidemic of extreme exhaustion known as adrenal fatigue syndrome. Yet the mainstream medical community has not embraced the theory since there is no scientific proof it actually exists. However, many Americans, especially women, suffer symptoms of extreme exhaustion in today's busy world. So it is important for you to understand the debate surrounding adrenal fatigue and learn ways to protect yourself against extreme exhaustion.

    Adrenal fatigue is the term applied to a group of nonspecific symptoms including body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances and digestive problems. Dr. James Wilson, the man who first named the condition in 1998, believes two-thirds of all Americans could be suffering from extreme cases of adrenal fatigue.
    Stress and the Adrenal Glands

    Located near the top of each kidney, the adrenal glands are comprised of 2 parts: the adrenal medulla, which secretes the hormones epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine; and the adrenal cortex, which secretes aldosterone, cortisol, corticosterone and the androgens (sex hormones). Cortisol helps mobilize your energy levels and prepare the body for physical and emotional stress. Epinephrine and norepinephrine are responsible for the body’s biological response to danger known as the fight-or-flight response, which is characterized by heart pounding, increasing pain threshold, pupils widening, breath quickening and increased alertness.

    The Theory Behind Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome

    The theory behind adrenal fatigue syndrome adheres to the idea that the adrenal glands are in a constant state of fight-or-flight arousal caused by chronic stress. As a result the adrenals are unable to produce enough of the hormones needed to ward off fatigue, weakness and depression.

    According to many alternative medicine practitioners and other proponents of the theory, blood tests are simply not sensitive enough to pinpoint this type of adrenal malfunction, but your body is, which is why you become symptomatic. A saliva test that measures cortisol levels is sometimes used to help determine the syndrome. Perimenopausal and menopausal women are believed to be at higher risk for adrenal fatigue syndrome because of the interplay between the adrenals and other midlife hormonal changes.

    The Controversy

    The mainstream medical community does not support the theory of adrenal fatigue since thus far no scientific evidence indicates that environmental factors like chronic stress can damage the adrenal glands. Misdiagnosis is a serious concern since a patient could be suffering instead from a recognized adrenal disorder such as Cushing's Syndrome (too much cortisol) or Addison's Disease (too little cortisol, aldosterone and/or sex hormones), both of which can be treated with medication. Many other conditions ranging from sleep apnea, a pituitary problem, thyroid illness or depression could also be the source of extreme fatigue.

    If you think you have adrenal fatigue, visit your medical practitioner first so they can take your full medical history, conduct a physical and look for other possible conditions. No matter what, steer clear of touted cures for adrenal fatigue syndrome, many of which are sold over the Internet including adrenal hormone extracts. These are dangerous and could make you feel even sicker; too much cortisol, for example, can cause depression and osteoporosis.

    Tips for Protecting Yourself Against Extreme Exhaustion

    Protect yourself against stress and extreme exhaustion by establishing an overall plan for good health. Avoid too much caffeine and get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. When you hit that midday slump, do not reach for sugary snacks. Instead have a handful of almonds or other nuts for sustained energy release. Daily meditation is also a great way to reduce stress. Try Meditation Techniques to reduce stress. Eat a balanced diet that includes a breakfast with some protein.

    Womens Health Information: Disorders - Stress
    Health Therapy: Meditation Therapy
    Health Therapy: Relaxation Therapy
    Alternative Health: Dealing With Stress
    Alternative Health Therapy: Mind-Emotion - Meditation
    Alternative Health Therapy: Mind-Emotion - Relaxation Breathing





    CONVENTIONAL MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS & TREATMENT

    ADDISON'S DISEASE DIAGNOSIS

    To diagnose Addison's disease, a health care provider may administer a blood test to measure cortisol and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) levels. Then he or she may perform an ACTH stimulation test, an hour-long test during which a synthetic (man-made) form of ACTH (hormone produced by the pituitary gland) is administered through an intravenous (IV) line. The health care provider measures blood levels of various hormones before and after the ACTH is given and interprets these values to determine if adrenal insufficiency (lack of cortisol) is present.

    Addison's disease is treated by replacing the cortisol and/or aldosterone that the body is lacking. People with Addison's disease take oral medication each day to replace these hormones. They may also need to consume additional salt.

    ADRENAL GLAND TUMORS DIAGNOSIS

    Most adrenal gland tumors are noncancerous. They often do not cause symptoms or require treatment. However, adrenal gland tumors can produce and thus cause excess levels of a variety of different hormones. Adrenal tumors can cause:
    • Cushing's syndrome, by producing and thus raising body levels of cortisol.
    • Primary hyperaldosteronism, by creating excess levels of aldosterone.
    • Pheochromocytoma, by producing too much adrenaline.
    Adrenal Cancer: Adrenal cancer is an aggressive cancer, but it is very rare. Malignant adrenal tumors are rarely confined to the adrenal glands. They tend to spread to other organs and cause adverse changes within the body because of the excess hormones they produce. Adrenocortical Carcinoma is a cancerous adrenal tumor that tends to develop in the outer layer of the adrenal gland. Cancerous adrenal tumors are often found years after they start growing, at which point they typically have spread to other organs.

    CUSHING'S SYNDROME DIAGNOSIS

    If a health care provider suspects Cushing's syndrome, he or she may order one or more of the three screening tests currently in use for diagnosing this disorder. One of the tests screens for elevated cortisol levels in saliva, whereas another test looks for elevated cortisol levels in the urine over 24 hours. A third test determines whether a synthetic steroid, called dexamethasone, suppresses cortisol production by the body.

    The treatment for Cushing's syndrome depends on the cause. If medication causes the excess cortisol, a health care provider can change the patient's dosage or try a different medication to correct the problem. If the Cushing's syndrome is caused by the body making too much cortisol, treatments may include oral medication, surgery, radiation, or a combination of these treatments.

    CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA DIAGNOSIS

    CAH is one of the most common genetic disorders, affecting approximately 1 in 100 people. Mild CAH is more common than severe CAH. Severe CAH, also referred to as complete or classic CAH, is estimated to occur in 1 in 14,000 people. CAH affects men and women equally, although it is found more frequently in people from certain ethnic backgrounds, including those of Ashkenazi Jewish, Hispanic, and Italian heritages. Both parents must carry the gene in order for a child to be born with CAH. Researchers have identified the location of the gene that causes the most common forms of CAH as chromosome 6.

    For diagnosis of CAH, the most common way that health care providers identify CAH in infants is through a newborn-screening blood test. If the first screening test indicates that the infant may have CAH, the health care provider will order another blood test to confirm the diagnosis. In some cases, female infants may have visible genital abnormalities that lead health care providers to suspect CAH as the cause. In these cases, health care providers will order an additional test to confirm the diagnosis. The milder form of CAH, when suspected, can also be diagnosed by the ACTH stimulation test.

    CAH cannot be cured, but it can be treated and controlled. People with CAH can take medication to help replace the hormones their bodies are not making. Some people with CAH need only these medications when they are sick, but other people with CAH may need to take medication every day.

    PITUITARY TUMORS DIAGNOSIS

    The first step in diagnosing pituitary tumors is through a physical exam. This exam includes a neurologic examination and evaluation for signs of excessive hormone secretion. A health care provider may also conduct a vision test to determine whether the growth of a pituitary tumor has affected sight or peripheral vision. If results of this test lead the health care provider to suspect a pituitary tumor, he or she will order one or more tests of the patient's endocrine function. To confirm the diagnosis, the health care provider may ask for a test of the patient's visual field (the area visible at a given instant without moving the eyes) or a magnetic resonance imaging scan of the patient's head.

    The most widely used treatment for non-cancerous pituitary tumors is transsphenoidal adenomectomy. Using a microscope and small instruments, the health care provider removes the tumor through a nostril or opening below the upper lip. Radiation is also used.

    PHEOCHROMOCYTOMA & PARAGALIOMA DIAGNOSIS

    Pheochromocytomas are very rare. Only about 800 cases of pheochromocytoma are diagnosed each year in the United States. Although they can occur at any age, they occur most commonly in middle age. A pheochromocytoma can be life threatening if not diagnosed and treated. In approximately one-third of pheochromocytoma cases, there is a family history of the disease. Researchers have identified multiple genes as being associated with the tumors.

    Diagnosing a Pheochromocytoma/Paraganglioma - If a health care provider suspects a paraganglioma, he or she may administer a blood or urine test. The test measures the levels of catecholamines, which are hormones that increase the heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and amount of energy available to the body, and metanephrines - molecules into which catecholamines are broken down by the body.

    The usual treatment for pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma is removal of the tumor through surgery. In most cases, removing the tumor improves the patient's blood pressure control. This treatment seems to be more effective in patients whose high blood pressure is sporadic than in those patients whose high blood pressure is long lasting.

    HYPERALDOSTERONISM

    If a health care provider suspects hyperaldosteronism, he or she may order blood and urine tests to check for high levels of aldosterone and low levels of potassium. The health care provider also may order a computed tomography scan to determine whether a noncancerous tumor or other abnormal growth of the adrenal glands is present.

    The treatment for hyperaldosteronism caused by an excessive growth of normal cells in both adrenal glands is medications that block the effect of aldosterone. The treatment for hyperaldosteronism caused by a non-cancerous tumor in one adrenal gland is removing the affected gland using laparoscopicsurgery. This type of surgery is minimally invasive, involving only small incisions in the abdomen, and is usually easier to recover from than is traditional surgery.



    ADRENAL GLAND FUNCTION SELF-TEST

    Normally, systolic blood pressure (the first number in the measurement of blood pressure - 120/80) is approximately 10 points higher when a person is standing than when they are lying down. If the adrenal glands are not functioning properly, however, this may not be the case.

    Take and compare two blood pressure readings - one while lying down and one while standing.
      1. Lie down and rest for five minutes.
      2. After five minutes, take your blood pressure.
      3. Stand up immediately and take your blood pressure again.

    If your blood pressure reading is lower after you stand up, suspect reduced adrenal gland function. The degree to which the blood pressure drops upon standing is often proportionate to the degree of hypoadrenalism.


    TREATMENT CONSIDERATIONS

  • A person with Addison's disease must take medication as prescribed and pay careful attention to diet. Nutritional Supplements are often recommended.

  • Treatment of steroid excess involves management of high blood sugar with diet and medication, replacement of Potassium, treatment of high blood pressure, early treatment of any infections, adequate Calcium intake, and appropriate adjustments in steroid dosages at times of acute illness, surgery, or injury.

  • Adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), a hormone released by the pituitary gland when under stress, sets in motion a sequence of biochemical events that results in the activation of substances that raise blood pressure. The presence of this hormone leads to sodium retention and potassium excretion. As a result of this mechanism, stress not only puts strain on the adrenal glands, but may also cause the body to retain water, which can lead to hypertension.

  • Distress (unresolved stress) is the most important factor in "adrenal burnout," with all its manifestations including immune deficiency and degenerative diseases. Professional help to deal with anger and rage, and to deal with psychological or spiritual issues will help reduce cortisol levels. Any stress-reduction technique that works for you should be pursued.

  • Decrease your consumption of caffeine and alcohol, as well as your intake of fats, salt, and sugar. If you smoke, stop.

  • Conventional medical tests may consider cortisol levels within a very broad range as normal, and anything outside that range indicates disease after damage has already occurred such as in Cushing's Disease or Addison's Disease. Within those extremes, a person can feel miserable and still be told their adrenals are normal. Some practitioners may measure cortisol at several points in the day to track the adrenals' day-night pattern (diurnal rhythm) using a panel of simple saliva tests. The ideal outcome from this type of testing is to see cortisol elevated in the morning to help you get up and going in your day, lower but steady throughout the day to sustain energy, then fall in the evening to support restful sleep.

  • Hyperadrenia: In the early stages of adrenal dysfunction, cortisol levels will be too high during the day and continue rising in the evening.

    In the middle stages of adrenal dysfunction, cortisol may rise and fall unevenly as the body struggles to balance itself despite the disruptions of caffeine, carbs and other factors, but levels are not normal and are typically too high at night.

    Hypoadrenia: In advanced stages of adrenal dysfunction, when the adrenals are exhausted from overwork, cortisol will never reach normal levels.





    NUTRITIONAL & LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS

    GENERAL DIETARY SUGGESTIONS

  • Consume plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables (particularly green leafy ones). Brewer's Yeast, brown rice, legumes, nuts, olives and safflower seeds, Wheat Germ, and whole grains are healthy additions to the diet as well.

  • Eat deep-water ocean fish, salmon, or tuna at least three times a week. Fish is a good source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids.

  • Include in the diet Garlic, Onions, Shiitake Mushrooms and Pearl Barley. These foods contain Germanium, a powerful stimulant of the immune system.

  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco; these substances are highly toxic to the adrenal and other glands.

  • Stay away from fats, fried foods, ham, pork, highly processed foods, red meats, sodas, sugar, and white flour. These foods put unnecessary stress on the adrenal glands.

  • PHYSICAL & MENTAL SUGGESTIONS

  • Get regular moderate exercise. This stimulates the adrenal glands and also helps to relieve stress.

  • As much as possible, avoid stress. Continuous and prolonged stress from a troubled relationship, job-related problems, illness, or feelings of low self-esteem or loneliness can be detrimental to the adrenal glands. Take positive action to relieve stressful situations.

  • MoonDragon's Womens Health Information : Stress



    RECOMMENDED NUTRITIONAL PRODUCTS


  • Brewer's Yeast Herbal Products
  • Germanium Supplement Products
  • Shiitake Mushrooms Herbal Products
  • Wheat Germ Herbal Products


  • HERBAL RECOMMENDATIONS - STRESS MANAGEMENT HERBS

  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), also known as Winter Cherry, may be helpful.Ashwagandha is similar to ginseng but far less expensive. Ashwagandha was called "Indian Ginseng". Ashwagandha is Ayurvedas superior rejuvenative herb for the muscles, bone marrow and semen. This herb is superior for stress, weakness, tissue deficiency, the elderly, overwork, lack of sleep, nervous exhaustion, sexual debility, problems of old age, loss of memory, loss of muscular energy, insomnia, weak eyes, cough, infertility, glandular swelling. It inhibits aging and catalyzes the anabolic processes of the body, nurtures and clarifies the mind promoting dreamless sleep. Ashwagandha helps the body adapt to stress, but it also rebuilds the nervous system without stimulating it, a wonderful sleep tonic. In the morning it helps build the immune system and muscular-skeletal systems, both of which are negatively impacted by stress and helps those under stress. Ashwagandha comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products. The suggested dosage is 1 teaspoon of powder twice a day, boiled in milk or water. Those who are young or especially weak should take a lower dosage. For best results, read and follow product label directions.

  • Astragalus improves adrenal gland function and aids in stress reduction. Caution: Do not use this herb in the presence of a fever.

  • Using Echinacea can increase white blood cell production and protect tissues from bacteria invasion.

  • Milk Thistle extract aids in liver function, which in turn helps adrenal function.

  • Siberian (Eleuthero) Ginseng is an herb that helps the adrenal glands prepare the body for stressful situations. Caution: Do not use this herb if you have hypoglycemia, high blood pressure, or a heart disorder.

  • Calming herbs such as Kava Kava, St. John's Wort and Valerian are good stress reducers. The German Commission E recommends Kava for treating nervous anxiety, tension, and agitation. It is also used to relieve stress and reduce insomnia, tension headaches, and alcohol withdrawal. Kava is sometimes used as a local anesthetic. When combined with pumpkin seed, it is used in treating irritable bladder syndrome. Kava is used in Hawaii to reduce anxiety and fatigue, induce sleep, but is also used to treat asthma, arthritis pains, and urinary difficulties. Medical tests suggest it may be helpful in treating psychosomatic symptoms in menopause. In the South Sea Islands, Kava Kava is used as a calming and stimulating intoxicant. Taken in large quantities this herb produces a euphoric state. There are many forms of Kava and the quality varies with each manufacturer. Due to the nature of this herb, it is best to consult with a health care provider before using this herb for the treatment of your condition.

  • Schizandra Fruit, also known as Magnolia Vine Berries and Schisandra Berry, is a Chinese remedy that will increase oxygen absorption and boost the immune system. They coordinate the activities of the internal organs and help control the balance of its body's physiological processes. Schizandra Fruit helps the body adapt to stress and nourishes the nervous system. Schizandra Fruit is listed among China's most important herbs. Schizandra Fruit is currently popular worldwide as a tonic and in Asia as a food. Use as directed on product label. Pregnant and nursing women should not use Schizandra (it is a uterine stimulant). People who have gallstones or blockages of the bile ducts and those with peptic ulcers, epilepsy and very high blood pressure should also avoid Schizandra. Do not take Schizandra if you have intracranial (in the head) pressure.

  • St. John's Wort is mainly used for the treatment of mild to moderate depression. It can also be used for chronic insomnia and anxiety related to depression.St. John's Wort may also be effective in relieving seasonal affective disorder (SAD). St. John's Wort extract is usually standardized to the substance hypercin. The recommended dose of St. John's Wort is 300 mg 3 times a day of an extract standardized to contain 0.3 percent hypercin; however, a few new products on the market are standardized to hyperforin content of 2 to 3 percent, instead of hypercin, and should be taken at the same dosage. If the herb bothers you, take it with food. It can take four weeks of usage to receive the full benefits of St. John's Wort.

  • In the 1970s, scientific human studies were performed on Valerian which lead the German Commission E to approve its use a sleep aid in 1985. This herb works well in treating depression, panic attacks, emotional stress, PMS, menstrual cramps, and despondency. It is also used for hypochondria, nervous headaches, migraine headaches, irritability, hysteria, and mild spasmodic affections. Valerian has been used to treat diarrhea, epilepsy, croup, convulsions, vertigo, nervous cough, delirium, neuralgia, muscle cramps, gas pains, stomach cramps, spasms, palpitations, gas, and colic. For treating insomnia, the recommended dosage of Valerian Root is 2 to 3 grams of dried herb, 270 to 450 mg of an aqueous Valerian extract, or 600 mg of an ethanol extract, taken 30 to 60 minutes before bedtime. For the best results, take this herb over an extended period of time. Try the same dosages for treating anxiety, or reduce the dose and take twice daily. Note: These dosages are meant to be used as guidelines. Always read product label directions before use.



  • RECOMMENDED HERBAL PRODUCTS


  • Ashwagandha Herbal Products
  • Astragalus Herbal Products
  • Echinacea Herbal Products
  • Siberian (Eleuthero) Ginseng Herbal Products
  • Kava Kava Herbal Products
  • Milk Thistle Herbal Products
  • Schizandra Fruit Herbal Products
  • St. John's Wort Herbal Products
  • Valerian Herbal Products


  • NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS

    Unless otherwise specified, the dosages recommended here are for adults. For a child between the ages of 12 and 17, reduce the dose to 3/4 the recommended amount. For a child between 6 and 12, use 1/2 the recommended dose. Consult your health care provider prior to treatment for children under 6 years of age or if you have a health issue that may contraindicate the use of certain nutritional supplements or therapies. Consult your midwife if you are pregnant or breastfeeding prior to using any nutritional supplement or therapy.

    NUTRIENTS
    Supplement
    Suggested Dosage
    Comments
    Essential
    Vitamin B Complex
    100 mg twice daily. All B vitamins are necessary for adrenal function. B Vitamins must be replenished daily.

  • Vitamin B-Complex Supplement Products
  • Plus extra
    Vitamin B-5
    (Pantothenic Acid)
    100 mg 3 times daily. The adrenal glands do not function adequately without pantothenic acid. Needed for normal brain function and to correct deficiencies. May help lift depression and is essential for a healthy nervous system. B Vitamins must be replenished daily.

  • Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid / Pantethine) Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C
    With Bioflavonoids
    4,000 to 10,000 mg daily, in divided doses. Vital for proper functioning of the adrenals and antioxidant protection for enzyme systems. Vitamin C help to produce cytotoxic enzymes which white blood cells use to eliminate foreign matter.

  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Bioflavonoids Supplement Products
  • Very Important
    Coenzyme A
    As directed on label. Needed for proper functioning of the adrenal glands. Reduces stress.

  • CoEnzyme A Supplement Products
  • L-Tyrosine
    500 mg daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg Vitamin B-6 and 100 mg Vitamin C for better absorption. Aids in adrenal gland function and relieves excess stress put on the glands. Caution: Do not take tyrosine if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug.

  • Tyrosine Amino Acid Supplement Products
  • Important
    Raw Adrenal Glandular

    Raw Adrenal Cortex Glandular
    As directed on labels. Protein derived from the adrenal gland substance helps to rebuild and repair the adrenal glands. Supports the cortex portion of the adrenal gland. The adrenal cortex is the outer portion of the adrenal gland and is involved in the secretion of a variety of adrenal hormones, mainly cortisol.

  • Adrenal Glandular Supplement Products
  • Chlorophyll
    (Alfalfa & Greens)
    As directed on labels. Cleanses the bloodstream.


  • Alfalfa Herbal Products
  • Chlorophyll Herbal Products
  • Greens, Green Foods Herbal Products
  • Coenzyme Q-10
    60 mg daily. Antioxidant properties. Carries oxygen to all glands.

  • CoEnzyme Q-10 (CoQ10) Supplement Products

  • Multi-Vitamin Complex
    &
    Multi-Mineral Complex
    As directed on label. All nutrients are needed for proper adrenal function. Use a high potency formula. The vitamins and minerals in iron free Multi-Vitamin & Multi-Mineral supplements play many important roles in the body: antioxidants to protect fats, cells and DNA, coenzyme precursors for energy production and metabolism, and cofactors for hormones and enzymes which regulate body processes.

  • Multivitamin Complex Supplement Products
  • Multimineral Complex Supplement Products
  • With
    Calcium
    1,500 mg daily. All listed nutrients are needed for proper adrenal function.

  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • And
    Magnesium
    750 mg daily. All nutrients are needed for proper adrenal function.

  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Beta Carotene
    Carotenoid Complex
    15,000 IU daily. All listed nutrients are needed for proper adrenal function. If you have diabetes, use formula without Beta-Carotene.

  • Beta Carotene Supplement Products
  • Carotene Complex Products
  • Copper
    3 mg daily. All listed nutrients are needed for proper adrenal function.

  • Copper Supplement Products
  • Potassium
    99 mg daily. All nutrients are needed for proper adrenal function. Needed to balance with sodium. Potassium depleted with this disorder.

  • Potassium Supplement Products
  • And
    Zinc
    50 mg daily. Do not exceed a total of 100 mg daily from all supplements. Boosts immune function.

  • Zinc Supplement Products
  • Germanium
    100 mg daily. Enhances immune function.

  • Germanium Supplement Products
  • Raw Liver Glandular Extract
    As directed on label. Supplies natural B vitamins, iron, and enzymes.

  • Liver Glandular Supplement Products
  • Raw Spleen Glandular

    Raw Pituitary Glandular
    As directed on label. Boosts immune function and aids healing process.

  • Spleen Glandular Supplement Products
  • Pituitary Glandular Supplement Products
  • Multiple Complex Glandular Supplement Products
  • SAM-e (S-Adenosylmethionine)
    As directed on label. Helps to reduce stress and depression. Gives a sense of well-being. Caution: Do not use if you have manic-depressive disorder or take prescription antidepressants.

  • SAM-e (S-Adenosylmethione) Supplement Products


  • ADRENAL FATIGUE & DIET

    Chronic stress is a major culprit in people's lives, especially women, contributing to ongoing cycles of fatigue, poor nutrition, waves of exhaustion, mood swings, and hormonal imbalance. When asked, patients think they have too much responsibility that is impossible to manage. Trying to help themselves through each day, many women find themselves overloading on caffeine, sugary snacks, alcohol, and even sleep aids to manage stress, all of which can disrupt our body's normal rhythms.

    Research shows that when we experience chronic stress, our adrenal glands, those tiny glands that moderate the stress response as well as regulate other hormones, will suffer. The adrenals, which are the size of walnuts, have an enormous job. They produce many hormones that regulate the body's functioning, including cortisol, a hormone activated when our stress levels rise, signaling our body to enter a heightened state of emergency. But high cortisol levels are intended to be short term, not remain elevated. Since the adrenals do not know the difference between stressors, they can continue to work hard to do their jobs, whether we are stressed due to a true emergency or are simply stressed out.

    When our cortisol levels stay elevated, it interferes with many functions in our body, including immune function, digestion, sleep, and even the ability to produce other essential hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and thyroid hormones. This can lead to high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess abdominal fat, and inflammation. In the meantime, our health is compromised, along with our moods, and even our sex drive.

    When the adrenal glands continue to be compromised long term, they have a decreased ability to produce cortisol, and instead produce extra adrenaline, causing us to feel irritable, shaky, lightheaded, and anxious. Adrenal fatigue is a syndrome that can, over time, cause low blood pressure, allergies, and pure exhaustion. These issues, although very concerning, can also be relieved when adrenal dysfunction is healed. And the good news is, it can be healed or at the least, reduced to levels that can be managed. Along with decreasing chronic stress, adjusting our emotional responses to stressors, and changing what, when and how we eat, we can reverse adrenal fatigue. Let us take a look at some of the dietary approaches we can utilize to not only support our adrenals, but also improve our energy and promote better sleep.

    TIMING YOUR MEALS & SNACKS

    When we go for long periods without food, the adrenal glands work hard to release more cortisol and adrenaline, to try to maintain the body's normal functioning. When blood sugar dips for extended periods, this creates a stress reaction, taxing the adrenals. It is important to know that the body always needs energy, even when resting or sleeping. Cortisol works to moderate blood sugar in between meals and at night, so regulating cortisol levels by eating timely, healthy meals and snacks is key.

    Cortisol levels follow our natural circadian rhythm. It begins to rise around 6 am, peaks around 8 am, and then throughout the day naturally rises and falls as needed. It tapers off at night, and reaches its lowest levels while we are sleeping. Timing our meals, and how much we eat, can help regulate cortisol and its natural cycle. Eating larger meals earlier in the day naturally helps support cortisol levels, while eating smaller, lighter meals at the end of the day helps maintain hormonal balance.

    Exercise will also increase cortisol levels, so enjoying lighter activities while trying to heal adrenal fatigue is important. To keep cortisol levels as smooth as possible, heavier exercise is recommended in the morning or early afternoon when cortisol is higher, and lighter exercise, such as walking or gentle stretching such as restorative yoga, is better in the evening.

    Not hungry in the morning even if Cortisol is higher? The old adage about breakfast being the most important meal is actually true. Eating a nutritious breakfast that includes protein within an hour of rising will help balance your metabolism and cortisol throughout the entire day. But it is hard to eat when we do not feel hungry, even if we know it is important. Here are reasons we may not feel hungry in the morning:
    • Corticotrophin-releasing hormone (CRH) levels can dull the appetite when it enters the bloodstream at a fast rate first thing in the morning.
    • Decreased liver function can accompany adrenal fatigue, which also can quell morning hunger.
    In addition to what you eat, when you eat is critical. Here are some tips to help support your natural cortisol cycle:
    • Try to eat breakfast within an hour of getting up, or by 8 am to restore blood sugar levels that were depleted during the night.
    • Eat a healthy snack around 9 am.
    • Try to eat lunch between 11 am and noon to keep blood sugar steady and prevent a large dip in cortisol levels.
    • Eat a healthy snack between 2 and 3 pm to help off-set the typical natural cortisol dip that occurs around 3 or 4 pm. Many people notice this dip every day and reach for extra caffeine or carbohydrate-loaded snacks, which will actually impede hormonal balance.
    • Try to eat dinner between 5 and 6 pm (no later than 6 pm) and although it may be difficult at first, try to eat a light meal. Eventually your body will enjoy digesting less food in the evening.
    • Eat a nutritious, light snack an hour before bed, but be sure to avoid refined sugars. Nut butters with fresh fruit or cheese are ideal choices.
    You should make your dinner the lightest meal of the day to avoid stimulating corisol output when it should be tapering off in time for bed. When meals and snacks are properly timed, dramatic drops in blood sugar can be prevented and the body's natural functioning supported. The adrenals will not have to continually work to produce cortisol and can instead perform many of their other important secondary functions. We will have more energy and feel more happiness throughout the day.

    CHOOSING THE RIGHT FOODS & BEVERAGES

    It is natural to crave sweets when we have low blood sugar. Fighting adrenal fatigue is exhausting, and reaching for quick, easy, and even tasty snacks such as cookies, doughnuts, candy, colas and coffee drinks is common. Unfortunately the energy we get from these types of foods is short-acting. The quick spike in blood sugar followed by a spike in insulin levels clears from our bloodstream so fast that we refer to this process as a "sugar crash".

    Stress and exhaustion, when combined with hunger, can impede the ability to make healthy choices. When we are not aware of the effects that too much caffeine and refined carbohydrates have on our bodies, we may not realize we are affecting our hormones and how they function, as well as our sleep patterns by consuming them. A Gluten-Free Diet and limited caffeine may be recommended to patients who are suffering from adrenal fatigue.

    In addition to cortisol levels, serotonin may also be off balance, signaling our body to rest. That does not always mean sleep, sometimes deep breathing or a 10-minute walk outdoors can help boost serotonin and ward off fatigue.

    EATING TO SUPPORT ADRENAL HEALTH

    Use fresh, whole foods, preferably organic, locally grown, seasonal food for meals and snacks. Avoid preservatives, added hormones, artificial colors, dyes, and chemicals. Include lean protein with each meal and snack to help stabilize blood sugar and stave off cravings for refined sugars and caffeine. When purchasing prepared foods, try to obtain them from a health food store or a whole-foods grocery offering natural, whole foods.

    Try to prepare and keep available extra nutritious snacks ready to remedy cravings. Beverages also make a difference in supporting adrenal health.


    ADRENAL DRAINING FOODS

    ADRENAL RESTORING FOODS

  • Drinks that contain caffeine.

  • If coffee is a must, try to have one cup in the morning with a nutritious breakfast.

  • Panax Ginseng, Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng), taken in the morning.

  • Drinks that contain alcohol.

  • Herbal teas like Chamomile, Passionflower. Valerian.

  • Sports drinks like Gatorade.

  • Vegetable Juice Blend (with Salt) like V-8
  • Green Vegetable Drinks



  • FOODS TO HEAL THE ADRENALS

  • Licorice herbal tea.
  • Seaweeds - Nori, Wakame, Kombu, Hijiki.
  • Naturally fermented Miso without MSG.
  • Sprouts.
  • Soy Sauce without MSG.
  • Carob.
  • Ginger.
  • Sea salt or salted water, if it tastes good to you.
  • Beans combined with whole grains.
  • Organic meats like Lamb, wild meats like Venison.
  • Arctic Char.
  • Alaskan Salmon.
  • Bone broths with acidic wine or vinegar added.
  • Red and orange vegetables.
  • Almond Oil.


  • FOODS TO AVOID & CAN HURT THE ADRENALS

  • Coffee and Black Tea (including decaf),
  • Juice.
  • Sugar.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Deep-fried foods.
  • Rancid oils, seeds, and nuts.
  • Soda (carbonated drinks), including Diet Soda.
  • Processed meats and cheeses.
  • Textured vegetable protein.
  • Chocolate.
  • White flour in breads, pies, cakes, cookies, and pasta.
  • Cow's milk.
  • Artificial sweeteners and ingredients.
  • Fast food; junk food; and foods to which you are allergic, sensitive, or addicted.
  • White Rice.


  • ADRENAL IMBALANCE & SALT

    Health care practitioners recommend patients give in to their salt cravings during periods of adrenal fatigue. Salt cravings in adrenal insufficiency are related to low levels of a steroid hormone called aldosterone. This hormone helps the body maintain salt and water as a way to help regulate blood pressure. When cortisol goes up, aldosterone goes down. Like cortisol, aldosterone fluctuates throughout the day, and is also influenced by stress. Chronically low levels of aldosterone can impact electrolyte balance, and sodium intake is one way to help correct this imbalance.

    If you experience lightheadedness when you get out of bed in the morning, or when you get out of a hot bath or shower, you may have hypotension or low blood pressure. This is a common side effect of adrenal insufficiency, so adding good quality-salt, such as Sea Salts, could be helpful to manage those symptoms.

    ADRENAL NUTRIENTS

    In many cases of adrenal fatigue, a poor diet is one of its main causes, but in all cases of recovery, a nutritious diet is a major factor. Eating the right combination of foods is essential. Experts recommend high-quality animal protein, heart-healthy fats, five to six servings of vegetables a day, sea salt (yes, you read that right), and complex carbohydrates. To give your adrenals a rest from keeping glucose levels up, combine the following at every meal and snack.

    When we make necessary dietary changes, we may often feel stress, which of course does not help break the stress-patterns that have already depleted our adrenal glands. Do not punish yourself if you occasionally get offtract with your adrenal healing diet. Feelings of self-disappointment that are associated with bingeing may lead to a desire to abandon the course of action. Doing your best 90-percent of the time is better than not doing anything at all. Guilt and feeling the need to punish yourself adds to your stress and is not a healthy way to support your adrenal glands. Simply do your best and continue to try to stay on course, even with an occasional side-trip.

    While you likely will need to take supplements several times a day depending on the severity of your adrenal fatigue, try to get plenty of these critical nutrients in most of your meals and snacks as well.

    PROTEIN

    Eat lightly cooked or raw Protein whenever possible to preserve Amino Acids and naturally occurring Enzymes needed to digest food. This reduces the burden on your body to manufacture these enzymes, leaving more energy to spend healing your adrenals.

    Vegetarians suffering from adrenal fatigue should eat Eggs and Dairy products to get sufficient B-vitamins and essential amino acids. Most vegetarians do not eat enough protein, which affects the glucose-insulin balance, making the adrenals work harder.

    Best Proteins include Sushi, Ceviche, Steak Tartare, Eggs, Goat's Milk & Cheese, Whey Protein, Legumes combined with Whole Grains, Seeds, or Nuts.

    FAT

    Fats are a basic building block for the body. It is also important because some fats (like butter) contain cholesterol, which your adrenal glands need to produce hormones. Fat should not exceed 20 to 25 percent of total daily calories, unless you are in the first phase of healing, when you should get 30 to 35 percent.

    Best Fats include Coconut Oil, Palm & Palm Kernel Oil, Cocoa Butter, Butter, Almond oil, and Olive Oil.

    COMPLEX CARBOHYDRATES

    Your body metabolizes unrefined, complex carbohydrates in whole foods more slowly than the refined carbohydrates in white bread, pasta, or pastries, sustaining your energy longer and preventing sugar crashes. As a result, the adrenals do not have to work as hard to maintain proper blood sugar. Consider keeping a container of fresh crudités in the fridge to grab and go. Crudites are traditional French appetizers consisting of sliced or whole raw vegetables. They are sometimes dipped in a vinaigrette or other dipping sauce. In simpler terms it is a raw vegetable tray consisting of celery sticks, carrot sticks, cucumber sticks, bell pepper strips, broccoili, cauliflower, fennel, and asparagus spears, and sometimes olives. You can also add a vegetable to your eggs at breakfast such as sauteed spinach, mushrooms, or sliced tomatoes. These all go great in a vegetable omelet. Whole grains are another complex carbohydate option, but only if your body can tolerate them. Some nutritionists suggest avoiding the gluten-containing grains wheat, rye, and barley because they are harder to digest and many people are gluten intolerant. Sprouted grains are more easily digested and are higher in nutrients.

    Best complex carbohydrates include Spinach, chard, red pepper, yellow and butternut squash, beets, carrots, millet, brown rice, quinoa, low-acid fruits like papaya, mango, plums, pears, kiwi, apples, and cherries.

    VITAMIN C

    Vitamin C is probably the most important vitamin for adrenal function. Vitamin C plays a vital role in converting cholesterol into hormones, a process known as the adrenal cascade. Vitamin C acts as a restorative Antioxidant inside the adrenal glands - key since the cascade constantly creates free radicals that impair the production of energy in our cells and cause debilitating fatigue. The adrenals are the only organs that can store vitamin C.

    Best sources of Vitamin C include Sprouts, Green Leafy Vegetables, Tomatoes, Cayenne and Red Chili & Bell Peppers, Brussels Sprouts, Broccoli, Strawberries, Rosehips and Acerola.

    MAGNESIUM

    Magnesium is a mineral that acts as a spark plug for the production of enzymes and energy needed for the adrenal cascade. It also moderates blood pressure, which tends to increase with elevated cortisol output.

    Best sources of Magnesium include Sea Vegetables, Nuts, Brown Sesame Seeds, Whole Wheat (if tolerated), Brown Rice, Peas, Beans.

    B-VITAMINS

    While all the B-Vitamins are involved in the adrenal cascade, the most critical ones are Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid) and Vitamin B-6 (Pyridoxine). Both help convert blood sugar into energy.

    Best sources of Vitamin Bs include Whole Grains, Brewers Yeast, Egg Yolks, Miso, Avocado, Peanuts, Liver, Soybeans, Lentils.

    CALCIUM

    Calcium calms the sympathetic nervous system, the body’s “fight-or-flight” response.

    Best sources of Calcium: Sesame Seeds, Beans, Nuts, Collards, Kale, Swiss Chard, Broccoli, Parsley, Sea Vegetables, Goats Milk.

    TRACE MINERALS

    In small amounts, Zinc, Manganese, Selenium, Molybdenum, Chromium, Copper, Iodine, and other Minerals ease nervousness.

    Best sources of trace minerals include Young Plants, Algae, Sprouts, Sea Vegetables.

    SODIUM

    Aldosterone, the hormone that controls Sodium and Potassium levels in the body, is secreted on the outside of the adrenal glands. When the adrenals are fatigued and not making enough aldosterone, the body cannot retain Sodium or water effectively, so you become mildly dehydrated. Consequently, a person will have low blood sugar and crave salt.

    Best sources of Sodium include Sea Salt, Kelp, Gomasio, Dulse, Green & Black Olives, Hot Red Peppers, New Zealand Spinach (an heirloom variety with higher sodium content), Swiss Chard, Beet Greens, Celery, Zucchini.

    NUTRIENTS VALUABLE TO ADRENAL HEALTH - A QUICK SUMMARY

    Vitamins and minerals and micronutrients found in a pharmaceutical-grade supplements are essential to restoring adrenal health, and supporting the entire endocrine system. Not only can they help the healing process, but they can provide extra nutrition to our cells, and support proper adrenal functioning every day. Here are some important ones. HERBAL SUPPORT FOR ADRENAL HEALTH

    Herbal support is also a consideration when treating adrenal fatigue. Adaptogens are herbs that actually adapt to the individual needs of your body, providing the additional essential support your adrenals need. Begin with the first two herbs listed below, along with B vitamins. If you do not notice improvement within a few weeks, be sure to consult with a naturopathic or functional medicine provider for evaluation and a program that evaluates your specific needs.
    It is amazing to think that the adrenal glands have so much power over our body functions and well-being. When they are working properly they offer balance thus providing us with energy when we require it, and helping us feel relaxed when it is time to rest. The burden is great on our adrenals, and they can become impaired under the weight of long term stress. But we can make small choices that can dramatically impact their functioning for the better. With proper nutrition, exercise, relaxation, and sleep, our body's natural rhythms will be supported. By reducing stress levels, our adrenal glands will work in harmony with us, and our energy and vitality will be renewed.



    ADRENAL NUTRITION- RECIPES

  • Carob & Psyllium Breakfast Shake
  • Breakfast Fruit Smoothie
  • Berry Quinoa Parfait
  • Breakfast Eggs In Ancho Tomato Salsa Recipe
  • Black Bean Salad
  • Handrolls With Onion Soy Sauce
  • Vegetable Chicken Soup
  • Chickpea Cauliflower Curry



  • CAROB & PSYLLIUM BREAKFAST SHAKE

    Instructions
    Place everything in a blender, and blend until smooth. High in fiber and protein nutrition to keep the digestive tract moving. For a variation, add a banana, or a few fresh strawberries or blueberries to the blender. Serves 1.



    BREAKFAST FRUIT SMOOTHIE

    Ingredients
    Instructions

    Combine all ingredients in a blender. Optional: Add a few cubes of ice, as well as powdered vitamins. Cover; blend until fairly smooth. Makes 2 servings.

    Note: Instead of blueberries, frozen strawberries, peaches, raspberries, or other fruit can be used for a flavor variation.



    BERRY QUINOA PARFAIT RECIPE

    Ingredients
    Instructions

    Mix quinoa, yogurt, honey, vanilla extract and cinnamon in small bowl. In another small bowl, fold blueberries gently into acai pulp, stirring to coat. Spoon 1/3 of the quinoa mixture into a tall glass, then 1/3 of the blueberry mixture on top. Repeat layers twice, ending with acai-blueberry mixture.



    BREAKFAST EGGS IN ANCHO TOMATO SALSA RECIPE

    Ingredients
    Instructions

    Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the halved tomatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet and toss with the canola oil to coat well. Roast the tomatoes until they are soft and collapsed, about 25 minutes. Set aside to cool. Place the chiles in a small mixing bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover the bowl tightly with a piece of plastic wrap. Let stand until the chiles are soft and pliable, about 15 minutes.

    When the tomatoes are cool enough to handle, slip off their skins and place them in a food processor along with the softened chiles, onion, garlic, and lime juice. Process until smooth. Season with salt to taste. Pour the salsa into a large skillet and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Crack one egg at a time into a small bowl and add to the simmering sauce, distributing the eggs evenly throughout the pan. Cover the pan tightly and cook until the egg whites are firm but the yolks are still slightly runny, about 7 minutes.

    Remove the eggs from the heat, garnish with the chopped cilantro, and spoon the eggs, along with plenty of sauce onto individual serving plates. Serves 4 to 6.



    BLACK BEAN SALAD RECIPE

    Ingredients
      1 15-ounce can Black Beans, drained, rinsed, and chilled
      1 Mango, diced
      1/2 Red Bell Pepper, diced
      1 Scallion, sliced thinly
      2 tablespoons extra-virgin Olive Oil
      2 teaspoons Red-Wine Vinegar
      1 to 2 teaspoons Jalapeno Pepper, minced
      1/4 teaspoon Cilantro, dried
      Salt to taste
      2 tablespoons Goat Cheese, crumbled

    Mix everything but the cheese in a bowl. Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for an hour before serving for best flavor. Add cheese just before serving. Serves 4.

    Note: 1 to 2 teaspoons fresh chopped Cilantro can be used in place of dried for flavor.



    HANDROLLS WITH ONION SOY SAUCE RECIPE

    Ingredients
      1/4 Onion, diced
      1/4 teaspoon Rice Wine Vinegar
      1/4 teaspoon Lemon Juice
      4 tablespoons Soy Sauce
      4 large leaves of Red Chard
      3/4 cup cooked Brown Sushi Rice
      8 1-ounce slices of Sushi-Grade, Raw Ahi Tuna
      8 slices of ripe Papaya, about the same size as the Ahi slices
      1 Avocado, sliced into eighths
      1 ounce of Microgreens or Sprouts, evenly divided for four rolls
      4 roughly chopped Macadamia Nuts

    Instructions

    Place onion, vinegar, lemon juice, and soy sauce in a small bowl, and set aside. Lightly steam the chard leaves for 2 minutes. Run under cool water, and pat dry. Stack 2 leaves on top of each other with the underside up and the thick side of the stems closest to you. Fill the center with 2 to 3 tablespoons of rice, flush with the thick edge of the stem, leaving the upper half of the leaf empty. Add 2 slices each of ahi, papaya, and avocado. Top with microgreens and one chopped macadamia, and fold the sides together and the bottom of the leaf up over them. Repeat with remaining chard leaves. Spoon onion-soy mixture inside and serve. Serves 4



    VEGETABLE CHICKEN SOUP RECIPE

    Ingredients
      1 tablespoon Olive Oil
      1 medium Onion, chopped
      1 pound skinless and boneless Chicken Breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
      6 ounces Green Beans, cut into bite-size pieces or Red Kidney Beans
      1 cup chopped Celery
      1 Zucchini, sliced
      1 tablespoon fresh Basil, chopped
      1/2 of a 14.5-ounce can Diced Tomatoes, drained
      4 cups Chicken Broth
      1 teaspoon Paprika
      1 to 2 tablespoons raw Honey
      2 tablespoons Lemon Juice
      2 teaspoons minced raw Ginger
      2 teaspoons pressed raw Garlic
      Salt and pepper to taste

    Instructions

    In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat for several minutes. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft. Add chicken, and continue to stir occasionally to brown lightly on all sides. Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, and allow to simmer until vegetables are just tender and chicken is cooked through. Serves 4.



    CHICKPEA & CAULIFLOWER CURRY RECIPE

    Ingredients
      1 teaspoon Grapeseed Oil
      1/4 cup coarsely chopped Onion
      1/2 cup Water 1/2 cup canned Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
      1/2 cup coarsely chopped Cauliflower florets
      1/4 cup baby Carrots, cut into rounds
      1 tablespoon dried currants or raisins 1/4 teaspoon ground Cinnamon
      1/4 teaspoon Curry powder
      1/8 teaspoon ground Turmeric
      1 tablespoon light unsweetened Coconut Milk
      2 tablespoon fat-free plain Greek yogurt

    Instructions

    Heat the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat for about 1 minute. Add the onion and cook about 1 minute, or until softened. Reduce to low heat. Add the water, chickpeas, cauliflower, carrots, currants, cinnamon, curry powder, turmeric and coconut milk. Stir to combine. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until the cauliflower is soft and the liquid is mostly absorbed. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Serve topped with yogurt and garnish with additional cinnamon, if desired.





    NOTIFY YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER


  • If You have symptoms of adrenal function abnormalities.
  • You have any unexpected or unusual symptoms. Some people may have sensitivity, allergies, or other health conditions which would prevent them from using certain herbs, medications, or other treatments.



  • ADRENAL DISORDERS - EDUCATION & INFORMATION

    AMAZON PRODUCTS

  • Adrenal Fatigue, the 21st Century Stress Syndrome by James Wilson
  • The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook by Martha Davis
  • The Cortisol Connection: Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health, by Shawn Talbott & William Kraemer
  • The Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson, MD
  • The Schwarzbein Principle II, Dr. Schwarzbein's second book, explores more deeply the relationship between adrenal stress and insulin resistance
  • Dr. Christine Northrup gives great inspiration in her work Creating Health: Honoring Women's Wisdom
  • Adrenal Stress Panel by North Bay Diagnostics for Home Testing. This product tests cortisol levels, an adrenal hormone which is directly related to the body's stress response, using saliva samples that are collected at approximately four time points throughout the day.






  • ADDISON'S DISEASE - NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS & PRODUCTS


    Information for help with Addison's disease, a rare disorder that occurs when the adrenal glands are not able to produce enough of the hormones cortisol and aldosterone.

  • Adrenal Glandular Supplement Products
  • Adrenal Support Supplement Products
  • Alfalfa Herbal Products
  • Ashwagandha Herbal Products
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  • Blood Circulation Supplement Products
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  • Calcium Supplement Products
  • Carotene Complex Products
  • Chlorophyll Herbal Products
  • CoEnzyme A Supplement Products
  • Colon Liver Cleanse Products
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  • CoEnzyme Q-10 Supplement Products
  • DHEA Supplement Products
  • Digestive Enzymes Supplement Products
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  • Kava Kava Herbal Products
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  • Magnesium Supplement Products
  • Milk Thistle Herbal Products
  • Multi-Glandular Supplement Products
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  • Pituitary Glandular Supplement Products
  • Potassium Supplement Products
  • SAM-e Supplement Products
  • Schizandra Herbal Products
  • Shiitake Mushrooms Herbal Products
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  • St. John's Wort Herbal Products
  • Sub-Adrene Supplement Products
  • Super Cortisol Support Products
  • Tyrosine Amino Acid Products
  • Valerian Herbal Products
  • Vitamin B-Complex Products
  • Vitamin B-5 Supplement Products
  • Vitamin C Supplement Products
  • Wheat Germ Herbal Products
  • Zinc Supplement Products



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    ADRENAL GLANDULAR PRODUCTS

    The adrenals are small, lima-bean shaped glands vital to the production of hormones that assist in alleviating stress and allergic reactions, improving muscle tone, regulating blood-sugar and endurance. Adrenal glandular supports the entire adrenal gland, both medulla and cortex portions. The adrenal cortex (bark) is the outer portion of the adrenal gland and is involved in the secretion of a variety of adrenal hormones, mainly cortisol and including dihydrocorisone and aldosterone. The cortical hormones are significant in basic defenses of the body against various infections, poisons, and other invasions or threats. They are also concerned with the regulation of the supply of salt and water and the maintenance of correct blood pressure. The medulla is the inner portion of the adrenal gland and is involved in the synthesis and secretion of epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine.

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    AMAZON PRODUCTS

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  • ADRENAL SUPPORT FORMULA SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    NATIVE REMEDIES PRODUCTS

    Native Remedies: AdrenoBoost, Adrenal Gland Support, 50 ml
    AdrenoBoost is a 100% safe, non-addictive, natural herbal remedy that can be used consistently for adrenal support and to maintain systemic balance in the endocrine system and healthy cortisol hormone levels.


    LIFE EXTENSION PRODUCTS

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    This panel contains the following tests: DHEA-S, Cortisol AM, Cortisol PM, Glucose, Insulin, Lipid Panel, RBC, Magnesium. This panel requires two blood draws. One blood draw will be performed at approximately 8 AM after you have been fasting for 8 to 12 hours. (Please drink water in order to stay hydrated and take all medications as prescribed.) You will return to the laboratory at approximately 4 PM (or as late in the afternoon as possible) for the second blood draw of a second cortisol specimen. Since cortisol production is highest in the morning and falls as the day progresses, two cortisol results in the same day are the most helpful in evaluating adrenal function.
    LEF: Cortisol 24 Hour Urine Test Cortisol is the major adrenal steroid hormone and is controlled by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. The bodys stress response increases cortisol in order to mobilize energy to manage and resolve the stressor. Chronic stress can fatigue the adrenal.
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    HerbsPro: Adrenal Natural Glandular, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 150 Caps (108782)
    HerbsPro: Adrenal Support Tonic, Herb Pharm, 1 fl. oz. (32362)
    HerbsPro: Adrenal Support Extract, NatraBio, 1 fl. oz. (16456)
    HerbsPro: Maca Magic Adrenalift, Maca Magic, 2 fl. oz. (63138)
    HerbsPro: Adrenal Support Tonic, Herb Pharm, 4 fl. oz. (32363)


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Adrenal Support, Natra-Bio, 60 Tabs: K
    Providing glandular support for the symptoms of stress and fatigue, allergies and hayfever, insect bites. Naturabio provides symptom relief in a quick and convenient liquid, strong enough for the toughest symptoms yet gentle enough for children.
    Kalyx: Adrenal Support, NatraBio, 60 Tabs: HF
    Kalyx: Raw Adrenal, Natural Sources, 60 Caps: HF
    Kalyx: All Adrenal, Natural Sources, 60 Capsules: HF
    Kalyx: Ultra Glandulars Adrenal Response, Ultra Glandulars,- 60 Tabs: HF
    Kalyx: Raw Adrenal, Ultra Glandulars, 200 mg, 60 Tabs: HF
    Kalyx: Raw Adrenal Cortex, Ultra Glandulars, 60 Tabs: HF
    Kalyx: Adrenal Balance, FoodScience Labs, 90 VCaps: K
    Kalyx: Adrenal Cortex Natural Glandular, Nutricology, 100 Caps: N
    Kalyx: Adrenal Natural Glandular, Nutricology, 150 Caps: N
    Kalyx: Dr. Wilsons Dynamite Adrenal, Nutricology, 390 grams (13.7 oz.): N
    Kalyx: Adrenal Support Tonic Compound Liquid Herbal Extract, Herb Pharm, 1 fl oz: HF
    Kalyx: Glandulars Adrenal, Natra-Bio, 1 fl oz: K
    Kalyx: Adrenal Support, NatraBio, 1 fl oz: HF


  • Nutrition Basics: Specialty Supplements Information



  • BACK TO YOUTH SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Chinese medicine uses this time-honored formula for its adaptogenic, endocrine regulating and metabolism promoting properties to tonify the heart, kidney, spleen and stomach, help maintain healthy memory power and revive sexual potency, especially among the elderly. Back to Youth, TCM Formula is made of extracts from prepared rehmannia root, common yam, achyranthes, wolfberry, dogwood fruit, poria, salty eucommia bark, polygala prepared with licorice, roasted morinda, achizandra fruit, salty fennel, chinquapin seed, cistanche, acorus root and common jujube fruit, Chinese herbs for aging.

    CHINESE HERBS DIRECT PRODUCTS

    Chinese Herbs Direct: Back To Youth (Congrong Huanshao), Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
    Made of extracts from prepared rehmannia root, common yam, achyranthes, wolfberry, dogwood fruit, poria, salty eucommia bark, polygala prepared with licorice, roasted morinda, schizandra fruit, salty fennel, chinquapin seed, cistanche, acorus root and common jujube fruit. Chinese medicine uses this time-honored formula for its adaptogenic, endocrine regulating and metabolism promoting properties to tonify the heart, kidney, spleen and stomach, help maintain healthy memory power and revive sexual potency, especially among the elderly. As a dietary supplement, take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily.


  • Nutrition Basics: Specialty Supplements



  • BLOOD CIRCULATION SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Blood Circulator is time-honored formula is used in Chinese medicine to promote micro-circulation, increase blood flow to heart muscles, open and clear arteries, inhibit intestinal adhesion, soothe the liver, remove stasis and maintain healthy blood circulation and regular menses.

    CHINESE HERBS DIRECT PRODUCTS

    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Circulator (Jingui Huayu), Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
    Made of medicinal rhubarb, prepared rehmannia root, common peony root, peach seed, bitter apricot seed, licorice root, scute, dun fly, gadfly, leech, June beetle grub, dried lacquer and ground beetle. Chinese medicine uses this time-honored formula to promote micro-circulation, increase blood flow to heart muscles, maintain health of heart and arteries, inhibit intestinal adhesion, soothe the liver, remove stasis and maintain healthy blood circulation and regular menses. Not for use by pregnant women. As a dietary supplement, take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Blood Circulator, Balanceuticals, 60 Caps


  • Nutrition Basics: Heart-Cardio Supplement Information



  • BLOOD PRESSURE BALANCE PRODUCTS

    Blood Pressure Balance TCM Formula is used in Chinese medicine for hypertension and to maintain healthy blood pressure and blood flow. It is made of pueraria root and lotus embryo, this well-known blood pressure herb formula should not be used by those who have low blood pressure. Modern studies on pharmacodynamics reveal that Radix Puerariae in this product yield effects of blood pressure lowering increasing blood flow in the brain and coronary arteries, dilation of peripheral vessels, antipyretic action, anti-tumor, inhibition of platelet aggregation and lowering blood sugar. Each serving is a proprietary blend of herbal extracts and powder (1430 mg). As a dietary supplemet take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily.

    CHINESE HERBS DIRECT PRODUCTS

    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Balance (Gegen Pingya), Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
    Made of pueraria root and lotus embryo, this well-known formula is used in Chinese medicine to maintain healthy blood pressure and blood flow. Warning: not to be used for those who has low blood pressure. As a dietary supplement, take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Formula, Dr. Zhang, Regular Size, 500 mg, 60 Caps
    Blood Pressure Formula is a combination of herbs historically used by the Chinese people in maintaining normal blood pressure. Contains Chrysanthemum flowers, Sickle Senna, Self-Heal, and Morning Star. Take 2 capsules twice daily on empty stomach or between meals.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Formula, Dr. Zhang, Economy Size, 500 mg, 120 Caps
    Blood Pressure Formula is a combination of herbs historically used by the Chinese people in maintaining normal blood pressure. Contains Chrysanthemum flowers, Sickle Senna, Self-Heal, and Morning Star. Take 2 capsules twice daily on empty stomach or between meals.
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Herbal Tea, Triple Leaf Tea, 20 Tea Bags
    The Chinese have used the herbs in this delicious, mild-tasting tea for thousands of years to help maintain healthy blood pressure function and to tonify the kidneys and liver. These herbs are said to nourish the kidneys and liver, calm liver yang and clear heat. Eucommia is highly esteemed as a longevity herb. In modern times, it has been researched for helping to maintain healthy blood pressure function. Uncaria, Chinese holly, loranthus, chrysanthemum, and epimedium have a long history of use to tonify the kidney and liver. Fo-ti is a renowned longevity herb, used traditionally to help nourish the blood, build the system and tonify the kidney and liver. Regular tonification of the kidney and liver was believed to contribute to good health and longevity. It also was considered to help promote the healthy function of the back, bladder and joints. Ingredients include Eucommia (Eucommia ulmoides), Ucaria (Gambir) (Uncaria rhynchophylla), Chinese Holly (Ilex cornuta), Fo-Ti (He Shou Wu) (Polygonum Multiflorum), Loranthus (Chinese Mistletoe) (Loranthus parasiticus), Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemem morifolium), Horny Goat Weed (Epimedium) (Epimedium sagittatum/brevicornum).
    Chinese Herbs Direct: Blood Pressure Tea, Health King, 20 Tea Bags
    Blood Pressure Herb Tea (Apocynum H.B.P Herb Tea), with an excellent natural flavor, is made of wild apocynum venetum grown in a pollution-free area in northeast China. Apocynum contains rutin, glutamic acid, alanine, and anthraquinone, and is cardiotonic, diuretic, and dispels heat. It is used in Chinese medicine as a principal herb to maintain normal blood pressure and to strengthen the heart. Ingredients include apocynum venetum, green tea and jasmine flower.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Blood Pressure Balance TCM Formula, Health King Balanceuticals, 60 Caps


  • Nutrition Basics: Heart-Cardio Supplement Information



  • BRITEMIND ELDER SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    BriteMind Elder for Enhanced Brain Function, Luma Congmin is a time honored formula used in Chinese medicine for its nutritive, brain nurturing, cardiotonic, diuretic, kidney tonifying, liver supporting, bone and muscle strengthening, spleen and kidney warming, blood nourishing, blood circulation promoting, metabolism and secretion regulating, adrenal cortical system stimulating, and aphrodisiac properties to maintain healthy brain, mental function, and sexual potency.

    CHINESE HERBS DIRECT PRODUCTS

    Chinese Herbs Direct: BriteMind Elder (Luma Congmin), Balanceuticals, 60 Caps
    Made of extracts from prepared rehmannia, fried Chinese yam, slightly fried dogwood fruit, wolfberry, prepared dodder, eucommia fried with ginger juice, dong quai (angelica), cinammon bark, prepared aconite, morinda, horny goat weed (epimedium), with deer horn (cervi cornu), this time-honored formula is used in Chinese medicine for its nutritive, brain nurturing, cardiotonic, diuretic, kidney tonifying, liver supporting, bone and muscle strengthening, spleen and kidney warming, blood nourishing, blood circulation promoting, metabolism and secretion regulating, adrenal cortical system stimulating, and aphrodisiac properties to maintain healthy brain and mental functions, and sexual potency. As a dietary supplement, take 3 to 5 capsules 3 times daily.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: BriteMind Elder, Balanceuticals, 60 Caps


  • Nutrition Basics: BriteMind Supplement Information



  • DHEA SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is the most abundant steroid in the blood stream produced mainly in the adrenal glands. DHEA is the biochemical building blocks for the synthesis of other hormones. DHEA may be used for immune system dysfunction, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, anti-aging and auto-immune diseases. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is an adrenal hormone that enhances immune function.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: DHEA, Woodland Publishing, 32 Page Booklet (90500)
    HerbsPro: DHEA For Men, Life-Flo, 4 oz. (90151)
    HerbsPro: Youthful You DHEA, Enzymatic Therapy, 5 mg, 60 UltraCaps (76329)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Country Life, 10 mg, 50 Caps (79018)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Nutricology Allergy Research Group, 10 mg, 60 Tabs (105818)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Jarrow Formulas, 10 mg, 90 Caps (69319)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Life Extension, 15 mg, 100 Caps (91806)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Country Life, 25 mg, 30 Caps (79019)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Schiff Bio Foods, 25 mg, 60 Caps (29120)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Enzymatic Therapy, 25 mg, 60 VCaps (107689)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Futurebiotics, 25 mg, 75 Caps (50110)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Country Life, 25 mg, 90 Caps (79020)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Olympian Labs, 25 mg, 90 Caps (75490)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Natrol, 25 mg, 90 Caps (45305)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Jarrow Formulas, 25 mg, 90 Caps (69320)
    HerbsPro: DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), Life Extension, 25 mg, 100 Caps (91783)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Life Extension, 25 mg, 100 Dissolve Tabs (91830)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Natrol, 25 mg, 180 Tabs (45315)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Natrol, 25 mg, 300 Tabs (43428)
    HerbsPro: DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), Life Extension, 50 mg, 60 Caps (91863)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Natrol, 50 mg, 60 Tabs (45306)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Futurebiotics, 50 mg, 75 Caps (50111)
    HerbsPro: DHEA, Jarrow Formulas, 50 mg, 90 Caps (84878)
    HerbsPro: DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), Life Extension, 100 mg, 60 Caps (91864)
    HerbsPro: DHEA Complete, Life Extension, 100 mg, 60 VCaps (91933)
    HerbsPro: DHEA Complex For Men, Country Life, 200 mg, 60 VCaps (73874)
    HerbsPro: DHEA Complex For Women, Country Life, 60 Caps (79021)
    HerbsPro: DHEA Plus Cream, Life-Flo, 2 oz. (51068)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA Metabolite, Life-Flo, 2 oz. (77284)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA Trim, Country Life, 60 Caps (79079)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA, Enzymatic Therapy, 60 Caps (76330)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA Metabolite, Healthy Origins, 60 VCaps (94687)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA Metabolite, Healthy Origins, 120 VCaps (94688)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA Metabolite, Life Extension, 25 mg, 100 Caps (91838)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA Metabolite, Source Naturals, 50 mg, 30 Tabs (31636)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA, Bio Nutrition Inc, 50 mg, 50 VCaps (107922)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA Metabolite, Source Naturals, 50 mg, 60 Tabs (31637)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA Metabolite, Now Foods, 100 mg, 30 VCaps (67651)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA, Jarrow Formulas, 100 mg, 30 Caps (84885)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA Metabolite, Now Foods, 100 mg, 60 VCaps (67650)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA Metabolite, Life Extension, 100 mg, 60 VCaps (106778)
    HerbsPro: 7-Keto DHEA, Jarrow Formulas, 100 mg, 90 Caps (109022)


  • Nutrition Basics: DHEA Supplement Information





  • 7 KETO DHEA SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    7 Keto DHEA support the immune System and aid weight loss. A powerful antioxidant, 7 KETO DHEA aids fatty acid and carbohydrate metabolism and supports the production of lean muscle tissue. The body's production of 7-Keto DHEA declines with age, which is directly correlated with a decline in metabolic rate. Clinical studies of 7-Keto DHEA demonstrated increases index.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: 7-KETO DHEA Metabolite, Life Extension, 25 mg, 100 Caps (91838)
    HerbsPro: 7-KETO DHEA Metabolite, Now Foods, 100 mg, 30 VCaps (67651)
    HerbsPro: 7-KETO DHEA, Enhances Metabolism, Jarrow Formulas, 100 mg, 30 Caps (84885)
    HerbsPro: 7-KETO DHEA Metabolite, Now Foods, 100 mg, 60 VCaps (67650)
    HerbsPro: 7-KETO DHEA Metabolite, Life Extension, 100 mg, 60 VCaps (106778)
    HerbsPro: 7-KETO DHEA Metabolite, Healthy Origins, 100 mg, 60 VCaps (94687)
    HerbsPro: 7-KETO Trim, Country Life, 100 mg, 60 Caps (79079)
    HerbsPro: 7-KETO DHEA, Enzymatic Therapy, 60 Caps (76330)
    HerbsPro: 7-KETO DHEA, Enhances Metabolism, Jarrow Formulas, 100 mg, 90 Caps (109022)
    HerbsPro: 7-KETO DHEA Metabolite, Healthy Origins, 100 mg, 120 VCaps (94688)
    HerbsPro: 7-KETO DHEA Metabolite, Life-Flo, 2 oz. (77284)


  • Nutrition Basics: 7-Keto-DHEA Supplement Information



  • KIDNEY FORMULA SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Kidney Formula Supports Proper Function of the Kidneys & Adrenals, Banyan Botanicals, 90 Tabs

    Kidney Formula (Banyan) is a rejuvenating tonic for the kidneys and adrenals. It promotes healthy urinary flow and composition, assisting in the natural cleansing of the blood. This energizing combination of herbs aids in the dissolution and elimination of urinary stones, as well as decreasing the risk factors involved in their formation. Kidney Formula works to cool and soothe the entire urinary system, including membranes inflamed from urinary tract infections. Stress and toxins from food and the environment can be debilitating to the kidneys and adrenals over time, causing low energy and increased fatigue. Kidney Formula cleanses and nourishes these organs, infusing strength and improving resilience to such challenges. Other brands of Kidney Formulas have also been listed.

    AYURVEDIC HERBS DIRECT PRODUCTS

    Ayurvedic Herbs Direct: Kidney Formula, Kidney & Adrenal Function Support, Banyan Botanicals, 500 mg, 90 Tabs


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Kidney Bladder Complex, Supports Urinary Tract Health, BioForce USA, 1.7 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Kidney Formula Extract, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Blood & Kidney Detox, Homeopathic Blend, King Bio Natural Medicines, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: 4-Kidney Bladder & Urinary Health, Unsweetened Cranberry Juice Concentrate, Genesis Today, 8 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: Raw Kidney Glandular, Ultra Glandular, 200 mg, 60 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Raw Kidney Glandular, Synergistic Complex, Natural Sources, 60 Tabs
    HerbsPro: Kidney Care, Multi-Homeopathic Therapy, Natural Care, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Kidney Aid, Ridgecrest Herbals, 60 Caps
    HerbsPro: Liver Kidney Care Biochemical Support, Organic India, 90 Caps
    HerbsPro: Kidney Cleanse, Synergistic Blend For Healthy Kidney Function, Health Plus, 90 Caps
    HerbsPro: Kidney Bladder Blend Formula, Natures Way, 310 mg, 100 Caps
    HerbsPro: Kidney Formula, Proprietary Blend, Urinary System Support, Dr. Christophers Formulas, 1000 mg, 100 VCaps
    HerbsPro: Kidney Fortifier Herbal Tea, TCM Blend, Health King, 20 Tea Bags


  • Nutrition Basics: Kidney Formula Supplement Information



  • SUB-ADRENE SUPPLEMENT PRODUCTS

    Sub-Adrene is a highly concentrated whole adrenal-cortical extract of bovine origin. Designed for sublingual administration, it has a peppermint taste and supplies a balance of natural steroids.

    This item by American Biologics has been discontinued and is no longer available.

  • Nutrition Basics: Glandular Supplement Information
  • Nutrition Basics: Adrenal Information



  • SUPER CORTISOL SUPPORT PRODUCTS

    Super Cortisol Support is an herbal and nutritional formula designed to support healthy adrenal function and maintain healthy cortisol levels. The adrenal glands help the body respond and adjust to stress generated from both internal and external forces. Under chronic stress, cortisol can be overproduced, resulting in weight gain and difficulty in managing healthy blood sugar levels. Super Cortisol Support combines adaptogenic herbs with Chromium, Corosolic Acid and Relora to help the body manage the negative effects of stress such as excess abdominal fat deposition, overeating, and low energy levels.

    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Super Cortisol Support With Relora, Vegetarian Adrenal Support Formula, Now Foods, 90 VCaps


  • Nutrition Basics: Adrenal Information






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