Women of ANY age will benefit from this information!
Before proceeding, have you been doing the First 3 Critical Steps?
- Create your adrenal rejuvenation regime.
- Reduce your adrenal stress by creating sugar free days.
- Reduce your adrenal stress by reducing caffeine consumption.
At this point, your hot flashes may be starting to improve (or they may even be completely gone!).
Whatever You Do, Don’t Stop!
Complete adrenal rejuvenation will take a minimum of 3 months, and if you have had severe stress in your life, it may take as long as a year or more. If you are suffering with ongoing stress, your improvements may take longer as your progress is best compared to running up a down escalator.
Think of a down escalator as ALL of your stresses (chemical, physical, emotional and nutritional) and then think of your adrenal rejuvenation program as you running up that down escalator. Will you get to the next floor if the down escalator continues to move faster than you can run up it? You can keep taking more and more supplements (you run faster!) but if your stress is still causing that down escalator to move faster, you will never make it to the top (feeling rested and rejuvenated).
How to Slow the Down Escalator
Cortisol (one of your stress hormones) always rises above the normal level to help you cope with stress but it should return to normal after the stress is relieved. Sometimes chronic stress goes on for so long that the adrenals make a permanent adaptation to a new, hyper level of cortisol production.
This is the phase where you feel you can take on anything and everything, barely needing to sleep or rest. You are on overdrive, but still feel able to cope and function well “under stress” or so you think. We call this “super woman syndrome”.
1st Problem: This is the time that hormone production is diverted away from making estrogen (refer back to last editions hormone chart) and your body is gobbling up your progesterone.
2nd Problem: Eventually, your adrenals can become so exhausted by this constant demand for extreme cortisol production that they are no longer able to produce even moderate levels.
At this point, the cortisol output can drop too low throughout the day, especially in the late afternoon. This can be experienced as a sudden crash or a gradually increasing fatigue. But, surprisingly often, 1 – 5 AM cortisol surges persist for years, causing chronic insomnia and or night sweats. This is a clear sign of exhausted adrenals.
Solution: Protect against cortisol surges with calming cortisol nutrients or herbs and continue to rejuvenate your adrenal glands.
Step One: Determine whether high cortisol or cortisol surges are an issue for you.
The following symptoms are indicators of high cortisol (more details in my book “Get off the PMS and Perimenopausal Roller Coaster”) or surges.
- Anxiety and/or panic attacks
- Bone loss
- High blood pressure
- Hair loss
- Impaired memory
- Insulin resistance
- Loss of muscle mass
- Low sex drive
- Irregular menstrual cycle, and, sometimes, the cycle can stop altogether
- Mood swings and/or depression
- Tired but wired feeling
- Weight gain at the waist (and after a period of time, limbs look very skinny or slender)
Step Two: Determine whether you are deficient in magnesium.
You may already be taking Magnesium Citrate with l-Taurine as part of your adrenal rejuvenation program therefore you might be noticing an improvement in your cortisol symptoms because magnesium helps lower cortisol and boosts hormone production.
To determine whether or not you need magnesium fill out the magnesium questionnaire in my book or you can find it on my website under book/free downloads.
If you are deficient, we recommend 3-5 capsules of our Magnesium Citrate with L-Taurine before bed (more details in my book) or download the free Magnesium Usage Guide under book/free downloads on my website.
Step three: If you are feeling “tired but wired” there are many “cortisol calming” nutrients to choose from such as GABA, L-Theanine, Rhoziva, Holy Basil or Passionflower (more details in my book).
If you suffer with anxiety or busy brain, my top recommendation is GABA. Otherwise I would start with Holy Basil.
Please make sure to do something about the avalanche of stress in your life! Any reduction of the stressors (chemical, nutritional, emotional or physical) in your life will alleviate some of the wear and tear you are putting on your adrenal glands which allows for faster recovery.
Breathe, laugh, take a hot bath, stand barefoot in the grass, take a walk in the woods, meditate, smile, give out a dozen hugs a day, and did I say BREATHE?
Yours in Total Health,
Brenda Eastwood, RNCP
Author and Women’s Health Specialist