anandsr21 wrote:I am trying to increase fruits and raw vegetables in my diet, to reduce oxidative stress, and giving rest to my adrenals, but I don't feel like eating them much, so I don't know if that is really healthy.
What does "giving rest to my adrenals" mean? This sounds silly to me. Should I give rest to my other endocrine organs as well? Maybe I should stop producing thyroxin for a few days every once in a while. Or maybe back off on insulin. Those parathyroids are hard-working little guys--they deserve some time off too.
So what would you do, put more pressure on it, by working out a lot and going very low carb.
There is a simple test to find out if thyroid/Adrenals are working well.
Its called Dr. Rind's Metabolic temperature graph. But it does not quantify it, and to doctors it does not mean anything.
You take temperature every day, 3 times a day, at 3, 6, 9 hours since waking. Be careful to keep the thermometer for 10 minutes as we want accuracy.
Then plot this on a graph. The ups and downs will indicate to you how your adrenal is behaving and the average will determine the health of thyroid. Variation of more than 0.3F is indicative of Adrenal issue. Mine varies 1.0F. The average below 98.4F is indicative of Thyroid issue. Mine is 98.6. If you see both issues then there is a chance of pituitary problems, as it drives both of them, but then there might be many more issues than just these two.
This is used when providing supplementation for these problems. Please read StopTheThyroidMadness.com website.
All the low adrenal symptoms that are listed on the site match with my symptoms. They are pretty similar to Thyroid, with small differences. Because Cortisol is required for cells to utilizing T3.
I am not only deficient in Cortisol, but also Aldosterone.
Whenever my temperature is low (which happens when I take a break after a stressful day), my blood pressure goes low. If I exercise and take a break the next day, my temperature and blood pressure goes low.
If I do a fast, same thing happens. If I go very low carb (which is almost like a fast), the same thing happens.
I do know that medical science does not recognize this condition. I suspect that is because there is no patentable drug on the market. There is no money to be made on this condition.
Unfortunately, I am not able to get a good doctor in India. The other problem is that the Saliva test is not available to pinpoint the low cortisol level, as a single test does nothing, and it varies over the day. You have to get 4 tests at different times, after waking up, mid-day, evening and before sleeping (around midnight).
So even though I know about the problem I can't do anything about it. It is risky to self medicate. It is also difficult to get the medicines without prescription. And supplementing cortisol is problematic if you are not careful.