Adrenal Glands – Dealing with Stress

Adrenal Glands

Today is all about stress. I’ll be getting into the technical weeds a bit, but nothing more than you can handle.

Because of the drunk driver who hit my parents’ car when I was a baby, my adrenal glands are a sorry pair. Better now than they used to be, though.

And hope is on the horizon.

It takes a whole long story to connect drunk drivers with adrenal damage, but since we can’t change the past, let’s talk about the present problem: Low-energy adrenals.

If you’re dragging through life without energy or joy, consider your adrenals. And also think adrenals if stress-is-you, your brain keeps hiccupping, and your energy seems to be on vacation. You may or may not know what got you there.

How do adrenals get in the slow, slow, slow lane? Concussions and other brain injuries are one way. Having a major health encounter and not taking steps to restore your immune system back to health is another. Fluoride putting your pineal gland out of business is yet another. And so on.

Adrenal glands are vocal

The adrenal glands are a vocal part of your endocrine system. Attention-getting adrenal problems are nature’s way of telling you the whole shebang is out of balance.

An endocrine system that’s too out-of-balance to perform the required, and very intricate, choreography usually ends up in the dumps. It may happen quickly, but it’s more often a long, downhill slide

Our adrenal glands create, when they’re able, the hormone cortisol. While cortisol has the reputation of turning us into raging lunatics, we actually need it to calm down. Without cortisol, it’s stress in the morning, stress at noontime and stress when the sun goes down.

Adding to the merriment, medical schools teach the “cortisol is a roaring lion set on destruction” model. Low cortisol, they say, doesn’t happen. Or if it does, it self-corrects. As my kids used to say, “if only.”

So, while many things help compensate for a lack of cortisol, you won’t find them in doctors’ offices. Doctors are taught there’s no such thing as adrenal exhaustion (as it’s called), and even in-the-know docs have really strict limits on what they can say and do.

Adrenals get mojo back

So, how can you help your adrenals get their mojo back?

Start by building a strong vitamin/mineral program. “WHAT? I’m facing a roaring lion, and you’re talking about vitamins? I need some real power here, Bette, not wussy vitamin pills.”

Right! Building a strong vitamin/mineral program is the same as starting a new house by laying a strong foundation: Not exciting, but absolutely necessary. Otherwise, you’re building your house on sand, which, if you remember your Sunday School lessons, that doesn’t end well.

And it’s not just a matter of taking a little of this and a little of that, but of matching your body’s specific needs with the appropriate vitamins and minerals. Dosage matters, too: the minimum daily requirement that gets bandied about is, at best, what you need to prevent disaster, not what you need to promote health.


Following popular opinion doesn’t get you very far, either. Pretty much everybody says to take plenty o’ calcium, but you don’t want to do that. Why not? First of all, because you probably get enough in your diet. And if you take calcium you don’t need, it goes rogue and ends up in strange places, perhaps even in heart valves.

Well, that’s bad enough, but calcium is a bit of a bully, and it can chase away the magnesium you really, really need. Hundreds of needed, health-promoting actions can’t happen without magnesium.

And so it goes. There’s a lot to learn.

My Pep for the Pooped book is all about building a strong, customized vitamin/mineral program. My Moving to Health does that, too, and also takes you the rest of the way.

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Adrenal Problems

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God is good,

Bette Dowdell   
Too Pooped to Participate

Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved

P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

Bette Dowdell

Bette Dowdell writes about taking control of your own health because that's the only choice life gave her.

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