Adrenal Fatigue and Thyroid Insufficiency -Carolyn Dean MD ND Radio Show

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Minerals play a huge part in the rehabilitation of two major hormone systems in the body. The three major hormone systems in the body: adrenals, thyroid and sex hormones, I refer to as a three-sided stool. When one of the legs of the stool is shortened, it affects the other two. This can be seen on blood testing; when cortisol levels go up, thyroid hormone levels go down.

There is an ongoing debate among natural medicine practitioners about what comes first, adrenal fatigue or thyroid insufficiency and what do you treat first? Dr. Dean has commented that think it’s a moot point because they are often not looking at one of the main causes of both conditions – mineral deficiency, which means you can treat the two conditions simultaneously.

The standard treatment for thyroid, even for natural medicine practitioners, is to give thyroid replacement therapy. It may be the more natural form of Armour thyroid, but it’s still treating with hormones instead of treating the reason the thyroid became weakened in the first place. An overwhelming number of our customers now agree –  most low thyroid conditions are caused by mineral deficiency.

Treating disease in a linear format, one thing at a time is not consistent with the way the body works, where everything is interrelated and works synergistically.

It’s usually agreed that the most common reasons for adrenal fatigue and dysfunction are poor diet, mineral deficiency, intense emotional stress, chronic inflammation and an underactive thyroid. But what’s causing the inflammation and underactive thyroid, and what diet is feeding into the problem?

Since Dr. Dean has worked closely with Candida (yeast) overgrowth for decades, she knows a poor diet of refined sugars, high gluten wheat, and processed dairy feeds yeast. Diet, antibiotics, and cortisol from acute and chronic emotional stress cause yeast overgrowth.

There are 178 different yeast toxins that are produced by yeast in their life cycle. These toxins are absorbed into the bloodstream and lead to a chronic inflammatory state that can cause arthritis, chronic fatigue, and pain. Magnesium and molybdenum help detoxify yeast toxins. Some yeast toxins can directly block thyroid function and possibly adrenal function as well. The best anti-inflammatory agent available to the body is magnesium. When magnesium is depleted because of being overused, adrenal fatigue symptoms continue unabated.

The treatment for adrenal fatigue begins with sodium, which is vitally important for proper adrenal function. If your adrenal glands are weak or depleted as indicated by exhaustion, low blood pressure and chronic stress, there is a combined sodium and magnesium depletion. If you start taking large doses of magnesium without replacing sodium, you may feel even worse.  Dr. Dean recommends ¼ tsp of sea salt in every quart of drinking water. How much water? Half your body weight in ounces of water.

The best diet for the adrenals is a yeast-free diet avoiding sugar, wheat, and dairy to cut down on the body-wide inflammation that yeast produces. Magnesium will also treat inflammation. The adrenals are supported with food-based Vitamin C Complex and Vitamin B Complex like ReAline.

The other key ingredient to adrenal health is plenty of rest. Dr. Dean calls it “Lying Down Therapy.” Please don’t think you can “tough it out” and just “muscle your way through” adrenal fatigue. That’s the worst thing you can do. You may require 8-10 hours of sleep and naps to fully recover. It’s extremely important to take care of your adrenals because they are responsible for the production of more than 50 hormones that are essential for proper body function.

Extra sleep, rest, sea salt and high dose magnesium work to help alleviate adrenal fatigue. But it’s also important to face the cause of your stress and realize your body may be producing physical symptoms as a result of this stress.

Adrenal stress causes loss of minerals, across the board, that need to be replaced.  Dr. Dean recommends ReMag for magnesium and ReMyte for its 12 minerals. As noted above, Dr. Dean also recommends ¼ tsp of sea salt in each quart of drinking water for the dozens of trace minerals in salt.

Some practitioners suggest that you have to take DHEA and pregnenolone for adrenal repair but Dr. Dean has some more simple suggestions. Instead of immediately jumping to hormone replacement, let’s use the proper building blocks to make our own hormones. For example, transdermal magnesium using ReMag Lotion on the skin will stimulate DHEA receptors. You need cholesterol to make hormones like pregnenolone and for cholesterol so you need good fats such as olive oil and coconut oil.

The third requirement for making your own hormones is properly functioning enzyme systems. And we know that in order for enzyme systems to function properly you need lots of bioavailable magnesium.

An underactive thyroid, as one of the triggers for adrenal fatigue, has its own list of causes that include thyroid receptor blockage due to yeast toxins. So, the diet for an underactive thyroid is the same as for adrenal fatigue. Six minerals in ReMyte that support thyroid function include iodine, selenium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, and zinc.

The sex hormones, are also supported by minerals and the proper function of the thyroid and adrenals. DHEA stimulation by transdermal magnesium will stimulate the production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

If you suffer from adrenal fatigue and thyroid insufficiency, the information in his blog is enough to get you started on the road to recovery.

Another step you can take is to tune into our weekly radio show tonight. You’re not alone on your journey to Wellville and the inspiration and encouragement you may require are readily available through our radio community.


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    • Hello! We are not allowed to treat or diagnose! If this is a condition you are currently undergoing treatment for – your body will always be supported with good nutrition and supplementation.

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