What is included on this web page:
- A list of symptoms of hypothyroidism and adrenal insufficiency.
- A list of things to do to start feeling better, so you can see at a glance what I’m recommending.
- A list of books that I highly recommend you read.
- A list of helpful doctors, testing laboratories, and products I have found to be reliable and reasonably priced.
- Some articles from other websites to educate you.
- Some forms that you might want to photocopy to keep track of your symptoms, so you can objectively see if you’re improving or not.
- symptoms of hypoglycemia and hypoadrenocorticism
- symptoms of hypothyroidism
- an explanation of the adrenal glands — highly recommended reading
- an explanation of the thyroid gland — highly recommended reading
- Rest! You need lots of it! If your adrenal and thyroid glands are underproducing, it’s because they are tired.You can artificially prop them up with medications or stimulants or stubbornness but if you want to heal, you simply need to rest. Can you get help from family or church for meals, laundry, cleaning, and little ones? It’s as if you’re pregnant and need bed rest. You need it badly! Can you take naps? Try to be in bed at night no later than 10 p.m., and sleep in as long as possible, even as late as 9 a.m. Stay home as much as possible. You’re sick, and you need to act it. How long will it take to get better? Plan on taking as long as it took you to get sick, but in the short term, plan on a one to three months, for sure! Good rule of thumb: Rest when the sun goes down and rest for one entire day each week.
- Reduce stress. Stress isn’t necessarily negative. Carrying heavy things, going out in the cold or heat, being on your feet too long, loud noises, crowds, getting tickled, planning too far into the future, etc. – these things all require more from your body than you may have to give right now. Emotionally, check that you are not anxious or angry. Spiritually, do you need to forgive someone? Take some time with God to examine your life for hidden sin that could be causing you to feel sicker.
- Good nutrition. You’re probably already doing this, but this means no sugar, plenty of vegetables, small amounts of fruit (not juice), lots of protein and animal fat (just no trans-fat), and small amounts of grains per day. Try to limit your carbohydrate intake to 40-60 grams per day. “Good nutrition” is absolutely essential, but what is it? I agree with these two websites: Dr. Tim O’Shea and the Weston A. Price Foundation.
- Replace missing hormones.The book, Your Thyroid and How to Keep It Healthy, will summarize your hormones, but if you have the symptoms above, it’s likely that your adrenal glands are fatigued and that you’re not getting enough thyroid hormone in your cells. Order Adrenal Support for your adrenal glands, as well as Thyroid Support if your basal body temperatures are routinely low.
- Click here for a website that will help with how to treat adrenal problems.
Until you can replace missing hormones (and repair your body through the points listed above), you have 4 goals:
- Stabilize blood sugar. Your adrenal gland works with your pancreas to control your blood sugar. If you have adrenal insufficiency, you will have symptoms of hypoglycemia. What to do: eat many meals all day long (every 2-3 hours). Include protein, fat and 7.5-15 grams of carbohydrates. If you wake in the night with sweating, hunger, or nightmares, eat something right away.
- Cleanse your liver. If your adrenal glands are fatigued, it is because your liver (and probably your kidneys) are full of toxins. The herbs “milk thistle” and “dandelion” are helpful, but until you improve your diet, you will continue to have trouble. Read this.
- Increase digestive enzymes. Your adrenal glands are partly responsible for how well you digest your food, and if your glands are fatigued, your body will not produce enough enzymes to digest your food properly. As a result, you’ll have digestive trouble (bloating, constipation or diarrhea, nausea, etc.) Read this.
- Balance sodium and potassium levels. In adrenal insufficiency, you tend to excrete too much sodium and retain too much potassium. Symptoms include low blood pressure (which falls even lower when you stand up), dizziness, frequent urination, and craving salt. What to do: Salt your food to taste and possibly drink ¼ tsp. sea salt in water first thing in the morning and before you go to bed.
- Rest!!!! Learn to recognize the signals your body gives you when you’ve done too much. You may start to ache, to get irritable or angry, to cry easily, to get a stomache or headache. Listen! Rest!
- Urgent — Adrenal insufficiency can cause death! Please read this article and post it in a prominent location where your friends and relatives will see it! Also, please print this flowchart so that you will be aware of how serious your symptoms can be!
Please read the following quotation about enzymes, written by Tim O’Shea, used by permission (Source):
So, the alternative to [health problems] is – digest everything you eat every day. A few hints:
- Stop all dairy immediately. [Anne’s note: Raw (unpasturized, unhomogenized) dairy of any kind is acceptable.]
- Cut way back on white sugar: soft drinks, donuts, cookies, ice cream, etc. White sugar destroys digestive enzymes, which prevents fats from being broken down.
- Eat as many raw foods as possible, because they contain their own enzymes and won’t drain the body’s own resources.
- Take whole food enzyme supplements – only the absorbable kind
- Take a powerful antioxidant (free radical neutralizer)
- If you’re still smoking cigarettes… disregard everything you’ve just read, and light up! Sayonara.
Enzymes taken at mealtime will not only ensure complete digestion at that meal. In addition, they will break down the toxic, residual, undigested fats and protein that have been lurking in the intestines and in the bloodstream. This is no theory. You can see it. You can feel it. It’s not medication – it’s nutrition. See Enzymes chapter.
Instead of spending money on doctors, spend money on books instead.
- Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fally and Mary Enig – Top priority! This book is excellent.
- Your Guide to Metabolic Health, by Dr. Lowe and Dr. Gina Honeyman-Lowe
Other Excellent Books:
- What the Bible Says About Healthy Living, by Rex Russell
- Solved: The Riddle of Illness, by Stephen Langer
- The Schwarzbein Principle, by Diana Schwarzbein
- Enzyme Nutrition, by Edward Howell
- What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause, by John R. Lee
- Eat Fat Lose Fat, by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig
- Food Is Your Best Medicine, by Henry Bieler
- Dr. Gina S. Honeyman — an internationally-known expert and author in the field of metabolism and thyroid. She can provide help through telephone consultations at her website.
- A Christian doctor (and homeschooling dad) who has been a huge encouragement to me is Dr. Mark Rhodes. He can provide telephone consultations, order labwork, and help you locate prescriptions if necessary. His first telephone consultation is free of charge.
- You can join Canary Club and order saliva testing of your hormones through Diagnos-Techs Laboratory. www.canaryclub.org. They charge $141.55 for a saliva test.
- Are saliva tests reliable? Please read this article.
- You can check thyroid levels through BioSafe labs.
- This is a helpful website for understanding the results of lab tests.
- The physiological effects of stress on the body — excellent!
- Archives at www.chronicfatigue.org
- Stop the Thyroid Madness
- Discussion Groups: Thyroid and Adrenal (both have excellent links and files sections)
- The thyroid-adrenal connection
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Download the forms from Dr. Gina-Honeyman’s website. Complete a set of the “second set” forms now for a baseline. Then complete a new set every week, so you can see if you are improving or not.
You would also be wise to keep track of:
- Your diet (every bite and every liquid that goes into your mouth, plus the times)
- Your resting pulse (before you get out of bed in the morning)
- Your basal body temperature (before you get out of bed in the morning)
- Your resting blood pressure (before you get of bed in the morning) plus another measurement as soon as you stand up
- Your weight (weekly)
- All supplements and/or medications that you use
Are you struggling with fatigue? I invite you to download our free audio, “Can Fatigue Be Fixed?”, or check out our e-course, “Too Tired: A Woman’s Practical Guide”. Thanks for visiting!
Just thought you’d want to know that the links for DigestAMeal and Megahydrin go to a Page Not Found error page. I found the items under Supplemnts though.
Anne Elliott says
There, got those links fixed! Thanks for letting me know….
Also, what’s the benefit of keeping track of all those things in the last section? To add more to my day, especially upon awakening would add stress to my life, and I thought we were to reduce it? 20 years ago I was trying to get pregnant and having to track my basal body temp. It made my sleep even worse because I felt like I couldn’t get up to use the bathroom unless I took my temp first.
I hope I’m not coming across as harsh, simply looking for solutions that I can actually do. We have dairy goats for raw milk and milk products, and chickens for fresh eggs, plus raising a steer for grass fed beef. I take coconut oil daily and cook with it where I can, and have taken adrenal extracts and herbal supplements in the past. There’s been some improvement, but not enough, so I need to take it up a few notches, but in magageble steps. Thanks for the wealth of info and resources you’ve made available!
Anne Elliott says
Kelly, keeping track of everything helps you know, in black and white, what is helping — and what is a waste of time for your body. It helps you be objective and to KNOW that the changes you’ve made are worth it or not, which will save you a lot of frustration in the long run.
For instance, body temperature reacts very quickly to changes in your life, so it’s a great way to tell if something is helping right away. As in, if you make a change today, it should show up fairly quickly in your body temperature. So when you write all the changes down, plus all your body temps, you can see if what you’re doing is helping or not.
Taking daytime temps tells you a lot also, and you don’t have to depend only on first-morning temps.
By the way, getting up night after night to use the bathroom IS a symptom of a problem. Ideally, we should sleep through the night. So this would be a great thing to keep track of… when you woke up, anything that might have happened in the day or two previous to cause you to be more fatigued, etc.
I go into this in a LOT more detail in my “Too Tired” ecourse, so that should help you out.
Hope this helps,
Thank you so much for all of this information. I am 32 years old dealing with infertility issues and now come to find many others…. My Reproductive Endocrinologist told me I have low Inhibin B about half of where it should be but my FSH is okay.
My TSH level is high at 5.9 but my T3 and T4 counts were normal. My thyroid antibodies were also abnormal. I took the Adrenal saliva test and my rhythm 4.9, 1.7,1.0, 1.1 – is below the normal range. I tested positive for an autoimmune disease but not clear on what it is… I just started Thyroid medication (Westhroid 1 grain) about one month ago and I do notice slight positive changes with respect to my energy but I guess it will take time to see the results. My homeopathic Internist recommended that I also take hydrocortisone for my low adrenal function. What should I make of all this? I feel very frustrated and scared of the unknown. Is there something else I should be doing?
Anne Elliott says
I can totally relate to how you’re feeling. Don’t be discouraged, because it definitely sounds like you’re on the right track and should be feeling better soon, which should help you see a return of your fertility.
I strongly recommend the website
It has a lot of information on thyroid AND adrenal function, and I think you’d find a lot of help.
I also have an article on infertility:
As you make changes (to medication, diet, sleep habits, or anything else), learn to write everything down and track your symptoms, so you can objectively see if things help or not. (Sometimes our emotions just leave us confused, so it helps to see things in black and white.) Here is an article that might help you get started with this:
Many hugs, and I’ll be praying for you,