I saw the other similar topics, but while they provide some solutions, i didn't see many explanations in them.
I have been paleo for two months and already lost one sixth of my weight. I have also been doing Leptin Reset for around three weeks.
It made my digestion more regular, but also gave me a combination of alternating costipation and diarrhea. At the same time i have some adrenal fatigue symtpoms:
- Slow digestion
- Fatigue, mostly in the morning and halfway through the afternoon (today it finally got me to nap, something i have never done before)
- Earlier sleepiness than before (11 pm instead of 3 am)
- Difficulty waking up (this is the most annoying)
- Low blood pressure; dizziness when changing positions (not every day, but often)
- Easily agitated / annoyed (only if i forget to eat carbs in the BAB)
- Sensitivity to light (i may have always had it, but now i notice)
I am basically on holidays and lazing around all day, other than occasional light muscle exercise, so no stress to speak of.
While these symptoms are mild, i didn't have any of them before starting the LRx. I have to add my digestion had always been slow and i have a low resting metabolism (because of long years of carb abuse). The LRx seems to make my digestion regular and daily, but it feels like my gut can't keep up and get things going fast enough. (I drink a lot)
I am going to up my carbs to the upper limit of VLC for one week, add magnesium and sodium and some adaptogens. My question is however why is this happening. I saw "pregnenolone steal syndrome" mentioned, which is interesting me. Can anyone point me to why i am getting adrenal fatigue on the LRx and whether it will go away? I am a biology student, so i appreciate detailed explanations. And at the very least i want to get my snappy mornings back.
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You're putting too much faith in labels such as "leptin reset" and "adrenal fatigue". We are very complex and adaptable. Changes in your diet may be helpful, but the concepts you discuss are, at best, vastly simplistic.
Either up your carbs, or wait out the adjustment to the new diet. Whatever you do, have an enjoyable life. We are usually very robust. You are evolved from many generations of grandparents who ate a wide variety of diets.
While there may be an eating pattern and carb ratio where you feel best, you are not a unique fragile "flower" that needs to micro manage an eating plan. Try an eating plan for a month and continue if successful.
Paleo is mostly about cutting out the crap. It's not about believing the nuances of living are primarily controlled by ones diet.
if you are not producing enough cortisol for energy, wakefulness, and normal pain relief, then look up how and when the body creates its daily supply of cortisol. it has something to do with 4 hours before waking, and adequate thyroid/t3 hormone.
"adrenal fatigue" is a lazy, misdirected concept.
you can supplement with pregnenolone safely if you want.
eating tons of fats can take a large energy toll on the body to digest.
to get your snappy mornings back, you should just go back to what worked before. just tweak your LR until you get what you want.
Might your symptoms relate to reduced carbs on the leptin reset?
Aston Adrenal fatigue is common for sure and often missed by doctors, especially MDs but still, you should consider being testing and making sure that you do in fact have it. It may be low all day or it may only be low at certain times of day. Some people have to low of cortisol levels in the AM and too high at night. I would say that your being tired at 11pm instead of 3am is GOOD thing :) - a health improvement!
Anyway the best way to test cortisol and adrenal function is via a 4 sample saliva test (you collect saliva in the bottles they give you at precise times and send it in). Its a very useful test. Again the four sample in a day gives you the most information.
BioHealth makes a good test: Adrenal Stress and Hormone Testing | BioHealth Blog biohealthblog.com/lab-tests-for-hormones/
DiagnosTechs is also good for this test: Adrenal Stress Index??? (ASI???) | DiagnosTechs??? www.diagnostechs.com/Pages/AdrenalStressIndex.aspx
There is a product called Isocort that is plant based cortisol. It can be very very helpful for low cortisol levels when you are unable to get them back on track via diet and good health routine.
Adrenal fatigue is not a joke and at extremes can lead to all kinds of other issues, diabetes, chronic hypoglycemia, hypothyroid, cushings, Addison's to name a few. I was just hospitalized for critically low potassium levels and it was embarrassing because everyone kept asking if I had an eating disorder. Anyway, I am doing much better by avoiding dairy, wheat/gluten, beef, high sodium and caffeine to prevent adrenaline surges...for those have burnt out adrenals adrenaline is used in our bodies vs. cortisol. My carb/protein/fat intake is about equal for every meal while avoiding the triggering foods. (I have allergies to dairy/beef, gluten and allergies also cause adrenaline surges).
How low carb are you going? That can definitely be a stressor and I suppose could contribute to a pregnenolone steal.
Here's another discussion on here and by the picture you can see how increased cortisol (from being too low carb) could lead to that.
However, if you're always tired (as opposed to 'tired and wired') I'm not sure excess cortisol is to blame.
From what I've read of Kruse (and it's not much, because I don't feel like paying), seems like a recipe for general metabolic decline. Increase your carbs.
...and not that looks are everything, but the guy looks too creepy for me to trust his advice anyways.