I looked this up but didn't find any thing related to this question in this way. I was curious if any one knows if adrenal fatigue is more common than is being diagnosed in the SAD diet, and it just isn't being recognized? Are paleolites more apt to noticing their decent into adrenal fatigue? Or is there any chance low carb/ paleo eating could be causing this fatigue? I recently have been cutting back on caffeine, which makes me feel exhausted, though I am pretty sure its just the caffeine I also find I may have other symptoms of adrenal fatigue but have been eating decently (not perfect) paleo for a few months now. I especially find that I run out of energy around 3 or 4 and then perk back up after 7 which is SUPER lame. Thanks guys!
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on October 13, 2011
at 10:00 PM
I think people's adrenal glands are shot more likely than not these days. Our adrenals are meant to fire off in response to life threatening situations, and take a full 24 hours to recover. We have so many simulated life and death situations these days via the media and crowded living conditions, etc. that our adrenals glands are firing off much more often than they have evolved to handle. This is a major factor in our society's viewing of menopause as a disease. A woman's adrenal glands are designed to take back the sex hormone responsiblity at menopause, but if they are shot from a lifetime of neglect, the woman suffers immensely. For me, the biggest tool I have in supporting healthy adrenals next to diet is prioritizing sleep.
on October 13, 2011
at 08:41 PM
I used to be a major caffeine addict, and had adrenal fatigue for quite some time. I cut it out completely a few years back. Now, depending on my diet, insulin levels and exertion amount my energy levels can fluctuate. If I over exercise or eat a ton of carbs, I tend to notice an onset of fatigue. But being Paleo has definitely helped me control it and slowly reverse it as well.
I can very well control my energy now keeping low carb, high fat and using an insulin mimicker on carb loading days. I found after keeping my insulin levels steady, that late afternoon/early evening plunge in energy and the adrenal burst that follows it a few hours later, doesn't occur anymore. My energy is completely constant now, and I'm loving it.
on October 13, 2011
at 08:18 PM
I have All adrenal symptoms and have found caffeine free to be the best thing.
on May 30, 2013
at 07:07 PM
The way my naturopath explained it to me, is our adrenal glands can (and will) be over-exerted upon taking too much caffeine (over long periods of time), which will inevitably caused them to become overworked and exhausted.
For those that are heavy caffeine users, it's common to have fatigue for a good week or 2 after knocking out caffeine before the energy comes back. It's also common for people who have caffeine for it to have no effect or pretty much hit a wall after. This is often solved by drinking lots of water before you drink caffeine.
If your suffering from energy loss throughout the day (if your already not), you need to be adding in fats (or more fats) into your diet throughout the day. Fats are the body's preferred energy source as it's clean burning and long lasting. As good as they are, both fruits and veggies are not meant to provide long-term energy throughout the day. You may get an initial hit of energy (especially after fruit), but without fat, there is no long-term drawn out energy afterwords.
Speaking from experience, I used to suffer from that same energy crash around 3-4 like you did, I also am suspect for adrenal fatigue, due to energy drinks and caffeine. I don't drink energy drinks anymore (or rarely), and I've cut down my coffee intake, and I always make sure I'm drinking water with it when I do.
I solved the late day energy crashes by adding a lot more fat for breakfast, and cutting out the processed foods (main culprit being gluten). If you don't mind slightly deviating off of paleo and having dairy; I've been having heavy cream (33%) with berries every other day for breakfast, along with cottage cheese for protein. This has worked wonders for my energy. If you strictly follow paleo, then you'll have to add in some other fat sources like avocado (guacamole), or oils in with whatever your eating for breakfast. Well unless what your eating already contains a bunch of fat.
If your having trouble following paleo, and fall off the wagon every now and then and have things like rice, breads, or pastas, it's imperative you add fats to those foods to "prolong" the energy so there is no crash.
Hope this helps, but best bet is to let us know what you eat throughout the day on average, then we can go from there!
on May 30, 2013
at 03:28 PM
I have adrenal fatigue as well and I'm looking for more answers with this. I've been caffiene free for 5 months now, and just NOW realized that adrenal fatigue is worsened by alcohol, gluten (if you're sensitive) and mostly over-exertion. How is everyone feeling a couple years after their fatigue, is it much better and are there any great tips that I should know? BTW I was a MAJOR caffiene addict too, and smoked. I was drinking 5 hour energies and monsters just about every day and not getting nearly enough sleep.