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Paleo Hack my Adrenaline Glands

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Created May 31, 2011 at 5:18 AM

I need to be extra good to my adrenaline glands. I am wondering which foods are most important to eat/avoid?

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on March 30, 2012
at 08:13 AM

FYI it is in turkey just not in significant enough amounts to make you fall asleep. Studies found that people were falling asleep after a thanksgiving meal because of the quantity of food consumed.

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at 08:11 AM

Hey Eric 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin among other processes. Better known as tryptophan the stuff everyone used to think that was in turkey and it would make you sleepy after a thanksgiving meal. 5-HTP is found in the gut and otherwise GI tract. It helps to control depression, regulate appetite and acts as a sleep aid because it is also a precursor to melatonin. You get it naturally in small amounts from meats, fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies. For me it helped stabilize my mood and put me to sleep at night. I take it with every meal.

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on March 30, 2012
at 06:00 AM

Thanks Joe! What is 5-HTP?

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on May 31, 2011
at 07:42 AM

Also, there's this. http://paleophysiciansnetwork.com/doctors/WA

F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

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on May 31, 2011
at 07:38 AM

I take that back. Mountlake Terrace. A lot better than kirkland, right? Dr. Catanzaro is supposed to be good, but I have another friend who sees someone else there too. http://www.ehealthandhealing.com/index.cfm?id=home

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Jake, I could make it to Everett however Kirkland is a lot closer... I would be very happy for that Drs name as well...

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on May 31, 2011
at 07:08 AM

@Grok -- That'll just make the issue worse...

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on May 31, 2011
at 06:32 AM

Demonize caffeine. Eat carbs from sweet fruit so you'll have energy.

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This seems to fit me very well. I very likely do have Adrenal 'fatigue'. I will see a profesionjal for sure... If anyone knows one in Seattle that would be awesome. Otherwise I am sure I can find one...

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B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:43 AM

Adrenal 'fatigue' is a pretty complex issue. Could be well worth consulting a functional medicine pro.

Otherwise by far the most important aspect is getting sleep and stress levels under control. Sleep in a completely blacked out room (use/make black out curtains). No LED's from appliances, clock radios, turn your mobile phone off or aero-plane mode, etc. Most people need about 8 hours, though that can vary from person to person.

That is SO, SO important. Any light sources can be picked up by porphyrin proteins in your red blood cells, and this will inhibit melatonin release and that means your sleep is going to be as good as it should be (this also means night masks aren't effective).

A really good book on all that is Lights Out! Sleep, Sugar and Survival, by T.S. Wiley.

If you have major sources of stress in your life (and, yes we all do to different degrees) you need to do your best to mitigate them the best you can.

As far diet goes, just eat a really good paleo diet. There are a number of supplements that can help with adrenal fatigue but I'm not well versed in them.

1a98a40ba8ffdc5aa28d1324d01c6c9f

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on May 31, 2011
at 06:19 AM

This seems to fit me very well. I very likely do have Adrenal 'fatigue'. I will see a profesionjal for sure... If anyone knows one in Seattle that would be awesome. Otherwise I am sure I can find one...

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B1052aff6e191418137ba5b9fb482f52

on March 30, 2012
at 04:53 AM

Adrenal fatigue is quite real. Adrenal fatigue is a complex issue though. These are the most important vitamins for adrenal function: Raw Adrenal, B-Complex, Biotin, Magnesium, Ginseng, vitamin C, Bioflavinoids, 5-HTP, licorice root, folate and GABA. Licorice root increases the half life of the raw adrenal and GABA really just helps with any anxiety/stress (its and amino acid). Raw adrenal and the entire B-vitamin family are most important though so really any foods that contain the above ingredients and/or supplement them for a while for an extra boost.

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on March 30, 2012
at 06:00 AM

Thanks Joe! What is 5-HTP?

B1052aff6e191418137ba5b9fb482f52

(20)

on March 30, 2012
at 08:11 AM

Hey Eric 5-Hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP) is an amino acid that is a precursor to serotonin among other processes. Better known as tryptophan the stuff everyone used to think that was in turkey and it would make you sleepy after a thanksgiving meal. 5-HTP is found in the gut and otherwise GI tract. It helps to control depression, regulate appetite and acts as a sleep aid because it is also a precursor to melatonin. You get it naturally in small amounts from meats, fish, nuts, seeds, fruits, veggies. For me it helped stabilize my mood and put me to sleep at night. I take it with every meal.

B1052aff6e191418137ba5b9fb482f52

(20)

on March 30, 2012
at 08:13 AM

FYI it is in turkey just not in significant enough amounts to make you fall asleep. Studies found that people were falling asleep after a thanksgiving meal because of the quantity of food consumed.

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on May 31, 2011
at 05:40 PM

Beware of doctors who specialize in treating "Adrenal Fatigue". See this thread. I am not saying that such a "syndrome" (important to use that word) does not exist, but it is so nebulous and can be assigned to such a wide array of symptoms that it tends to attract quacks who can keep you coming back to their office for years and deploying your money to their bank account.

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on May 31, 2011
at 07:07 AM

I saw you were looking for a doctor. Are you willing to drive to Everett? I see Dr. Martin and she's awesome. Currently fixing my adrenal issues and making good progress.

If not, I know of another doc in the kirkland area that's supposed to be good.

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on May 31, 2011
at 07:18 AM

Jake, I could make it to Everett however Kirkland is a lot closer... I would be very happy for that Drs name as well...

F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

(1639)

on May 31, 2011
at 07:42 AM

Also, there's this. http://paleophysiciansnetwork.com/doctors/WA

F6ea948ab43dc51d72509c0989e670fe

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on May 31, 2011
at 07:38 AM

I take that back. Mountlake Terrace. A lot better than kirkland, right? Dr. Catanzaro is supposed to be good, but I have another friend who sees someone else there too. http://www.ehealthandhealing.com/index.cfm?id=home

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on March 30, 2012
at 02:50 PM

A little sea salt in the morning and limiting fruits to no more than 2 per day. Worked for me. And be careful if you are thinking about consuming adrenal glands. I tried raw bison adrenals a few times and every time I got very painful stomach ache. No more adrenals for me. I eat a lot of other organs and glands and never had painful reactions. There must be something about adrenals.

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