I'm having some health issues at the moment and am suspecting adrenal fatigue or hormone issues related to my thyroid. I am on 50mcg of Synthroid and following a strict autoimmune protocol at the moment to rule out my food intolerances, but I am overwhelmed at what to supplement with.
I've supplemented before but didn't notice any major differences so I haven't kept up with consistent supplementation for more than a few months, due to the fact that it can get expensive.
Do I work one supplement in at a time? And how long do I wait until I either increase my dosage or know that its working? I have never taken something (besides a probiotic) where I have noticed a big difference (my current problems are mainly fatigue and severe brain fog).
Im only on a probiotic 1x/daily and a multivitamin 1x/daily at the moment. Those with suspected adrenal fatigue are encouraged to supplement with Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Magnesium Citrate and licorice root (among others).
Just trying to figure out where to start and how to accurately know what is helping so I can know what works for me.
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on July 07, 2013
at 12:19 AM
This is pretty complete: http://perfecthealthdiet.com/recommended-supplements/
Personally I think of supplementation as stuff that will not provide the instant gratification. If you are so deficient in a vitamin or mineral, than you need serious help on the diet side -- you do not need supplements.
Personally I do a good multi (Optimen) and ZMA. I have also supplemented with creatine in the past.
on July 07, 2013
at 10:43 AM
Do you have recent blood work to know exactly where are you right now? Or are you just based on how are you feeling?
If you do not have the blood work, I'd suggest to have some before starting the supplementation. I mean, some suplementation like a multi-vit or fish oil might not be of concern, but if you're taking Shyntrhoid and suspecting Adrenal Fatigue... this is some more serious stuff. How will you determine if the protocol you choose is working well? Just by feeling? And if you get mixed feelings, then what?
That's why testing before and after can give you more clues and a more solid framework. Maybe you're already doing this, just wanted to suggest it just in case you didn't, I've been supplementing myself for many years with all kind of stuff randomly... and now I realize most things I spendt money on I don't really still know if they served or not. It's not always possible to have frequent testing but if you can, it'll help.
That's important because your personal context matters a lot. For example, taking Synthroid could have a very different impact on your health depending on if you really need it or you might not be the best one to have it (think Hashimoto's auto-immune Hypothiroidism) in fact could make it worse.
If you haven't, I'd test for thyroid antibodies first thing before starting any thyroid medication, same thing with iodine...
As for the probiotics and adaptogens (licorice, etc) they seem to be pretty safe so I'd go with them. But again, if you have better insight about if you really have adrenal issues, an ASI test could help you a lot. Yo want to know first what's your cortisol patterns. Do you have high? Or low? Or depends on the day? Do you have shifted pattern? Depending on this, some adaptogens or supps could work then better for you... for example if you have night high cortisol levels, phosphatidylserine seems to work wonders, but if you have low, that's it's a whole different thing.
Vitamin C, B, Magnesium... seem safe so I guess no problem in adding it to the stack although I might prefer having them from real food, at least for Vit C and B. If not... why in the world are we eating then? Magnesium, It might be worth supplementing though if you don't eat many magnesium rich food...
But I think you got a great idea about trying one at first and see if it helps, if you mix them you lose track of what is helping and what not. But if you want to get rid of your adrenal fatigue fast (and I bet you want, I do also) you might probably will want to throw all the artillery in to maximize your changes, its understandable, you have to choose your way.
Also, don't forget about the liver. Some of your issues could be in fact more liver/gut related than just adrenal. NAC and milk thistle are pretty safe and maybe you might want to consider them... How are your transaminases and LDL doing?
What about sex hormone status? Do you have normal free testosterone levels? And Vitamin D?