Written by: Sally Lloyd
In this post:
- What causes Adrenal Fatigue?
- How does adrenal fatigue lead to hypothyroidism and fertility problems?
- How do I heal my adrenal system [simply, painlessly, effectively]?
- Case Study: Helen: Hypothyroidism & Asthma.
Adrenal fatigue and hormone imbalances can lead to hypothyroidism & lost ovulation & have a lot to do with CHRONIC STRESS.
Chronic stress slowly erodes health.
During chronic stress, the adrenal glands increase production of cortisol – a healing hormone. Your adrenal glands should also be busy producing other important hormones such as — DHEA, aldosterone, testosterone, oestrogens, and progesterone … but under chronic stress they are not.
All these crucial hormones are made from one ‘grandmother’ hormone PREGNENOLONE.
Constant, high levels of stress cause the adrenal glands to work overtime producing cortisol:
- In the daytime – you’re antsy yet exhausted,
- During the night shift – you’re sleep is poor,
- At the weekends & during holidays – you can’t switch off and relax.
All the while, grandmother pregnenolone is stolen, busy turning into cortisol at the expense of thyroid hormones and reproductive hormones (among others). This is known as PREGNENOLONE STEAL.
There’s more than one type of ‘stress’
Lifestyle ‘Stress’ Factors
- Inadequate diet,
- inadequate exercise,
- insufficient sleep,
- lack of relaxation, &
- suppressed emotional stress.
Other common sources of chronic stress
- food sensitivities,
- pathogen infections,
- heavy metals,
- environmental toxins,
- radiation exposure,
- and regular use of prescription drugs.
Homeopathic treatment can redress most of these chronic stress causes, leading to balanced hormone production, fewer infections, fewer prescription drugs and greater emotional wellbeing. Free 15 minute consultation
Homeopathy for Adrenal Fatigue, Hypothyroidism and Chronic Stress Factors
Helen’s Case: Autoimmune Hypothyroidism.
Without continuous thyroid hormone supplements Helen was practically paralysed & unable to speak. With meds she still felt far from good: very chilly, tired & suffered from ‘mind fog’. She had a poor appetite. She was not ovulating & her cycle was overly long, with scanty bleeding. At 30 she had the cycles of a woman entering menopause.
Because of the side effects from the thyroid replacement hormones she had been prescribed, Helen was buying expensive natural desiccated thyroxin (NDT) from abroad. Although she has a family history of autoimmune hypothyroidism (Grandmother, mother & sister) & had been diagnosed with it, she suspected that she suffered from hormone disruption due to adrenal fatigue.
Within a month of starting homeopathic treatment Helen was seeing clear improvements. She had to reduce her NDT dose. She was beginning to experience symptoms of high thyroid with the supplement! She began to feel greater energy, more clarity & an improvement in her motivation & appetite. She began to have ‘real’ periods & to ovulate!
In the process of treatment Helen’s childhood asthma returned. I’d told her this would likely happen, looking at her medical history, and that it would be temporary. Her body would begin to work through old, suppressed conditions on its way to recovery. She had Ventolin to hand. (*Ventolin is not a suppressive medication but should be used only if really necessary. There is some evidence that continued use causes small lacerations within the lung tissue and can lead to more attacks as a result.)
Helen experienced asthma for at most 2 months and is now free from it.
She is very well, able to work & her mood is greatly improved. Her hormonal balance is good and she is less inclined to overwork then crash and burn!
Now we work together periodically to keep her immune system strong and to avoid the stress issues, antibiotics and steroid medicines that likely triggered her predisposition to thyroid disease