I thought I would reply to this post on adrenal fatigue as I have just had a chat with my doctor and it seems I have a diagnosis, finally! It seems I do indeed have adrenal fatigue- chronic and sustained stress levels which have resulted in/ stemmed from hormonal imbalance (thyroid and DHT levels), hair loss, belly fat and weight gain, cravings for salt and sugar, low blood pressure and hypoglycemia. I am sure a lot of you have similar issues and I suggest you read up on adrenal fatigue as it is often misdiagnosed. Adrenal fatigue often accompanies other illnesses, which is why this is often overlooked.
As a result, I went to see a dietician and she recommended the following:
1) Trial a gluten free diet for at least 3-4 weeks, longer is welcomed
2) Eliminate sugar for at least 3-4 weeks, longer is welcomed
3) Increase water intake to at least 70oz per day, more if you drink coffee or tea
4) Decrease or eliminate caffeine
Believe me, I am NOT a fan of elimination diets. I don't believe they are sustainable or healthy. Having said that, I do believe that one has to temporarily discontinue the intake of things that might be harmful to you, in order to repair the body and build up adequate defenses in order to enjoy them once again.
I also believe it would help to work with an integrative MD in order to get the right balance of supplements to help with the detox process. However, at the moment I cannot afford to go to one so I am going to try the diet the nutritionist recommended for the next 6 weeks to see if I feel better.