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by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath
Really…why the heck are you so tired???  More importantly, doesn’t it sound like a good idea to address this before we get into the hustle and bustle of the holiday season? You’ve likely heard all the reasons why this is so, but energy still eludes you. Frustrating, huh? Let’s look at the common challenges:
  • Insomnia
  • Poor diet
  • Poor digestion
  • Poor brain function
  • Lack of exercise
  • Iron anemic
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Poor adrenal function
  • Poor thyroid function
We’ve talked about many of these in the past but today we are going to focus on the tie between the thyroid and adrenal glands. Most of you have heard me talk about adrenal function many times but for those that are not familiar please take note. Your adrenal glands play such a significant role in whole body function. To be more exact, your adrenal glands play a direct role in every area listed below.
  • Thyroid
  • Pancreas
  • Ovaries
  • Mucosal tissue lining
  • Metabolism of fat and protein
  • Ability to regulate body weight and fat
  • Detoxification
  • Immune regulation
  • Pro and anti-inflammatory states
  • Cellular energy
  • Blood sugar stability
  • Bone and connective tissue turnover
  • Muscular integrity
  • Quality of sleep and mood
  • Ability to memorize and learn
  • Neural connectivity
Of the list above, I recognized the most challenging areas with energy by placing these in bold. So you can see that poor adrenal function itself can have a huge impact on your energy. For this reason, if you find that your energy has been low for some time assessing adrenal function is a must. To do this we always recommend that use of saliva testing for the most accurate understanding of overall adrenal function. Whether you are completing this testing with Depke Wellness or another holistic practice, we recommend a #205 adrenal saliva kit with BioHealth. If finances are a challenge for you, you could utilize the basic kit which is a #201 adrenal saliva kit. The reason why this is so essential is because here at Depke Wellness, we have assessed over 4,300 adrenal saliva kits over the years and have only seen 5 of these kits come back normal, healthy and balanced. Yes, ONLY 5. What this tells us is that if you have a health issue, it is almost a 100% likelihood that you also have an adrenal issue. Once you have an idea of where your adrenal function is you can use appropriate supplementation to assist your body in finding its balance. The simple start for you is the use of the Prime Adrenal Sup which contains the vitamin B5 needed as the beginning of all hormone production in your adrenals. There are deeper levels of supplementation needed but this is a good start for you. Another factor is addressing the areas that cause your adrenal dysfunction in the first place. Refer to this list below:
  • Reduce your stress levels by practicing deep belly breathing
  • Assess your likelihood of gluten intolerance and eliminate if this is an issue
  • Address chronic inflammatory states
  • Assess and address potential chronic infections (likely gut infections)
While understanding the adrenal aspect as tied into fatigue. Let’s now look at the tie between your adrenal function and thyroid. The first issue with your adrenal/thyroid connection is the fact that your adrenals create hormones that have an affect on your hypothalamus. The hypothalamus then decodes the message sent from the adrenals and sends a message to the pituitary. From here, the pituitary then determines how much TSH to make which is your thyroid stimulating hormone. This TSH then tells your thyroid how much thyroid hormone to produce. Without getting too deep into this (I know, I may have already) you need to produce and convert thyroid hormones for energy. Another issue with the adrenal and thyroid, is the fact that adrenal dysfunction has an affect on something referred to as reverse T3. Let me make this connection as simple as I can. When your adrenal function is off, your body ill over produce this reverse T3. When we look at T3 as compared to reverse T3, look at it this way. T3 itself is the “gas pedal” for energy, while reverse T3 is the “brake” for energy. So in the end it looks like this.
  1. Poor adrenal function
  2. Confused production of TSH
  3. Over production of reverse T3
  4. Fatigue
Here at Depke Wellness we assess your adrenal function, assess a “complete” thyroid function and address the deeper causes of the entire imbalance. For a more comprehensive understanding in this area I suggest talking to our Depke Wellness thyroid specialist Lynda Buitrago by calling (949)954-6226. You can set up a complimentary 20 minute consultation with Lynda to how she can help you find your energy. After all, isn’t your energy worth it?!?!