http://drhedberg.com/how-to-overcome-... This is a Webinar about how to restore your adrenals and overcome adrenal fatigue. Welcome, everyone. This is Dr. Nikolas Hedberg and tonight we're going to be talking about how to restore your adrenal glands. We've been doing these monthly webinars for quite awhile now and they seem to be getting a good response. I'm just trying to put out as much educational material as possible. I know we're all very busy, so why don't we go ahead and just jump right in?
Adrenal gland problems are very, very common, especially in today's society. People are under, really, a tremendous amount of stress, probably more so than at any time in history. We have a food supply that is really not adequate. We have a large number of toxins in the environment, airborne toxins inside and outside the home. We're working more hours now than we've ever worked before. We have a lot of electromagnetic radiation from our computers, which we're on right now, our cell phones. So there are many, many things that are really stressing our adrenals these days. And most people I find, there is some level of adrenal dysfunction, really, no matter what chronic illness they have, because they do play such an intricate role in the body.
So, these are really the main symptoms that we see with adrenal stress. If you have any of these, they could be related to the adrenals. Fatigue, weight gain, depression, insomnia, the adrenals can wake you up at night if they're out of balance. More so craving salt than sugar, but it could also be sugar cravings. Osteoporosis, frequent urination, especially at night, mood swings, low sex drive, ulcers, feeling shaky or lightheaded, hemorrhoids can actually be a sign of adrenal dysfunction. Having poor immune function, so you get sick very easily. People who pick up pretty much anything that's going around, whether it's a cold or flu, they might have issues with the adrenals.
Then the adrenals have an intricate connection with the thyroid and vice-versa, so if the adrenals are out of balance, that can definitely affect the thyroid. Some of the main hypothyroid symptoms are going to be like cold hands and feet, constipation, difficulty losing weight, dry skin, dry brittle nails and hair to name a few. Hot flashes, when women are going into perimenopause, or when they're post-menopausal, hot flashes can be much, much worse if the adrenals are out of balance.
Another sign is dizziness, like if you move from a seated to a standing position very quickly, that could be adrenal dysfunction, low blood pressure, allergies, we also have to look at adrenals. Blurry vision, varicose veins and being a very slow morning starter, so these are the people who wake up in the morning, very, very difficult to get out of bed, very difficult to get going. They usually need coffee to get going or exercise, they need to exercise to really get going, to kind of kick-start the adrenals. So these are really some of the main symptoms of adrenal stress.
And these are going to be the causes of adrenal stress. Food allergies, things like gluten, dairy, corn, soy and eggs, those are kind of the big five. Any kind of chronic infection like a virus, Lyme disease, bacteria, fungus or parasite. Anemia, and that could be any kind of anemia, it could be not enough iron, it could be not enough vitamin B-12, not drinking enough water.
And then we talked about the toxins in our environment and toxic metals can certainly stress them out. A traumatic event, you know, if you just got in a car accident or if you're going through a divorce, death of a loved one, all these things will significantly stress the adrenals, emotional stressors. And then one of the biggest ones, most overlooked causes of adrenal stress is protein malnutrition. If you don't get enough protein in your diet, that can definitely lead to adrenal gland imbalances. Blood sugar surges from processed and simple refined carbohydrates.
Poor sleep patterns especially. What you want is consistency in your sleep pattern. So if you go to bed one night at 10:00, then at the next night at 1:00 a.m., and then at midnight, and then at 9:00, it's all over the place, that's going to cause a lot of adrenal problems. So you want to shoot for consistency in your sleep.
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