Adrenal fatigue!? Myth or fact!? Please help!!
- 01-04-2017, 01:31 AM
Adrenal fatigue!? Myth or fact!? Please help!!
So I've been doing my research lately on the topic of adrenal fatigue. Don't know if I'm being a hypochondriac or I'm really relating to all the symptoms?
-currently 24 years old and have been working out for roughly 2 1/2 years straight (maybe 2-3 weeks off total).
-I was deployed in July 2015 and basically trained for 274 days straight. I was taking the normal supplements (bcaa, whey, creatine) however I fell in love with old jack pre which contained 1,3 dmaa. It also has a weird dehydrated type of caffeine that I can't recall the name of. Anyways long story short. Overseas I started feeling super stressed and wasn't sleeping due to our crazy work scheadule. My anxiety was through the roof and I started feeling like s****. When I returned to the states I continued use and became even more overwhelmed by the symptoms. So 6 weeks ago I discontinued use of the 1,3 pre and switched to gold standard pre. As harmless I thought it would be I still don't feel great. Little to no sex drive, sleeping too much (or very little). Just a crappy outlook on life and very poor concentration.
If anyone could help out I'd greatly appreciate it. Could it be over training or have I screwed my adrenals up!? I'm just not the same as before I started lifting intensely. Thanks!
- 01-08-2017, 12:51 AM
01-08-2017, 03:57 AM
What @jathan_howe said seems correct.
Of adaptogens I think ashwa is best.
If you are like me and don't have energy without stimz then you might try rhodiola, ginko, ginseng.
01-13-2017, 04:06 AM
Have you had a break at all inbetween? Are you an overactive individual. It could be over training. You've described very typical symptoms. Stimulants can push you further into an OT state especially if you have a never say die attitude. Lifestyle changes are most effective way to bounce back. Take a week or two off training altogether and when you come back dial down the intensity for a while until you're feeling great. Recovery time varies but can take a long time if it is OT. It's taken me a couple months to bounce back in some instances despite doing everything possible to minimize stress. Never got anything out of ashwa personally.
01-20-2017, 09:34 PM
I have the same symptoms as OP and tbh I don't understand a lot of what is being said in this thread. I mean I don't take adaptogens or complex supplements. I am in a state of constant fatigue and stress. My job is pretty stressful.
I eat very healthy... Greek yogurt w ground flax seed and blueberries every day (alternating toppings between pecans, walnuts, and almonds for micronutrient variety)
Chicken and brown rice
Oatmeal w small amount of brown sugar
Fresh salmon daily
I also take the following supplements every morning
1 Tbsp Flax oil
1 tsp Cod liver oil
Krill oil pill
Alpha Lipoic sustain release
I go to sleep at 9pm anD still find it to wake up in the morning at 5:30am. I feel like I don't get good quality rest and I find it hard to wind down. I am laying for awhile before falling asleep.
When I wake up and get moving I feel best in tHe morning, I have a moderate amount of energy.. By 2pm I am exhausted and have mental fogginess.
Can anybody please help me feel better and healthier ):
02-01-2017, 05:36 PM
I would try a handful of things for either of you. if you need to lower stress levels I'd cut back training. maybe take a week off but least add rest days in between.
Try Vitamin D, HTP5 during the winter to help you sleep and feel better. ZMA a half hour before bed.
taking a month off from stims will probably make you feel like a million bucks once you get that monkey off your back and realize you can perform without it.
Horny goat weed might help with the sex drive.
02-01-2017, 07:23 PM
Exactly, 11k test by nutraceutical Innovations (no affiliation) is better than super 11 imo. And should help if it is adrenal. Also, benadryl at night, ketotifen eyedrops before bed (Bausch &lomb is best price/strength)- antihistamines get al out of whack.
*Also, try some acetyl l-carnitine to use for energy! Crosses blood brain barrier and feels like a stimulant but is just an amino.*
*** ADAPTOGENS!*** These will help your body cope with the workload as well as restore balance. I got the most from maral (barlowes herbal elixirs is what I like, great quality, no fillers or sterates).
I also use ashwagandha (adaptogen as well) from Olympus labs which is currently buy one get one from phw supplements for $25 and that is a 240 count bottle on BOGO (480 caps! @ 625mg 1.5% withanolides). Very hard deal to beat. You could turn around and sell it on eBay if you don't like it. Or a bunkmate.
Hope this helps brother. Best of luck.
02-01-2017, 07:28 PM
Also, def add in 6kiu of d3 per day. Maybe 10kiu for a while. Your body will tell you.
02-01-2017, 07:35 PM
Also, l-dopa extract (I use 99%) an hour before bed will increase hgh and dopamine as well as help you sleep.
Also, while kratom is still legal, I'd recommend our service member get a cpl ounces of Bali and gulp that down 30 before bed. Anti anxiety and reduces pain.
And both of you should def take a full 1-2wks off from training, and like he said, when you return, return easy and give you self more time to recover. Increase glutamine intake as well. Glutamine levels in brain and other tissue goes down under tomes of stress (physical and mental -they act they he same on the body).
Also, **make sure water intake is a gallon a day! Period! HUA?!
Hope this also helps. Best of luck.
02-02-2017, 02:06 AM
If the problem is sleep then ashwagandha shoulder be best. Either Ksm666 or Sensoril. It's a great adaptive to use when stressed and also a little relaxing (sensoril is more relaxing, might make you sleepy. KSM-666 too but in high doses).
02-02-2017, 09:07 PM
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