Adrenal fatigue comes in four stages, each depicting the level of exhaustion for the person. Many things can cause adrenal fatigue including an acute stressful event and an overloaded lifestyle without a supportive nutritional diet to compensate. 

In an interview with Stephanie Seneff, Dr. Daniel Pompa asked how glyphosate negatively impacts the adrenals. Dr. Seneff says, “Glyphosate is extremely damaging to the mitochondria (located inside our cells) where our body makes ATP energy. Mitochondria must be healthy and functioning in order to fix damaged cells, and if we don’t have healthy, thriving mitochondria we experience exhaustion.”

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Seneff is a senior research scientist at MIT and a leading expert on the damages of glyphosate. She says, “The cell membrane of the mitochondria needs a good storehouse of cholesterol sulfate. But, if glyphosate has destroyed cholesterol sulfate stores, then our mitochondria will experience ion leaks (ATP is lost) and our energy flags. What’s more, glyphosate disrupts the production of DHEA sulfate, testosterone sulfate and cortisone sulfate in the adrenal glands, compromising proper hormone balance.”

Stage one adrenal fatigue includes an overall state of alertness but the sleep is not sound. Possible moments of depleted energy exist. Most folks with stage one adrenal fatigue just push through the time, not even noticing until the look back on the situation.

Stage two adrenal fatigue is a greater pronouncement of the wired but tired feeling while the person generally relies on coffee to make it through the day. The desire to spend personal time with your spouse is depleted but falling in bed is equated to great depletion at the end of the day.

Stage three adrenal fatigue is associated with the adrenals having burned out, depletion is the new normal. In this stage folks function throughout the day but have no energy once they get home. The desire to spend personal time with your spouse is nearly non-existent. 

Stage four adrenal fatigue exists where there is a depletion of cortisol levels, no desire to spend personal time with your spouse, complete exhaustion, an inappropriate emotionally downward spiral when encountering confrontation, shakiness with a greater demand on the adrenals, inability to fall asleep and apathy for life events in general. 

Meanwhile, some professionals claim adrenal fatigue doesn’t exist as stated by BMC Endocrine Disorders published as recently as August, 2016, displayed on the NIH.

However, the NIH also displays evidence on the contrary going back to June of 2009 where they publish Alternative Medicine Reviews and what it takes to support adrenal fatigue saying, “Non-pharmaceutical approaches have much to offer such patients. This article focuses on the use of nutrients and botanicals to support the adrenals, balance neurotransmitters, treat acute anxiety, and support restful sleep.”

The International Journal of Pharmaceutical Compounding said in early 2013, supporting adrenal fatigue can be done through several channels. 

The GAPS Protocol shows great success in supporting the adrenals so the body can repair itself. However, support according to what the body requires, is important. 

The greater the fatigue the longer it takes to recover, however, supporting the adrenals properly can be done. Many people are spending the time it takes to allow the body to heal when it is supported correctly. 

Rebuilding adrenals with the GAPS Protocol includes certain basics. Dr. Natasha says adrenals love cholesterol, adrenals love salt and adrenals need sleep.

This Adrenal Support Shake is an easy meal or snack to support the adrenals on two of these three needs. 

To make the Adrenal Support Shake put 12 pastured yolks in a blender and bend on low to emulsify. This can take a few minutes or over twenty minutes, whichever you prefer. Add half a cup of grass fed butter and mix. Add one cup of home brewed sour cream and a handful of frozen berries or 2-3 tablespoons of lime juice, to taste. Sprinkle a teaspoon of mineral salt and enjoy. 

For starting out, jumping into this many yolks in one go could be too much since it is so nourishing. For some, starting at half the yolks is best, building up from there. The butter can be omitted, depending on desire, taste, need and stomach space. If a shake can’t be added to your rhythm, making a deep effort to do a dozen yolks a day can assist greatly.

To get a stronger understanding of why so many yolks are used click here.

“Adrenals love fat and cholesterol. So, as far as the diet is concerned, eat lots of animal fats with every meal and cholesterol-rich foods, such as egg yolks, sour cream, butter. Another essential for the adrenals is sleep! Sleep is really not optional, so organise your life in such a way that you can have a nap every afternoon and a good long sleep at night,” says Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

This recipe is designed for those in Stage Four adrenal fatigue. If that is not fitting for you, you may not need the full recipe. Fitting food to your own needs is imperative.

To read more about the benefits of high cholesterol levels, click here. 

Instigating a mandatory 9 p.m. bedtime helps most of those with adrenal fatigue. Stopping the use of blue light screens two hours prior to bedtime helps maintain sleep. The more sleep and the more cholesterol, the more the adrenals are supported. 

Adrenal Support Shake
A soothing savory adrenal shake to support the endocrine system.
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  1. 12 pastured yolks
  2. 1/2 cup grass fed butter
  3. 1 cup home brewed sour cream
  4. handful of frozen berries
  1. Blend yolks in a blender on low until emulsified. Add butter, sour cream and frozen berries. Mix until combined, sprinkle salt on top and enjoy.
Nourishing Plot
*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. [email protected]

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