Fatigue, exhaustion, difficulty getting up in the morning, no matter how much you have slept, may herald a problem with adrenal glands. Adrenal glands produce ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone), which is then converted to cortisol. They also produce aldosterone, which is closely related to blood pressure and the balance of salt and water. Almost always weak adrenal glands, are also a problem with hypothyroidism. This is because the two endocrine glands work synergistically, providing the necessary hormones to each cell throughout the body. Because most of the symptoms of hypothyroidism are similar to adrenal fatigue, these conditions are easily confused, even by qualified doctors.
All the hormones in our body are interconnected, creating a “hormonal network” and are interdependent. When the adrenal glands suffer, other glands suffer as well, andthus the whole organism suffers. Adrenal fatigue in medical terms does not exist, only holistic doctors consider this condition to be the cause of chronic fatigue. Medicine includes “adrenocortical insufficiency”, “hypothyroidism” or “Addison’s disease”. Regardless of the name, “burnout” of the adrenal glands causes a kind of fatigue which occurs after overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. There is an overproduction of cortisol and aldosterone, which leads to hormonal extinguishment, resulting in insufficient cortisol production. The reason for this is usually due to too much physical, emotional or emotional stress or some chronic infection.
The patient loses interest in sex which is being controlled by pregnenolone. Pregnenolone is a precursor of all steroids produced in cells. It is synthesized mainly in the adrenal glands and it produces all sex hormones such as DHEA, estrogen and testosterone. Under the influence of stress / illness, there is an overexcitability of cortisol, which unconsciouslyand against its own will steals pregnenolone, relegating sex hormones to the background. The more cortisol you need, the less you need sex. In women with burned adrenal glands, sex may not exist.
Adrenal glands can lead to dehydration, despite the intake of enough fluids. Dehydration is conditioned by changes in the hormone aldosterone and contributes to fatigue. The body can not effectively use fluids or properly regulate the sodium and potassium levels, resulting in mild dehydration. Disorders of the sodium economy, cause low blood pressure and some electrolyte imbalance, which then cause an appetite for salt. This is very common in people with chronic fatigue or chronically ill people.
The stress response system consists of many organs and systems operating in perfect harmony and perfectly synchronized with each other 24/7. The adrenal glands play a key role as a stress control organ. They work tirelessly, producing cortisol, the main anti-stress hormone to counteract the effects of stress, which is undoubtedly the result of infection. They maintain the balance in the body by reducing inflammation.
Lyme pathogens do not lead to a massive immune response, they are afraid of the immune system, so they attack as soon as there is stress or deviation from the diet. Almost immediately, persistent symptoms appear, which leads to an internal war. Hyperactive immune system floods the body with immunoglobulins. The pathogens retreat back to the intracellular space, using the walls of our body as a defensive shield. In a safe intracellular environment, pathogens patiently wait for the next opportunity. During the attack there is imbalance, which forces the adrenal glands to work “after hours” so that they can maintain homeostasis, and this in turn may result in adrenal fatigue.
Lyme disease can cause stress by itself and push the body into adrenal fatigue. Nevertheless, tired adrenal glands can also “lead” Lyme disease. While under stress, the body tends to cover pathogens, while the strong adrenal system will keep the pathogens dormant. Therefore, a holistic approach involving strong adrenal support is the key to a successful long-term recovery from Lyme disease. The lesson is simple: you cannot fight Lyme without strong adrenal glands and an optimized stress response system. The weaker the adrenal glands, the weaker the overall immune function of the body. This opens the door to frequent and recurrent infections and increases the susceptibility to diseases.
It should be remembered that the recurrence of Lyme disease with weak adrenals is merciless. Lyme disease and adrenal fatigue affect each other and share numerous overlapping symptoms. It’s a malicious synergy. Sensitivity to foods, paradoxical reactions to natural compounds or drugs, exaggerated reactions and chemical sensitivity become commonplace. The autonomic nervous system is attacked, which leads to POTS, tingling sensations and nerve sensitivity. The brain fog is overwhelming, and psychosis and memory loss are progressive when pathogens only attack the central nervous system. No autoimmunology appears from nowhere. The body falls into a state of confusion and chaos. Treatment with antibiotics may be impossible, and may even cause a deepening adrenal crisis. This introduces an additional complexity and already an intricate clinical picture. The greater the adrenal fatigue, the greater the risk of antibiotic treatment. It’s not just about Lyme disease, but about all intracellular “accompaniments” that are in “hidden” mode.
In order to avoid the negative spiral of bad health condition, the first step is to understand that the recurrent and chronic symptoms of Lyme disease are deeply integrated and intertwined with the adrenal glands and the response to NEM stress. This is such an important concept, which is worth remembering, because it paves the way for effective cure of Lyme disease symptoms. Correct recovery of the adrenal glands primarily involves the restoration of strength and nutrient reserves of the body, thanks to which the ability and energy to the optimal supply of many internal body systems will return. This can be achieved by combining an appropriate diet, which avoids foods that cause stress, but instead provide healthy natural nutrition – along with supplementation. You should be cautious and try not to introduce excessive stress through the use of stimulants, such as unnecessary hormones, herbs and medications.