I just HAD to share this news with you today! A few weeks ago, I started to take my own advice and got the Barrier Breakdown Checklist (part of your Barrier Plan) out so I could start seeing if there is anything else I could be doing to lower my hypersensitivity.
Adrenal Fatigue As A Cause Of Multiple Food Sensitivity
As you know, there are usually many factors at play in severe sensitivity, so I started by looking at the work I had done in 2009 when my chronic fatigue was starting to come back. I recalled one of my main issues was adrenal fatigue and much of the work I did at that time was trying to find and eliminate just what was causing the adrenals to be so shattered all the time. Basically, if we don’t have adrenal strength, we don’t produce enough of our own steroids like cortisone/cortisol and that can be a reason for our over-reactivity. What meds do we give for allergic reactions? Yep: steroids. What do the adrenals produce? Yep: our own natural steroids. Makes sense.
I got my (very large!) file out and hunted down the adrenal results from 2009. I have to say I was actually shocked at how bad they were. I can’t seem to copy them as an image for you for some reason, but if you click here, you will see Genova’s sample adrenal report showing adrenal exhaustion.
Your peak adrenal rise should be the first sample. Theirs shows exhaustion at 5.8 in the morning (should be over 12) and an overall daily total of 13.6 (when it should be 21-41).
Mine was 3.9 in the morning and never picked up at all, giving me a total of just 12.7 for the daily score. This is called flat-lining and is not a good position to be in. No wonder I was tired all the time and started getting hypersensitive! I don’t actually remember seeing one quite as bad as that before or since – why is it always me!?
Anyway, the good news to share is that, since giving up the gluten and all grains in 2011, my adrenals have recovered, thank goodness. The latest results show my morning cortisol is now over 12 at 13.2 and it remains high enough through the whole day, giving me a really good total smack in the middle of the 21-41 range at 30.
How good is that? Just goes to show that some people’s adrenals (and thyroid actually I am finding) will not pick up until you remove the main allergenic drain on them. I have seen this several times and am pleased to see it in my own case too!
So, I thought I would share that with you. I am having a battery of tests done (following the Barrier Breakdown checklist as above) in the next few weeks, not least a special dental test to try and identify the cause of my on-going gum issues which I am convinced are not helping my recovery. I have a horrid feeling it will turn out to be a form of MRSA since it has been so persistent 😦
I’ll keep you posted with anything interesting of course. Meantime, you can test your adrenals quite easily using saliva samples at home if you think it might be something you need tokeep an eye on too. I will shortly have the Adrenal Plan ready to help you with anything you find too – I finished the main draft today so I just need to put all the other elements to it, proof-read and TGF-ise it for you.
Onward with my investigations… I just couldn’t wait to tell you about that, sorry!