Low Cellular Energy, part II

Pancreas – Adrenal – Liver Coordination Paying Dues for Sugar Blues

Taken from article by Dr. Edward Bauman and Mary Claire Blakeman (additions and edits by Dianna Pardee, RN ND)

When a blast of glucose enters the bloodstream, the pancreas responds by secreting the hormone insulin to get the cells to absorb excess sugar. This action stimulates the liver to take the glucose from the blood, in order to return the insulin level to normal for that person. If there is a continual intake of refined carbohydrates, the pancreas becomes overactive, and then deplete. The adrenal glands which make the stabilizing hormones for the pancreatic function become depleted, too. A pattern is created in which the pancreas releseas to much insulin, leading the rapid energy drops throughout the day and/or night.

At such a time a person feels weak, shaky, or tired, and so s/he may reach for a candy bar, cup of coffee, or a sort drink, in hope of a quick pickup.

(According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes 158 pounds of sugar per year.)

Ingesting sugar in a low cellular energy state is like pouring gasoline on a dying fire. The result is a brilliant, but short-lived blaze, and subsequent exhaustion.  The sufferer craves sugar, but the more s/he eats, the worse the symptoms become, and the further the system is thrown out of line. Not only are the pancreas and lover effected, but adrenal cortex glands.

Hypoadrenia and Adrenal Fatigue, Part IV… last part

Some practical ways to recover and regain your adrenal health:
Some of these suggestions might seem like common sense but your adrenal health is greatly affected by your lifestyle; how you spend and conserve your energy and create your energy, what you eat and drink, the thoughts you think and the beliefs you hold are all very important factors.
People with adrenal fatigue often have food allergies and sensitivities.

Avoid people and situations that take away your energy.
Change your way of thinking toward a more positive outlook. You can use some simple tools as meditation or motivational CD’s, good friends, a trusted counselor. It’s important to undo negative self talk and especially that which produces more stress.

Learn and implement relaxation techniques.

Get enough sleep. It’s important to be in bed before 10 or 11 each night.


Rest during the day.

Fun light exercise, like walking, yoga, ta’I chi, dancing and making love 
Keeping your blood sugar balanced is one of the most important! Eating small nutrient packed meals with some protein, often throughout the day.

Eliminate white flour and sugar products, they are huge energy suckers!

Salt craving is a very common symptom of all stages of adrenal fatigue. Physiologically, you need salt (mineral or Celtic salt) right now and the majority of people with adrenal fatigue suffer from low blood pressure not high. As long as you are well hydrated and getting potassium rich foods in your diet it will balance out.

Some supplement recommendations next!

Low Cellular Energy “Low Blood Sugar” part I

Pancreas – Adrenal – Liver Coordination Paying Dues for Sugar Blues

Taken from article by Dr. Edward Bauman and Mary Claire Blakeman (additions and edits by Dianna Pardee, RN ND)

If you wake up tired, experience erratic mood swings, and cannot focus you attention, you could be experiencing a low cellular – energy condition. Some sources call this condition hypoglycemia or low blood sugar. It can affect all of us to varying degrees at different times and it is a signal of physiological imbalance within the body. This disturbance is the price one pays for the high-stress lifestyle in which real nutritional needs are continually unmet. When the roof falls in on your mental, emotional, and physical health, low cellular energy has caught up with you.

Contrary to the assumption that a high sugar intake raises one’s energy levels (which it does only for a short time), the overall effect of sugar is to lower energy drastically, as the body overcompensates due to stressed pancreas – adrenal – liver coordination.

In a condition of optimal health, the body’s glandular system secrets

hormones that hold the level of glucose in the body relatively constant. Among the biggest affronts to this naturally balanced system are refined carbohydrates, especially granulated sugar and white flour products. Refined sugar is difficult for the body to metabolize properly, and poses as acute problem. Over consumption of carbohydrates is equally problematic.

Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

1. difficulty getting up in the morning
2. Continuing fatigue not relieved by sleep
3. craving for salt and salty foods
4. Lack of energy
5. Increased effort to do every day tasks
6. Decreased sex drive
7. Decreased ability to handle stress
8. Increased time to recover from illness, injury, or trauma
9. Light-headed when standing up quickly
10. Increased PMS
11. Symptoms increase if meals are skipped or inadequate. You need to drive yourself with sugary snacks and/or caffeine to keep going can be due to tendency towards low blood sugar
12. Inability to focus, fuzzy thinking
13. Become irritated easily
14. Feel better after evening meal
15. Afternoon low generally between 3 and 4
16. Decreased productivity, takes longer to complete tasks

No one symptom is a diagnosis but if several of these symptoms seem familiar to you then it is likely you are suffering from some level of adrenal fatigue.

Hypoadrenia and Adrenal Fatigue

Death of a loved one
Repeated stresses, marital, unemployment
Acute and chronic infections
Emotional stress
Over exertion including over exercising
Lack of sleep
Lack of good food and eating sugar and white flour products
Lack of exercise
Medications and non-prescription drugs
Fear and worry
Anxiety and psychological stress
Unable to relax
Negative attitudes and beliefs
Chronic pain
Working night shifts

Some people become so accustomed to stressful situations that they don’t even realize they are stressed anymore. A study done on a group of hospital workers in a pediatric nursing unit showed the workers didn’t even realize they were under stress. Their cortisol levels, a common measure of stress, were elevated by 200-300%.
Your total stress load entails the number of stresses, the intensity, frequency, and length of time it is present. You may not even recognize it as a stress. If someone were raised in a stressful environment with a lot of yelling, and any kind of emotional or physical abuse, physiologically and psychologically they typically tend to attract or gravitate toward those types of situations as they get older. They essentially become addicted to the patterns that create the hormone output and of course it is subconscious or non-intentional. Especially is today’s fast paced, do as much as you can in as little time as possible society adrenal fatigue or hypoadrenia is a very common problem.
What are the signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue and what you can do about it next……