Dr. Pina LoGuidice
Adrenal Fatigue: Figuring out Why You Are so Tired
and How to Get Your Energy Back
Dr. Pina LoGuidice is something along the lines of a legend around here. She has saved lives and helped so many people get to the bottom of a medical condition or health issue that so many doctors have either ignored or prescribed harsh medicines for. We were so fortunate to steal her for some time out of the office and into our Roslyn location for an evening centered around Adrenal Fatigue.
Our top 10 takeaways from Dr. Pina are:
- We often look to Google for medical information, but currently, conventional medicine doesn’t acknowledge adrenal fatigue as an issue that is diagnosable and treatable. It’s important to seek out naturopathic doctors to help dig deeper into what you may be feeling because it’s not just in your head!
- Conventional medicine tends to wait for the crash or the crisis before coming up with a treatment plan whereas naturopathic medicine prefers to focus on prevention and how to avoid the bodily crash!
- The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and if there is a strain in the adrenal gland it will sometimes feel like back pain.
- Some causes of an imbalance in the adrenal gland are: stress, poor diet, leaky gut, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, toxic body burden, poor thyroid function.
- The human response to stress is commonly considered to unfold in three stages: Stage 1 is the alarm reaction – “wow, I am really stressed!”; Stage 2 is the stage of resistance – bodies adapt to the outside source of stress; Stage 3 is the stage of exhaustion – the body can’t cope anymore.
- The Adrenal Gland and Thyroid are best friends! If one isn’t working, they don’t get along meaning the other goes in overtime to make up for the lack and causes heightened issues that can lead to adrenal or thyroid collapse.
- Our bodies love rituals! Sleep is our most powerful tool for healing our bodies. Sleep allows our immune system to rest.
- Not all durations of time spent asleep are equal! in Chinese Medicine any hour you are awake past midnight means you need two hours of sleep to make it up. The best 7-8 hours of sleep you can get means going to sleep by 10ish!
- A few sleep treatment plans include: melatonin (not everyday, but when needed), a light box, diet (whole foods!), probiotics (fermented foods!), exercise 3-4 times a week, meditation.
- Instead of thinking about how to cure a condition you may have, start thinking about what’s causing the imbalance thats creating the condition in the first place!