I have a short window of time to post today, and I’m trying to decide if I should blather on about having watched another awesome Allison Siebecker video (which is no longer available to the public, unfortunately, as it is part of this Healthy Gut Summit), or if I should share my labs that I’ve had done recently through Nourish Balance Thrive (which I’ll for now refer to as NBT). Or if I should talk about my life? Which to do which to do…how about labs? I love labs.
Adrenal health labs first. Remember back when I had them done before? Here’s a summary of where we’ve been and where we are now:
Here is my first adrenal stress profile, from April 2012. Jack Kruse described this as “Stage 3 or 4 adrenal fatigue,” but said that my adrenals probably “aren’t completely dead yet.” Well, good. Here’s April 2012:
Then here it is in November 2012, about 6 months later after low-carbing and being under a lot of emotional stress. Cortisol is lower in the morning and higher at night – the opposite of progress:
And here we are, 2 years later:
Note, my levels are in yellow….the ones very near the bottom. Low. It’s really no wonder I’m tired all the time. I’m now low across the board – in the morning and throughout the day.
Other hormones were also low – estrogen, melatonin, and testosterone were all at the very bottom of the reference ranges. Progesterone couldn’t be accurately tested because the sample was contaminated by my having taken Progest E the night before:
To address all of this Amelia has me taking several supplements. I got most of these through the NBT site – their prices are the same as Amazon in most cases and NBT’s shipping was super fast (took 2 days to get to me):
Amelia said that in addition to helping the adrenals, these supplements should help with balancing all of the hormones by addressing the Pregnenolone Steal phenomenon. Each supplement had a good rationale – I should have taken better notes when she explained it all, but it all made sense. There wasn’t a shred of woo in it.
I’m out of time for now but I hope to update with the rest of my tests and supplements soon. There are a bunch more of both.
A week into the supplements I have to say I feel really good. A little more energy, mood is good, libido might be making a comeback (yes, this surprised me), sleep is good. I’m more tired throughout the day when I don’t get enough sleep now, which makes me think adrenaline is lower.
On the downside, I’m struggling a lot with diet. Low carb results in major carb cravings and adrenaline. High carb results in blood sugar craziness and frenetic eating. My weight is stable either way, but I can’t seem to find a good balance. For now I’ll continue a primarily low-carbish paleo-ish nutrient-dense-ish diet, with periodic bouts of sugar/starch consumption. I don’t know what else to do. Salads leave me starving. Amelia recommends eating carbs with dinner, later in the day. However, I have problems if I don’t eat them by lunch time.
Still have bloating related to SIBO – I’m taking stuff for this too, but I suspect eating carbs and sugar is prolonging the eradication of whatever is causing it. Again, back to the diet.
Signing off for now. Maybe more later today or tomorrow.