Nutritional Coaching

Adrenal Fatigue vs Thyroid Dysfunction?

Adrenal Fatigue vs. Thyroid Dysfunction: How to Tell

Posted by Christy Goldfeder on March 4, 2013

If you’re frequently tired, have the blahs, and feel like it’s difficult to keep weight off, you may be experiencing the winter blues if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere. Or it could be a more serious condition.

You might naturally assume your thyroid’s off balance if you have a family history of thyroid issues. However, adrenal exhaustion and thyroid dysfunction are closely linked and frequently mistaken. Some of the symptoms they have in common include extreme fatigue, never feeling well-rested, fuzzy thinking and memory issues, unexplained weight gain, and depression.

Adrenal fatigue and thyroid dysfunction are often confused because imbalances between the adrenals and thyroid are connected between their root origin in the pituitary gland and hypothalamus parts of the brain. These work together to increase and decrease hormones release by the adrenals and thyroid, as well as the sex organs. When one system gets thrown off balance, the other can be disrupted. This makes it more difficult to figure out if it’s adrenal or thyroid imbalance.

So how can you figure out if it’s hypothyroidism or adrenal exhaustion? Here are some telltale signs for both.

The biggest signs pointing to thyroid imbalance include:
•Paleness and dry skin
•Brittle nails
•Cold/heat intolerance (especially when everyone else is comfortable)
•High blood pressure
•Puffiness in the face and extremities

For adrenal fatigue, the biggest signs include:
•Dizziness on standing
•Low blood pressure
•Salt cravings
•Feeling overwhelmed by minor situations

If you feel like you may have either a thyroid imbalance or adrenal exhaustion, you can visit your doctor for specific tests. Adrenal tests may include having your cortisol levels checked or going through an insulin-induced hypoglycemia test to see how your endocrine system reacts. For thyroid issues, standard tests often include testing your levels of thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), total and free thyroxine (T4), and total and free triiodothryonine (T3).

What if you test negative for both but still feel terrible? Of course, it makes sense to get a second opinion, as blood tests are not foolproof. And while we don’t recommend foregoing medical treatment if it’s necessary, it can be worthwhile to evaluate your food and lifestyle habits to see if you can make changes that will help boost your energy, improve your mood, and clear your thinking.

Some questions to ask yourself: Do you get enough sleep? Is it restful or restless? Are you fitting healthy movement into your life? Are you eating healthy meals at regular times? Do you eat for emotional reasons?

A Health Coach can help you figure out the answers to these questions if you’re uncertain about what you should be eating or how much sleep and exercise you really need to feel good.

As a Nutritional Health Coach, I help my clients manage thyroid disease. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease (an auto-immune disease of the thyroid).

I was dealing with the above symptoms and more. My cholesterol was 295! I had pain in my face that went to the back of my head, cold hands and feet, brain fog, forgetfulness and total exhaustion. I have also helped my daughter manage Lupus another auto-immune disease. We are both living a vibrant life now and I look forward to helping you or someone you know “get your healthy back” Contact me for a consultation

Nutritional Coaching (Weight Loss, Thyroid, Diabetes)

“The more unhealthy foods we put into our bodies the more unhealthy we will become. I will help you choose the healthiest foods for your individual body based on your individual health concerns, blood type, likes and dislikes.

Include fresh lean protein ie. fatty fish (not fried) 2-3 times weekly, nuts, seeds, greens, whole grains...

“Choose fresh local produce that is in season in your area.”]Choose a variety of fresh produce in your daily diet.

If you are local, I make a healthy meal for you with every session.

Healthy Options

Above salad is kale, fresh roasted beets, roasted red pepper slices, red onions and goat cheese.  I made a lemon, garlic and basil dressing in olive oil to drizzle over the top of the salad.  This picture does not have the dressing on it yet.  You could add grilled shrimp, salmon or chicken to this salad.  If you don’t want to experiment with kale, use organic baby spinach.

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You walk into a super market and are lured over to the colorfully advertised boxes that read:  Healthy…Good Source of Fiber or Calcium, Fat Free, Low Fat, Lean, Sugar Free, Energy Bar…. and so many other catchy phrases that make you think they might be a good choice to put in your shopping cart.  Many of those products are what are causing cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, ADD. ADHD, mood swings, headaches, weight gain, inflammation, digestive issues and various other maladies.

As a Health/Nutrition/Life Coach  I will help you sort it out and determine what foods really are worth putting in your shopping cart and into your body.  I start off with a Free one on one Health History Consultation with you.  We will discuss your personal health concerns, what you are eating currently and how I can help you. Let’s get started on your metamorphosis body, mind and spirit NOW.

Thyroid disorders are more common in women. For example, women are about 50 times more likely than men to suffer from an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). Some scientists theorize that female hormones, such as estrogen, may be a factor in triggering autoimmune conditions, including problems with the thyroid. Men can definitely develop a thyroid disorder too. The thyroid gland is a small gland in your neck that produces hormones that regulate how you use energy. Thyroid hormones influence how your organ systems perform: how fast or how slow they consume oxygen, produce proteins, and respond to other hormones.
Sometimes thyroid glands don’t function properly. If your thyroid gland is underactive, producing less thyroid hormone than normal, you may be diagnosed with hypothyroidism. If your thyroid is overactive, producing more thyroid hormone than normal, it’s called hyperthyroidism.
People with an underactive thyroid gland often gain weight because their thyroid hormones are insufficient and, consequently, the body’s metabolism slows down. This leads to retention of salt and water and fat. People with an overactive thyroid gland often lose weight as their metabolism speeds up.
Symptoms of an underactive thyroid gland are associated with a slowing metabolism. In addition to fatigue and weight gain, symptoms can include depression, constipation, sluggishness, dry skin and dry hair, and muscle cramps. Some people develop an enlarged thyroid, which leads to a swelling in the front of the neck known as a “goiter”
Symptoms of an overactive thyroid gland are generally symptoms of an increased metabolism. These can include weight loss, nervousness or anxiety, irritability, a racing heart, increased bowel movements, sweating, sleeplessness, hand tremors, and muscle weakness.
The most common cause of an overactive thyroid gland is Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that occurs when the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing it to produce too much thyroid hormone. An underactive thyroid is most often caused by Hashimoto’s disease, which occurs when the immune system attacks the thyroid gland, causing chronic inflammation and interfering with the production of thyroid hormones.
Hyperthyroidism also can be caused by a thyroid nodule, and hypothyroidism also can be caused by iodine deficiency or problems associated with the pituitary gland

I battle Hashimotos Disease and was on medication. My cholesterol was 295 and my doctor and my husband wanted me to be on medication. I asked my doctor to wait and let me see what I could do on my own. I now have a healthy cholesterol and I am currently managing both without medication. I am monitored every 4 months with bloodwork and my endocrynologist has referred patients to me. I can help you manage your thyroid with a healthy diet and lifestyle. I feel better now than when I was in my 30s!! www.metamorphosisbodymindspiri​

If you enjoy dining out or fast food, I will help you decide what to choose at your favorite eating places.

Are you confused about cooking?  Have no idea how to cook but would like to?  I also offer cooking classes.  Some of the foods I have taught my clients to make are:  healthier snacks, personal pizzas, chili, sauce, lemon quinoa spinach, brown rice pudding, ratatoulli.  What would you like to learn how to make?

“The best medicine is what you put on your fork!”

Many of my clients and myself have been able to get off medication by changing our eating habits and improving our lifestyle.  I don’t sell any products!  I work with you.  You will take small steps that will lead you to your own personal goals.  I will introduce you to healthier options and you can still enjoy your favorite foods.

Check out my Testimonial page to see how I have helped my clients.  I would love to have you as my next Testimonial.

“If you always do what you always did, you will always get what your always got.  If nothing changes, nothing will change.”

I look forward to helping you with your own personal Metamorphosis (changing to a healthier, happier more balanced life for you and your family!)

Contact me:    203-929-9414

I coach clients one on one in my home/office or yours if you are local.

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I also coach via telephone and skype:  debbie.barbiero1

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