Autoimmune Awareness – Addison’s Disease

The adrenals are two triangular-shaped glands that lie above each kidney and are approximately the size of your thumb.  The hormones that are secreted from the adrenals include cortisol, adrenaline and aldosterone. These hormones help to regulate metabolism, blood pressure, and the body’s response to stress. Another hormone produced by the adrenal glands, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), is used to make androgens and estrogens, the sex hormones.

Adrenal insufficiency is a disorder that happens when the adrenals do not produce enough of these hormones. Addison’s is the name used to describe primary adrenal insufficiency when the glands are damaged and do not produce enough cortisol and aldosterone.

 When these glands are physically damaged and no longer function properly, we call this Addison’s Disease.

The adrenal glands in people who have Addison’s disease are not functioning properly. Adrenal insufficiency is a disorder that happens when the adrenals do not produce enough of these hormones. Addison’s is the name used to describe primary adrenal insufficiency when the glands are damaged and do not produce enough cortisol and aldosterone. Secondary adrenal insufficiency occurs when other glands such as the pituitary gland (a gland in the endocrine system located near the base of the brain) does not produce enough of its hormone (ACTH) that stimulates the adrenals to produce cortisol. If the ACTH is too low the adrenal glands can stop producing cortisol and may shrink in size. This secondary adrenal insufficiency is more common than Addison’s disease.

 

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is also produced by the adrenals and is used to make androgen and estrogen (male and female sex hormones). Men get most androgens from the testes and women get most of their estrogen from the ovaries. When adrenal insufficiency exists, the glands may not make enough DHEA.

 

The most common symptoms of adrenal insufficiency include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Muscle weakness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss

Other symptoms of the disease may include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Low blood pressure that may cause dizziness or fainting with standing
  • Irritability and depression
  • Headache
  • Sweating
  • Skin darkening on scars, skin folds, lips, elbows, knees, knuckles, toes, and mucous membranes of the cheek. This hyperpigmentation occurs only in Addison’s and not in secondary adrenal insufficiency.
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
  • Craving salty foods
  • Irregular or nonexistent menstrual periods
  • Loss of interest in sex in women

Most cases of Addison’s disease are caused by autoimmune disorders.

*https://adrenalfatiguesolution.com/addisons-disease/*

Cryotherapy – tell me all about it!

  • aipcommunity❄️Have you tried cryotherapy yet? Today I went to US Cryotherapy in San Ramon (next to Total Wines&Sprouts) and gave it a try. I woke up inflamed and my back was not at its’ finest, so it was a great time to put it to the test. I spent some time chatting with the owner and GM about my health and concerns. I was cleared to do the chamber, and all the extras that come with the service: hydrotable, Normatec for the legs and localized freezing. My back is 100% back to good. It was rejuvenating and I wish I could take each and every one of you to try it! For our local peeps I was able to lock in a deal $29 – for all above mentioned services, always!  Here’s the link:
  • https://store.uscryotherapy.com/viafria/danville/product/6ede5b22e194d664f84f1a90304bffa2

 

Autoimmune Awareness Monday – Vitigilo

Autoimmune Awareness Monday- Vitigilo. Skin pigment discoloration, loss of pigment, can cover large parts of the body. As of now there is no cure and many questions surrounding this disease. Let me pump my brakes just a second and point out the tie in with other AI diseases/syndromes – shine in the picture. Week after week I am seeing this during my research. Let me share another vantage point regarding Vitiligo that might resonate with you. A brilliant friend and health advocate suggested her nephew suffering from Vitiligo do a GI map test. Yeast was off the charts – #candida – so then she spoke with her NP friend and suggested that she have her patients with Vitiligo run the test and 100% that tested all tested positive for candida/yeast overgrowth. So some biohacking is in process. They’re following the AIP diet and on a regiment for candida and charting symptoms and progress. Personally I’ll always maintain that what’s happening in our gut is the biggest piece of the puzzle. Knowing that not everything can be cured, but discomfort lessened, symptoms reduced/cleared up and in some cases bodies healed. It’s food for thought. Listen to your gut. #socliché #foodforthought#listentoyourgut #vitigilo #skinpigmentation#autoimmunepaleo #autoimmunedisease#autoimmunepaleo #yeastovergrowth #candida#hashimotosdisease #gravesdisease#addisonsdisease #alopecia #perniciousanemia#psoriasis #polyglandular #detox #aipworks#youcontrolyourhealth #yougotthis

What does a day of eating look like?

Hi Friends!

I recently had a dear friend ask me what a typical day of food and supplements looks like for me.  So here it is, in all its’ glory!

7am First thing on an empty stomach I drink 2 cups of freshly juiced organic celery.

7:30am Then (and this is a reintroduced item) I have a cup of Bulletproof medium roast coffee that I make with a french press.  I add in 1 teaspoon of local honey, 1 tablespoon of Bulletproof brain octane, 1 teaspoon of glutatamine, and 1 scoop of Bulletproof Collagen.  NOTE – you can add these extras into tea or any warm liquid!

9-9:30am Breakfast is always my Paleo Breakfast Bowl I created – the recipe is on the site.

Supplements – Thyrovanz natural bovine thyroid supplement, (Designs for Health is my preferred supplement) 2 Glutathione pills, 1 selenium, 2 sensitol, 1 Vitamin K2, 1 Vitamin D, 1 Vitamin A, 2 Histaeeze, 1 Digestive Enzyme, 1 Megaspore probiotic (spore based probiotics are amazing – Just Thrive is another option and easily available on line).

1ish is lunch – 1 digestive enzyme.  large serving of salad – organic mixed greens with fresh organic lemon juice, sea salt, garlic salt and a touch of organic olive oil.  Some days I put some olives and hearts of palm on as well.  I choose 4-6 ounces of meat – Grilled organic, free range chicken, or organic grass fed, grass finished Ground beef, or Wild Salmon.   If I have room I’ll eat 1/2 an organic apple and perhaps a cooked veggie like 1/2 cup of butternut squash with cinnamon.

Water throughout the day with freshly squeezed organic lemon and organic wild blueberries (just a few sprinkled in my 32 ounce cup).

Pre and Post workout – Nothing.  If it’s a SUPER busy day, I’ll have a Designs for Health Paleo Protein IgG shake mixed with 1/2 water, 1/2 coconut milk and some cinnamon.

6 ish Dinner – 1 digestive enzyme, 1 thyrovanz pill- Grilled veggies – like squash, asparagus or artichoke.  4-6 ounces of meat – once a week I treat my family to organic, grassfed & finished beef ribs or brisket – see recipes on the site.  If I need something sweet, 1/3 cup mashed sweet potato with cinnamon always does the trick!

1 hour before bed I take a melatonin if I’m in desperate need of a full 8+ hours of deep sleep.  30 minutes before bed I take 2 Bulletproof coconut charcoal pills to help detox my system.

*In a few weeks I’ll be doing an in depth heavy metal and toxin test, at which time the results will let me know if I in fact need to be taking supplements for that.

See our previous post regarding detoxing for more information on foods and supplements!

Regarding the EBV connection, I take a daily dose of Colloidal silver and 2000mg of Vitamin C, along with a dropper of: cats claw,  licorice root, ashwaganda and lemon balm – I’ve not included this as integrated into my daily AIP regiment because it is for EBV, which I believe it part of my AI issue, but that is just my belief based upon how I feel.

 

DESIGNS FOR HEALTH – if you have questions regarding them or how to get them, you can email me directly at my work email:  Lorim@crossfitsr.com  as I check it multiple times daily and will see your email ASAP.

 

Fitness Friday – Be More Human

Hello AIP Community!

How’s the burpee challenge going?  They should be getting much easier by now, and your capacity should be growing significantly! 

A few days ago, Tim and I took the car in for an oil change and did something out of the ordinary, we left the car there and walked to the chiropractor for our weekly tune up.  What a simple idea, a little over a mile round trip, but out walking nonetheless.  On the way back to get the car I felt different.  There was something so nice and natural about being out walking.  I felt more human.  We rarely go anywhere without our car because time is such a precious thing, and our to-do lists are always pages long.  But that day, we decided that we’d let it all go, and enjoy a slower paced morning and get some fresh air.  It was delightful!

CrossFit lauched their “Be More Human” slogan sometime last year if I’m not mistaken, suggesting that CrossFitters get out of their boxes and go outside to play.  Ski, swim, bike, run, hike, etc.  I loved their message, but back when it came out I was so busy working on recovering my health, being a mommy and running our CrossFit gym, that I couldn’t find time to “Be more human.”  How ironic, the one thing I needed, I was too busy for.

The goal for all of us this weekend, starting today -Fitness Friday, is to be more human.  Unplug from daily life – I said it – leave the electronics behind for a while.  Choose from any of the following activities that will get you moving and out in the sunshine a bit:

Walking, Riding a bike, Swimming, Running, Jogging, go to a Farmers Market, Water Skiing, Rafting, wake boarding, paddle boating, row boat, play at the park with your kids, Kick a soccer ball around at the park, dance…you get where I’m going with this!

Accountability: Today I’m walking to the gym, working out, then walking to meet Kat for tea and some AIP work.  Then Tim and I are taking Ashleigh to family camp, Camp Augusta, for the weekend where there is no cell signal and no where to plug in electronics…and we’re going to dance, swim, hike, play, climb, zip line, do yoga, make lip balm, etc.  I’ve put it out there, and I’m sticking to it!  No barbells, no Metcons, no TV, no Computer, no Pokemon Go, no work – I’m going to focus on being more human, and my wish is that you do to!

Signing off until Monday,

Coach Lori

 

MTHFR Gene Defect

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Hello AIP Community,

Have you heard of the MTHFR gene mutation?  Kat has, and Lori hasn’t.  After discovering she in fact has this, Kat wanted to share this information with all of you to raise awareness, and maybe help you understand why certain things are happening to you and your health.

 “An MTHFR mutation is a problem associated with poor methylation and enzyme production. MTHFR mutations affect every person differently, sometimes contributing to hardly any noticeable symptoms at all, while other times leading to serious, long-term health problems.” – Dr. Axe

It is estimated that 45% of people suffer from a MTHFR defect, which causes gene deficiencies.  This leads to poor cellular health, hormonal imbalances, decreased immune function and mitochondrial dysfunction.

This crappy gene inhibits Glutathione production, which makes you more vulnerable to toxins.  The accumulation of these toxins leads to disease and premature aging.

What are some things we can do to battle this mutation?
  • consume more leafy greens, asparagus, romaine lettuce, broccoli, avocado and bright fruits to boost Natural Folate, b6 and b12!
  • treat leaky gut
  • reduce anxiety and stress
  • heart health – work on it, keep up those natural supplements and AIP foods
  • detox – Lori uses her Bulletproof coconut charcoal relgiously
  • Sleep

Knowing is half the battle – this is certainly something worth knowing when you’re battling autoimmune diseases.  I know I’m emailing my Dr now to test for this gene during my September bloodwork!

Keep it clean! ~Lori

 

Fitness Friday – Let’s Walk

Hello Friends, the message is simple, take it back to basics and walk a bit.  Up and down a hallway, around the house, around the neighborhood, at a park, on the beach, at the mall–don’t worry about distance, set a goal to walk for time.  Breathe deeply and enjoy!

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