Laurie Langfitt has a PhD in clinical nutrition and is a well-known proprietor of doTerra essential oils and products. I personally use Spark Naturals products because their prices are more reasonable and their quality is comparable to doTerra. I mention this because Ms. Langfitt mentions many blends and supplements sold by doTerra throughout her presentation. When possible, I will add the comparable Spark Naturals blend. No matter what brand of essential oils you prefer, there is a lot of useful information in Ms. Langfitt’s presentation.
ADRENALS NOTES from Laurie Langfitt’s presentation, March 2015
Who may suffer from adrenal fatigue?
-anyone who does not get enough rest or relaxation to enjoy life
-someone who is never satisfied, who is a perfectionist, or drives themselves relentlessly or is under constant pressure
-someone feeling trapped, helpless, overwhelmed, has repeated or continuous difficulties, has experienced sever or chronic emotional or physical trauma or illness
-two little “napoleon”s that command powerful hormones to extend their influence throughout your bod and your life
-they’re no bigger than a walnut, weigh less than a grape and sit on top of your kidneys
-they significantly affect the functioning of every tissue, organ, and gland in your body. Attack, retreat or surrender, every cell responds accordingly and you FEEL the results.
-they’re designed to secrete various hormones and inhibit others in response to stress
-their function involves constantly balancing levels of two primary stress hormones: cortisol and adrenaline
When cortisol levels are deficient:
-heightened immune activity can’t be shut off once it is no longer needed, the off switch is broken
-when your immune system is always activated, your adrenals release even more cortisol in an attempt to counteract the situation and get things under control
-suppresses your immune system and is one of the primary factors resulting in chronic inflammation which leads to chronic disease
When stress is on-going…
-cortisol levels become chronically elevated. Your levels should be highest in the morning and decrease throughout the day.
-after producing excessive amounts of adrenal hormones in response to chronic stress, the adrenals can tire and produce inadequate amounts of hormones, a condition known as adrenal fatigue.
-excessive cortisol damages brain function causing memory problems and much more.
-chronic stress keeps you revved up and hyper vigilant, making it harder for you to rest, replenish, and nourish your body
-research shows that chronic stress can shrink your brain
-chronic stress lead to many of the health challenges we have been discussing in this presentation
Do you have pain or discomfort that is not relieved fully, no matter what type of care you receive?
-ligaments and tendons are supposed to be the primary joint stabilizers. With adrenal fatigue, ligament laxity develops and muscles must take over the job of joint stability. This constant enlargement of the muscle fibers leads to: spasms, strains and sprains, loose joints, tmj, headaches, neck and upper bac pain, lower back instability and pain and then on to fibromyalgia, tendonitis, bursitis, arthritis, etc.
-adrenaline also called epinephrine. Epinephrine and norepinephrine are two hormones produced by the adrenals.
-sympathetic nervous system= fight or flight response, parasympathetic is activated when body is relaxed.
-adrenaline has a direct and immediate effect on your heart and can give you temporary superpowers! Can also be related to an increase in strokes and other heart problems.
Factors affecting the adrenals
-life issues: financial issues, death of a loved one, emotional stress, unwanted unemployment, marital stress, psychological stress
-lifestyle: smoking, lack of sleep, lack of or excessive exercise or over exertion, lack of relaxation
-toxins: poor eating habits
-negative attitudes and beliefs: fear
-body issues: allergies, infections both acute and chronic, prescription drugs, wound healing
-diet: caffeine, lack of good food, white four products, sugar
-contingent upon what we eat, drink, the thoughts we feed our minds, and the beliefs we base our very lives on
Addicted to stress?
-we can get addicted to the highs and lows of hormone rushes produced by trauma, tragedy, crisis, or chaos
-Drama Queens/Kings are addicted to chaos or crisis
-adopt an optimistic attitude to help you respond better to situations and people that contribute to your stress. Expect good things to happen, not bad! Speak about what you want instead of complaining about what you got.
-honestly examine what part you play in creating your stress and change it
-avoid people that stress you out. Mend or end toxic relationships.
-acid based oil in coffee irritates the lining of the stomach which increases gastric secretions which spars/ignites adrenaline, which stimulates insulin production, which fuels hypoglycemia. Your morning java increases cortisol output by 30%!
-end result=TENSION, mild rise in blood pressure, craving sweets 2 or 3 hours later, low energy, depressed mood
-coffee counteracts some medication taken for pain, obesity, hypertension, depression, and digestive issues
-coffee causes nutritional deficiencies, B1 in particular= fatigue, nervousness, aches, pains, headaches, and more
-damaging to the small intestine=more problems assimilating nutrients properly
-throws off the body’s ph balance=depletion of many minerals
-pesticides in coffee are one of the most significant sources of toxins in the US
-long term consumption taxes the liver causing congestion in this vital organ which leads to other problems
-lots of yeast, mold, and fungus in some coffee as well
If you must have coffee
-start by limiting yourself to one cup and use organic low acid coffee
-eat something before you consume coffee
-try to replace it altogether with healthy warm teas including sipping essential oils in just warm water and add ginger, which is very good for digestion and an immune system tonic. Lime, lemon, or bergamot, a touch of honey or cinnamon essential oil as the sweetener and extra virgin coconut oil is good as well.
Affordable and gentle detox/cleansing;
-Dr Hill recommends drinking or consuming in capsules 10-15 drops minimum of citrus essential oils daily
-grapefruit in particular to increase your bodies very own production of glutathione to combat inflammation naturally
-lemon, lime, orange, tangerine and even bergamot are okay to drink in water. Do not drink in plastic bottles, use glass or stainless steel
Support your liver and other organs:
-establishing normal bowel function helps strengthen your adrenal function. Take a probiotic every day!
-as your adrenals begin to mend your liver can detoxify more rapidly
-fiber helps eliminate fat soluble toxins from your body
Daily use of essential oils
-Balance blend on your feet in the morning
-start the morning with warm tea and ginger essential oil or a citrus oil. drink or use in capsules citrus oils during the day for a gentle detox
-clove, rosemary in a roller bottle on your adrenals and apply a warm compress for intense pampering. May add basil or geranium too.
-diffuse oils morning, noon, and night
-good workspace blend: 3 drops each coriander, balance blend, wild orange
-bergamot and lavender every night on your feet at bedtime. Look for and try oils that say “addaptogenic” in the literature
-hypothyroidism means your thyroid is underactive. A lazy thyroid also can not properly stimulate the adrenal glands to produce cortisol and other adrenal hormones nor help your liver clear itself of cortisol.
-ashwagandha is good for thyroid
-lemongrass may be the most important oil for thyroid balance whether high or low
-thyroid meds aren’t working? consider adrenal fatigue
-iodine is essential to every cell in the body, low levels suppress thyroid function
-David Brownstein, MD has researched iodine for the last two decades and he has found that 95% of his patients at his clinic are iodine deficient
-“The Iodine Crisis” by Lynnee Farrow
-“The Coconut Ketogenic Diet” by Dr Bruce Fife
Actively reduce stress and do things that restore your vitality:
-being out in nature
-cranial sacra work, massage, etc
-emotional freedom technique
-neuro emotional technique
-play with your animals!
-regular exercise even if it’s gentle
-“Overcoming Adrenal Fatigue” by Kathryn R Simpson. Includes great adrenal and thyroid symptom surveys.
-“Little Teal Book of Trust” by Jeffrey Gitomer
-All books by Louise Hay