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I have a couple questions, but they’re both about exhaustion.
1. How would you suggest someone overcome adrenal fatigue? I have been getting hives from sweating and showering (both heat induced I presume) and I have been told that I have adrenal fatigue which can come about from being chronically stressed.
2. I have been taking B12 shots for the past few months. They seem to be helping, but will I be taking them indefinitely? I am not a vegetarian… so, I’m wondering if my stomach acid is lower than it should be or??? If so, how do I increase stomach acidity while keeping the rest of me leaning towards the alkaline side?
Thanks so much,
Those are both great questions as well as very common conditions Naturopathic Doctors see people coming in with. To answer your questions:
1) Adrenal fatigue is a very common concern of people who are over doing it, burning the candle at both ends, or chronically stressed. The body’s adrenals are like its gas tank, so when they burn out or become fatigued you need to fill them up. This is accomplished by rejuvenating the body. Things like quality sleep, quality food, deep breathing, and gentle exercise such as yoga are rejuvenating for the adrenals. As well, the adrenals love a good quality multi B-vitamin supplement, which is very balancing and nourishing.
2) No, you will not need to take the B12 shots forever. You can get a simple blood test to let you know what your B12 stores are, and once they are above the reference range for the lab, you can begin to lower your dose. However, you are correct that it could be due to low stomach acid there is a simple test your ND can do called a Gastro Test to test the pH of your stomach and determine its acidity. And lastly, speaking of acidity and alkalinity you 100% want your stomach to be acidic, the most acidic area of your body in fact. When you’re talking about staying alkaline, you’re speaking about the rest of your body â€“ blood, saliva, urine, etc. However, the environment of your stomach does not affect the alkalinity of the rest of your body a very common area of confusion!
It is interesting because your two questions combine to point to the potential answer of what is going on with you. Of course as usual I cannot diagnose you for certain without a physical exam and full Naturopathic intake. However, low stomach acid and hives may be, in fact, correlated. But it’s a bit round about:
When someone eats, a healthy digestive system digests the food into its simplest form of nutrients (easiest for your body to absorb) using its stomach acid. However, if your stomach acid is low known as hypochlorhydria the larger food particles can become damaging to the lining of your stomach, causing the cells to pull apart ever so slightly. Sometimes they pull apart just enough to allow those large, undigested food particles out of the stomach and into the bloodstream, where the body flags it as an intruder, or non-self, and attempts to kill it. This creates a general state of chaos and inflammation in the body, and causes your immune system to become touchy and react to seemingly everything. The hives MAY be a result of one of your immune cells called mast cells the ones that hold histamine degranulating from the heat, simply because the mast cell is jumpy and over-reactive which is a result of the food particles in the bloodstream which is a result of the low stomach acid in the gut! Amazing isn’t it?
Please note this is just a theory! I cannot know for sure if this is your specific concern. However, a visit to your family Naturopath can get to the bottom of your hives and your adrenal fatigue more accurately.
Thank you for your question, Chelsey, and good luck!
In health and happiness!
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