How to Test Yourself for Adrenal Fatigue

How to Test Yourself for Adrenal Fatigue


Hey, it’s me again. I want to create a video on how to test yourself
for adrenal fatigue. Again, this is not the definitive diagnosis
for adrenal diseases. I’m just teaching you this so you can get
some clues and maybe some potential weaknesses within your adrenals, but you go to your doctor
to confirm it, okay? That said there are several symptoms that
go along with the adrenal function. You can’t get to sleep easily. Maybe you’re exhausted at 9:00 and if you
don’t go to bed between 9:00 and 10:00 and you miss that cut off you start waking up
and now you really can’t get to sleep, maybe 11:00 or 12:00 and you’re just wired. And now it takes 90 minutes because you missed
the wave. Then you might get up at 2:00. You might wake up feeling exhausted. Those are symptoms of the adrenal. You’re tired in the day, especially an hour
after lunch you’re exhausted, you need a nap. Yet at 2:00 in the morning you’re very wide
awake. Achy. You can call that whatever you want. You can it plantar fasciitis. That’s inflammation of the feet. You can call it fibromyalgia. All that means is you’re running out of the
anti-inflammatory hormones and your whole body is achy. Brain fog, hard to focus, non sequitur, you
go in a room, can’t remember why you went in there. It’s just not clear. You’re reading a book. It doesn’t really go in. Low tolerance. People are starting to get on your nerves. You’re edgy. You go into a room and you see something out
of order and your attention focuses in on only that and not the rest of the room. Breathing issues. That has to do with two things, number one,
going up the stairs, a flight of stairs and your legs are getting heavier. Or at night you can’t get enough air. That’s a symptom of adrenal because your pH
is actually too alkaline, not too acidic, and that you’re having breathing problems. Sinus, the sinus does get congested with adrenal. That’s one thing. You get allergies as well. Decreased libido is adrenal. Lastly, dizzy when you stand up. Let’s pretend that you’re laying down like
that on a table and then you lay for about three or four minutes and you take your blood
pressure. Then you stand up and take the blood pressure. That is the test to measure adrenal function. It is called the Ragland’s test. Basically you just check your blood pressure
lying down. Wait, just relax for a few minutes, and then
stand up and check your blood pressure. Now normal blood pressure is 120 over 80. Let’s say it’s 120 over 80 and when you stand
up this blood pressure, the top number, that’s called the systolic, that should go up by
6 to 10 points normally. With adrenal fatigue it will go down or it
goes excessively too high. It’s really a simple way to determine your
ability to adapt to gravity stress. Now that’s how you do the test, but here’s
the thing. Let’s get to the purpose of the adrenal and
your adrenal gland. Your adrenal gland is the survival gland. It actually helps you cope with stress and
helps you adapt your body to stress. Standing up is a little bit of gravity stress
and your body will then adapt and raise the blood pressure to adapt for that position
change. Because if you did not adapt to that gravity
stress there won’t be enough blood flow in your brain and you will pass out. Thus, the symptom of dizzy when you stand
up too fast. You get that? That’s a good way to see if your body is adapting. Another way you could run up the stairs, and
if you get out of breath too fast from a little run up the stairs we know that’s an adrenal
issue or heavy legs. Some people will get up too fast and they
can even pass out. That’s an injury and a weakness. Because what happens, the adrenal gland has
an outside. This is all gland tissue, and they’re both
on the kidneys. And it has an inside. The adrenal gland is the only gland that has
two parts, an inside and an outside. The outside is all gland tissue, produces
hormones. But the inside is all nerve tissue. I don’t know if you knew that. So it’s all nerve tissue in there. It has a kind of a double thing. The nerve tissue inside the adrenal produces
hormone-like messages and they’re called neurotransmitters. Adrenaline, noradrenaline, serotonin, dopamine,
gaba, those are all neurotransmitters and adrenaline is a stress hormone. Adrenaline is there to help neurologically
activate certain things, like if you being chased by a tiger the artery has to open up
to the heart, the lung has to open up. I mean think about it. They�ll even give people an EpiPen, epinephrine
to help them breathe if they have an allergy. They�ll even inject the heart with adrenaline
to open up the blood flow. In other words, this tissue on the inside
is part of the adrenal system, of the stress response. It gets your body to adapt to stress. If you wanted to know the name of that nervous
system, I�ll just give it to you. It�s called the sympathetic nervous system. Another name for the sympathetic nervous system
is the flight or fight mode. You probably heard that tossed around but
I want to explain what that means a little bit more. If you see a lion in the wilderness chase
a zebra, the lion is attacking. He’s fighting the zebra. The zebra is flighting, is running away. They’re both experiencing flight or fight. It just depends on what end of the spectrum. The lion is looking for supper and the zebra
is looking to avoid being supper, and so it’s both a stressful situation. One, is a starving situation. �If I don’t eat that animal, I’m going to
be � I’m going to die.� It’s a survival thing. Zebra, �If I get eaten, I won’t survive.�
That’s what flight or fight means. We all have this system inside our body. But we’re not being chased by tigers. What we’re being stressed out is the news,
the media, other people, threatened financial disasters, threatened stresses, losses, physical
trauma. You have a lot of other stresses, worry, that
type of thing. That type of stress is equivalent to physical
trauma. Basically in a thumbnail sketch if you�re
suspecting that your adrenals are fatigued, you can simply just check. One test you can just basically check the
blood pressure lying and standing, and seeing if this blood pressure goes up 6 to 10 points. If it doesn’t, then we know there’s some weakness
within that system. There’s a lot of videos I have on what you
do about adrenal fatigue. But I wanted to explain just a way to test
it. Now in this next part I want to show you one
more part or one more thing that happens with adrenal and a very simple thing you can do
to help with adrenal fatigue. One of the problems with a burnt-out adrenal
is that you start excessively thinking and analyzing everything. Let me demonstrate. �Oh my god, how many calories is this? Gosh, my wife is really irritating me. John at work, he is just really something
else. My videographer, he�s taking way too long.� When you’re doing this excessive thinking
I know it’s hard to turn it off, but really you have to realize what’s happening. You’re losing or you lost your space. The best thing, the easiest thing that you
can do when you’re stressed out is create space. What do you do? You get outside, go for a walk, go for a hike,
get out there and just get your attention on something else. Do it for an hour. Do it for longer. It’s very therapeutic to add more space. Because what that will do, that will chill
out the adrenals, allow you to heal better, versus going into the gym behind the treadmill
and trying to watch that TV screen right there. Yeah, you worked out, but you didn’t get any
more space. You really have to balance out the entire
day of activities for something that will just get your attention going way out there,
all right? Hope that helps. I�ll see you in the next video.

100 thoughts on “How to Test Yourself for Adrenal Fatigue

  1. Great idea.
    Stress from negative energies
    can aggravate the adrenal glands for sure. Many many times few people in the news have brainwashed lots of toxic harmful
    views across. can easily bring on Adrenal fatigue. People in the medias have their say about other people's personal problems
    We hear it and it's damaging
    because they cleverly only say the bad things. Many many times I have experienced this for years.
    We begin to start thinking about it
    On the contrary I have escaped their negative stuff and rid of the past. Nature natural settings and you Dr Berg is the Best so far.

  2. Thsnk you so much Dr. Berg! Your explanation is superb! I resonate witb all you mentioned! God bless you!

  3. Thsnk you so much Dr. Berg! Your explanation is superb! I resonate witb all you mentioned! God bless you!

  4. I wonder if my postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome will go away simply by treating adrenal fatigue.

  5. Doing this too helps me with adrenal fatigue.

    “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-8‬ ‭

  6. Thank you so much for your video. It explained everything I was experiencing. Really enjoy learning from your videos. You have such a gentle, balanced spirit that makes your understanding easy to receive.

  7. Hahahahahah! I love your overthinking illustration! I thought I was just a worrier. That's me! From childhood!!!!

  8. Let’s face it most of doctors are owned by the insurance companies, they will do as instructed…real health care that’s morally correct is hard to find

  9. I need help asap! Theres times I feel like I hold my breath idk why but then I feel even more wacky. I really need to address this

  10. Doctor Berg is……….. a d o r a b l e !!!!!! So cute, the way he describes things. We are NOT going to see a lion in the wilderness. We ARE going to see cars darting in and out in front of us on the freeway, going 65 miles an hour . We just don't want to drive on the freeway but we are forced to.

  11. So SMART ! THAT"S RIGHT. We need a GREEN FIX. Back in 1987, 88, I used to tell a friend that I needed to get away from all the traffic and noise on the street where I lived., He told me I needed a green fix. So he took me driving for 20 minutes behind the Berkeley CA hills until we got into the grasslands behind the city. Ahhhh, just what my eyes needed — to see GREEN… no cars, no buildings , just trees and grassland and rolling hills for miles. I came back, two hours later , refreshed and ready to do my work.

  12. In June 2003, I bought a house in Portland OR. I worked my butt off re-landscaping the drab yard. I did a good job but come November, I fell ill and could not get out of bed! Every morning! This went on for two months and I could not figure what happened to me! I thought I was getting exercise! I went to a naturopath. Got a blood draw and a cortisol test. I had burned out my adrenals.! So the good naturopath put me on some herbs, a special blender drink and instructed me to eat this BEFORE 9am. I got a BOOK on adrenal understanding . The most important book I own. Go get you one !!! It took me 7 months before I was back to normal! The body operates at certain hours of the day. You owe it to yourself to understand this. Doctor Berg doesn't want you to get too confused by details, but I geeked out on my adrenal book and I REALLY recommend that you understand your adrenal and endocrine system if your brain allows you to geek out at all. Its your life and energy we are talking about here !!! God bless Dr Berg for being the touchstone….

  13. This was very helpful as I have many of these symptoms and years ago I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue and most often, conventional doctors don't address this (as another person pointed out). I just moved to Colorado at 70 two and a half years ago and I believe what might be operating is that here I am on my own facing such newness every single day — still happy I moved here but it was a demanding change.

  14. I love this man! How lucky are we to have somebody that provides insight and guidance to so many people that are trying to be proactive in their own healthcare, but most of us know that we are severely misled by physicians that seem to be stuck in a “textbook treatment arena.” ( no offense please) and big Pharma! I don’t want a pill!! I want to know how my body works and why it’s working the way that it is and how can I fix it. Thank you Dr. Berg!

  15. I get a little dizzy sometimes when I stand up and sit there for a while but if I moving around them okay

  16. wow I have all of these symptoms… some worse than others. thank dr. you're doing work that most dr. wouldn't mention. it's amazing how simple the cure is as well.. go for a walk… take some time for yourself… even for just a few hours. i noticed the difference immediately. it helps a lot. bless

  17. I healed adrenal fatigue by

    . Meditation
    . Balancing blood sugars
    . Adrenal Cocktail before bed
    . Becoming present as often as I could during the day.

  18. Omg….. I jus now figured out how words you try to put on a response are totally changed. Are you kidding?? This is nuts….. please people…wake up.

  19. Dr.Burg. Great video! You seem like a good guy but if you need some lye….. Let me know 😜.. Joking…. Joking …… I'm in the middle of casting. Can I send you a script?

  20. This man is right on track ! !To relieve stress, I walk fast for exactly 5 minutes, then place my cooking timer on 20 minutes, then walk again, and do this at least 4 to 6 times thru out the day.That way I never pull a muscle,as I am 64 years old.

  21. The Chinese knew how to heal adrenal glands for thousands of years. They use Ginseng and ganoderma mushroom (lingzhi) in a tea. If you drink that for a week, the next time something startles you, you will get the biggest adrenaline rush you have ever felt in your life. Heals them back to default.

  22. I think I have adrenal fatigue as I have trouble falling asleep and I can get frustrated quite easily, but I can't get my blood pressure 120/80. My question if someone can answer, is if iodine is known to help raise blood pressure? I've read that it helps lower high blood pressure. My blood pressure without iodine hovers around 90/50-60s and with iodine hovers around 100/60-70s.

  23. 244 doctors who are Pharmas's slaves don't like Dr Berg. Most Kaiser's Doctors are slaves of Pharmas. Pharmas give Drs a % of all med prescriptions.

  24. If stub your finger on a doorknob gently followed by a sidekick and an elbow smash don’t watch this! It’ll just piss you off! Stop caffeine and refined sugar. That in itself will do more than anything on any show, internet, or addition, supplement, or anything else. It takes about 3-4 months before you realize how much better you’re doing bar anything you have ever tried before! Period! Once you try it you won’t forget this! Subtract a habit not necessary to add a bunch of crap guaranteed. Nothing works till you remove the irritant! Mind these words. Then stop watching crap and get in tuned with your own self.

  25. Doc, you are a hoot! I love your videos, and although your topics are true and have helped others, you still manage to add a little comedy to it which makes me want to stay subscribed. I relate to a lot of your topics and forward them to as many friends as I can. Thanks for being so caring!

  26. He needs to make clear that all these symptoms can come from many different conditions, some serious most not. Please don’t self diagnose using video’s. The human body is way to complicated for that. It’s too easy to fool ourselves trying to self evaluate.

  27. Do you people know there is a spiritual attack on humanity right now and not everything is physical if you are spiritually sick it affects the physical

  28. Since albuterol and other emergency inhalers open up the lungs, do they cause this fight or flight issue?

  29. Dr. Eric Berg, you have provided me with some life saving information that has helped me turn my health around in a couple of months, which is far far more than I could say about western medicine doctors that I trusted over the last 9 years. Thank you! You are one of the best channels on YouTube. You are changing lives. You rock Doc! You are a TRUE Doctor!

  30. Omg this is my whole life explained in a few mins. I always wanted to know why am i so lifeless at times. And every thing else u talk about. Omg

  31. Very clear and conviced explanation, you are away from convencional doctors, please keep It, you are right. Greetings from Spain.

  32. Excuse me, adrenal fatigue is the same thing as burnout ? Or they can work along ( together)?
    What about the brain fog, the unability to focus , and the subsequent ineffectivness of you at work ( especially house work) , can those be increased by fear, panic, anxiety or deppresion, especially when someone threaten you with fireing , or divorce, or decaying for your rights, as a consequence of your ineffectivness??? ( for example at work nobody tells me right now how much I suck, but at home is really terrifying and the man think that he actually is doing this in order to motivate me to be more effective) – in this case, sugar withdrawal is recomended and also effective alone, to restore your effectivness, or you need more than this, like therapy or medication or a different diet?,
    Because honeestly I am even more terryfied by the idea of sugar withdrawal, when I already have no other plaesure in life ( alcohol is not suitable when you have to work, and smoking I gave up years ago- wrong choice- and I am no more allowed to return, i also gave up fornication years ago and i wouldnt return not even dead, as i realised sex itself or masturbation is not fullfilling anything but creating even more frustration), so, i am terrified that withdrawal from food ( with carbs) Will make me feel even more miserable, panicated and depressed.
    How can i get the serotonine from, cause i dont feel i can get it from eggs and bacon at breakfast and nothing more till late noon? Or i am wrong about it ???

  33. I saw some adrenal support supplements at the health food store.. would you recommend taking any of these Dr Berg?

  34. B1 myself. Liver type. 9 B RDA over 3 days. Very noticeable. Reflying a fornix amygdala quite and interesting experience. Much larger aerobic capacity on hills. I thought I'd diagnose myself. Maybe milk tomorrow.

  35. I’ve been searching for 2.5 years the cause of my quad pain/fatigue when climbing and unexplained sinus symptoms. I have a very physical job and feel like finally knowing the cause will hopefully keep me from losing it. This is more helpful than any doctor I’ve ever been to. Ordered your supplements hope they get here soon. Thank you

  36. Thank you doctor berg this explains me to a tee. I believe my adrenal problems started back when I was eight-nine years old. In third grade I suddenly started gaining weight and stuck my finger in the sugar bowl.

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