Adrenal Fatigue Podcast – Ep 1
Adrenal Fatigue Podcast – Ep 1
Interviewer: Hello, this is the first-ever episode of the adrenal fatigue podcast.
Welcome and we are happy to have you I’m Casey Haakinson, co-founder of and limited health a supplement company. Our founder and main inspiration behind one of our product Adrenal Relief, is with us, his name is Greg Davenport.
The focus of this podcast will be about adrenal fatigue syndrome. Adrenal fatigue is not very well known particularly in the United States. Most medical doctors don’t acknowledge it we’ll cover that and much more. But for today Greg let’s focus on your experience with the adrenal fatigue. Greg start off tell us in your own words what is adrenal fatigue and share your story a little bit.
Interviewee: Sure, hello everybody and Thanks! Casey and I have been friends for about 25 years. So, before we jump into that I love quotes and I would love for everyone of these podcasts going forward. I am going to give you guys a different uplifting quote. One of my personal inspirations, is a guy by the name of Marcus Aurelius. if you’ve never heard of him, he was a Roman Emperor he was also the leader of the Roman legion and he wrote a book called meditations. If you’re dealing with adrenal fatigue, I highly recommend you go get that book. it just helps deal with mental stress but the quote I want to read you is from Marcus Aurelius “you have power over your mind not outside events realize this and you will find strength”.
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Interviewee: The real high-level overview of it is it is prolonged stress, it can be anything. Your brain and your body does not distinguish stress from your boss micromanaging you and you being chased by a bear. Being a parent, also being a business professional, working on no sleep for months on end causes people’s bodies to start shutting down. When you’re exposed to stress over the long period your body essentially just kind of burns out.
Interviewer: So are we having the same response as say like a caveman did when they saw a bear? But today were in fight-or-flight just by dealing with modern stresses not being able to deal with it?
Interviewee: Yeah, you nailed it 100%. I have also been in the health and fitness world for 12 years. I run a gym, I’ve been a personal trainer and nutritionist for that entire time. I’ve been counseling clients for a better part of a decade on how to lower their stress. If you and I lived in a cave and a bear walked into our cave, you and I would immediately be hit with our flight or fight response. Your body dumps you with adrenaline and cortisol and then in that scenario I just have to outrun you right? (laughs).
Bear vs Email
In today’s world you might wake up when you’re tired, your alarm goes off and you hit snooze. then you get in your car you have to go to the job that you don’t like and then you fight traffic. When you get there you get hit with emails that you weren’t expecting and then your boss puts a meeting that you don’t have time. Then he calls you into his office at 5 o’clock when you were ready to leave at 4 pm. Your body is having that exact same chemical hormonal response as the bear entering the cave.
The difference being in today’s world when you’re getting that level of stress you’re not running or fighting something. You’re just sitting there not removing the cortisol, which builds up overtime. When people are under constant stress loads and aren’t able to lower their cortisol levels, their bodies respond by shutting down and typically gaining body fat (stomach area).
Interviewer: So in the cave days you were able to burn off that cortisol by throwing a rock whereas today you should basically go run laps in the parking lot? But we obviously can’t or don’t as we still have life and tasks to accomplish.
Interviewee: Yeah, and think about it if you get an email or your boss tells you to do something you don’t want to do one time, that’s never going to push you over the edge. But months and months or years of that accumulates over time to the point your body can no longer deal with that stress. I guess that’s a pretty decent overview of what adrenal fatigue is anyway. Its just a lot of exposure to stress. Remember stress is purely a product of the mind so controlling your mind is very helpful.
Was Your Doctor Able to Help?
Interviewee: I just went to my family doctor and when he was unable to help, and here’s the thing about my doctor he’s actually a cool guy and I respected him because of what I’m about to say. I went in with my symptoms and he was like let’s just do some blood work and run some tests. We ran a couple different tests. He didn’t find anything wrong so I actually left more stressed out than when I went in. I consider myself a bastion health. I literally felt like I was dying, nobody could help me and then my doctor is telling me that I’m totally fine.
When I went back in a couple weeks later with the exact same symptoms, the only difference was it was about three or four in the morning when I was wide awake because I couldn’t sleep, I was exhausted.
One random night I found the term adrenal fatigue in some random forum years ago. I brought that to his attention and to his credit he did say “hey look I’ve heard of it I’m just not allowed to diagnose it in Western medicine. Most of my clients that are coming in reporting these same symptoms and I believe that they have adrenal fatigue. He said it’s on the rise in our society.” He followed that up by saying “look I can’t help you do is help send you to someone to talk to and that’s what I ended up doing.”
What is the single best tip for anyone dealing with adrenal fatigue?
Interviewer: So, a question here for you, what is the single best tip for anyone dealing with adrenal fatigue?
Interviewee: The number one thing I would say is you have to ask for help.
I think in western culture, you’re kind of brain brainwashed into believing that you’re supposed to do everything. Or that you can do everything and you should never ask for help because asking for help is a weakness. You have to ask for help in order to lower your stress levels. If you don’t do that it doesn’t matter if you’re taking a supplement or whatever it is you’re doing you have to lower that stress and for most people it’s asking for help.
Interviewer: We have some customer questions we want to get into in a second but you know help can come in all different types of forms and ways, what are you really kind of dialed in and knew exactly what you had.
Best Thing I did – I asked for help
Interviewee: So let me give you an example, you guys can laugh at me if you want but one of the things I ended up having to do. My wife works nights and I’m also an entrepreneur. I was stressed trying to move everything forward. What I ended up doing was I was paying a babysitter to come over to the house, while I was in the house just so I could sit in another room and read a book or play a video game. I could get an hour to myself to de-stress. Its one of the best things Ive ever done.
Interviewer: So was that really your first step of asking for help?
Interviewee: yeah, I realized I just couldn’t do everything and I had to shut some of those businesses down. It was just too much, I took on too much and I think that plagues a lot of people in Western culture. We have to say NO more often.
Customer Questions – Scared and Tired
Interviewer: I go through that in my daily life as well. So, let’s get into this, we’ve got a couple customer questions:
First one is coming from Anna, she DMed us on Instagram and here’s what she is saying. ” ‘m scared, I’m freaking out. She’s worried now it’s gotten to the point where she’s worried about her job. She’s worried about possibly getting fired because she’s taking some time off. Really all that she’s asking is what can I do, I don’t know what to do please help”. So, what do you say about that?
Interviewee: Let me first say that you are not alone. But that’s literally everything I was dealing with, for me being scared and not knowing what was wrong and being so tired was brutal. I couldn’t work for three months.
So everything you’re saying is exactly what I had and you know a lot of people won’t go to the doctor right away which I did. As I just previously explained he couldn’t help me either so you’re not alone. What she’s explaining is common and the one thing I found very interesting with adrenal fatigue was something that would be a minor stress I was either unable to cope with it or it just it made me so tired it just shut me down.
Interviewer: So, it really affects your rational thought.
Can Ashwagandha Help?
Interviewee: Yes, and your cognitive abilities just drop in general, it’s hard to remember stuff, it’s very all-encompassing and it’s just stress, it’s crazy.
Interviewer: Okay, yes let’s do this one being from Facebook. Naomi has been dealing with adrenal fatigue and was told ashwagandha could help. She wants to know more about and if she’s being pointed in the right direction. So can you shed some light on ashwagandha and your experience with it and how it helps adrenal fatigue.
Interviewer: Sure, ashwagandha was new to me and I had never heard of it until I found out that I had adrenal fatigue. I started studying how do you overcome or heal from adrenal fatigue. One of the herbs or ingredients that kept popping up was ashwagandha. Its been proven to help reduce stress among other things. It’s used in a lot of different stuff but it’s been proven to help with anxiety like bipolar disorder, OCD. Its considered an adaptogen but it just calms the body down, it De-stresses you.
Look, its our main ingredients in adrenal relief and you don’t have to buy our supplement but getting ashwagandha into your system is very beneficial for anyone with a high stress lifestyle. I am not dealing with adrenal fatigue currently but I will continue to take ashwagandha just to de-stress me anyway because you really can’t overdo it with ashwagandha.
Where To Find Out More About Us?
Leave comments below on YouTube or also feel to reach out to us on Facebook and Instagram. Our Facebook address is @adrenalrelief, our Instagram address is @adrenalfatigue_. Our website is www.unlimited-health.com. I will say it one more time www.unlimited-health.com. We will have another podcast in two weeks, look for announcements about that. Greg anything else?
Interviewee: No, just thank you for putting this together Casey. and thank you to everybody that listened. I just to reiterate what Casey said, if you guys have questions we’d love to help.
Interviewer: All right, great have a wonderful holiday everyone.
Episode 2 can be found HERE