Gluten Intolerance, Low Vitamin D and Adrenal Fatigue

by Kimmerle

About 15 years ago, I became increasingly ill. Regular MD docs gave no help (surprising, I know!) and only offered to put me on anti-depressants. An alternative practitioner tested my saliva and found my cortisol levels to be low and treated me for adrenal exhaustion.

My health was still going south very quickly (losing weight like crazy!) and finally I had someone suggest a gluten intolerance. I have been gluten free for over 10 years! (my mother and grandmother both had celiac, too) I later found that my cortisol levels were still very low and now I have found out that my Vitamin D levels are low. Could there be a connection between the three? I know that adrenal fatigue and celiac are considered to be autoimmune problems.

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Everyone has Vitamin D Deficiency
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Kimmerle,

Everyone has vitamin d deficiency unless they are lifeguards, so that is likely to be 'incidental'- or more likely to be that you don't get enough exercise or go outdoors enough than really having anything to do with your severe gluten sensitivity.

But I do have a couple of thoughts on why you might be still sick and have adrenal fatigue despite being gluten free.

The first is that you might have some sort of intestinal pathogen (WAY more common than you know and really drains the adrenals- I had THREE pathogens despite having no symptoms except very very slight fatigue) and that you need to get a Comprehensive Pathogen Test to find out if something is 'bugging you' and causing your continued adrenal fatigue.

The second is magnesium deficiency. You need magnesium in order to make adrenal hormones and much of the population has Signs of Magnesium Deficiency that go undiagnosed for years and even decades.

The third is that you might be doing the classic 'Gluten Free Standard American Diet'. Most people that I talk to about being gluten free immediately want to run out and replace all their processed junk food with gluten free processed junk food leaving them as nutritionally deficient as they were prior to going gluten free.

If you are eating gluten free pastas or breads, then I highly suggest that you get off the Standard American Diet and get and follow the instructions on the The Healthy Urban Kitchen and get eating HEALTHY, nutrient-dense gluten free foods.

Ignore the part about losing weight. My husband and I follow this exact eating program and he has put 30 (wanted and muscle filled) pounds onto his little skinny chicken-legged frame that he was when I met him. And if the losing weight part still worries you, just ask for the recipe for my husband's paleolithic weight gain chocolate shake.

It's a healthy gluten-free lifelong nutrient-dense eating plan, and one that I spent 20 years of trial and error to finally find works the best for me and works amazing for most people who are suffering from chronic health problems. Get it and follow it, you will NOT be disappointed...

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

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