Dr. Berg Explains Adrenal Fatigue & the Adrenal Body Type

Dr. Berg Explains Adrenal Fatigue & the Adrenal Body Type

One of the most common body types is the adrenal
body type. Let me explain. The adrenal gland sits on top of your kidney
and there are two little triangle glands that sit right on top of the kidney. The purpose of the adrenals is to counter
this one thing called stress. The adrenals have everything to do with stress,
emotional stress, physical stress, infection, you name it. Emotional stress, by the way, like losses
can hit the adrenals a thousand times more than actual physical stress. That’s why a loss of a loved one can turn
into a major problem with your health. The first problem with this adrenal gland
body type is you start developing what’s called belly fat. Now, this is my nice diagram of belly fat. That’s someone standing side with their belly
hanging out because they have a … It’s called pendulous abdomen, a sagging belly. This fat in the belly is 100% coming from
cortisol. Cortisol is the hormone that activates fat
being stored in your midsection. Stress triggers cortisol which then makes
fat in the stomach. Here is a question, why is it going there
and not somewhere else? That’s a good question. Location of all the vital organs like the
heart and the liver and kidney happen to be in your midsection. That’s why you gain weight in the belly because
the body, as a survival mechanism, wants to hold this fat as a way of feeding it. Fat is potential energy, so you’re not really
fat. You have potential energy and it sounds better. It stored around the organs. It’s called visceral fat and visceral fat
means the organ fat. You might have some superficial fat but it’s
mainly around the organs, survival mechanism. When people have the belly sagging like that,
it means their body is not surviving too well and adrenals are overactive. The other thing you want to know about belly
fat and stress is that stress, over time, can cumulate belly fat as you age. In other words, when you’re 18, cortisol is
at its lowest. When you get 50, 52, after menopause, that’s
when it’s at its highest. That’s why, over time, you might start developing
a belly unless you counter it. That’s one thing about age. Number two, all stress is accumulative. I have the worst handwriting but just bear
with me. All stress is accumulative. In other words, you’re like a bucket and your
body tends to fill up with stress. You’re like a sponge, so everything that ever
happened to you, from birth as accumulative stress-wise and it builds up much like a lot
of applications on your desktop computer. That’s the relationship between stress, cortisol,
belly fat. Now, let’s get into the next problem. The next problem with adrenal is your brain
or let’s just say cognitive. It has a major problem on cognitive function. Number one, the person will do excessive thinking. They think and they think and they think and
they can’t turn it off. What are they doing when they’re thinking? They’re trying to survive. They’re trying to solve problems. They’re trying to evaluate the environment
with their own experiences to come up with solution to problems, 24/7. Sometimes it gets out of control where they’re
not even controlling these thoughts. They just come randomly and they can’t seem
to turn off. As far as the cognitive function with adrenals,
you’re always on. You can’t turn off. You’re worrying, things like that. This eventually starts affecting your focus
and your memory, going downstairs. “Where am I going? What am I looking for?” Trying to find your car in the car lot. It can really affect your focus, your attention,
because thoughts no longer become in linear fashion. They come more like popcorn thoughts. They just come randomly and it’s very dispersing
and it’s hard to complete things because you got all your attention into this and that
and this and that. You don’t feel very productive. It affects excessive thinking, memory, focus. It affects tolerance to stress. The more problem you have with adrenal, the
less tolerance you have to certain personality types, specifically the people that are incompetent,
slow drivers, people that make mistakes. You can’t tolerate these people. Some people, to the degree, that their adrenal
becomes so burnt out that even the sound of a ticking on a clock drives them crazy. Just like, “Tick, tick, tick.” They don’t tolerate a lot of things. They don’t like things out of order. Why? Because their adrenal is the survival gland
and anything non-survival, chaotic, insane, logical, they don’t deal with that too well. They have a hard time dealing with certain
things and people and all that. That would be cognitive. Now, the next one is sleep. See if I can draw. How is that? Is that pretty good? Okay, that’s a little half moon. Let’s see, let’s draw a little star right
here and then we’ll … Snoozing, right? We have sleep, is a problem with adrenal. Now, when you go to sleep at night, there’s
what’s called a circadian rhythm. Every 90 minutes, your body is supposed to
go through four cycles of sleep. We got four 90-minute sleep cycles, from a
light sleep to a very deep sleep. The deep sleep is where you burn all of your
fat. Not in light sleep. In fact, 98% of all of the fat burning occurs
at night, not during the day, and this would explain, with adrenal cases, if you’re not
sleeping, you’re not going to burn fat. What happens? Either you can’t wind down easily because
your body is filled up with stress. Either you wake up at 2 o’clock in the morning,
just totally awake and you can’t seem to fall asleep because you’re not tired. In fact, you’re more awake in the middle of
the night than you are during the day. The best sleep for the adrenal is a half hour
before the alarm clock goes off. That’s when you can finally sleep and just
when you have to go work because the next day is going to be dragging. The quality of sleep suffers with the adrenal
because your body is stocking stress. Try to sleep with a lion chasing you to some
degree. It won’t work. Can’t burn fat. Can’t sleep. Can’t rejuvenate. Any time you don’t sleep, you have to be careful
because you don’t want to start exercising because exercise in a too high-intensity fashion
can actually damage your heart. The best exercise for the adrenal type is
purely walking right now. Nothing high intensity. Just getting your attention, looking at stuff,
not thinking about anything and it’s going to be hard, but you can do it. We have sleep quality. The deeper sleep, that’s what you need. Excessive thinking, stress, and now let’s
talk about the next one which is going to be, let’s see if I can draw this here, salt
cravings. Does that look like a salt shaker? Salt cravings, that’s in a form of chips,
especially those little cheese crunchy little things, like that. They need salt late at night because you lose
sodium with the adrenal stress. If we look at the purpose of sodium, it’s
an electrolyte. I’m drawing a battery here. I don’t know if it looks like a battery, if
you could see this battery. Your body has cells that are like mini batteries
that tend to be filled with certain types of minerals. They’re called electrolytes. You lose electrolytes like potassium, sodium,
and even calcium which is not electrolytes, it’s just a mineral, with the adrenal. When you lose salt, what happens is your hydration
becomes a problem and you’re cravings for salt go way up. One of the things you have to realize is that
salt is not bad to consume if it’s a sea salt. Sea salt is not a problem even for blood pressure
because if you don’t have enough salt, your muscles are going to get really, really tight. Just from a lack of sodium, you can start
twitching and things like that. The other thing that happens with the adrenal
is that your urine starts becoming very acid. Now, why? You lose acids with adrenal. Now, I’m sure you’ve heard people tell you
that, “Well, everyone’s too acid” and acid is very bad and you need to alkalize your
body, so here’s this machine and start drinking this alkaline water. Well, with the adrenal, it’s just the opposite. You want to have more of an acidic type of
urine. In fact, the normal pH or the acid level for
the urine should be about 6, 6.5, but with the adrenal, you’ll have it like a 5 or maybe
even a 4, so it’s too acid. Now, what’s happening is you’re losing all
these beneficial acids and that means that your blood is becoming the opposite to an
alkaline. Initially, it’ll be too acid and then the
urine will lose all these acids and then the pH will start going higher, higher, higher,
higher. We want a certain pH. We don’t want it too high or too low. I’m not going to get into chemistry right
now but just realize you lose your acid with adrenal and guess what you’re going to crave? Acid. What foods are very acid? Probably the most acidic food would be lemons. Adrenal cases love lemon juice and water. They just crave it. They just consume tons of it and what they
really want is the acid to try to help with this adrenal. The other thing they can consume is apple
cider vinegar. That also works as well but they definitely
like lemons. Adrenal cases will crave salty foods, they
will crave chocolate, lemons, sometimes little sweet, sometimes a little combination of both,
but that’s what they like. Now, the next thing we’re going to talk about
is muscles. If you can see, this is an arm. This is my bad drawing of an arm here. That’s a muscle. What happens to muscle with the adrenal? Well, first of all, your body causes … The
adrenal excess will cause a situation where you break down muscles too fast. What muscle? The quadriceps femoris, the quad. What muscle is that? Your thigh. Your thigh muscles become eaten up or destroyed
by that hormone. When your thigh muscles get destroyed, your
climbing is a problem or getting up from a seated position is a difficulty because you
lose the power of standing up. Not only do you get winded when you climb
stairs with the adrenal, but your muscles start getting atrophies. Atrophy, they’re shrinking. That happens to be connected to your knee. How many people have knee problems with adrenal? Many, many people have knee issues or weakness
or achiness or restless-like syndrome. It’s all adrenal. The adrenal gland controls the anti-inflammatory,
so anti … In other words, when you run out of that hormone that becomes dysfunctional,
all you get is inflammation because you have no more anti-inflammation or anti-inflammatory
effects. Where does that show up in? Chronic pain, chronic fibromyalgia, arthritis,
bursitis, tendonitis, all the [itises 00:13:16]. One more thing about this pH. When you lose your acids, you also lose potassium. Well, guess what happens when that happens? Your blood pressure starts going up. Your pulse rates starts going up. All these different issues occur. We have a problem with low potassium. We have a problem with pain and inflammation. We have a problem with weakness in muscle
and then what happens is because you’re not sleeping, the heart has to work really, really,
really hard. What does it do? It anchors itself to the breastbone here and
the back, the upper back. Guess where your muscles are going to be all
tensed? Right up in here, up here in the back. You’re going to have tensed shoulders. People will give you massage but it comes
right back because the cost is with tired heart. It’ll also cause tension in the neck as well. The muscles become a problem. Loosed skin, collagen. Collagen is the glue that holds everything
together. It’s like when you lose your collagen, your
joints fall apart, your skin starts getting loose, and your arms, back of your arms, the
inner thighs, the lower part of the belly, underneath the neck. Other than that, you’re perfectly fine. I’m being sarcastic. We got a problem with excessive stress, excessive
[thinkingness 00:14:40], fluid retention. Fluid retention in the ankles. We have a problem with blood pressure, high
cholesterol could happen eventually, acid reflux, ulcers, diabetes, low vitamin D levels,
these is all adrenal, and sinus because what they did is they took … The adrenal glands,
they removed them from certain dogs in an experiment and these dogs end up with all
sorts of allergies to everything in the sinus. The adrenals are anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy. I mean isn’t this some of the most common
problems that people have? The adrenal gland also controls the blood
flow, the constriction, the blood flow to the heart. A lot of times, when the heart … When the
adrenal gland gets burnt out, the coronary, the blood supply of the heart starts tightening
up a little bit and you might get chest pain but you get tested and everything comes out
normal because it’s an adrenal. I mean think about when the heart stops, what
do they inject the heart with? Adrenaline, that’s one of the adrenal hormones. These are some of the characteristic of the
adrenal body type. Now, here’s the problem. The problem in medicine, actually in healthcare,
is that there is no real evaluation other than emergency care where you break a bone
and take an x-ray, what happens is that they’re associating the symptom with the problem. They will take each individual symptom and
treat it directly. They don’t look at what’s behind it. They don’t look at this. They wait for this to show up on a blood test. Well, guess what? The adrenal has enormous functional reserve
and I’m paraphrasing from a book called [CIBA 00:16:28], Encyclopedia of Endocrinology. The adrenal gland has an enormous functional
reserve. Indeed, the adrenal gland has become … Let’s
say, nine-tenths of the adrenal gland has to be unresponsive before it’s clinically
manifest. What does that mean? It means that it has to be 90% destroyed before
it even shows up on a blood test. The problem is they go, “Well, let’s wait
and see. Let’s check you and see. If everything comes out normal, you’re healthy. Just lose weight and let’s wait and see until
you become a full-blown problem with the adrenal.” What I’m trying to do is I’m not trying to
diagnose you. I’m trying to give you educational information
so you can think what the information yourself. This is your body. You need to be aware of the relationship between
the function of that or the dysfunction of that and the rest of these symptoms. Symptoms should only be used as clues to find
the real reason why something is the way it is. I hope that gives you an understanding of
the adrenal and the characteristics that can follow from that. Now, the question is what do we do about the
adrenal gland? What do we do about the stress? Well, we do know that all stress is accumulative,
so we do know your body is like a bucket and we have to extract the stress. What I’ve been doing for the last 24 years
is developing systems and techniques to extract the stress out. I created a couple of different courses and
they’re do-it-yourself programs. One is a very short PDF file that show you
how to do these maneuvers and then another one is the series of videos that are more
comprehensive. It’s all based on this [acupressured 00:18:13]
device that I had built based on my fingers when I work on people. I actually build this for myself and I said,
“Wait a second. Why don’t I actually teach people how to do
it?” and that’s what I did. It’s a tripod. It actually kind of sits right here, it sits
right here, and so you can lay on it and put like your neck right here and it really will
help you extract stress using gravity. There’s about seven places in your body that
you’re holding 99% of all the stress. You’re going to be learning how to use this
to extract the stress. It’s totally okay to experience stress as
long as you can get rid of it every day. That’s the goal. You would do this before you go to bed. In fact, I do it every night, about five minutes. You go through the maneuvers, we show you
how to do it, it’s real easy, and you go right into a nice sleep. You will feel wonderful from this. This is the device. There’s two different courses. One is a real short little thing on a PDF
and the other one is a big course. It shows you all the videos. If you really want to learn this well, you
can do it. By the way, there’s a 60-day money back guarantee. If this doesn’t blow you away, if it doesn’t
amaze you, go ahead and send it back. I’ll give you 100% refund. In fact, even if it’s after 60 days, I’ll
definitely give you 100% refund because thus far, I’ve never had anyone return this because
they really loved them because they’re … I had a guy in a plane. Everyone is watching and do these maneuvers
because he was flying back to India and it really saved him the jet lag. I hope you enjoy this. Actually, I think you will.


100 thoughts on “Dr. Berg Explains Adrenal Fatigue & the Adrenal Body Type”

  • I have most of these symptoms (except the cravings), and these symptoms did occur after I had broken up with my long term gf. I've been to the doctor, did blood work, x-ray, ekg, 24-hour holter monitor, 30- day event monitor and it all came back normal.

    Im starting to suspect that I may have adrenal fatigue. 🤔

  • Alethea Ferrell says:

    OMG! I have a pretzel craving that I cannot shake!! I can eat a meal and still not get satisfied until I have a few pretzels!! Smdh Then I feel bad for eating those Damn carbs !! How do I stop the pretzel(salt) cravings??

  • My life explained in detail. Work way too much a job I hate. Getting a PhD full time student. In and on. This is it. Thank you for explaining

  • Reign Lhyt of Gratitude says:

    Dr. Berg has just described my WHOLE EXISTENCE. On the money with EVERY example stated and drawn. I'm very grateful!!!💙

  • ginger veazey says:

    , Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge about this evasive disease. I recently developed cancer, and going through chemo got very sick very quickly. The presentation was atypical, and reminded me very much of the Addison cases that I used to treat during my veterinary career. When I examine my blood work and the progression of things over the last couple years I felt fairly certain this was a part of my problem. I also recognize some of the characteristics from my grandmother, who also suffered from Addison’s disease. In my cancer treatment I am being offered surgery, but I am reluctant to pursue this with the Addison’s not addressed and I feel becoming worse. I am having difficulty finding a doctor in my area who will diagnose and treat this. Do you have any suggestions? I feel my life depends on it.

  • Omg…i always wonder why i found it so hard to do squats when I was young. I was suffering from a lot of stress. You described MOST of the symptoms i had back then. In later years I learned about adrenals and discovered this was an issue for me but never heard the weakness in the quad and knee problem etc. Wow!!

  • Kimberly Schwartz says:

    Hi Dr..I'm wondering if u know anything about circadian rhythm sleep disorders? I ask bc I've had hormonal problems, and 2 Circadian Rythym disorders since age 12 & I want to know if they are related..I'm truly suffering with these health issues and have been for decades..I'm 50 yrs old now and have spent a lifetime trying to work around these issues and it's been a very huge challenge for a very long time.. thank u

  • Kimberly Schwartz says:

    Hi Dr..one more IMPORTANT question..can a woman(or man) have a severely fluctuating adrenal system where one day, they can have "normal" adrenal levels & feel normal (or close to normal) , yet the next day,they have SEVERE fatigue, body pain, headaches, stiffness & allergies..and the next day, without ANY change in diet or emotional stress, their body pain, stiffness, fatigue & allergies all return? THIS IS ME!! I have SEVERE SYMPTOMS (of everything u listed) one day, and a day or two ltr, my symptoms disappear..only to return a day or two ltr.I also have a SEVERE Circadian rythym disorder known as " Non 24"& I want to know if Adrenal Fatigue & Non24 are related…and how I can fix both of them!! (Lastly..Where can I purchase your "tool" for balancing the Adrenals ?)
    Thank u in advance for your future response to my very important questions!!

  • Nona Hilbero says:

    Thank you for all your amazing videos. Very well explained and i have learned a lot about health. Please continue to do more videos.

  • UKLawProtectPedos UK Imprisoned TR says:

    2:55 all stress is cumulative.

    Watch how need for medication drops by 90%.
    I dropped my brother, after 5 decades of his sh*t, and I feel GREAT.

  • Popcorn thoughts short non productive more beta like(manic energy). The best is a linear path that is long cognitive productive thinking more alpha like. Quality rest and recreation.

  • I was recently diagnosed with Dysautonomia. This video touches on everything I have been going through. All of it!

  • Dear Dr. Berg, you are a gift to the world. You like knowledge, and it shows. It must take a lot of time to read and study all these material. Thank you for Sharing your knowledge with us. We need more doctors like you. Also, your manner of speaking is very pleasant to listen to. I can listen to you all day.

  • Dear Dr. Berg, you are a gift to the world. You like knowledge, and it shows. It must take a lot of time to read and study all these material. Thank you for Sharing your knowledge with us. We need more doctors like you. Also, your manner of speaking is very pleasant to listen to. I can listen to you all day.

  • FREEDOM IS A NATURAL RIGHT" Thomas Jefferson. says:

    I spent so much money trying to know what was happening with my health & Dr. Berg just explained in less than 5 mints.
    There is soooo much lazy, GREEDY, & ignorant doctors in health care.
    The Endocrinologist or the gastroenteorologist should know the causes of those symptoms. But, they know nothing just grabbing your money.

  • Thats BS about fat accumulating 20 -50 because of cortisol.Your metabolism slows down 1% a year after 30.That's why you get more fat . He's is setting you up for the sale pitch

  • william Verdell says:

    Dr Berg I'm 55 years old I'm diabetic, I have Neuropathy, I have an enlarged upper heart with a lower valve not closing properly, my heart also has muscle enzymes flaking off into my blood stream, confirmed by a CKMB check. I was also diagnosed with mild Myopathy in the muscles throughout my body, and was told to just stay hydrated, during the day my body will become instantly fatigued, like I have ran a short marathon, and will stay like this at least an hour, it will do this on average twice a day, whether I'm working, or sitting down. I also have sharp leg pains in my calf muscles, and after being on my feet for at least 30 minutes or more when I sit down my calf muscles twitch very lightly like something is crawling under my skin. I have knee pain that comes and goes, I'm in insulin resistance at over a needle a day of insulin, and my calves are always lightly hurting me. If u have videos I need to watch that will help I would appreciate u sending me a link. Recently I have started to pee a lot, it comes on me suddenly, and I got to pee right now, and I pee for 30 second to a minute long I do this at least three times a day, and at night about the same but a minimum of twice a night. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • I have EVERY symptom, I am at the extreme point. I suffer from neck and back pain for years. I go for massages every other week. I am so glad I came across this webinar, so helpful, thank you.

  • I remember having this class in school and our homework was write down every you eat in a day is ok noone failed but it showed people that you need to see more wiser choices because a slice of something can actually be more than a whole plateful of salad.

  • Franche Andrade says:

    Oh my goodness I almost want to cry. Now I know what's wrong with me. I'm getting some adrenal support today!

  • There are so much salt in our every day food, almost any food, I really doubt someone can miss salt from food that they consume

  • I keep sending your videos to my kids and sister… I am on your keto diet, keto gave me back my health . although i have much to go. But am on the road to recovery. But unfortunately they feel like drugs will heal them.

  • All my life I had strong powerful leg's now I can barely walk up a flight of stairs. I have to walk slow. I get wended. Now I know why. Thank you.

  • Immediately after my divorce I noticed a huge change in my body. Suddenly it wasn't mine anymore. Working out became really hard and the more I tried, the more exhausted I became until I just gave up. Now I realize pushing myself to the limit added insult to injury and the only way is to go slow and gentle. I started walking and making sure to get at least 10,000 steps in per day and gentle weight lifting to help fight the muscle atrophy. Eating well is key and that further reduces my stress. I finally get it…and the scale is finally beginning to show I'm on the right track. Sleeping is key….I found I just could not lose any weight at all while I was unable to sleep more than an hour or two per night. My sleep has definitely improved because of all the changes I've made. It is like putting together a puzzle and you really have to approach it from a lot of different angles.

  • I had belly stress all my life, much stress since I was born. … Sea salt has all the toxic pollutants in ocean water. Land salt is from the pure primordial seas.

  • So ya! I knew it! It's not fat! It's potential energy !!!! But I wised up… I've lost almost 25 lbs. so far… With low carb, and intermittent. Fasting! It works! Never felt better in my life!❤️thanks for all you do for us!!! I'm not hopeless anymore… Was beginning to feel despondent . The light at the end of the tunnel is not a train!!! It's right eating and inter fasting!!! YAY!!! 😘

  • Jan Maria Blackwell says:

    Good video but I'm confused about 'salt'. Salt is salt, its a fundamental element that is all the same.

  • Dr Berg, why do you recommend bulletproof coffee on an empty stomach when caffeine amplifies your adrenal levels by up to 5 times?

  • That's me 🙋…..I'm always thinking on how to figure out life's issues. I have to know what, who and find the wrong so I can fix it !! The saying , " A Capricorn isn't happy till everybody is happy 🤗. That's me….

  • OMG…salt, salt , salt.😛I'm like a cow licking a salt block. I remember coaches would give salt tablets to my brothers 👴at baseball practice….that was 40 years ago👵

  • I too am a big fan of Dr Berg . He has taken the time to go through so many symptoms and has explained the problems very easily and clearly . Doctors don't bother nor do they promote a non medicated approach . All my symptoms have been explained by Doctor Berg and now I know what to do. All the doctors and specialists I visited over 20 years kept wanting me to take heaps of meds including antidepressants ! I stupidly listened and I got worse not better. I am now following Dr Berg and other similar docs via YouTube. So grateful for access to this info. I no longer visit my GP and am taking charge of my own health .

  • colleenallmyfriends says:

    Did anyone catch the name of the book Dr Berg referred to regarding adrenals? It was something like… cyclopedia for the endocrinology or cyba or siba?

  • Charlene Santos says:

    So many doctors. So many visits to the hospital and doctor's appointments. Yet no one could explain what was happening to me. It took many years later for me to hear Dr. Eric Berg's videos and knowledge to figure out what happened to me. All I must do now, is empty out this bucket load of maladies. Thank you so much +Dr. Eric Berg D.C. for always sharing your knowledge and experience. You are a blessing for me. God bless you and your family.

  • I know this is an earlier recording, Dr. Berg doesn't look as good here as he does now, 2019!!! His health has improved as well!!! Awesome!! 👏👏

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