Friday, August 21, 2009

Vitiligo and the Adrenal Glands

Vitiligo is sometimes associated with adrenal gland diseases such as Addison's disease (typically an autoimmune destruction of the adrenal glands). Addison's can also cause hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin). Symptoms of adrenal problems include: fatigue, weight loss, weakening of muscles, low libido, low testosterone, delayed sexual development, low energy, depression, emotional changes, craving for salty food, low blood pressure, pain in kidney area after a stressful incident (such as a car accident) which could be combined with nausea and vomiting. If you have vitiligo and any of these symptoms as well, consider getting tested for adrenal disease.

The adrenals produce the steroid cortisol, which helps control inflammation. Inflammation could be a cause of depigmentation. So it's important to keep the adrenals in good shape.

The adrenals get fatigued from stressful lifestyles. Many people with vitiligo report increased depigmentation after a period of stress.

Ways to heal the adrenals:

Avoid stressors, including toxic relationships.
Reduce exposure to toxins.
Get plenty of quality sleep, and rest.
Avoid coffee and stimulants.

Try to remove underlying chronic infections eg candida
and chronic inflammatory conditions such as irritable bowel disorder.

Gentle exercise helps with relaxation but overly strenuous exercise is not good for the adrenals.
Keep blood sugar level balanced by eating more often and low GI foods, avoiding juices.
Eat some protein with every meal.
Avoid foods you may be allergic to, such as wheat products, dairy, soy.
Eat plenty of vegetables, especially root vegetables and greens.
Vitamin C
Vitamin B complex
Niacin as inositol hexaniacinate
Magnesium citrate
liquid trace minerals
free form amino acids
desiccated adrenal gland
Add a small amount of sea salt to your diet (adrenal disease causes the kidneys to flush out salts, which causes cravings for salty foods)
Take the salt in the morning or when you are feeling most fatigued.
Siberian Ginseng

The adrenals play a vital role in the production of various hormones.
Test which hormones are deficient and supplement them.


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