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post #21 of 48
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Originally Posted by TanyaLopez View Post
Wait... I've changed the pH of my urine by supplementing with minerals, will that affect the yellow color from the B vitamins?
The riboflavin (B2) is just affected by pH. acid=yellow, base=neon. No matter how you change the pH, it should be the same colors.
post #22 of 48
Okay, I need to dig out my test strips now and see what's up. And I am so not telling my husband, he already thinks I'm a tad loony.
post #23 of 48
Does it mean I'm not utilizing my B-vitamins?

And since I'm already treating my andrenals is there anything else I should do?
post #24 of 48
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You can use blood pressure changes to check for adrenal function (if going from sitting to standing it drops you have adrenal fatigue.)
Really? When I was in my early 20s, I had a couple of fainting spells at work, and they made me see a neurologist and a cardiologist to get checked out. He had me laying down on the table, then jumping up and checking my blood pressure all the time, and he said it just took mine a little longer to equalize than most people so they were just "good old fashioned fainting spells" and not to worry. Fast forward to last spring (almost 40yo) and the naturopath said I had adrenal fatigue. I didn't believe her though because she diagnosed my half-brother with the same thing around the same time, so I thought she was just telling everybody they had it. Maybe I should actually do something about it...

Could I actually have had it that long?
post #25 of 48
Yes, you can have it that long!

Mine's been building for 20 years, looking back I can see it starting in my early teens. It took more significant stresses to make me see that something was wrong though. The adrenal stress definitely preceded my hypothyroid, which a lot of people seem to find is the case--adrenals are stressed, our bodies lean a bit harder on our thyroids, eventually we can't compensate anymore.

I think a lot of people get diagnosed with it cause it's one of the first things to start slowly, slowly showing the stresses (of various sorts) that we're under and we're not either eliminating or supporting our bodies in the ways they need to cope in healthy ways.
post #26 of 48
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I didn't believe her though because she diagnosed my half-brother with the same thing around the same time, so I thought she was just telling everybody they had it.
Everyone does have it.

You should check out the adrenal thread.
post #27 of 48
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Originally Posted by Metasequoia View Post
Everyone does have it.

You should check out the adrenal thread.
Not everyone! Just all the cool people.
post #28 of 48
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Originally Posted by TanyaLopez View Post
Not everyone! Just all the cool people.
post #29 of 48
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Not everyone! Just all the cool people.
Dangit. Why'd *that* have to be how I got into the cool club?
post #30 of 48
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Does it mean I'm not utilizing my B-vitamins?

And since I'm already treating my andrenals is there anything else I should do?
Therapeutic doses of most B vitamins are way lower than what's in most supplements, so yeah, a lot is going to be wasted.

I don't know much about what to do about it... It may mean you're blood is a little acidic, which can translate into more fatigue. Other ways to get rid of extra acid include exhaling, so if your body were up for exercising, that can help a little. I'm sure there are other things, but I don't know much about them.
post #31 of 48
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It may mean you're blood is a little acidic....
I read this part and seriously had to .
All I could see in my mind was one of those scenes from old movies where they kill the evil thing (person, dragon, whatever) and the blood like eats through the floor with a bunch of smoke.
post #32 of 48
I change the pH of my urine by cutting down on sugar and increasing my mineral supp. Given how rundown you feel, along with the whole birthing and nursing two kids thing, I'd start with a mineral supp and go from there.
post #33 of 48
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Originally Posted by TanyaLopez View Post
I change the pH of my urine by cutting down on sugar and increasing my mineral supp. Given how rundown you feel, along with the whole birthing and nursing two kids thing, I'd start with a mineral supp and go from there.
Oh, oh! Another topic I wanted to touch on - what mineral supp do you take, Tanya?
post #34 of 48
I use Perque Bone Guard Forte 20.

http://www.perque.com/pdfs/PERQUE-Bone-Guard-Forte.pdf

I've found that I don't have to take as much as normal guidelines (for things like calcium) would suggest, even despite my iffy overall health, so it seems to live up to the billing of being very bioavailable/absorbable.
post #35 of 48
Subbing. Sooooo much to learn.
post #36 of 48
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Everyone's talking about red pee after eating beets indicating low stomach acid.
So what does low stomach acid mean? I have been craving beets and finally ate some the other day, and my pee was very slightly pinkish, like I couldn't tell if I was imagining it or not and then decided no, it really was pinkish. What does that mean? I haven't noticed it before when I ate beets, but the big change recently is that I'm pregnant.

So interesting about the riboflavin and adrenals test.
post #37 of 48
mbravebird, it means you're probably low on zinc as zinc is needed to make stomach acid.
post #38 of 48
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and that you should try adding ferments, cause the histamine in them promotes the release of stomach acid, aiding in the absorption of said zinc.
post #39 of 48
Thanks, you guys. I did the zinc test last year and it tasted just awful awful awful, like I couldn't get the taste out of my mouth for a long time afterwards and swore never to touch the stuff again, but now that I'm pregnant maybe my body needs/utilization has changed. I'll try it again. I hope I didn't throw it out!

And I've been craving ferments more since pregnant, but had run out was being lazy about making more. I just made some sauerkraut this week though, coincidentally, so I'll be getting them again soon. Ironically, that's why I ate the beets -- because I was slicing them for the ferment, and I just couldn't resist eating them!

Thanks again.
post #40 of 48
OK, update on my last post, I just found the zinc and took some from the dropper, and it still tasted awful -- but not as bad as it did last year. I'm still smacking my tongue, but I'm not cursing.

It's ionic zinc in a solution with Concentrace and copper. Made by Trace Minerals Research. Is that the right stuff to try the test with?
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