Adrenal fatigue is nearly identical to dehydration. Some claim they are the same thing. Aldosterone is made in the adrenals. One of it’s functions is to help the body retain salt. We need salt to retain water, and thus, stay hydrated.
1. Copper helps the body make aldosterone, which helps to retain salt.
2. Copper helps the body retain magnesium, another electrolyte.
3. Copper acts as a water retaining electrolyte itself.
4. The adrenals make at least 50 hormones, including cortisol and adrenaline. Copper helps the body make both nor adrenaline, and helps the body make adrenaline from nor adrenaline.
Adrenaline is made in the adrenals. It is now called epinephrine. Adrenaline is what is secreted by the body in emergency situations that allows women to lift up cars off of babies. It is also in “epi pens” for allergic reactions. Adrenaline is a neurotransmitter, gives us massive energy, and acts as an antihistamine.
5. The adrenals (and copper) also make DHEA, a master hormone that is also converted into many other hormones, such as testosterone. Testosterone helps heal the body in many ways, and helps people feel far better and more energetic.
6. Copper also helps make T3 and T4, the thyroid hormones, which are also responsible for helping to recover from fatigue. “Fatigue is a nearly universal symptom of hypothyroidism.” Selenium and Iodine are more well known as vital minerals to help make the thyroid hormones. Anyone who says iodine will hurt the thyroid is lying. It’s so vital because T3 contains 3 atoms of iodine, and T4 contains 4.
7. Copper helps the mitochondria convert oxygen into ATP for energy. Several other factors are also needed for energy. Magnesium is also needed, the good B Vitamins: B1,2,3,5,7,12 (Not B6, Not B9), and, of course, food and oxygen.
Energy is the opposite of fatigue.
8. Part of dehydration is low collagen. Collagen helps the body retain water, hence less facial wrinkles. But collagen is all through the body; the bones are 35% collagen, muscles are 30% collagen. Joints and discs and tendons are collagen. Copper is the main missing ingredient that most people lack when it comes to making collagen.
The things most needed for collagen formation are protein, copper, zinc, and Vitamin C. Silica also helps the body make collagen.
9. There are hundreds of other ways that copper helps the adrenals and dehydration. Many of these ways are more subtle. Copper improves cell wall integrity and the wall of the nucleus. Copper improves heart function, circulation, and improves red blood cell count, which fixes anemia, which is also responsible for fatigue. Copper improves nerve function in many ways, and fatigue can be from “central nervous system fatigue”. Copper helps make many other hormones and neurotransmitters not listed here. Copper detoxes hundreds of different toxins in the body through a wide array of antioxidant enzymes, and a less toxic body functions far better. Copper improves kidney function (the adrenals sit on top of the kidneys), which also fixes edema, so while proper water retention is increased, painful swelling of tissues is decreased.
My personal testimony:
Water and Dehydration: In my copper-deficient days, I had to drink water in the gym between every set. It was crazy. I knew I had to drink more than others, but I didn’t know what else to do. For me, that was just normal.
My new normal: Recently, I went to the gym at 3:30 PM after drinking at least 2 bottles of water. I did not bring any water. I knew I would not need it. I drank no water while lifting. I was done by 4:22.
Afterward, I had dinner and did not drink any water, no drink. I headed home at 6. I drank my first water by about 7:30 when I finally got thirsty, 4 hours later.
Fatigue: In my copper deficient days, I would have to eat immediately, and I would collapse and require a major nap after a workout. Also, I had such fatigue, I wondered if I was developing narcolepsy, where strong fatigue and the desire to crash and nap would hit me in the middle of the day suddenly. I never had that before.
After taking 20 mg of copper, I could both workout, and eat, and I could write long articles without the requirement to rest for a few hours.