My good buddy Adrenalsense and I don’t quite agree on this one....but I’ll put it out there. If you can’t disagree with your friends....well.... they aren’t really friends :)
You might want to scale back on the training. See the following study:
“ Endurance athletes exhibited higher cortisol levels in all three hair segments compared to controls (p<.001). Positive correlations between the cortisol concentration in the first hair segment and each indicator of training volume were found (all p<.01). These data suggest that repeated physical stress of intensive training and competitive races among endurance athletes is associated with elevated cortisol exposure over prolonged periods of time”
In the book “Tired of Being Tired....Do You have adrenal burnout”?, Dr Jesse Hanley has a whole chapter called:
“Exercise Less...Less exercise is more”
One section in the chapter is “Over Exercising can make you fat”
My nephew, who also is struggling with AF since it is highly hereditary, was also training for triathlons....yet getting more weight around his waist. After a couple of years of me nagging him...he finally stopped training, and has started to lose some weight.
As part of the Nutritional Balancing program that many of us are on for adrenal fatigue, they insist that you stop exercising, except for gentle walks or yoga.
This was not an easy one for me. I used to compete in triathlons as well, play in tennis tournaments. Ex-overtrainers tend to resist this since part of our identity is wrapped up in training hard.
But if her adrenals are weak, it doesn’t make sense to keep pounding them into the ground with too much exercise.
Also...watch the Soy. Soy contains Phytoestrogens. The last thing someone with adrenal issues needs is more estrogen, since it leads to more accumulation of copper, and reduced zinc