1. What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a condition in which the
adrenal glands function at a sub-optimal level
when patients are at rest, under stress, or in
response to consistent, intermittent, or
sporadic demands. The adrenal glands are two
small glands that sit over the kidneys and are
responsible for secreting over 50 different
hormones—including epinephrine, cortisol,
progesterone, DHEA, estrogen, and testosterone.
Over the past century, adrenal fatigue has been
recognized as Non-Addison’s hypoadrenia,
subclinical hypoadrenia, neurasthenia, adrenal
neurasthenia, and adrenal apathy.
2. What causes the Fatigue?
Generally patients who present with
adrenal fatigue can often be heard saying, "After______,
I was never the same."
The onset of AF often occurs
because of financial pressures, infections,
emotional stress such as divorce, miscarriage,
death of a loved one, bankruptcy, unemployment.
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Other factors include "bad health habits" such
as poor dietary habits - skipping breakfast,
feast or famine; heavy caffeine or other
stimulant intake (like sodas); smoking, drugs,
sugar and white flour products and lack of
exercise. Then there are "bad emotional habits"
such as long-standing smoldering resentments and
angers; perfectionism; work holism,
co-dependency and other control issues.
are your poor health and emotional habits?
After experiencing many of these events and
habits over a long period of time, the adrenal
glands tend to produce less cortisol, the body’s
master stress hormone. Cortisol’s main role in
the body is to enable us to handle stress and
maintain our immune systems. The adrenal gland’s
struggle to meet the high demands of cortisol
production eventually leads to adrenal fatigue.
What are symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?
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4. What tests should I have done to
confirm or deny that I have AF?
no specific tests that will provide a true
of adrenal fatigue there are tests that may
contribute to an assessment, such as a postural
hypotension test, an AM cortisol test, or an
ACTH stimulation test. It is customary for a
physician to assess the adrenals together with
thyroid tests to rule out insufficiency, which
sometimes occurs in long-standing
5. What should I do to recover and get my
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Laugh more often
(increases the parasympathetic supply to the
adrenals), small breaks to lie down, increased
relaxation, regular meals, low stress
exercise such as a brisk walk, stretching and
______. Do one-thing-at-a-time.
Stop being Super Man or Super Woman i.e. give
"multi-tasking" an extended leave of absence
from your life. Get to bed early and whenever
possible sleep in until at least
9 AM - even if you are a "morning person."
Eliminate clutter and do it one file, one
drawer, one room at a time. Take life
day at a time - just for today.
6. Should I still exercise or should I
just take it easy?
As far as exercise is concerned, never
underestimate the power of a 30 minute walk.
Your body needs time to detox and that cannot be
achieved by power lifting at the gym. Strenuous
exercise during adrenal fatigue only exacerbates
the problem because your body excretes lactic
acid. That's why it is so important to drink
filtered water after a good workout, as you need
to flush the toxins from the body.
I personally would recommend a good, brisk
30-minute walk each day.
-Kathy Browning, co-author,
Autoimmunity: It’s Time for Truth; It’s Time to
7. Who gets Adrenal Fatigue?
Type “A” Perfectionist
Personalities, University student, mother with 2
or more children & little support from family or
friends, single parents, unhappy marriage,
extremely unhappy and stressful work conditions,
self-employed with a new or struggling business,
Drug or Alcohol abuser, alternating shift work
that requires sleep pattern to be frequently
adjusted, all work, little play. Fun? What’s
Viveca: Symptoms listed here could also be
indicative of other health problems from
gut syndrome to minor heart and eye problems!
Take your "symptoms"
list, personal medical records and consult
with you MD or
specialist as soon as possible.
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