Adrenal Fatigue 101

This site aims to address some of the misconceptions around stress-related ‘burnout’ and Adrenal Fatigue. Although excellent books have been written by Dr James Wilson and others, many in the medical professional still do not recognize this under-diagnosed condition. With this site, I hope to provide a free resource to Adrenal Fatigue sufferers everywhere. Please feel free to send me your feedback. Contributions and articles from other integrative doctors, naturopaths or MDs are absolutely welcome! –

Introduction to Adrenal Fatigue

What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue occurs due to long term exposure to stress from work, emotional stress or chronic illness. Hormone testing provides an accurate diagnosis.
What are the Adrenal Glands?

The adrenal glands are an important part of your endocrine system, responsible for your blood pressure, sleep cycle, stress response and much more.
Adrenal Fatigue: A Controversial Diagnosis?
Adrenal Fatigue is rarely diagnosed by medical doctors, even in the face of overwhelming evidence. There are three reasons why they are so reluctant.
How Common Is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is rarely diagnosed by medical doctors. Seeing a functional doctor or naturopath is often the best choice.
The HPA Axis
What is the HPA Axis and why is it important? The HPA axis is the complicated relationship between three organs that control most of your hormone levels.
The Four Stages of Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal Fatigue is actually a progression of four different stages. Knowing which stage of Adrenal Fatigue you have reached makes treatment much easier.

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

What are the Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal Fatigue can cause symptoms like tiredness, an inability to handle stress, low blood sugar, a weakened immune system and cravings for salty foods.
Adrenal Fatigue and your Immune System
Adrenal Fatigue can play havoc with your cortisol levels, sending them either too high or too low, which will quickly weaken your immune system.

The History of Adrenal Fatigue

The History of Adrenal Fatigue
Adrenal fatigue was discovered in the 19th century, but has been a controversial diagnosis ever since. In the last 20 years it has increasingly gained acceptance.
Dr. James Wilson
Dr Wilson was the first to use the phrase Adrenal Fatigue, and he published the first modern book on Adrenal Fatigue.

Useful Resources

What is Functional Medicine?
This discipline takes a more holistic approach to your health, while also using the best of modern medical practice.
AdrenalFatigue.org
The website of Dr James Wilson, who published Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome.
Dr Lam’s Adrenal Fatigue Center
Dr Michael Lam is an Adrenal Fatigue expert and author of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome.
The Kalish Method
An alternative treatment for Adrenal Fatigue.

Causes of Adrenal Fatigue

What Are The Causes Of Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue can be caused by a number of factors, including stress, diet, physical and emotional trauma, chronic disease, lack of sleep and pollutants.
Adrenal Fatigue, Stress And Modern Life
Trying to find a balance between life and work can be overwhelming. If you’re feeling tired or overstressed, you could be suffering from adrenal fatigue.
Caffeine: Does It Really Give You Energy?
Drinking coffee regularly can over-stimulate the adrenal glands and eventually lead to Adrenal Fatigue. Quitting coffee is one of the first steps to treatment.
How Is Adrenal Fatigue Related To Your Illness?
Adrenal Fatigue can be caused by disease or trauma. Both chronic and short-term stress on your body can result in a long term weakening of the adrenals.

Diagnosing Adrenal Fatigue

Testing For Adrenal Fatigue
The lab tests used to diagnose Adrenal Fatigue include cortisol testing, thyroid testing and neurotransmitter testing.

Adrenal Fatigue Treatment

Diet Suggestions For Adrenal Fatigue
Improving your diet is the first step in beating Adrenal Fatigue. Here are some simple diet and lifestyle suggestions for you to follow.
Supplements For Adrenal Fatigue
Taking the right vitamins, minerals, probiotics and herbal supplements can make an enormous difference in the successful treatment of Adrenal Fatigue.
Hormone Replacement
Hormone replacement can be an important part of treatment for Adrenal Fatigue, especially for those in the later stages of the condition.
Mind and Body
Deep breathing and the right kind of exercise can speed up your recovery. Make sure you don’t over-exercise as this will weaken your adrenals.
How Long Does It Take To Recover?
Recovery from Adrenal Fatigue is certainly possible, but it can take time. Follow these simple tips to speed up your recovery and restore your energy levels.