Adrenal Fatigue: what is it, what are the symptoms,
what causes it, and what’s the cure?
These are the questions I plan to answer over the
next few weeks to resolve some of the issues Diane
(my wife) has been experiencing.
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We went to a Naturopathic doctor and had some tests
run. These tests indicated that Diane was either allergic
to or has a “reaction” to lots of foods she
(we’ve) been eating.
Along with the food results, Diane was told she had
Stage Seven Adrenal Fatigue.
Wow… at least we had a diagnosis and it went right
along with some of her symptoms.
Originally she was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which
also, has many of the same symptoms but now we have
something “other than the catch-all diagnosis” that we
can attack with vigor.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be giving our steps to
overcoming both the problem, Adrenal Fatigue (AF)
and the symptoms of AF and Fibromyalgia.
So here we go…
So what is Adrenal Fatigue?
That’s a good question because it was not long ago (19 years)
that the term “Adrenal Fatigue” was not even considered
a medical term.
In 1998, Dr. Wilson coined the term “adrenal fatigue”
to identify below optimal adrenal function resulting
So let’s talk briefly about Adrenal Glands.
These glands are responsible for managing
epinephrine hormone or commonly called
adrenaline which is produced by our bodies
fight or flight response.
Here’s the actual definition from Merriam-Webster:
NOTE: Adrenaline is used in both technical
and nontechnical contexts.
It is commonly used in describing the
physiological symptoms (such as increased
heart rate and respiration) that occur as
part of the body’s fight-or-flight response
to stress, as when someone is in a dangerous,
frightening, or highly competitive situation,
as well as the feelings of heightened energy,
excitement, strength, and alertness associated
with those symptoms. In figurative use, it
suggests a drug that provides something with
a jolt of useful energy and stimulation.
Well, this being the case, what’s wrong with
our bodies producing LOTS of Epinephrine?
Seems like that would make us feel GREAT!!!
The Adrenal gland’s hormonal production also
helps control our blood sugar, regulate our
metabolism, reduce inflammation, regulate
blood pressure, assist with memory formulation,
and burn fat and protein!
WOW…no wonder this is important. These hormones
seem to control everything that’s important to life,
health, energy, and weight control.
Adrenal Fatigue occurs when our adrenal glands
are exhausted from overwork and/or environmental
factors, causing it to produce lower and lower levels
of hormones and neurotransmitters.
A new word for us!
Neurotransmitters are also called “chemical messengers”
and are responsible for communicating messages to
These cellular receptors receive the messages from other
environmental (physical, chemical, etc) within our bodies
and tell that cell what to do or how to respond…
That’s called cellular communications.
We know when we don’t listen to our spouse
things happen in the household or our families
that are not good…
Well…same with our cells. They receive signals,
sometimes called redox signaling and respond either
good or bad to these signals.
Dr. Bruce Lipton says Cells actually retreat from
toxins and migrate toward nourishment.
So what all this means, is with Adrenal Fatigue our
brains are not getting the signals it needs to perform
The signs and symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue include:
- Difficulty getting up in the morning
- High levels of fatigue each day
- Inability to handle stress
- Cravings for salty foods
- Higher energy levels in the evenings
- Overuse of stimulants like caffeine
- A weak immune system
Do any of these sound like your experience?
The good news is…this can all be fixed.
This blog is getting kinda long so I’ll stop here
for today. Tomorrow we’ll get into what actually
causes Adrenal Fatigue and cover each
cause in separate blogs.
Stay tuned for more information coming your
way and please comment and ask questions in the
comments section below.
Jerry and Diane