Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Are you Always Tired?

Many women suffer fro adrenal fatigue. The complaint usually is, they do not have enough energy or are always tired. There are many causes of low energy and one of the reasons could be chronic or adrenal fatigue. A disorder where the adrenals are overworked and unable to produce sufficient amounts of cortisol (a hormone). Adrenal fatigue is very common and many undiagnosed medical complaints may be caused by it.

It can cause hypo-tension, depression, nervousness, weight loss, hair loss, obesity, compromised immune system, skin discoloration, and food craving. When a person is in a constant state of anxiety, this will cause the medulla to produce more of these hormones.

What is the Adrenal Gland?

The adrenal gland is a small organ located on the top of each kidney. It consists of the adrenal cortex and medulla, which are responsible for the production of hormones. The cortex produces cortisol, aldosterone and androgens while the medulla produces epinephrine and norepinephrine.

The adrenal medulla is responsible for the circulation of epinephrine and noradrenaline. These hormones which ignite the flight-or flight response, causing blood pressure to elevate, blood sugar to rise and focus to intensity.

What are the Causes of Adrenal Fatigue

Stress: The condition can be exasperated by chronic daily life stress; such as jobs, financial problems, divorce, marriage, children, or loss of work. Under extreme stress, the adrenal glands will produce an abundance of cortisol.

Diet: If you do not take time to prepare or eat healthy food, this will put extra pressure on adrenal glands. Processed foods, too much sugar.

Chronic dehydration: Many people drink too much soda, coffee and fructose filled drinks and not enough water. Water is necessary to help the body, flush out toxins, hydrated the cells and generally run effectively.

Prescription Drugs: Steroid drugs like, prednesone, triamcinolone, decadrone, prednisolone, which are used to treat asthma, arthritis, skin diseases, lupus, and colitis, are all hormones.

These when taking over a long period can suppress the immune system can cause other medical problems, including adrenal fatigue and adrenal failure which is a much more serious condition, which can lead to heart disease, cataracts.

How to Reverse Adrenal Fatigue

Manage Stress: In order to reverse your symptoms, you will need to learn how to manage stress. One of the best stress relievers if the word "no".

Some of the nicest people are some of the most exhausted. The reason for this is, many nice people do not know how to tell people "no". Do not push past your physical or emotional abilities. Listen to your body when it tells you, it is tired.

Use meditation, yoga, or prayer as a way to bring more peace into your life a to quiet your mind. Treat yourself to a by-weekly sauna or and massage. These are great, for detoxifying and relaxing the body.

Sleep: Sleep is the period when the body is repairing itself. It is important to get enough sleep to restoring health. Melatonin is an excellent, non-narcotic supplement to help you fall asleep and sleep more soundly.

Exercise: Exercise is an excellent way to build up the body and reduce stress. take time to exercise a few times each week. There is no need to spend money for a gym membership, brisk walking if fine.

Improve Diet: Eliminate processed foods from your diet and eat more fresh fruit and vegetables. If possible cut sugar out of your diet. Use healthy substitutes for such such as honey, molasses or some of the other sugar substitutes.

Kangen Water: Kangen water, is the highest quality of ionized alkaline water. It super hydrates the cells, detoxifies, and creates a healthy pH balance, helping the body to heal itself.

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Nicole S 3 years ago from Minnesota

I recently found out I have very low adrenals, but they wouldn't diagnose it as 'adrenal fatigue' even though that's exactly what it is. Great hub here, very useful and informational.


Kir 6 years ago

There are far more symptoms of adrenal fatigue than are posted here. I invite anyone reading this to take the time and google adrenal fatigue symptoms. I have long known that I have adrenal fatigue, but foolish me, never did anything about it. I also have untreated hypothyroidism. They often go hand in hand. I just came through a horrifically stressful time in my life, some of which is still ongoing. This latest stage of stress completely did me in and now I am suffering from chronic asthma (common with AF) and coughing. Respiratory issues are frequent with AF. There can also be other hormonal issues associated with AF, such as progesterone and estrogen issues. If someone is suffering from AF, they should see a hormonal specialist. But note, not all hormonal specialists are necessarily good. I found a doctor who really knows his stuff and will hopefully be treating with him within the next few days.


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina Author

I have been prescribed prednesone for asthma. Does the trick but not good for long-termed use.


exjwlaurie 6 years ago

Wow! What great information!

I actually was placed on "prednesone" last year for a bad allergic reaction to latex paint! I broke out in hives--head to toe! I never knew I was allergic to latex.

I was pretty miserable! I was only on this for 3 weeks, and I did notice some side effects both during, and then after I went off of it. That is one powerful medicine.

Information is power--thanks for sharing it with us!

Wonderful and useful information.

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