What are Adrenals?

The adrenals are little glands that sit on top of the kidneys that produce hormones to help your body cope with stress.  When they become exhausted, this leads to Adrenal Fatigue. The hormones produced by the adrenal gland include cortisol and adrenaline, which are critical for:

  • the body’s fight or flight stress response
  • the conversion of protein, fat and carbohydrates into energy
  • the regulation of blood pressure & heart function
  • the balancing of immunity and inflammation mechanisms


What causes Adrenal Fatigue?

As the body is exposed to constant stress or stressful events, the adrenal glands start working harder. Initially they produce an excess of hormones, which can cause many symptoms. Over time, the overworking adrenals eventually become exhausted, resulting in lower hormone levels which cause other more severe issues.


  • Stressful Event: Accident, Pregnancy, Break-up, Death of Loved One
  • Prolonged Exposure to Stress
  • History of Asthma or Bronchitis
  • History of Marijuana
  • Use Consumption of Refined Foods
  • Use of Caffeine (Coffee, Tea, Green Tea, Decaf, Soda)
  • Use of Cigarettes

What are the Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?

The symptoms of adrenal fatigue span many organ systems as the adrenal hormones affect every part of the body.

Symptoms include:


  • Fatigue, Low Energy, Lethargy
  • Tired after Exercise
  • Wired but Tired
  • Tired Afternoon 3-5pm, Tired 9-10pm yet Resisting Sleep
  • Chronic Fatigue with Energy in late evening EARLY STAGE
  • Chronic Fatigue throughout day LATE STAGE



  • Poor, Restless Sleep
  • Difficulty Falling or Staying Asleep
  • Waking Tired / Foggy after long sleep
  • Insomnia from early morning hunger


  • Low Sex Drive
  • Difficult Erections or Orgasm


  • Dark Circles under Eyes
  •  Blurred Vision
  • Sensitivity to Light

Hair & Skin

  • Brittle Hair Hair Loss, Thinning, Bald Spots (Alopecia)
  • Dry Skin
  • Increased Skin Pigmentation
  • Premature Aging & Wrinkles


  • Irritability, Anxiety, Panic Attacks Depression, Overwhelmed with Life
  • Disinterested in Life, Not Excited or Enthusiastic about Life, Flat
  • Wired but Tired
  • Difficulty Coping with Stress


  • Headaches
  • Foggy Head
  • Difficulty Concentrating / Focusing


  • Craving Salty or Fatty Foods
  • Constipation
  • Chronic Late-Night Eating


  • Aching Calves, Weak Ankles, Tired Feet
  • Low Back / Knee Pain


  • Dizziness with change of position
  • Numbness Hands & Feet

What Conditions can Adrenal Fatigue lead to?




Connective Tissue:

  • Varicose Veins, Cellulite, Hemorrhoids
  • Arthritis, Bursitis, Joint Problems

Naturopathic Article:  Adrenal Fatigue: When You’re Too Tired to Enjoy Life!


This article is for educational purposes only and does not advocate self-diagnosis.  Due to individual variability, consultation with a licensed health professional, such as a naturopathic physician is highly recommended, prior to starting a natural treatment plan.

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