WRITTEN BY: Tammy C. Perez, M.A., NCC, LCDC, LPC
REVIEWED BY: Dr. Terry Schroeder on April 18, 2023
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a term used by alternative health practitioners to describe a group of symptoms caused by the impaired function of the adrenal glands. The adrenal glands are small, triangular-shaped glands above each kidney that produce hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline, which help the body respond to stress.
The adrenal fatigue concept states that chronic stress can cause the adrenal glands to become overworked and underperform, leading to fatigue, body aches, sleep disturbances, and digestive problems. These conditions are also attributed to other underlying health issues or lifestyle factors.
Adrenal fatigue is not a medically recognized condition, and there is limited scientific evidence supporting its existence.
What causes Adrenal Fatigue?
Alternative health practitioners conclude adrenal fatigue is caused by chronic stress leading to the overstimulation of the adrenal glands. This constant trauma eventually causes the adrenal glands to become weakened and unable to produce adequate amounts of hormones cortisol and adrenaline, leading to various symptoms.
Complications associated with adrenal fatigue could also be related to mental health disorders. Stress, anxiety, and depression can all cause similar symptoms, and the relationship between mental health and overall well-being is well-established.
What are the symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue?
The symptoms commonly associated with adrenal fatigue include chronic tiredness, cravings for salty or sweet foods, weakened immune system, mood swings, irritability, depression, low blood pressure, decreased sex drive, and muscle or joint pain. Also, complications include difficulties managing stress, concentrating, focusing, and waking up.
Experiencing these symptoms may indicate other underlying conditions such as adrenal insufficiency (Addison's disease), hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue syndrome, or mental health disorders. Proper diagnosis and treatment are essential for addressing the root cause of symptoms and improving overall health.
How is Adrenal Fatigue treated?
It is essential to consult a medical healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan if experiencing adrenal fatigue. Physicians can help exclude other medical conditions that may cause similar symptoms. If a healthcare professional determines you are experiencing stress-related symptoms, various strategies and lifestyle changes may be recommended to help alleviate their effects. Treatment suggestions include stress management, adequate sleep, a healthy diet, regular exercise, proper hydration, and psychotherapy. Stress management techniques and psychotherapy are crucial in developing optimal mental and physical health.
How does Adrenal Fatigue affect brain wellness?
Chronic stress causes the adrenal glands to become overactive, resulting in exhaustion and reduced cortisol production. This condition leads to various symptoms, including fatigue, sleep problems, and difficulties coping with stress.
Cortisol is essential in regulating many aspects of brain function. This hormone influences the hippocampus, the part of the brain critical for memory and learning. It also affects the prefrontal cortex, which is involved in decision-making, planning, and attention.
Additionally, cortisol can affect the amygdala, a part of the brain that is involved in the processing of emotions. Low cortisol levels may also increase anxiety and lead to complications regulating emotions.
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