Adrenal Fatigue


Lisa specialises in Adrenal &Thyroid health issues. Both are interrelated and always assessed when clients presents in her clinic.

Definition of Adrenal Fatigue:   The sub-optimal functioning of the adrenal glands: –At rest, under stress & in response to constant, intermittent or sporadic demands. 

Adrenal fatigue is not a disease per se, but a condition or title given to a collection of symptoms that primarily involves the adrenal glands & the altering levels of its hormones Cortisol & DHEA.  

As there is also an interaction between these hormones, and our sex & thyroid hormones, adrenal health is imperative for the smooth and complete functioning of our total health & well being.

For example, thyroid hormones are in charge of our metabolism or our energy production, which in turn helps regulate our body temperature. You need healthy thyroid function for healthy adrenals & you need healthy adrenals for a healthy thyroid. One cannot function without affecting the other! The same is said for our sex hormones. You have to have healthy adrenal and thyroid glands for healthy sex hormones. This is one of the many reasons why stressed and tired people struggle with fertility (see Fertility section). Adrenal fatigue is also linked to many other health concerns; it’s a quiet epidemic affecting millions of both men and women worldwide!


Adrenal Fatigue energy patterns

  • Morning fatigue; Difficulty waking early in the morning (doesn’t really wake up until approx 10am)
  • Usually feels much better and fully awake after noon meal; afternoon low 2-4pm, usually feels best after 6pm
  • Often tired at 9-10pm but resists going to bed. If does not go to bed by 11pm gets a second burst of energy at approx 11pm, often lasting until 1-2am. Wants to sleep late into the next morning.
  • Best and most refreshing sleep often comes between 7 and 9am. Often does best work late at night (or early in the morning)
  • Craves salty foods, often gets hypoglycaemic (low blood sugar levels) under stress. 
  • Difficult PMS, peri-menopausal or menopausal symptoms 
  • Mild depression and Lethargy (Everything seems to take too much effort)
  • Decreased ability to handle stress; must rest after periods of psychological or emotional stress
  • May complain of muscular weakness and chronic fatigue; Increased apathy or loss of interest in things. 
  • Orthostatic hypotension: gets light-headed when rising rapidly from sitting or lying. Swollen ankles -worse in the afternoon/evening; Chloasma skin discoloration
  • History of a "nervous break-down"; hyperventilation -frequent sighing, gasping-type breath.
  • Mild constipation or diarrhoea that increases under stress (hypo-peristalsis)

Frequent related clinical symptoms to Adrenal Fatigue:

  • Chronic coughs; frequent or recurring bronchitis, colds and other respiratory involvements.
  • Becomes allergic or has increased frequency or severity of histamine-type reactions. Tendency towards chronic allergic states (skin conditions, rash, dermatitis, etc.)
  • Metabolic diseases; autoimmune illnesses, e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia and Diabetes (type 2) and Chronic illnesses

Food patterns with Adrenal Fatigue:

  • Often craves food high in fat; feels better with high fat diet and uses high fat foods to drive self. Frequently uses high fat & high sugar foods with addition of caffeine diet to drive self. 
  • Often does not handle refined carbohydrates well without fats or protein. Intolerance to high potassium foods (beans, veal, molasses, bananas, dried fruit); especially if eaten in the morning.

If you think you have any of these concerns; please call Lisa for an appointment now. You can order a saliva adrenal test through Lisa or organise one during a consultation.

Click here to view the article "Finally at 40 on Adrenal Fatigue"


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