What is Adrenal Fatigue?

The problem of general tiredness can be caused by one of a number of different factors. One of those that has been suggested in some areas is something called adrenal fatigue. I have decided to take a closer look at exactly what this may be.

Adrenal fatigue is a syndrome that occurs when the adrenal glands fail to operate at their optimal level. It is something that comes about following periods of intense or prolonged stress or after illnesses such as bronchitis, influenza or pneumonia.

It is the type of situation that does not appear to be relieved by the simple act of getting some more sleep. While going through the process of adrenal fatigue you may not necessarily look any different on an ongoing basis, in fact you may feel generally pretty normal. However, the overriding feeling of simply feeling unwell is going to wash over you.

There are some other names for the syndrome such as non-Addison’s hypoadrenia, sub-clinical hypoadrenia, neurasthenia, adrenal neurasthenia or adrenal apathy.

The process of adrenal fatigue may be one of increasing deterioration of the adrenal gland function. As the condition worsens the body’s organs will continue to lose their function and the body will be affected to a greater extent. The body will do its best to make up for the reduction in function of the adrenal glands but, as a result this may lead to problems in the function of other parts of the body.

When trying to work out if someone is more or less susceptible to adrenal fatigue it has been concluded that anyone may develop the problem given the right contributing factors. There are some general factors that may make you more susceptible to adrenal fatigue and they include things such as poor diet, substance abuse, sleep deprivation, stress, chronic illness or repeated infections.

So, is there a way of determining any early symptoms of adrenal fatigue? Things such as feeling tired for no reason or feeling too tired to get out of bed in the morning may be some indicators. Also, if you have trouble shaking off illnesses it may be worth noting it down.

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