Adrenal Fatigue

What is adrenal fatigue?  Wikipedia describes it as this:

"Adrenal fatigue or hypoadrenia is a term used in alternative medicine to describe the belief that the adrenal glands are exhausted and unable to produce adequate quantities of hormones, primarily cortisol."

It is a very interesting condition and one that is very common, yet something that sufferers don't actually know they have. has published a very thorough article on the condition and one that is well worth the read.  It gives a list of symptoms and also what you can do to overcome adrenal fatigue.

"Symptoms of adrenal fatigue are:

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue:
Morning fatigue -- You don't really seem to "wake up" until 10 a.m., even if you've been awake since 7 a.m.
Afternoon "low" (feelings of sleepiness or clouded thinking) from 2 to 4 p.m.
Burst of energy at 6 p.m. -- You finally feel better from your afternoon lull.
Sleepiness at 9 to 10 p.m. -- However, you resist going to sleep.
"Second wind" at 11 p.m. that lasts until about 1 a.m., when you finally go to sleep.
Cravings for foods high in salt and fat
Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
Mild depression
Lack of energy
Decreased ability to handle stress
Muscular weakness
Increased allergies
Lightheadedness when getting up from a sitting or laying down position
Decreased sex drive
Frequent sighing
Inability to handle foods high in potassium or carbohydrates unless they're combined with fats and protein"

If you have checked off some or all of these symptoms, please read the article here and consult your doctor or see a nutritionist to get on the road to recovery and claim your life back!

Paula C. Whitehouse
for A Scarlet Rope of Hope

25 May, 2011