Adrenal fatigue is a condition that many people don’t know about, however, I find myself discussing it with patients almost every day.
Adrenal fatigue is the consequence of chronic mental, biochemical and/or physical stress.
‘Stress’ refers to a bunch of biochemical, hormonal, neurological and physical changes that take place in the body when the going gets tough. When we are under increased pressure our adrenal glands (which sit on top of our kidneys) produce cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones are responsible for our fight or flight response and ensure that if we are caught in a life or death situation our systems are primed for the effort required. This is all well and good if we are in a life threatening situation but more often than not, we are experiencing non-life threatening stressors daily that have exactly the same effect. Waking up late and rushing to work, getting stuck in traffic, having too much work, running around with kids after school then rushing home to do dinners, washing etc. Read more