Adrenal fatigue: The 21st century stress syndrome

AdrenalGlandsDiagramAdrenal fatigue: The 21st century stress syndrome, is the title of the book by Dr. James L. Wilson, ND.,D.C., PhD.

Mayo Clinic’s definition of adrenal fatigue is that it is a “collection of nonspecific symptoms such as fatigue, body aches, low blood pressure, chronic stress, nervousness, sleep disturbances, weight loss or gain, and digestive problems.”

The adrenal glands produce up to fifty different hormones essential to life, according to Mayo, but it is most often referred to as Addison’s disease, which is an “inadequate production of one or more of those hormones.”

But, “it (adrenal fatigue) is not an accepted medical diagnosis.”

Perhaps it should be.

According to, when adrenals continue to be compromised by stress, they have a decreased ability to produce cortisol and instead produce extra adrenaline.

This increase in adrenaline causes shakiness, irritability, anxiety, thyroid malfunction, high blood sugar, inflammation, moodiness, extra abdominal fat and lack of sex drive.

Dr. Josh Draxe says that sometime in life, most people will suffer from adrenal fatigue.

They will be tired, lack concentration, feel overwhelmed and have unusual cravings for sweet or salty food.

Those tiny little adrenal glands play a HUGE role in stress responses, says Dr. Draxe. Adrenal fatigue can be caused by divorce, death of a loved one,  financial problems, bad relationships or work conditions, environmental factors or anything that leads to feelings of helplessness.

And poor diet, negative associates and thinking, and lack of exercise are major factors in the stressful problems you may already be dealing with.

Foods to avoid if you have symptoms of adrenal fatigue include sugars and sweeteners, processed and microwaved food and hydrogenated oils such as canola, corn and soybean.

Use good fats instead, such as coconut, olive, avocado and nut oil. And real butter instead of margarine and all the other phony butters.

Focus on eating nutrient-dense foods such as nuts, seeds, avocadoes, coconuts, clean fatty fish (not farm-raised), kelp, seaweed, fresh greens and cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.

The Standard American Diet is NOT your friend if you suffer the symptoms of adrenal fatigue. It has actually contributed to your problems.

Eat healthy foods and use only whole food supplements that contain the natural minerals, vitamins and natural food sources your body can assimilate.

Other important keys to deal with symptoms of adrenal fatigue are to rest when possible, do something enjoyable every day, eat on a regular meal cycle, exercise, avoid negative people, avoid telling yourself how worthless you are (you are not), take time for yourself—but don’t neglect others who depend on you.

Adrenal fatigue may not be an “accepted medical diagnosis,” but, in this modern age, it is real, nonetheless.

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