AF – What causes it?

Adrenal fatigue is caused by any stress (internal or external) that taxes the body’s adrenals. The main sources of stress, and therefore the main causes of adrenal fatigue include:

  • Death of a Loved One
  • Financial Pressures
  • Chronic or Acute Infection
  • Emotional and Psychological Stress
  • Caffeine (especially when used as a stimulant when tired)
  • Poor Diet (high in sugar and grains)
  • Wound Healing
  • Inadequate sleep and staying up late despite being tired
  • Smoking
  • Over-Exertion and Perfectionism

Whilst a number of these contributing factors are out of our control, lifestyle (including diet, exercise, sleep and emotional stress management) is an extremely important component of Adrenal Fatigue recovery.