Adrenal Fatigue (AF)

If you have read my about me, you would know I suffer from Addison’s disease, which is also known as adrenal insufficiency or hypoadrenia. Addison’s is a disease whereby the adrenal glands are unable to produce sufficient cortisol to support normal bodily functions. This can leave you with extreme fatigue, electrolyte imbalance, hypoglycaemia, reduced muscle mass, insomnia and lethargy, depression, brain fog, decreased productivity and a feeling of overall life discontent.

Whilst Addison’s is a relatively rare disease, adrenal fatigue (or Non Addison’s Hypoadrenia) is in fact, quite common. Adrenal fatigue is the result of severe, acute or chronic stress whereby the adrenal glands can no longer keep up with the increased cortisol demand. In a nutshell, adrenal fatigue occurs when the amount of stress overextends the body’s capacity to recover from the stresses. This results in the same problems which occur with Addison’s.

Adrenal fatigue is becoming increasingly common as a result of the stressful western lifestyle; we are constantly stressed from study, work, family, money and never take the time to de-stress, relax and heal our bodies.