Did you know that excessive fatigue and lack of energy is the number one cause of visits to a doctor’s office? The conventional medical solution is to have you relax, take a combination of prescriptions and hope the symptoms go away.

This symptom-patching approach seldom works because the root causes are masked and left to deteriorate. This can lead to a condition known as Adrenal Fatigue, where the body’s main stress control and fatigue regulation center — the adrenal glands — become tired and unable to perform their job optimally.

Why can’t most doctors figure it out? The short answer is they’re not trained to. Conventional tests and labs are often normal, and because symptoms aren’t specific, doctors often don’t find the true cause in the few short minutes you have for a normal office visit. Most sufferers are told all is well.

This cannot be farther from the truth because symptoms can be severe and debilitating.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal Fatigue is a sub-clinical condition that presents with a variety of non-specific but yet debilitating symptoms dominated by weakness and low energy. It is thought to be caused by adrenal weakness when the body’s normal neuroendocrine stress response is dysregulated. Routine laboratory tests are usually normal and pathological examination is unremarkable. Most forms of Adrenal Fatigue are mild, with full recovery after rest, and therefore go undetected. A small number of people fail to recover spontaneously and progress to more advanced states.

Advanced Adrenal Fatigue can be incapacitating with more severe symptoms involving metabolic derangement, presenting clinically with food intolerance, chemical sensitivities, reactive hypoglycemia, low blood pressure, insomnia, heart palpitations and digestive issues. Physical or emotional stress (such as toxic relationships) play a big role in this condition.

Many myths and much misinformation exist about Adrenal Fatigue. If the condition is left to natural progression and the stressors continue to persist, Adrenal Fatigue may worsen. Fortunately, the body has a built-in healing mechanism and can recover on its own most of the time, if given the right natural tools.

Common symptoms include:

  • Needing to eat or snack frequently to avoid fatigue, irritation
  • Salt craving
  • Low blood pressure
  • Being wired and tired at night, with difficulty falling asleep and frequent awakening
  • Heart pounding and palpitations
  • Multiple chemical and food sensitivities
  • Paradoxical reactions to medications and supplements
  • Weight gain, especially around the waist — This weight is almost impossible to lose!
  • Reduced sex drive and libido, with excessive fatigue after intercourse
  • Brain fog, with difficulty concentrating and remembering things
  • Lack of energy in the mornings and mid-afternoon
  • Migrating pain for no reason
  • Inability to handle stressful situations
  • Anxiety, panic attacks, dizziness, and easily startled
  • Inability to tolerate heat or temperature fluctuation
  • Reduce exercise capacity and breathlessness on exertion like going up a flight of steps

These are just some of the more than 75 signs and symptoms that can present. If you have any or all of these signs and symptoms and can’t figure out what’s wrong, it’s time to consider adrenal fatigue as a possible cause if your doctor cannot find the cause. Adrenal fatigue is not taught in most medical school curriculums, as such, most conventionally trained physicians are ignorant of this. Instead, conventional doctors will look towards more conventional diagnosis such as hypothyroidism or depression to explain the symptoms that you are experiencing. In doing so, you may be started on prescriptions medications that you did not need, a very common mistake that is often made.

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