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OHC Truths #05: Adrenal Fatigue

OHC Truths #05 Adrenal Fatigue | Orchard Health Clinic

What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

Feeling tired despite getting enough sleep and endless craving for salty food might be a sign of adrenal fatigue. It is a term applied to a collection of nonspecific symptoms such as body aches, fatigue, nervousness, sleep disturbances, and digestive problems. This fatigue is usually associated with intense stress and is often followed by chronic infections like bronchitis, flu, or even pneumonia.⁣

When we are under stress, our immune system responds by revving up. Our adrenal glands which are small organs above the kidneys respond to the stress by releasing hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. These hormones are part of our fight or flight response which increases our blood pressure and heart rate. When the adrenal glands that activate during stress get overworked, they are unable to keep pace with the demands of perpetual fight or flight arousal. As a result, these glands cannot produce quite enough of the hormones we need to feel good resulting in adrenal fatigue.

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