What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a collection of symptoms, or syndrome, that occur when the adrenal glands function below the necessary capacity. It is often the result of prolonged stress or it may arise after acute or chronic infections, particularly respiratory-based ones. There may not be any outward signs of ill health, but a persistant feeling of tiredness, which is frequently mitigated with the use of stimulants, such as coffee and energy drinks, to prop oneself up.
What are the physiological changes?
The adrenals are a response organ to all manner of stresses that will occur in the body, be they physical, emotional or pscyhological; regulating energy production and storage, heart rate, muscle tone and immune function, in order to maintain homeostasis and correct body function. As the adrenal glands reduce in their hormonal secretions and overall effectiveness, changes will take place in the metabobilism of nutrients, cardiovascular system, and fluid and electrolyte balance. The result of this is that you feel stress and consequently fatigue and weakness.