What is Adrenal Fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is thought to be caused when your adrenal glands become overworked and aren’t able to keep up with the production of essential hormones that combat stress like epinephrine and cortisol.
Cortisol is also known as your stress hormone and breaks down sugar, fats, and protein so that your body has immediate energy available during times of stress.1 Both physical and mental forms of stress can stimulate the release of cortisol. When this stress hormone remains elevated, it can lead to several negative effects like lethargy, lack of motivation, sleep impairment, and weight gain.2
Epinephrine, otherwise known as adrenaline, is responsible for your flight or fight response. When adrenaline remains elevated because of chronic stress, it can have negative effects on your health like elevating your blood pressure.3
It’s thought that poor lifestyle habits are principally responsible for causing adrenal fatigue. These habits include not sleeping enough, eating a diet high in sugar and processed foods, and drinking too much caffeine. If you improve these lifestyle habits and your symptoms of fatigue improve, adrenal fatigue may be the cause.