Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue is a stress-related condition that results in symptoms like exhaustion, weakened immunity, sleep disturbances, and food cravings. The adrenal glands and HPA axis become depleted and dysregulated after a long period of emotional stress or chronic illness.

As you might expect, tiredness and exhaustion are some of the most common Adrenal Fatigue symptoms. However, these are far from the only ones that you might experience.

What is Adrenal Fatigue and how can you recognize it? Adrenal Fatigue leads to lower levels of a number of hormones and neurotransmitters, changes that can affect every single part of your body. Every individual with Adrenal Fatigue tends to have a slightly different set of symptoms, although there are always common complaints.

The most common signs of Adrenal Fatigue, which are experienced by most (if not all) sufferers, include symptoms like fatigue and food cravings. Then there are the less common symptoms, which are only experienced by a smaller set of patients. These include low blood pressure and frequent urination. Typically, an individual with Adrenal Fatigue will have most or all of the main symptoms listed here, along with a handful of the less common symptoms. Take a look and see how many apply to you.


The 7 most common symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue:

  1. Difficulty getting up in the morning
  2. High levels of fatigue each day
  3. Inability to handle stress
  4. Cravings for salty foods
  5. Higher energy levels in the evenings
  6. Overuse of stimulants like caffeine – coffee, energy drinks, tea
  7. A weak immune system
Chronic fatigue affects more than 1 million people in the United States, and those are just the extreme cases. We are a society that works hard, doesn’t sleep enough, and often seems to run on fumes and caffeine. Many of us constantly crave sugary foods and suffer from debilitating exhaustion. That exhaustion can be caused by different things, and chronic fatigue is multifaceted, but in many cases, one common aspect of the condition is something called adrenal fatigue.

The adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys like little kidney baseball caps, release several important hormones one of which is cortisol. Cortisol is one of your primary stress-related hormones and regulates your energy. Normally, it rises in the morning to help you wake up, then slowly goes down throughout the day, sinking at night so you can sleep well. Cortisol also helps regulate your blood sugar and pressure.

The problem starts when cortisol stays high when it shouldn’t, often due to chronic stress. The result can be adrenal fatigue, which is not actually an adrenal problem but rather a brain problem. Typically, adrenal fatigue is when the brain-adrenal (HPA) axis isn’t working, so that the brain is not communicating appropriately with the adrenal glands to regulate cortisol. There are some very important labs that can be run in addition to general comprehensive metabolic laboratory testing. These include:

In addition to conventional blood labs, we recommend:

  • Adrenal fatigue labs: This lab involves spitting into several vials throughout the day. It’s a lot of spit, but it gives a lot of information about your brain-adrenal function.
  • Microbiome labs: The microbiome refers to the community of trillions of bacteria and fungi in your gut. Because gut health is the foundation of total health, especially brain and hormonal health, it is important to discover what is going on and deal with any underlying gut problems such as leaky gut syndrome, candida overgrowth, and small intestinal bacterial overgrowth in order to recover from adrenal fatigue.
  • Methylation labs: Methylation is a collection of biochemical actions in the body that happen 1 billion times every second. Healthy methylation helps to maintain a healthy brain, gut, hormones, and detox pathways, and also protects your DNA. However, some of us have genetic mutations that impair the methylation process. Some people have multiple methylation gene mutations, one of which can be the MTHFR gene mutation, making them less able to absorb certain essential vitamins.

We help patients all over the Chicagoland area with adrenal fatigue including these neighborhoods below:

Chicago, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Oak Park, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Des Plaines, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Schaumburg, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Naperville, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Wilmette, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Elgin, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Logan Square Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

Gold Coast Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

Lakeview Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

Old Town Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

Edgewater Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

West Loop Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

Winnetka, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Glencoe, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Northfield, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Highland Park, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Lincoln Park Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

River North Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

Streeterville Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

Wicker Park Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

Evanston, IL Adrenal Fatigue

Bucktown Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

West Town Chicago Adrenal Fatigue

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