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Adrenal Fatigue - The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

Adrenal Fatigue - The 21st Century Stress Syndrome

Carly Flynn
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I had a bit of a lightbulb moment this week.. Eco Store run a series of events for journalists around toxins, good health, nutrition, and lifestyle every month and I'm lucky enough to attend them to share with you.


This month's was Dr James Wilson, an American Integrative doctor who was the first to recognise Adrenal Fatigue as a diagnosable syndrome - in fact he actually coined the phrase "Adrenal Fatigue" in 1998.


Adrenal Fatigue is also described as the "21st Century Stress Syndrome", a common health problem that is often under diagnosed and not treated.  You feel extremely tired, lacking in energy/enthusiasm, and generally down on life. Not unlike Depression. Our adrenals secrete hormones and if not functioning correctly give us imbalances which can play havoc on our daily lives. Getting Adrenal Fatigue diagnosed can be difficult, so I've listed the symptoms and some key info below in the hope that you may be able to identify with and take from there to your doctor.


Feeling overwhelmingly tired is not normal - and CAN be fixed!! That's my A-ha moment right there. Why am I sharing this? This could be an  for the huge number of women I speak with who complain of being super tired, and can't seem to get any relief or advice from their regular doctor. Please note though this is also prevalent in men, and children even, who're being run ragged with extra curricular activities due to our busy lives.


Adrenal Fatigue - Key Facts/statistics: (Courtesy Dr James Wilson)

1. Usually caused by stress, especially multiple stresses over time.

2. Affects all ages, social economic groups, ages & races

3. Can be easily diagnosed and treated once diagnosis is made

4. Plays a significant role in symptoms and signs of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), perimenopause and menopause.

5. Certain groups appear to be more vulnerable

6. Slower recovery from illnesses

7. Decreased resistance to respiratory infections: flus, pneumonias & bronchitis

8. Affects all ages including children

9. Closely associated with low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia)

10. Can significantly affect sex life



1. Unique fatigue/energy pattern:

  • early morning fatigue, difficult to get up in the morning, even with 8+ hours of sleep

  • needs coffee to get going and stay going throughout the day

  • mid-afternoon low

  • feels better after 6:00 PM or evening meal

  • often gets a second wind around 11:00 PM and stay up until 1 to 2:00 AM

2. Tired for no reason

3. Lack of sex drive (libido)

4. Lack of enjoyment of the things you used to enjoy

5. Signs and symptoms of hypoglycaemia, especially under stress &/or missing a meal:

  • Irritable

  • Intolerant

  • Easily angered

  • Easily confused

  • Weakness (often sudden)

  • Cloudy thinking

  • Poor concentration


6. Decreased ability to handle stresses

7. Often suffers from nervous stomach or indigestion when under stress

8. Gets light headed or dizzy when rising rapidly from a sitting or lying position

9. Gets sick more often, especially respiratory illnesses.

10. Takes longer to get over illness or stressful events than it used to.

11. Feels unwell much of the time

12. Unexplained and frequent headaches that seem to come and go without explanation

13. Sometimes have to force myself to keep going

14. Difficulty sleeping

15. Even if sleeps for 8+ hours, does not feel well rested upon rising


Important Points to Note:

1. As badly as people with adrenal fatigue can feel, they can usually fully recover to their previous level of good health.

2. The person has great control over their own treatment.

3. Help is available from a growing number of health care professionals in New Zealand. There are currently over 200 health care physicians who have been trained to diagnose and treat adrenal fatigue in New Zealand.

4. Recovery can usually be achieved by making particular changes in lifestyle, dietary intake and by taking the correct dietary supplements.

5. With proper treatment, it usually takes between 6 months to 2 years for full recover, depending upon the severity of the adrenal fatigue and the dedication to the treatment protocol.

6. However, people usually begin to feel better within 6 weeks of starting the adrenal fatigue treatment protocol.


So how does Ecostore fit into this? Well part of reducing toxic load on the body is to remove nasty chemicals from your life – Ecostore< products have no nasty chemicals.

After hearing Dr Wilsons' lecture I could identify with so many of the symptoms myself, and in people close to me.


Here's a video that may help any more questions you have with the lovely Dr Kathleen Wills who's based here in NZ; “3 simple checks for adrenal fatigue”.. view it at YouTube/ecostoreNZ

Hope this helps, Carly xx

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