Adrenal fatigue is a contentious subject in the medical world. Many scientists disregard it as an actual condition and are waiting for evidence to suggest otherwise. However, if you are suffering from constant tiredness and no one else can give you answers, you might find this guide of interest. Let’s take a look at the subject of adrenal fatigue and how the current landscape lies.

The basics

According to alternative health experts, adrenal fatigue affects millions of people around the world. Proponents say people that have it are likely to get adrenal fatigue from mental, physical, or emotional stress. Typical sufferers include single parents and people with stressful jobs. It can even affect women going through the menopause.


The theory

The theory behind adrenal fatigue is that it is caused by overworking adrenal glands. Hormones in the adrenal glands help the body maintain metabolism. They also regulate salt and water balance and control the stress-related ‘fight or flight’ response. As sufferers go through more stress, their adrenal glands work too hard, and the result is that the glands stop working as well as they should. There are other recognized conditions that affect the adrenal gland. General health websites such as will be able to tell you more.


Several symptoms can occur with adrenal fatigue, according to alternative health experts. Adrenal fatigue proponents such as will have full lists, of course. But, in general, they can include tiredness, and you might also experience cravings for salt and sugar. Unexplained weight loss is also common, as is a loss of body hair and forming a reliance on caffeine and other stimulants.



Of course, because of the wide-ranging symptoms of adrenal fatigue, they can often be attributed to other illnesses. Or, they just might be standalone symptoms. It makes it hard for scientists to ‘prove’ the existence of adrenal fatigue – hence the ongoing arguments. But, while there is no peer reviewed evidence, there are certainly anecdotal cases of success.


Supporters of the adrenal fatigue theory have several suggestions for easing symptoms. Change to your diet is thought to help in some cases, as can creating better sleep patterns. Recovery lengths can vary, too – depending on the supposed severity of the condition. In some cases, proponents of adrenal fatigue say that your condition can improve in six months, but it can also take a couple of years.

What you can do

Because the medical world does not recognize adrenal fatigue, it is unlikely that your doctor will recommend it. However, if you are interested in finding out more, there are plenty of experts out there that can help. Be wary, though. Because the condition has the same symptoms as many other illnesses, you might miss out on important health information from your doctor. We would suggest only investigating adrenal fatigue if everything else has been ruled out.

As you can see, there is still a lot of doubt about adrenal fatigue. But, anecdotal evidence suggests that there might be something to it. As ever with any alternative medicine, you should always check the people you are dealing with. Also, you should perform your own research before making any decision.