Adrenal fatigue can have you feeling overwhelmed and   jittery.

Adrenal fatigue can have you feeling overwhelmed and jittery.

Do you suspect that you might have adrenal fatigue? This condition, often simply referred to, as “being burnt out” is very common in our overwhelming, high-pressure society where there is always too much to do and terrible consequences if you do not find enough time to do it in. People eat badly, do not exercise and are overly stimulated by too much information. The result is little sleep, emotional and recreational addictions and eating a bad diet on the run, all just to cope with our daily demand

Adrenal fatigue is one of the first signs that you are about to develop a serious health condition. Some of the most common symptoms of adrenal fatigue are:


  • Relentless fatigue that never goes away
  • Feeling frantic or hysterical
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Low blood pressure
  • Feeling dizzy when you stand up quickly
  • Cravings for salt
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Allergies
  • Muscle weakness
  • Foggy thinking
  • Insomnia

Most importantly, people with adrenal fatigue actually feel exhausted. Instead, they feel compelled to find things that stimulate their bodies to produce more cortisol, which in turn helps them, stay awake. Unfortunately it is drama, anxiety, addictions, drugs, too much time on Facebook and other social media that keeps people in this heightened state of fatigue, that makes them feel like they are just barely holding on to their health and sanity.

The Role of Cortisol in Adrenal Fatigue

Cortisol is the chemical produced by the adrenalin glands that produces that “fight or flight” response in the brain. It is supposed to only be produced when our selves are in a state of true emergency, such as running away from a predator, but instead, in this modern day and age, the chemical is triggered by the daily excitement around us. The result is burned out adrenal glands that produce very little cortisol or produce it in irregular surges, causing a jittery, excited or nervous feeling immediately followed by rehabilitating fatigue.

The Causes of Adrenal Fatigue

There are numerous causes of adrenal fatigue including:

  1. An acute emotional or physical stress, from being in continual unacceptable conditions, such as working in a toxic environment
  2. Long term stress, such as working at a stressful job or being in a terrible relationship
  3. An infection anywhere in your body that makes your adrenal glands thinks that you are physically at risk of dyin
  4. Autoimmune diseases such as Lupus or HIV
  5. Diseases of the pitituary gland such as Cushing’s Disease
  6. Hormonal imbalances that suffuse your body with floods of the wrong hormones or do not produce any hormones at all

What makes adrenal fatigue even worse is that it is a condition that rapidly worsens, because the anxiety it produces, feeds on itself, and causes more anxiety thus compelling your body to produce more and more cortisol, until you are physically depleted.

Diagnosing and Treating Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is a very complex issue that varies from individual to individual and it can have several different causes. There is no natural solution to this problem, and sometimes it involves addressing several health and lifestyle issues at once. That is where our integrated treatment plans at The Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre can be of great assistance. We off naturopathic medicine, IV therapy, dark field microscopy blood analysis, bio-identical hormone replacement, biofeedback, acupuncture, hypnotism and many other ways of treating this complex medical and psychological issue.

For more information, visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at or call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services

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