Why am I so Tired?

Updated: Jan 25, 2018

Do you ask yourself this on a daily basis? Does more sleep seem to not be helping? Has coffee become your best friend? Adrenal Fatigue is a powerful wake up call, and more are suffering with symptoms that don't even know something is wrong! Read more about the symptoms of adrenal fatigue!

My best work usually comes from my own journey with illness, health or spiritual growth!  This year is no different!  After working my way back to teaching exercise classes after a neck injury 2 years ago, daily headaches and a severe pain level! I did it I was back working at a gym, and in less than a year, back in top shape.....but god was I tired. But yet my sleep was not the best (hello hot flashes)  So after not being to the acupuncturist & chinese medicine dr in over 8 months, I went for a visit........Adrenal Fatigue.  The a visit with my naturopath.....Adrenal Fatigue.  Then a visit to neurologist, bloodwork, muscle testing, energy readings, reiki............Everyone said the same Adrenal Fatigue  REST.

It's been 2 weeks of no exercise and to bed by 9.......along with some other changes to my already healthy eating, more on that next week!!  Here is some of my research from the last 2 weeks, could you be causing your own fatigue? I was!!

Read on my friends.....

Causes of Adrenal Fatigue Include:

Excessive stress can be from many sources. Chemical toxicity and nutritional depletion are among the physical causes. Mental, emotional or spiritual stress may be a major factor, too. Financial, family or other stress may also contribute to burnout. Even infections can play a role.


Any excessive stress can deplete the adrenals. Excessive workload, long hours, lack of sleep, or emotional stress are common.  Other stressors in cities are noise and electromagnetic pollution. Cell phones, microwave towers and appliances like televisions, cell phones, wearable electronics,  microwave ovens and computers give off strong EMF fields that can be stressful to our bodies


Many people today have subclinical deficiencies of essential nutrients, like B vitamins, Vitamins A, C and E, Magnesium, Zinc,  and other trace elements.  When under stress, the need for nutrients is even greater. Refined carbohydrates stress the adrenals as well. Diets low in protein may also create deficiencies.   The Standard American Diet is both high in processed carbs and sugar and lower in quality fats and protein and many times lacking in micronutrients.

Inadequate or poor quality water affects oxygenation of the tissues. Most diets are low in nutrients required by the adrenals. The reasons for this begin with how food is grown. Most food is grown on depleted soils.  Our soils of today contain a fraction of the magnesium as soils hundreds of years ago did.  Processing and refining further deplete nutrients. Habits such as eating in the car or while on the run further diminish the value derived from food and our ability to digest it.  Allergic reactions to foods such as wheat and dairy products can damage the intestines and reduce the absorption of nutrients as well.


Toxic chemicals often play a large role in adrenal burnout. Everyone is exposed to thousands of chemicals in the air, the water and the food. Sources may also include dental materials or beauty products, such as shampoo, lotions, make-up.   Cleaning our home with toxic chemicals may also take it’s toll.  Over-the-counter and prescribed medications also add to the body’s toxic load.   <em>Check out these 10 Tips to decrease your exposure (below)</em>. Toxins may also be generated internally due to microbial imbalances in the gut and impaired digestion. When food is not properly digested, it may ferment in the intestines, producing many harmful substances that are absorbed through the intestinal lining. A healthy body has the ability to eliminate many toxins on a daily basis. However, as adrenal weakness develops, the body’s ability to eliminate all toxins decreases. This produces a vicious cycle in which weaker adrenals impairs the elimination of all poisons, which then further weakens the adrenals.


Chronic infections may originate in infected teeth or gums, though they can be located anywhere in the body. They contribute greatly to the toxic load of the body. Infections also cause inflammation and stress that must be countered using the adrenal hormones such as cortisol and cortisone.

One of the most commonly overlooked causes of Adrenal Fatigue is intestinal infections that gives rise to an inflammatory response. Such infection can occur sub-clinically with no obvious signs at all. Infections in the gut, including giardia, SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), fungal dysbiosis, and h. pylori infection are just a few that may contribute to adrenal dysfunction.


Stimulants damage the adrenal glands by pushing the secretion of stress hormones and adrenaline and over time depleting the body of essential neurotransmitters. Caffeine, sugar and alcohol are among the most common culprits.

Less obvious but no less important stimulants may include anger, rage, arguments, hatred, unforgiveness, loud music, tragic news, and even movies with suspense or excessive violence. Other activities that may act as stimulants  include vigorous exercise or recreational drug use.  Even high risk sports, like surfing, diving, or extreme climbing if done in excess may deplete the adrenals.  Most of these activities provide a temporary “high”, which is caused in part by the secretion of high amounts of adrenal hormones. Over time, however, this weakens the adrenals and can eventually lead to adrenal depletion and insufficiency.


Uncontrolled emotions are another cause of adrenal burnout. These include habits of worrying, or becoming angry or afraid. Don’t worry, be happy is a great prescription for adrenal burnout. This applies particularly to high strung, Type A, nervous individuals as they are especially prone to adrenal burnout.  Prayer and meditation release calming neurotransmitters and take the body from a state of fight and flight into the parasympathetic mode of relaxation and can be extremely helpful in healing adrenal fatigue.  In addition, cultivating an attitude of gratitude can do wonders for you adrenals.

More stressors that can lead to Adrenal Fatigue:

• Emotions, like anger, fear, guilt

• Chronic illness

• Chronic infections

• Chronic pain

• Depression

• Excessive exercise

• Gluten intolerance

• Malabsorption and poor digestion

• Toxic exposure

• Severe or chronic stress

• Surgery

• Sleep deprivation

• Excessive sugar in diet

• Excessive caffeine intake

• Processed foods, additives, chemicals and genetically modified ingredients, like corn, soy, canola.

• Infected teeth, gums or root canal

Chronic stress is very common in western society. The most common causes of stress are work pressure, changing jobs, death of a loved one, moving homes, illness, and marital disruption. Adrenal fatigue occurs when the amount of stress overextends the capacity of the body to compensate and recover.   But there is hope…  stay tuned for my next article on how to treat adrenal fatigue! Read about healing adrenal fatigue HERE

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