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What is adrenal fatigue?

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The term "adrenal fatigue" was coined in 1998 by James Wilson, PhD, a naturopath and expert in alternative medicine. He describes it as a "group of related signs and symptoms (a syndrome) that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level." He says it’s usually associated with intense stress and often follows chronic infections like bronchitis, flu, or pneumonia. Wilson says people with it may not have any physical signs of illness but still may feel tired, "gray," and have fatigue that doesn’t get better with sleep. They also crave salty snacks.

From: Adrenal Fatigue: Is It Real? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

AdrenalFatigue.org: "FAQ on Adrenal Fatigue."       

Hormone Health Network (Endocrine Society): "Myth Vs. Fact: Adrenal Fatigue."

MayoClinic.org: "Adrenal Fatigue: What Causes it?"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Adrenal Insufficiency and Addison's Disease."

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians:  “What is a Naturopathic Doctor?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?”

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 23, 2017

SOURCES:

AdrenalFatigue.org: "FAQ on Adrenal Fatigue."       

Hormone Health Network (Endocrine Society): "Myth Vs. Fact: Adrenal Fatigue."

MayoClinic.org: "Adrenal Fatigue: What Causes it?"

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Adrenal Insufficiency and Addison's Disease."

American Association of Naturopathic Physicians:  “What is a Naturopathic Doctor?”

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: “Complementary, Alternative, or Integrative Health: What’s In a Name?”

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 23, 2017

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