Why Am I Tired All the Time?

| 6/13/2013 2:54:00 PM

If you are suffering from persistent tiredness or longstanding fatigue, you know firsthand how feeling tiredIf you are tired all the time, an adrenal fatigue test is often a good place to start looking for reasons why. all the time takes its toll on your body and mind. Relentless fatigue slowly erodes your health and your ability to cope with life, let alone your ability to enjoy life and live it to its fullest.

Fatigue is a symptom, not a disease in and of itself, and it has multiple potential underlying causes.  Although fatigue is one of the most frequent complaints to health care practitioners, most of the time no underlying cause is ever identified and no treatment is offered, at least not within the realm of conventional Western medicine. Natural health practitioners and integrative medicine physicians, on the other hand, address their patients’ fatigue more comprehensively while looking at the whole person and searching for specific underlying causes. In most cases, your body has the innate ability to heal itself if given the right conditions and nutrients.

This article on the adrenal fatigue test process is the first of a four-part series on natural medicine approaches to fatigue. We’ll delve into the latest research uncovering some of the most common underlying causes of fatigue, and we’ll look at what natural fatigue remedies have been found effective in clinical studies. The latest research supports the powerful and dramatic effects that natural treatments can have on your ability to overcome persistent fatigue. We start with the profound connection between stress and fatigue. A key first step is to use a simple adrenal fatigue test that can help you discover whether stress and a poor functioning adrenal gland is the true underlying source of your fatigue.

Part 1: One Common Answer to, “Why Am I Tired All the Time?” is The Stress/Fatigue Connection

The answer to your burning question, “Why am I tired all the time?” may simply be this: your body’s ability to manage stress effectively by means of the adrenal glands has been compromised. Chronic or excessive stress disrupts the normal functioning of the body’s stress response system. Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms of this disruption. The stress response system, known as the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis, or HPA-axis for short, is the physiological system that connects the brain and nervous system to the endocrine (hormone-secreting) adrenal glands. The adrenals release cortisol, a key hormone involved in this system. Of all the hormones involved in the HPA axis, cortisol has one of the most direct relationships with energy levels and fatigue.  Having either too little cortisol (chronic fatigue syndrome, burnout/exhaustion) or too much cortisol (depression, post traumatic stress disorder) can be the source of serious fatigue issues.

The adrenal fatigue test for HPA-axis dysfunction reveals cortisol levels and rhythm

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