What do Academy Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, extreme skier and author of The Art of FEAR Kristen Ulmer, and singer and Instagram personality Kristina Cassandra “KC” Concepcion all have in common? Aside from having great minds for business and very successful careers, each is reported to suffer from Adrenal fatigue — a mild form of adrenal insufficiency.
If you’re unfamiliar with the condition, Adrenal fatigue may occur when the adrenal glands, positioned on top of the kidneys, produce too much or too little stress hormones (including cortisol and adrenaline) due to long-term exposure and response to stress.
Conventional medicine recognizes two adrenal-related diagnoses:
- Addison’s Disease (low cortisol)
- Cushing’s Syndrome (high cortisol)
Each of these two diagnoses is relatively rare and requires immediate attention. However, high or low cortisol in the absence of adrenal disease can cause fatigue, body aches, and a host of other symptoms commonly seen in clinical practice. Clusters of these symptoms are what clinicians commonly diagnose as adrenal fatigue.
In the context of adrenal fatigue, stress is anything that triggers the adrenal gland to produce and release stress hormones, including: Continue reading…