Adrenal Fatigue and Stress

stressed mom with kids

Finding It Hard To Cope With Life?

Fatigue is one of the biggest reasons people come to see us as naturopaths. The problem is, fatigue is seen as a “non-descriptive” complaint that so many people present to their doctors with. It is easy to dismiss the tired person, and if all the test results come back OK  then a drug prescription is the convenient option. Let’s explore tiredness in more detail. Be sure to watch the You Tube clip with Phillipa Clapperton, the first patient I had fantastic success with Dr. Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Program.I wrote an interesting page for you – it is called Stress and Fatigue Management and is packed full with information which you or a friend may find useful. Check it out! This page is also about stress in general as well as topics like stress during the holidays and different ways you can increase your happiness factor.

Are You Always Feeling Tired?

Tired WomanEveryday in my naturopathic practice at least half of all clients say that they are fatigued. I commonly hear people in general, mention they are tired, and make statements like: “I’m so tired, and I push myself to keep on going.”,  “ I get so tired in the afternoon.” or: “I feel completely drained, even when I wake up in the morning I wish I could stay in bed all morning.” “I can’t move until I’ve had my coffee in the morning.” Comments such as these are more commonplace than they were ten years ago, with many women now having to work full or part time jobs alongside their partners, as well as having to run the household and tend to their children. It is no wonder then,that so many people complain of fatigue! Studies show, that at least 50% of adults who seek medical treatment self-diagnose themselves as being afflicted with fatigue. Let’s take a closer look at the three main types of fatigue: physiological, psychological, and pathological fatigue.

Adrenal Fatigue

adrenalfatigueAt least 50% of adults who seek medical treatment self-diagnose themselves as being afflicted with fatigue. This article will go into detail about one of the most common physiological reasons accounting for chronic tiredness of so many New Zealanders and people in Western developed nations around the world suffer from, a condition known as adrenal fatigue or “hypo-adrenalism”, otherwise known as under-active (or ’burned-out’) adrenal glands. I’m certain that many readers will be able to relate to this article, because so many people we see in our natural medicine clinical practices come in for similar problems. Most people get little joy from their fatigue like state in a medical doctor’s office, apart from being told they need to ‘get a grip’ or to ‘stop being depressed and to get on with your life’. Surveys have shown that almost 60% of the population in America believe that they are under a great deal of stress at least once per week (presumably surveys completed in NZ would reveal similar statistics). You CAN overcome your fatigue by making a few adjustments to your diet and lifestyle. Read on!

What To Eat For Fatigue

Vitamin B3 foodsIn order to recover from adrenal fatigue, it is crucial for you to understand that diet and lifestyle play a critical role. When your adrenal glands respond to stress the metabolism of your cells speeds up, burning many times the number of nutrients normally required.  Dr. James Wilson, in his book Adrenal Fatigue, The 21st Century Stress Syndrome, mentions that a person with adrenal fatigue is often lacking sufficient essential nutrients they need to meet the increased demands their cells experience under stress, and they are best supplied by way of a healthy diet. Chapter 13 of the book outlines that “good quality foods are the best source of these nutrients, there is no substitute”, but also that “nutritional supplements described in Chapter 15 can increase your ability to heal and speed recovery, but without a foundation of nutritious food intake, you will not progress much”. If you wish you can click on any of the links below which can take you straight to the topic, or just read all the way through.  By hitting the Top link or your back-button you can get back.

Doctors Significantly Stressed

Doctor_Tired_1In January 1999, 411 doctors, 330 surgeons and 400 randomly sampled community pharmacists were surveyed in New Zealand regarding their job satisfaction, psychological morbidity and stress level. All three groups were satisfied with their jobs, but pharmacists were significantly less so. There is a growing international literature about the impact of stress, job satisfaction, psychological symptoms and morale on health professionals. It is recognized that a syndrome of increasing stress and psychological symptoms is not restricted to the traditionally highly stressed groups of junior hospital doctors, but may affect senior hospital consultants, general practitioners and other health professionals. New Zealand has been faced with the changes and challenges of significant health reforms yet there remains little published literature about health professional job satisfaction and levels of psychological distress in the current working environment. A study identified significant stress in 61% of a sample of New Zealand doctors and there is evidence of even higher levels of burnout in rural practitioners.

Are You Heading for Burn-Out?

too tiredHotels and restaurants, and education lead the field in burn-out. One in ten workers suffer from burn-out. In the hotel and restaurant sector the proportion of people suffering from burn-out has increased substantially. Burn-out symptoms are most common among people working in education and those working in hospitality industry it seems. In both sectors around one in seven workers suffer from burn-out. Pressure of work, no control over their own work and a bad work atmosphere all increase the chance of a worker suffering from burn-out.

How To DE-Stress

laughingDuring stress your body is in a race. Just imagine the difference between the requirements of driving of your car around town at 30 miles (50klms) an hour and around a racetrack at 180 miles (300klms!) an hour. In a race, your vehicle needs superior fuel along with better and more frequent care. Your bodies is the same. During stress your body is in a race, and to finish the race in good shape it is essential to pay particular attention to what your body needs and to step up your level of self care. You will end up a winner at the finishing line that way.

Stressed During The Holidays?

family holidaysStress levels increase during the holidays, especially during the Christmas holiday period. Eric Bakker N.D. has several hints and tips to help you through this period relatively unscathed!



6 Things That Make You Happier

happyguyI have often read that scientists have argued that your happiness is largely determined by genes and your state of health at a particular time, including several other factors mostly outside of your control. My belief is while this maybe true to some extent, your happiness is something you can create on a daily basis. I am a firm believer that you are as happy as you make up your mind to be. Have you noticed that some folk smile a lot and seem happier than others, whilst other people you know appear to frown a great deal and always fear for the worst?


Managing Your Stress or Managing TO Stress?

stressed-lifestyleDid you know that chronic low-grade stress is far worse for your health than smoking a packet of cigarettes a day and drinking excessive alcohol? It is amazing how many patients I have seen in my naturopathic practice who just don’t recognize that they actually are stressed or develop the signs and symptoms of an anxiety or panic attack, and tend to brush it off as something else. We are all human beings who are built the same inside and are all subject to various and multiple stress patterns in our lives. It is possible to recognise these patterns and to take action before we succumb to the more insidious pattern of adrenal fatigue, the 21st century stress syndrome.


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Christchurch earthquakeTrauma affects all of us at some stage in life. The stress that follows from a traumatic event usually stays as ‘tension’ in the body that is not appreciable at a conscious level. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that describes typical symptoms of nightmares, flashbacks, irritability and avoidance following a traumatic event. Even if a person does not have symptoms of PTSD, a traumatic event can affect a person, sometimes permanently. Dr. Prandeep Chandra is a most experienced psychiatrist who believe in emotional healing, not drugs. Read Dr. Chandra’s 5 tips on overcoming PTSD.