Research shows 80 percent of adults will experience adrenal fatigue in their lifetime.

Yet there is controversy within the medical community whether this condition is a legitimate diagnosis. This disagreement is due to the inability to identify and treat adrenal fatigue in a standard way. Adrenal dysfunction manifests very differently and because of this, there is no ONE way to solve this problem.

Adrenal fatigue is caused by stress on the adrenal glands. This causes an imbalance in hormone production. The most commonly identified symptom of adrenal fatigue is an overall sense of energy depletion which takes many forms. Some individuals feel they need more sleep, lack the physical strength to exercise, and may even lose interest and motivation in areas of their work and personal lives.

What is happening inside the body when you feel this way?  The excretion of testosterone, cortisol, and adrenaline in response to stress all play a role in increasing the heart rate and blood pressure, slowing digestion, and shutting down executive brain functions.  These factors accompany other physiological changes in the body and are collectively known as the ‘stress response’.

Understandably, this elevated level of stress has serious energetic implications on the body, as well as affecting:

  • Thyroid Function
  • Blood Pressure
  • Memory
  • Sleep Quality
  • Immune Health
  • Fertility
  • Blood Sugar Levels

“How can you treat a condition that affects so many functions in the body?” 

Tired Human

Functional Medicine’s Role In The Fight Against Fatigue

Doctors may treat adrenal fatigue with drugs or energy-boosting supplements. These products have one thing in common; they only treat the symptoms instead of addressing the actual cause of and individual’s adrenal dysfunction. Conversely, functional medicine doctors focus on identifying which areas of the patient’s lifestyle can be improved, what strategies the patient can implement to overcome the fatigue and the appropriate treatment individualized plan the addresses the patient’s specific needs. 

Coffee Alternative Recipe

This adrenal -healing recipe encourages balanced blood-sugar and cortisol levels!

Try it in place of your morning coffee and you will feel the difference!


  • 3 cups kale
  • 1 tablespoon supergreens powder
  • 1 cup frozen organic blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon maca
  • 1-2 tablespoons MCT oil
  • 1 lemon (or lime), skin removed
  • 2-4 drops stevia

1. Blend until pureed
2. Enjoy!

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