What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a group of related signs and symptoms (that is, a syndrome) that results when the adrenal glands function below the normal level.

Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia.

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

The main symptom is fatigue unrelieved no matter how much you sleep. Adrenal fatigue is not a readily identifiable medical diagnosis like a sprained ankle. You may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness or dull feelings.

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People experiencing adrenal fatigue often have to use coffee, energy drinks and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day.

Adrenal Fatigue is said to arise when there is a decrease in the production of adrenal hormones (especially cortisol) which in turn causes the adrenal glands to function below their optimal level.

Adrenal fatigue is produced when your adrenal glands cannot adequately meet the demands of stress.

You may be experiencing adrenal fatigue if you regularly notice the following:

  1. You feel tired for no reason, especially in the early morning and mid-afternoon.
  2. You have trouble getting up in the morning, even after a full night’s sleep.
  3. You feel run down or overwhelmed, and "can't cope" with life's demands.
  4. You have difficulty bouncing back from stress or illness.
  5. You crave salty and/or sweet snacks.
  6. You feel more awake, alert and energetic after 6PM than you do all day.

Adrenal fatigue can negatively affect many aspects of a woman’s hormone cycles, including menstrual flow, PMS, perimenopause and menopause.

Although there are no recent statistics available, Dr. John Tinterra, a medical doctor who specialized in low adrenal function, said in 1969 that he estimated that approximately 16% of the public could be classified as severe, but that if all indications of low cortisol were included, the percentage would be more like 66%. In the 21st century, over 80% of our clinic clients say they are "overwhelmed" and "exhausted."

With an increasing reduction in the proper functions of the adrenal glands, the ability of other organs within the body become compromised, and serious health issues can arise. It is important to address your health before they occur, or treatment may be more complex and costly.

You can find out more about adrenal fatigue by visiting Dr James Wilson's website

At Global Health Clinics we have the assessment tools, and recovery programs to help get you living again.

At Global Health Clinics, an adrenal fatigue specialist centre in Auckland,  we aim to support the body to get back to health, to free up energy so your body can concentrate on healing and recovery.

When you visit us for an Adrenal Health Consultation, you first have a Cell Wellbeing™ Hair Analysis, which assess 800 factors within 20 minutes, and a 50-point questionnaire devised by Dr James Wilson, one of the world's foremost authorities on adrenal fatigue. This assessment can also be done by post, for people living outside Auckland.

Then you are then given a comprehensive programme to address the factors that are highlighted by the assessments. This may include diet, exercise, relaxation tools, emotional therapy, supplements, and environmental and diet factors to avoid.

Finally, you have the option of support with a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month plan that includes a comprehensive range of therapies and treatments, such as our popular HOCATT™ Ozone Spa, mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (mHBOT), Ajna Light™, and our Swiss Bioptron Light™. We will also support you with follow-up Health Coaching sessions to see how you are progressing, and to help you achieve your vitality goals.

Ask for help

We know what it feels like to be constantly tired, and we have found solutions that may help you regain your vitality. Call us today on (09) 488 0208 to find out more. Or book for a comprehensive assessment and recovery programme by clicking the button below.

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Dr James Wilson ND DC PhD

Holder of 3 doctorate degrees and 2 master's degrees, Dr Wilson has studied immunology, microbiology, pharmacology and toxicology. He is author of the best-selling book "Adrenal Fatigue - The 21st century stress syndrome." He has helped thousands to regain health and vitality over 44 years of practice.
Amazing, absolutely amazing.

"Everything was really good, I enjoy it. John, with the herbal medicines he is giving me has boosted my energy levels unbelievable. I lay concrete, that’s a really physical job and before I come up here… let’s say it like this, I would lay in 10 pegs and I would be out of breath and now I can lay 50 pegs and I am still going hard. I’ve been doing it for 30 years so that’s is really good.


Morrinsville, Age 58
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