What Is Adrenal Fatigue?

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Adrenal fatigue, or hypoadrenia, is a condition in which the adrenal glands fail to make enough hormones, resulting in chronic fatigue. The condition is thought to be caused by factors such as long-term stress, over-consumption of stimulants, and hyperactivity.

Although not recognized by the mainstream medical community as a legitimate condition, many alternative health care practitioners diagnose and treat adrenal fatigue, and sufferers claim restored health and energy after treatment. Read the following 10 facts about adrenal fatigue and decide for yourself whether addressing the problem in your own life could be worthwhile.

1. What Are Adrenal Glands?

The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system, which is a group of organs responsible for releasing chemical messages called hormones into the bloodstream. They sit directly on top of the kidneys and beneath the diaphragm. They are each surrounded by a fatty protective layer known as an adipose capsule. Inside the capsule, the outermost layer is called the adrenal cortex and the inside portion is called the adrenal medulla.

Both adrenal glands are approximately 1 inch long and 2 inches wide, with the left slightly larger than the right. The right adrenal gland is shaped like a pyramid and sits adjacent to the right lobe of the liver. The left adrenal gland is shaped more like a crescent and is near the stomach, pancreas, and spleen.

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