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Adrenal Fatigue is different from chronic fatigue although both are hugely debilitating. Adrenal fatigue occurs when according to Natural Health your adrenal glands, hypothalamus and pituitary gland (the HPA axis) are not functioning together optimally.

Your adrenal glands are positioned above your kidneys and they perform important functions in supporting your health. There main function is to improve efficiency of your body’s reaction to stress by releasing hormones. These then help to regulate your heart rate, immune system, energy storage and much more.

When your body is working correctly then your health will not be compromised but when your adrenal glands are overworked for a long time, they start to debilitate and you then start feeling completely whacked.

They say that some of the causes for adrenal fatigue include long term stress from jobs, chronic pain/disease, and family relationships. This can then exhaust the adrenals so much thar they stop functioning properly. The symptoms are so similar to CFS and or Fibro which include tiredness, trouble falling asleep at night or waking up in the morning, salt and sugar craving, and needing stimulants like caffeine to get through the day. These symptoms are common and non-specific, meaning they can be found in many diseases. They also can occur as part of a normal, busy life.

Another problem which is a bit like Fibro in that it is an under-diagnosed and not a recognised condition so getting a proper diagnosis can be quite hard. Sometimes, a blood or saliva test may be offered, but tests for adrenal fatigue are not based on scientific facts or supported by good scientific studies, so the results and analysis of these tests may not be correct.

Because of this treatment could be a holistic approach so you could maybe go and see a practitioner from The Complimentary Medical Association.

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At this time of year, one in eight of us can suffer from winter blues and one in 50 of us suffer from SAD through lack of sunlight.

Symptoms of SAD include fatigue and depression.

It’s the sunlight that tells your brain to produce serotonin, which is needed to boost our mood and energy. Lack of it as autumn turns to winter causes an increase in the production of melatonin (which makes us sleepy) and a reduction in serotonin is what can cause depression.

One of the most obvious ways to treat SAD is to get outside in the daylight for at least 20 minutes a day but you can also invest in a lightbox. Light therapy is the most effective way of decreasing the symptoms. Also, it is believed that eating foods rich in an amino acid called tryptophan increase the amount of serotonin in the brain.

Australian research found that taking vitamin D supplements for only five days in late winter improved the mood of people with SAD. It can also prevent osteoporosis, support immunity and regulate weight. Of course, the best way to get Vitamin D is through the effects of sunlight on bare skin. Amazingly they say that Vitamin D lasts for 60 days in the body so if you’ve been away for your annual holiday in the summer, it will mean your levels should be fine until November.

Other sources of Vitamin D can be found in oily fish and eggs, cheese and poultry.

Research also suggests that eating carb-rich foods helps the brain take up tryptophan. You can also find supplements and The Food Agency recommends taking 10mcg a day.

Walking for health encourages people to get active by arranging health walks up and down the Country for all levels of fitness.

Walking will improve stamina, help keep weight gain at bay and reduce your risk of major diseases. 20 minutes of walking can burn up 100 calories.

It is also beneficial for SAD sufferers who feel low and lethargic due to the lack of sunlight in the winter months.

Walking for life was set up in 2000 and now has over 600 local schemes with 66,000 regular walkers nationwide. Over one Christmas period, walking for life registered their 100,000th walker onto their database.




If you are suffering from a case of afternoon slumps then eat or smell peppermint.

It is known to wake up and help decrease fatigue.

In fact research at the University of Northumbria found that in a test involving word recall, peppermint-gum chewer’s scores were up to 36% higher than non-chewers.

They also say that Siberian Ginseng which has been around for centuries is known for its anti-fatigue qualities. It acts like a tonic, which can then increase the body’s vital energy.