Why Am I So Tired? Part 1: Adrenal Fatigue

Why Am I So Tired? Part 1: Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal Fatigue Franklin WI


Part 1 of 5

By Dr. David Gustitus

“WHY AM I ALWAYS TIRED?” – Adrenal Fatigue

Hypothyroid? Adrenal Fatigue? Brain Fog?

Do you wake up tired? Do you rely on food or caffeine for an energy boost? Are you longing for the time in your life when you had abundant energy to wake up feeling good, be productive all day long and not flop onto your bed at night in a state of exhaustion? If this is you, then you need to read this.

Energy is a requirement for life to exist.

If your body is low on energy then your functions that require energy will suffer. In addition to feeling sluggish and not wanting to exert yourself, low energy can show up in how our brain, immune system, and digestive system function. Low energy may show up in the brain as difficulty concentrating such as when reading, making decisions or trying to remember what you were looking for when you opened the refrigerator door. Low energy may show up in your immune function as having frequent colds/flus, ear infections or taking a long time for your body to heal injuries and recover from illness. Your digestive system may be sluggish with low energy. This may show up as indigestion after your meals or as constipation, indicating that your body isn’t efficiently processing the food you eat.

What could be the cause?

Toxicities and deficiencies are two of the main reasons why our body departs from homeostasis, aka balanced function. First, if your body is trying to process, store or eliminate toxins, then it is spending energy on that process in addition to dealing with the interference that the toxin creates. Second, a deficiency in any nutrient that the body requires will cause the affected life process not to work. Let’s look at a common reason why we may have low energy.

Low Adrenal Function.

Do you burn the candle at both ends? Do you feel pushed to do more and more with less and less? Do you push yourself beyond reasonable limits with coffee or other stimulants? If you answered yes to any of these, then you are likely putting your body in stress mode, aka fight or flight. To respond to an immediate threat, the adrenal glands release adrenaline. To respond to chronic stress, the adrenal glands release cortisol. In stress mode, the brain diverts blood, energy and resources away from body functions like immune defense and digestion that are not immediately necessary. Our brain trades concentration and learning for instinctive, reactive behavior. However, chronic stress and its chronically high levels of cortisol have its costs. High levels of cortisol are linked to many chronic illnesses and causes of early death.

Here are some examples of how chronic stress profoundly affects body functions:

  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased blood vessel constriction
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased blood sugar levels
  • Increased blood cholesterol and lipid levels
  • Increased blood clotting factors
  • Increased protein and connective tissue degradation
  • Increased feelings of fear, anxiety, and depression
  • Decreased short term memory, ability to concentrate, and learn new things
  • Decreased serotonin
  • Decreased cellular immunity
  • Increased sensitivity of sensory systems including those for pain
  • Decreased R.E.M. sleep
  • Increased bone loss
  • Decreased growth hormone and testosterone
  • (Chestnut, James L. Innate Physical Fitness and Spinal Hygiene. 2005:
  • Global Self Health Corp.)

Testing for cortisol in either blood or saliva will provide a measurement of the extent of the chronic stress response. Another useful test is heart rate variability (HRV), which measures the balance between stress and resting modes in the nervous system. Saliva collected at 4 different times of the same day offers the best data for assessing adrenal cortisol rhythms.

There are many other possible reasons why your energy levels may be low, such as heavy metal or other toxicity, chronic infection, gut bacterial imbalance, other hormonal imbalances, medication side effects, depression, and sleep deprivation to name a few. If you are struggling with low energy and it is affecting your life, then please reach out to me at 414-858-1212 and schedule a complimentary consultation. I look forward to working with you to address the root cause of your health problem and find your path to a better life.


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7133 South 76th Street
Franklin, WI 53132
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