Symptoms — fatigue
“Why am I so tired every day? Will it always be this way?”
Possible causes of fatigue: adrenal imbalance, hormonal imbalance, thyroid imbalance
How is fatigue affecting the way you live? Is it hard for you to get out of bed
in the morning? Do you lose steam and feel exhausted by mid-afternoon? Maybe you
reach for coffee, soda, or super-caffeinated drinks just to get through the day.
These patterns can be connected to internal imbalances that leave you feeling tired
all the time and drained of physical and mental energy.
Fatigue is often attributed to age, but many sufferers are young or middle-aged
women who exist day to day under the burden of constant stress. With fatigue, we
can often trace the issue back to the adrenal glands and how they respond, especially
to ongoing stress. When the adrenals are required to produce cortisol and other
stress hormones without pause for long periods, your body inevitably will be denied
the rest and recovery it needs. This cycle will leave you feeling tired, perhaps
even sluggish and foggy-headed.
Restoring adrenal balance can bring relief from symptoms, and help your body manage
additional effects of stress that cause damage "downstream." However, for some women,
fatigue is part of a separate set of symptoms that stem more from hormonal fluctuations.
These hormonal imbalances may be significant during PMS, perimenopause, and menopause.
Another possible underlying cause of fatigue is thyroid imbalance. Thyroid-related
fatigue can include non-restorative sleep, where you wake up after sleeping for
hours, but still feel exhausted. Underactive or “sluggish” thyroid can cause a wide
array of symptoms though conventional testing results may still be in the “normal”
range. If this is the case with you, or if you suspect your fatigue may be thyroid-related,
you may want to take the initiative and begin supporting your thyroid function more
Which profile best describes your experience with fatigue as a symptom?
- Fatigue and adrenal imbalance. Stress, poor diet choices,
or wellness-challenging lifestyle issues can lead directly to fatigue, daytime exhaustion,
and reliance on caffeine. With adrenal imbalance, even though you are bone-tired,
you may have difficulty sleeping due to an upside-down cortisol curve. You may notice
that lack of physical activity — or, for some women, overexercise — can
also sap your body of vigor. Adrenal-related fatigue disrupts your body’s natural,
adaptive feedback loops, forcing you to draw on your reserves to respond to life’s
ups and downs.
- Fatigue and hormonal imbalance. Hot flashes, night sweats,
and PMS symptoms can disrupt sleep, leading to ongoing fatigue and lack of energy.
Additionally, worry, anxiety, and depression keep women tossing and turning throughout
the night and add to the physical and emotional demands their bodies are struggling
to manage. You may notice additional symptoms of hormonal imbalance, such as mood
swings or irritability, as well as uncomfortable physical changes in your body that
leave you feeling physically or emotionally drained.
- Fatigue and thyroid imbalance. Loss of energy, difficulty
losing weight, trouble tolerating cold temperatures, memory issues, dry skin, and
hair loss are part of the extensive collection of possible thyroid-related symptoms.
While women with thyroid issues often both suffer intense fatigue and sleep more
than average, they still may not feel rested upon waking. You may also feel depressed,
and your libido may be very low.
Natural energy boosters — so you can feel the best you’ve ever felt.
What you can do today
Set a timer for 1 minute; sit quietly, close your eyes, inhaling and exhaling deeply
— 5 counts in, 5 counts out.
Why it works
By bringing you back to your center, this simple breathing exercise can help reset
your outlook and reenergize your mind. It can also help relieve and reduce stress.
Fatigue robs you of the energy you need to keep up with life’s demands, to enjoy
life, or even to make important changes to maintain your health. It adds to the
pressure you feel at work and at home, and can severely disrupt your personal and
social relationships. Of course, these sorts of emotional effects only make you
feel more tired and worn out.
But fatigue does not have to be your “new normal.” Whether you are 20, 50 — or even
90 years old — there’s a lot you can do to increase your energy naturally. We can
lead you up and out of fatigue and away from the downward spiral that has you in
its grip. We’ve had such great success in relieving fatigue in women that an increase
in energy is usually the first dramatic improvement women notice after joining the
For fatigue — our Personal Program for Adrenal Health
In our experience, fatigue in women is very often a symptom of adrenal imbalance.
The Personal Program helps relieve symptoms and promotes natural adrenal balance
with advanced nutritional supplements, our exclusive adrenal support formulas, and
practical dietary and lifestyle guidance. It is a convenient, at-home version of
what we recommend to our patients at the clinic.
NOTE: If you think that your fatigue is related to hormonal imbalance,
find out how you can restore
balance naturally here.
If you think that your fatigue is a symptom of thyroid imbalance, see more
about our special Personal Program
for Thyroid Support.
If you have questions and want to talk to a real woman who understands these different
types of fatigue, call us toll-free at 1-800-798-7902. We're here
to listen and help.
Last Modified Date: 04/27/2012