Adrenal Fatigue Series: Part 1

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Have you ever wondered why you're so tired? IT MAY BE ADRENAL FATIGUE!

Our stress response system evolved a million years ago WITH OUR ANCESTORS hunted by predators, running after our dinner and scavenging for daily food. The major stressors were being eaten, infection or famine, so our stress system evolved to “fight or flight”, to alert the immune response, and to store fat for energy needs during periods of few calories.

It wasn’t easy, yet we had plenty of down time to gaze at the sky, the stars, to rest and recuperate. We also had a completely different (much cleaner) diet, eating only what nature was providing us– in it’s most natural form. Eating this unprocessed, high-antioxidant diet is what allowed our bodies to recoup from stress.

The daily over stimulation, stressful relationships, unfulfilling careers, sleep deprivation, and poor quality diets, with little rest during the day and not enough sleep. Poor gastrointestinal health is also another major source of chronic stress hormones.

We tend to blame our adrenals for a lot of things. In actual fact, it’s not actually the adrenals that have problems producing the stress hormone cortisol; it’s actually the brain under stress that triggers the adrenal glands to over produce adrenaline and cortisol.

This continuous stress can lead to adrenal insufficiency or (“adrenal fatigue”) in which prolonged periods of elevated cortisol are followed by the inability to produce enough.

Working with an Integrative and Functional Medicine Practitioner to determine your lifestyle changes, dietary and supplemental needs is the best way to ensure you recover from or prevent adrenal fatigue. To schedule a consultation in person or virtually with me, please visit or call (817) 550-6332.


Celebrating Your Optimal Health,

Catherine Olusolape Oseni, Pharm.D., ABAAHP, FAAMFM, FICT
Director of Integrative and Functional Medicine

As a board certified and fellowship trained Integrative and Functional Medicine Practitioner, Dr. Catherine addresses patients with a holistic point of view, treating not just symptoms, but the person as a whole.

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