Adrenal Fatigue [INFOGRAPHIC]

author avatar Dr. Eric Berg 04/08/2024

You might not be aware, but you may already be experiencing adrenal fatigue symptoms. It’s time to take a step back and learn more about adrenal fatigue and what you can do to avoid it.

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In this article:

  1. The Functions of the Adrenal Glands

  2. Excess Fat as One of the Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

  3. Why Does Fat Go to My Belly?

  4. What Can Be Done to Avoid Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms?

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms and How to Fight Them

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What is adrenal fatigue? A group of related symptoms that occur when the adrenal glands are not functioning properly, such as fatigue, body pain, low blood pressure, unexplained weight loss, hyperpigmentation, hair loss, etc.


The Functions of the Adrenal Glands

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Adrenal fatigue or adrenal burnout can create all sorts of problems for you. The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys, and one of their functions is countering long-term stress with the production of cortisol and adrenaline. What I mean by countering is opposing or buffering any and all forms of stress. The adrenals react to emotional stress 1000% more severely than physical trauma.

Every type of stress influences these glands such as the following:

  • Injury 

  • Infection 

  • Divorce 

  • Financial stresses 

  • Job-related stress 

  • Irritable people 

  • Drugs and medication 

  • Surgery 

  • Pain 

  • Illness 

  • Poison ivy 

  • Excessive cold or heat 

  • Giving birth 

  • Menstrual cycle 

  • Staring into computer monitors for hours at a time 

  • Eating junk foods 

  • Starvation diets 

  • Excessive exercise 

  • Babysitting 15 small children under the age of five for over 13 hours without proper ventilation

The adrenals have many other functions, from anti-inflammatory actions (ridding the body of pain and swelling) and immune system protection to balancing fluid and salt levels and controlling minerals (like potassium), rapid heart rate, and sleep and wake cycles.

They even act as back-up organs for the ovaries during menopause. In other words, they make the same hormones as the ovary does. They also affect sleep and cause some major adrenal fatigue or adrenal exhaustion.


Excess Fat as One of the Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

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One of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue can be excess fat in both the midsection (buffalo-like torso) and the face. This can occur from the overreaction of the adrenal gland that can contribute to weight gain. In the midsection, the fat forms primarily in and around the abdominal organs and sags downward over the belly.

This is called visceral fat and cannot be safely extracted with liposuction. Another term to describe this stomach is pendulous, meaning loose, hanging, and sagging.

This is different from the Liver body shape, which is a potbelly or a protruding stomach like a water balloon, while with the Ovary body shape, the person has a small bulge below the belly button.

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Why Does Fat Go to My Belly?

The reason for this adrenal dysfunction or adrenal fatigue syndrome is very interesting. Depending on your adrenal body type the fat can accumulate in different places on the body. Since fat is a survival mechanism or what we called potential energy, the stress hormones trigger the accumulation or holding of this scarce energy and direct it to the most vital area of the body – the organs in your gut.

The body is just trying to survive and doesn’t care what you look like. Adrenal stress can severely affect all parts of your life. 


What Can Be Done to Avoid Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms?

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I have developed an acupressure technique that can extract stress from your body with the help of this self-massage tool. It is a do-it-yourself technique that will greatly help improve your sleep, your energy, and tolerance to chronic stress. It may help you treat adrenal fatigue as well. There is also a great nutritional remedy I recommend for adrenal stress: Adrenal Fatigue Advanced Formula

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Adrenal fatigue symptoms such as excess fat can be one of the major things people want to eliminate from their bodies. You can eventually remove it if you know the causes of adrenal fatigue and how you can prevent it. So, get my acupressure device now to help lower your stress level and improve your adrenal health! 

Learn about stress and see more adrenal advice from Dr. Berg Video Blog.

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Disclaimer: Our educational content is not meant or intended for medical advice or treatment.

Editor’s Note: This post has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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