11 Signs of Adrenal Exhaustion

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If you feel tired all day long, even after getting a good night’s sleep, it could be a sign that your stress load is more than your adrenals can handle.

The adrenals are a pair of triangle-shaped glands that sit on top of your kidneys, and they take center stage in your stress resilience, cognitive function and hormone balance. The truth is: adrenal exhaustion is one of the most common, yet most overlooked health problems of modern day.

Have you heard of the fight-or-flight response?

Imagine that you’re hiking through the woods with your children when suddenly, a mountain lion appears; immediately your heart starts pounding and your adrenals begin producing adrenaline and other hormones to give you a quick burst of energy to fight the lion or pick up your children and run away as fast as you can.

The problem is:

Your body doesn’t recognize the difference between one kind of stress and another. Whether it’s physical stress at the sight of a mountain lion or mental stress caused by working 60 hours at your job each week, your body reacts the same way: it pumps out loads of stress chemicals.

When running from the lion, you put the chemicals to use and get them out of your system—no problem.

Many people are faced with the latter type—intense mental stress—on a daily basis, and eventually it leads to adrenal exhaustion, especially when combined with excess caffeine and sugar intake, along with a sedentary lifestyle.

Here are the 11 Signs of Adrenal Exhaustion:

1. Decreased ability to withstand stress
2. Mental fog with poor memory and difficulty concentrating
3. Morning and afternoon fatigue, lack of stamina
4. Abdominal fat that doesn’t go away, no matter what you do
5. Low libido
6. Cravings for sweets or salty foods
7. Hypoglycemic (low blood sugar) under stress
8. Dizziness when getting up from a sitting or lying position
9. High blood pressure and rapid heartbeat
10. Signs of premature aging
11. Recurrent infections and poor wound healing

Sound like you?

If so, learning how to nourish your adrenals and balance your stress hormones can change your life, and the Amen Clinics can help. Learn more about The Amen Clinics Method of brain and body optimization and call us today at 1-888-288-9834.


  1. I love the information you have on your newsletters!
    Thank You for the invaluable information!

    Comment by Felice Diamond — May 4, 2018 @ 7:33 AM

  2. Are there any Amen clinics in Toronto, Ontario, Canada or surrounding areas? If not, is it something you are considering in the not-too-distant future?

    Thank you.


    Comment by Janet Daviau — May 4, 2018 @ 1:01 PM

  3. Thank you for this article. I recognize all the symptoms, so much so, that I cried reading them. I think there might be an inclusion of information regarding Cushing’s Syndrome. I was diagnosed with Adrenal Exhaustion. What is recommended for this condition?

    Comment by Asdzaan Nizhonie — May 4, 2018 @ 1:38 PM

  4. I experienced weight gain and mental fog ,poor memory, how you check for Adrenal gland.

    Comment by Henriette Habsh — May 5, 2018 @ 7:58 AM

  5. I have major adrenal fatigue from being sick with Lyme disease for at least 18 years and my cortisol levels are rock bottom low, so I have to take Adaptacin that I get from my naturopath to keep my low cortisol levels within normal range. Note—because of the severe adrenal fatigue, most deal with LOW blood pressure. Hope this is helpful! God bless!

    Comment by Anne Davis — May 5, 2018 @ 10:45 AM

  6. Hello Janet, thank you for reaching out. At this time we do not have a clinic location in Canada. Our current locations are listed here: https://amenclinics.com/locations/. We hope to continue to expand! Stay tuned.

    Comment by Amen Clinics — May 7, 2018 @ 9:08 AM

  7. yes, my cortisol levels are rock-bottom, i can’t sleep well at all, i’m always cold (and tired, but I think that’s natural when you average only 5-6 hours of sleep) and–definitely fat around the mid-section. I don’t get sick that often, but wounds can be slow to heal. It is disturbing to read that Adrenal Fatigue and Exhaustion are not “real” diseases…Then how come my doctor did tests and said I have it?!? AND I have low blood pressure, resulting in occasional episodes of dizziness and near-fainting. So it seems like I have most of the “symptoms” of this non-disease! Oh brother. Has the Adaptacin helped you? How so? If it’s from a Naturopath, I’m assuming insurance won’t cover it, so-is it expensive? Does it help you sleep better??

    Comment by Celeste — August 15, 2019 @ 5:28 AM

  8. I wish Amen Clinic's can come to South Africa😁Thank you for the insightful content

    Comment by Faryl Kayster — July 25, 2022 @ 10:42 AM

  9. I would love to know more. I live in Australia 😊

    Comment by Amber — July 27, 2022 @ 9:10 PM

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