#122: Why Adrenal Fatigue Is a Myth

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What we’re talking about in this episode!

  • Why adrenal issues are often misdiagnosed and the unfortunate consequences of this
  • The origins of the adrenal fatigue myth
  • If it’s not adrenal fatigue, then what is it?
  • The four most common triggers of HPA axis dysfunction and how to respond to them
  • Why perceived stress is a big deal and practical ways to cope with it

Episode Summary

If you’ve ever felt so exhausted that simply functioning seems like an impossibility, you may be told you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue. That’s what I was diagnosed with a decade ago.

It makes sense: our adrenals are hormones produced in a set of glands near our kidneys. But here’s the deal: chronic fatigue doesn’t actually start there: it begins up in our limbic, or survival, brain.

For those of you who’ve struggled with this type of chronic fatigue, today’s episode might just change your life. I’m taking a deep dive into the myths surrounding adrenal fatigue. I explain what it really is and what’s going on that makes you feel so tired all the time, and how you can heal from all the burnout. 

Today I’m speaking from both personal and professional experience to explain what is known, not known, and incorrectly assumed about adrenal systems and adrenal fatigue. I discuss the factors that trigger many of the common problems of cortisol imbalance and what you can do about it. You’re going to walk away from this episode with the knowledge to be more empowered about taking control of your energy.

Do you have any systems to help cope with the stress and fatigue in your life? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!


“Without knowing what’s really going on we can’t actually focus on the appropriate area of concern in the body. If your adrenals are incorrectly getting blamed, then they are unfortunately getting misdiagnosed and could potentially be treated in some cases which could lead to bigger issues.” [5:07]

“What we know now is that adrenal function isn’t actually impaired at all. It’s that our body and brain are regulating the cortisol response system based on how much stress we’re dealing with.” [15:16]

“On any given day we can be triggered by perceived stress fifty plus times. Yikes! That’s a lot of stressors hitting our body on a constant daily basis.” [19:43]

“Perceived stress is the one thing that we can really get control over and it’s also the one thing that when we don’t have control over can lead to a lot of gasoline on the inflammatory fire.” [24:53]

Resources Mentioned

Top 10 Energy-Boosting Remedies

The Essential Oils Hormone Solution by Dr. Mariza Snyder

Essentially You episode #120: Is Your Doctor Using the Correct Hormone Test? with Dr. Carrie Jones

Precision Analytical DUTCH Hormone Test

The Role of Stress and the HPA Axis in Chronic Disease Management by Thomas G. Guilliams Ph.D.

14-Day Hormone Detox

Essentially You episode #52: The #1 Precursor to Hormone Chaos with Dr. Mariza

Follow Dr. Mariza’s Virtual Book Club on Facebook | Instagram

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One Response to #122: Why Adrenal Fatigue Is a Myth

  1. Gina Raucci September 4, 2019 at 4:06 pm #

    Hi thanks for your help I listen to your podcast and has helped me lots aspecially wity thyroid gland I love your mix and I also usse do terra oil thank you so much very grateful from Gina

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