Understanding the difference between Adrenal Fatigue and Burnout is important in finding the right recovery strategy for you.

For instance, when I was in the depths of my burnout BEFORE my recovery, my life revolved around waking up absolutely exhausted feeling overwhelmed frequently.  Pushing through every second of my day from the moment my eyes opened.  Brain fog had me struggling to focus on basic conversations and the smallest tasks took all of my energy leaving nothing left in my tank for my family.    Which often resulted in me blowing up from minor things pushing my family away.   


I KNEW something wasn’t right.   

My doctor ran a bunch of tests and sent me to specialists, but all of my markers came back as “NORMAL”.   

There was no way the struggle to make it through every single day was “NORMAL” 


I could feel that something was off in my body.   And what was going on was not all in my mind. 


Then one day I was listening to a podcast and it listed ALL of my symptoms and others I had never connected together with the same cause.    

This podcast gave my symptoms a name.  


Adrenal Fatigue 

The Adrenal Fatigue symptoms that this podcast listed were: 

  • Tired and wired
  • Waking mid sleep
  • Digestive Issues
  • Exhaustion
  • Brain Fog
  • Constant colds/flus/allergies
  • Nagging injuries
  • Low motivation and drive 
  • Moods
  • Anxiety
  • Depression and more… 

I sat there and cried from relief.   My symptoms were real!   What was going on was not all in my head.    I wasn’t going crazy.  

I finally felt like I was on the right path.  One that would help me find the answers I was searching for in order to get my life back.  

With my new found energy and information I marched to my doctor only to be told that Adrenal Fatigue was not a medical term. 


To say I left her office Angry, Lonely and Frustrated is an understatement.   

It took me a few years diving into my own adrenal fatigue recovery solo from my doctor to understand and accept that Adrenal Fatigue and Burnout are a term used to describe the list of symptoms above.   BUT the root cause was in fact something bigger.     

Burnout and Adrenal Fatigue Explained 

Adrenals are the size of a grape, the shape of a walnut and sit on top of our kidneys.   

The adrenals work together with the brain’s frontal lobe (hypothalamus) and the pituitary gland.  The medical term is HPA Axis.   (Hypothalamus-Adrenal-Pituitary Axis)  

As a unit they are responsible for ALL of the stress responses in our body.    The brain tells the adrenals and pituitary glands that there is a stress present and the glands produce the hormones needed to create a protective response in our body for fight or flight.   

Being that the Pituitary and Adrenals respond to every stress our adrenals understandably become fatigue.  Where is where the names Adrenal Fatigue And Burnout come from.         

BUT what is causing the adrenals and pituitary glands to fatigue can be different from one person to the next.  

Here is why 

Our Stress System Is Complex

To start off, there are 3 body systems that are stimulated by our HPA Axis with EVERY stress response that occurs in our body.  


1. Hormones

2. Nervous System

3. Gut/Digestion

Through long term stress each system is taxed more and more.   As each hormones, nervous system and gut/digestion break down in their ability to do their job adrenal fatigue/burnout symptoms creep in.  


Because no two people ever experience every single stressor placed on us each and every day the same.  

AND 

We all have different health and family histories.  Our symptoms all occur in different orders, severity and rate of onset.     

These are some of the factors that affect how our symptoms present in each of us: 

  • Severity and duration of stress
  • Genetics
  • DNA
  • Physical and Emotional Environment 
  • Nutritional Stressors
  • Physical Stressors
  • Environmental Toxin exposure
  • Illness/Injury

So you can see that Adrenal Fatigue and Burnout are an umbrella term coined to explain all of the symptoms that a taxed stress system can create in our body. 

Though each symptom may have it’s own medical term which explains why, unfortunately, there is not one solution for everyone.  

Knowing this, leads us to another big question. 

Since there are so many different reasons that Adrenal Fatigue/Burnout can rear its ugly head, how in the heck do I know which solutions that are offered for burnout are the right one for me? 

This is not a quick answer.  

Which is why I am going to dedicate the next blog to which can be found right here >>>    The Best Burnout Recovery Solutions. 


Andi has worked in the health and wellness space since 1998.  But even though her expertise is on health and nutrition, it  wasn’t enough to prevent her from experiencing burnout to the point where she could not be active in her daily life. 

Through her own journey to get her sleep, energy, motivation/drive and moods back on track she faced many challenges before she figured out all of the pieces of the puzzle to burnout recovery.    

Andi told herself she would not let anyone struggle for as many years like she had. 

Through BioStressHacker she now teaches high achieving professionals how to find the right solution for their specific burnout symptoms and what is needed once recovered, to perform optimally. 

Discover more blogs and trainings and courses at https://biostresshacker.com/  

Andi has worked in the health and wellness space since 1998.  But even though her expertise is on health and nutrition, it  wasn’t enough to prevent her from experiencing burnout to the point where she could not be active in her daily life. 

Through her own journey to get her sleep, energy, motivation/drive and moods back on track she faced many challenges before she figured out all of the pieces of the puzzle to burnout recovery.    

Andi told herself she would not let anyone struggle for as many years like she had. 

Through BioStressHacker she now teaches high achieving professionals how to find the right solution for their specific burnout symptoms and what is needed once recovered, to perform optimally. 

Discover more blogs and trainings and courses at https://biostresshacker.com/