4 distinct stages of Adrenal Dysfunction due to fluctuations in cortisol levels

Cortisol levels in the body can be either high or low, which can lead to adrenal dysfunction.


Cortisol levels in the body can be either high or low, which can lead to adrenal dysfunction. Certain stress reactions may result from elevated or decreased cortisol levels in the body. “Why the difference in symptoms? It depends on which stage of adrenal dysfunction that you are experiencing,” penned down Naturopathic Doctor Corina Dunlap.

The body goes through four stages of adrenal dysfunction.

Alarm reaction: In this stage, the body gets alarmed by something small. The body also starts producing a large number of hormones required for an adequate stress response. (Unsplash)
Alarm response: At this point, a minor occurrence alarms the body. In addition, the body begins to produce a high quantity of hormones needed for a sufficient stress response.

Resistance response: The entire hormone circuit starts to dysregulate in this stage. The body starts to feel exhausted. (Unsplash)
Defensive response: At this point, the hormone circuit as a whole begins to dysregulate. The body begins to feel worn out.

Adrenal exhaustion: In this stage the body starts to experience the effects of adrenal crash. Frequent illnesses and feelings of fatigue and anxiety are common. (Unsplash)
Adrenal fatigue: The body begins to feel the aftereffects of an adrenal collapse at this point. Feelings of weariness and anxiety are prevalent, as are recurring diseases.

Burnout: In this stage, the adrenal glands go functionally offline, and it takes a lot of effort to bring the body and mind back into balance.(Unsplash)
Breakdown: At this point, the adrenal glands stop functioning, and it becomes very difficult to rebalance the body and mind. This is known as burnout.