Tired? Food to the Rescue. 7 Healing Foods for Adrenal Fatigue


Do you have Adrenal Fatigue or think you might? Adrenal fatigue is epidemic and it can be devastating to yourself, your friends, and your family. Add these foods to your diet to get some relief.  Do you eat these regularly or not?  Do you think you will add them to your diet?

{I’ve been struggling with adrenal fatigue for awhile now.  And personally, I think that adrenal issues are epidemic.  Regardless of whether you have adrenal dysfunction or not, this post from Jedha Denning from Good Food Eating is full of information that can nourish these oh-so-important glands.

I recently wrote a post here at Whole New Mom about the signs and symptoms of adrenal fatigue. If you missed that you can find it here.

Adrenal fatigue is a stress condition that may inflict many of us from time to time.

One of the best ways we can tackle it is through eating more of the healing foods that promote stronger adrenal health.

7 Healing Foods for Adrenal Fatigue

1. Lemon

Many people with adrenal fatigue have a high acid body and lemon is the perfect food to help balance out the body’s ph levels so that you are more neutral and alkaline. Start the day with a glass of warm water, the juice of half a lemon and a pinch of Celtic salt.

2. Celtic Salt

The adrenals help the body to maintain mineral balance and quite surprisingly the adrenals quite like a bit of additional salt. Not the table kind of course but some good quality Celtic or Himalayan salt helps add back some essential minerals and you’ll find it helps to bump up your energy levels slightly.

3. Protein

Eat good quality protein sources to help build energy into the body. The B vitamins found in protein are important for energy production, building all the cells in the body, helping with fat metabolism, the synthesis of neurotransmitters, and maintaining nerve cells. Whole protein sources include: meats, liver, eggs, nuts, fish, poultry, shellfish, chicken and so forth.

4. Eat your fat

We need fat for manufacturing hormones; this includes the many hormones that the adrenal glands produce. Use olive oil, flax seed oil, walnut oil, coconut oil, and butter.

Omega 3 oils have the additional benefit of reducing inflammation in the body and with adrenal fatigue we can be prone to increased inflammation.

5. Peppers

Peppers are full of vitamin C and Vitamin C is one of the main vitamins hosted by the adrenals. When we are under stress we utilize vitamin C at a much faster rate so it’s important to get more of it in order to support adrenal health and reduce cortisol levels too. Cortisol is our key stress hormone so anything we can do to lower cortisol is a good thing.

How Much Vitamin C is in one pepper?

  • Yellow bell pepper 341mg
  • Red bell pepper 230mg
  • Green bell pepper 119mg

6. Seaweed

Seaweed such as nori, kelp and wakame are loaded with many vitamins and minerals and one of those happens to be magnesium. In one cup of seaweed there is 218mg of magnesium. Magnesium is needed for over 300 enzymatic functions in the body and has a relaxing capacity on the muscles, mind, and whole body.

7. Mackerel and Herring

Mackerel and herring contain an ingredient known as phosphatidyl serine. Phosphatidyl serine helps to bring down cortisol levels in the body via the hypothalamus – adrenal chain, known as the HPA (hyper thalamic pituitary axis).

The hypothalamus is the part of the brain that controls the balance of adrenal and hormone function. Because it is a natural component of the brain phosphatidyl serine also helps to improve brain function, sharpen metal focus, and improve memory. In a 100g (3.5oz) serve Mackerel contains 480mg of phosphatidyl serine; Herring contains 360mg.

If you’re struggling with adrenal fatigue, try including more of these healing foods into your diet every day :)

Please remember that neither Jedha nor Adrienne are medical professionals.  Please check with your physician before making changes to your diet.

For more posts on Adrenal Fatigue, check out:

Adrenal Fatigue – the New Epidemic?
- Tired or Something More?  Take This Quick Test

Interested in reading even more?  Mary Ellen Bream has (following are a few affiliate links that might results in commissions if clicked on and a purchase follows) written a book about her healing from chronic fatigue.  And Jedha’s book is mentioned in her bio at the end of this post.

Chronic Fatigue Book - Farewell Fatigue


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Jedha - writer for Whole New MomJedha Dening is the Nutritionist and Health Coach behind Good Food Eating. She’s also a Mom, passionate writer, and lover of good food that’s also good for your waistline. Jedha is host of the Good Food Eating Podcast, author of the Adrenal Fatigue Handbook, and creator of various other nutrition and health programs. With over 10 years experience in health and wellness, Jedha is passionate about taking care of people’s nutrition and health so they can feel fantastic everyday. When she’s not cooking, researching or writing about nutrition, she can usually be found in the great outdoors gardening, bushwalking, or kayaking.


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  1. Great information here! I have struggled with this for some time and need to be better about my vitamin C.

  2. Thank for this!!! I think my husband and I have adrenal fatigue from when my son started having seizures almost a year ago and we still haven’t recovered. I will try to incorporate more of these foods into our diet, thanks again!!!!


  3. Evelyn Cale says:

    7 Healing Foods for Adrenal Fatigue is simply amazing

  4. You may want to note that if a person has an underling auto-immune issue that nightshade vegetables/foods are not a good idea, and that includes peppers of all kinds, tomatoes, eggplant, white potatoes, those are the ones I know of, When I gave these up plus added several of the ones you listed I started feeling better

  5. Janet Fazio says:

    Thanks for the tips. Food can be such powerful medicine.