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.

Helps for Adrenal Support

There are of course, so many things to consider when dealing with adrenal fatigue….things like:

There are other things you can do to help with adrenal fatigue too like using my DIY Adrenal Fatigue Essential Oils Blend.

But diet is a bit factor as well.

Eating more naturally is a great way to help your body function more healthfully, but adding in foods to support your adrenals is key as well.  Here are some ways that you can do that.


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?

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.

It sounds contradictory, because a lemon is acidic, but it helps the body be more alkaline.

Adding this Sugar-free Lemonade to your diet would be a good idea too!

2. Quality 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 (as it is bleached and has additives like flowing and anti-caking agents and even sugar!) 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:


and so forth.

4. Eat your fat

May people (especially women) tend to avoid fat in their diets. However, fat is a good thing!

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

Vitamin C is crucial for adrenal health.

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.

Peppers are full of vitamin C and Vitamin C is one of the main vitamins hosted by the adrenals.

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 a whopping 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 🙂

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

Please remember that neither Jedha nor Adrienne are medical professionals.  Please check with your physician before making changes to your diet and if your fatigue continues, consult your physician.  This post is not meant to be a substitute for medical care, but is for entertainment purposes only.


Do you have adrenal fatigue?
Have you tried diet changes to help with your condition?

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.

These comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Whole New Mom, LLC.


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  1. Florence says:

    Thank you for taking the time to write this article. I am taking lots of notes and planning on using these foods to heal.

  2. Have you had anyone come to you with benzo damage! Benzos damage adrenals bigtime but it is harder to heal anything after drug damage! I am looking for some help with healing the gut, thyroid and adrenals! What is the best way to detox the body slowly!

  3. Oh my goodness, Thank You for this! I have looked for salty altrnatives that have less fat than processed foods! I am vegetarian semi-vegan, I eat mainly raw-foods and very little (and I mean little) processed foods. very hopeful that this will help to prevent cravings!! oh my goodness, super thrilled about putting this into action!!!

  4. Lucero De La Tierra says:

    My mother suffers with adrenal insufficiency and fibromyalgia. Thanks for posting this list. It is unfortunate that the one thing at the top of the list she simply cannot eat. Anything with natural sugars, even a little bit, can and has send her into anaphylaxis. Lemon is one of the worst. She does however eat as much bell pepper – the colored ones, not the green – as possible. She’s been suffering severe pain and weakness in her lower back and legs after eating in the mornings. She has tried alleviating the problem with supplementing with coconut oil. It has helped, but she still has the problem. As soon as digestion starts in earnest after breakfast she feels like collapsing in a heap. I wish there was something more I could do to help her.

  5. Animal protein creates acidity in the human body, so it is really not recommendable at all.

  6. People with Fibromyalgia, need to be careful not to eat to many peppers, as they’re nightshade vegetables and can aggravate the fibromyalgia, also tomatoes, and eggplant, so just don’t eat to many.

  7. Adrenal Fatigue is not a recognized medical condition. I think you need to make this disclaimer when talking about these symptoms and “remedies” as there are many medical conditions, some which are very serious, that cause fatigue. Someone may diagnose themselves with “adrenal fatigue” after reading your book or articles and be ignoring a very serious condition. Please encourage your readers to seek medical advice if their fatigue continues!

    • Hi there. I am not sure what you are getting at by saying this. Of course there are other things that can cause fatigue. Also, adrenal fatigue can lead to many serious conditions. There are several things that mainstream medicine doesn’t recognize that it should – like the dangers of multiple vaccines at once, the need for more preventive focus on our health, the risks of mercury in fillings, alternative ways to treat cancer, the toxicity of fluoride. I by no means am encouraging anyone to discount their fatigue and not look for what causes it.

      I’m assuming you got your info from this post? http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/addisons-disease/expert-answers/adrenal-fatigue/faq-20057906

      I will say that there is so much that science doesn’t know. There are medical doctors who do the wrong thing and alternative practitioners who do the same. And there are things that aren’t recognized by the medical community one year that are the next.

      That being said, I did add a note to consult w/ your physician if your fatigue continues. It can, of course, be something simple or not. Thanks.

  8. Kendalind says:

    Any vegan options?!? I want to feel better but I don’t want animals hurt in the process!!

  9. Janet Fazio says:

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

  10. 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

  11. Evelyn Cale says:

    7 Healing Foods for Adrenal Fatigue is simply amazing

  12. 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!!!!


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