Regardless of whether you have adrenal dysfunction or not, this post from Jedha Denning from Good Food Eating is full of information about what should be a part of any adrenal fatigue diet plan.}
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:
- Emotional Stress & Anxiety
- Rest & Sleep
- Environmental Stressors like Toxins and Heavy Metals
- Improving Gut Health through probiotics, removing food allergies and sensitivities and sugar
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 of a 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.
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7 Healing Foods for Your Adrenal Fatigue Diet Plan
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.
You can either buy fresh lemons and squeeze them, or get a quality organic lemon juice for convenience.
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 Salt or Himalayan Salt helps add back some essential minerals and you’ll find it helps to bump up your energy levels slightly.
Adrienne recommends and uses Real Salt.
Eat good quality protein sources to help build energy into the body, so they are crucial for adding to your adrenal fatigue diet. 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, there are many health benefits of fat.
We need fat for manufacturing hormones; this includes the many hormones that the adrenal glands produce. Use organic olive oil, organic flax seed oil, organic walnut oil, organic coconut oil, properly sourced lard, 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.
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
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.
Adrienne loves having these organic seaweed snacks around the house all the time!
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 🙂
Two Great Things for Your Adrenal Fatigue Diet
Adrenal Fatigue Cocktail
All blended up with some extra health-boosting spices to help you feel your best–it would be a great addition to your adrenal fatigue diet plan.
Purium – the Products that Gave Me My Life Back
This is an update to this post (5/18) but I had to share since these products have literally given me back my life. I'm still pretty new to using them but here is my experience so far.
After my initial horrible bout with fatigue issues, I worked with several practitioners. I got quite a bit better, but the fatigue remained on some level along with sleep problems. It's quite a long story, but while working with one practitioner recently, things didn't go well and I ended up firing her.
She was very expensive but things became problematic and it waas clear that it wasn't going to be a beneficial relationship.
I was pretty stressed out that I might be another dead end with my health, but I started praying and thinking about what I could do. At the time I was working with Purium in that I had several of their products on my blog, but I now decided to look into their products more and decided to try a few things–some after doing my own research and some after talking with a holistic practitioner who has seen great results using Purium in her practice.
Boy, did they work!
You can use code wholenewmom to get the greater of 25% or $50 off your first purchase of any of these products, and you will continue to get 25% off if you order within 30 days, or 15% off otherwise. The company is amazing and so are their products.
Here's what I tried:
I started with 2 of these a day, taken away from protein and am now taking 4.
I'm sleeping like a baby. Better than a baby. I don't wake up, or if I do, I go right back to sleep, almost every. single. night.
Amino acids are so beneficial. What got me taking them is that I was astounded at the research on their benefits for adrenal issues, sleep, and more. And bonus–they help your body build muscle even if you aren't exercising. My face muscles have clearly tightened up–I noticed it almost immediately.
I take 1-2 of these in the morning. The fatigue lifted once I started taking these.
The ingredients are highly nourishing to your adrenals.
Another great boost of natural energy and nutrition. I only take 1/2 a scoop in the morning and it helps me feel nourished with more energy–without the jitters.
I used zeolite before, but this one seems to be way more potent than what I was using. Right now I'm taking 1 drop a day, so this bottle is going to last me a long time.
I decided to take a few pellets of this on the hunch that candida or some virus was a problem for me. Sure enough, I had some significant detox or candida die-off.
Beyond the Adrenal Fatigue Diet
For more helps besides the diet, you might wish to check out these:
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.
Do you have adrenal fatigue?
Have you tried diet changes to help with your condition?
Jedha 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.