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

The information provided in this post is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.
It is not a substitute for your doctor's care plan or advice.

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 adrenal fatigue diet plan 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 about what should be a part of any adrenal fatigue diet plan.}

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 Your Adrenal Fatigue Diet Plan

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.

This Sugar-free Lemonade and this Adrenal Cocktail both would be great ways to get more lemon into your diet.

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, 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, 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 🙂

Adrenal Fatigue Cocktail

One other thing worth mentioning is Adrienne's version of the Singing Canary, or Adrenal Cocktail, a remake of a popular drink that has many of the above-mentioned ingredients in it:


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.

Beyond the Adrenal Fatigue Diet

For more helps besides the diet, you might wish to check out these:

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


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. I’m referring to someone who claims that adrenal fatigue is not a “recognized” medical condition !.
    And I would like to add, …. that chemotherapy and radiation is a :recognized” medical treatment.

    So, when you get cancer, you MUST proceed immediately with the “recognized” medical treatment and …
    afterwards, …. get a one way ticket to paradise !!!

    Therefore, always proceed according to … the “recognized” medical approach !!!

    • I don’t quite understand your post. Are you being facetious? It’s hard to tell. There are many cancer treatments/ cures which are suppressed by pharmaceutical companies because they can’t make money from them. And since these same companies pay for studies AND make large donations to our medical schools so our doctors only learn a limited amount of information mostly related to expensive harsh cancer drug related treatments that will make patients very sick — hardly paradise!! — may kill a patient if they don’t cure.

      • Many cancer patients choose non-treatment rather than go through chemo and/or radiation. Many cancer patients also choose alternative treatments. My dear friend who is 84 now cured himself with the help of his faith in God and a good N.D. He had prostate cancer with mets to his bladder. He walked away from conventional medicine and has been cancer free for 15 years. He is healthier and more active than i am at age 61. I know of others who have been cured through Faith in God, and others through a combination of faith and alternative treatments, and remain cancer free without harsh chemo/radiation. This is always a personal choice which I pray I never have to make. Having not been through it personally, I can only testify for people in my corner of the world. I can say from personal experience that Chronic Lyme Disease and it’s complications are a complete mystery to conventional medicine. Chronic Lyme left untreated can lead to all sorts of diseases including cancer. If not for alternative medicine & my faith in God, I would be dead. But, I’m still here and hoping to help someone who may be hurting!

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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!!!

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Kendalind says:

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

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

  11. 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

  12. Evelyn Cale says:

    7 Healing Foods for Adrenal Fatigue is simply amazing

  13. 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!!!!


    • I love taking Plexus Ease, it has lots of turmeric in it and helps fight inflammation as well. People who have seizures usually have some gut health problems as well, so we offer some things for that too. If you are not already working with an ambassador I’d love to help you! You can email me at (email removed by blog owner)

      • Hello Ashley –

        Sorry but I don’t allow Direct Sales reps to use my platform as a marketing resource so I removed your email address. Thanks for reading.

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