5 nourishing foods for adrenal fatigue

The adrenal glands are two small endocrine glands that sit on top of your kidneys that are responsible for producing around 50 different hormones.

Aside from hormone production, their busy activities include blood sugar regulation, brain alertness, stress adaptation, immunity, gut health, sex drive, and helping to moderate the body’s mineral balance.

Unfortunately, the adrenals can be major victims of modern life stressors…

My colleague Dr. Michael Cutler has previously written about what causes adrenal fatigue, along with the signs and tests to diagnose it.

What we’re here to talk about are some simple things you can do every day to nourish yourself. Because thankfully, one of the best ways you can promote stronger adrenal health is through diet…

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1. Apple cider vinegar

A high-acid body is a common characteristic of people with adrenal fatigue and apple cider vinegar is the perfect old-fashioned remedy to support the modern body, helping to balance your insides out.

It sounds contradictory because apple cider vinegar is acidic in nature. But contrary to what people assume, it helps the body become more alkaline. On top of this, it’s also an effective digestive stimulant and regulates blood sugar levels, two areas that also need assistance in adrenal fatigue.

Start the day with a glass of warm water that contains a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Follow by rinsing your mouth with water, to prevent the vinegar from affecting your tooth enamel.

2. Protein

Since protein builds every single cell in the body, it makes perfect sense that good quality protein sources can nourish the adrenals.

The B vitamins and minerals (iron and zinc) found in protein are important for energy production, building all the cells in the body, helping with fat metabolism, the synthesis of neurotransmitters, along with maintaining nerve cells.

Whole protein sources include:

  • Meats
  • Liver
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Fish
  • Poultry
  • Shellfish
  • Chicken

3. Eat your fat

Do not avoid fat because you absolutely need it!

The body uses it for manufacturing hormones; this includes the many hormones that the adrenal glands produce — sex hormones such as progesterone and testosterone, and steroid hormones like cortisol.

The best types of fats to eat are:

  • Olive oil
  • Flax seed oil
  • Walnut oil
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fatty fish – sardines, salmon, tuna, mackerel

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4. Peppers

There are three major reasons vitamin C provides crucial assistance to your adrenals:

  1. Vitamin C is one of the main vitamins hosted by the adrenals.
  2. When under stress your body utilizes vitamin C at higher proportions.
  3. With adrenal fatigue, there is increased inflammation in the body, which can generate higher levels of oxidative stress. And vitamin C is one of the best antioxidants in town.

The good news is, delicious peppers of all colors are jam-packed full of vitamin C!

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

5. Dark leafy greens

When your body is depleted or under stress, you need nutrient mega-doses to help fuel your cells. And that’s where green leafy vegetables play the most important role…

Watercress, Chinese cabbage, beet greens, spinach, leaf lettuce, romaine lettuce and parsley, are the most nutrient-dense veggies available — meaning, they contain a ton of vitamins, minerals and compounds to energize your body.

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Jedha Dening

By Jedha Dening

Jedha Dening is a qualified nutritionist (MNutr), researcher, author, freelance writer, and founder of type 2 diabetic nutrition site Diabetes Meal Plans. Her masters thesis on nutrition and inflammation was published and then presented at a national scientific conference. She has millions of words published in the health industry across various print and online publications. Having been in the field for over 15 years, she’s incredibly passionate about delving into the latest research to share the myths and truths surrounding nutrition and health. She believes when armed with the right knowledge, we’re empowered to make informed choices that can truly make a difference.