I was diagnosed with Adrenal Fatigue a few months ago after seeing a functional doctor. I was exhausted, getting sick all the time, gaining weight and feeling off.
He put me on a very specific adrenal support diet, so I wanted to share with you the best foods to eat for adrenal fatigue.
When healing from Adrenal Fatigue, diet is KEY.
It’s not like you can just pop an over the counter drug and get better—you’ve gotta rest, reduce stress levels, take the proper supplements, and eat foods to heal adrenal fatigue.
Before I get into the 5 best foods for Adrenal Fatigue, I want to talk about what you should NOT eat.
I’ve cut out sugar, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol, gluten, dairy, and all animal products. Stimulants like caffeine and alcohol can really mess with your hormones, so it’s essential that you cut them out if you want to heal.
Another thing to mention is the timing of your meal is important. When you are healing your adrenal glands, you NEED to eat breakfast.
Adrenal Fatigue sufferers struggle to maintain optimal blood sugar levels throughout the day because our cortisol is all out of whack, so it’s important to eat regular meals.
I guess my couple of months of trying out Intermittent Fasting did more harm that good. Oh well, I learned my lesson lol.
Here are the 5 Best Foods for Adrenal Fatigue:
1. Fermented foods
Fermented foods are one of the best foods to eat for adrenal fatigue. They are great for your digestive health and immune system! Think kimchi, sauerkraut, or kombucha.
These foods are rich in minerals and provide a huge boost of ‘good bacteria’ to improve your nutrient absorption and digestion.
2. Sea Vegetables
Sea vegetables are rich in trace minerals, are a good source of vegetable protein, and are easily digested in the body. Try picking up some nori, or wakame from your health food store and make miso soup, or add to a stir fry or salad!
Include some source of protein at each meal to help stabilize blood sugar and stave off cravings for refined sugars. The B vitamins contained in protein are critical for energy production as well as building all of the cells in the body. Protein is part of enzymes and coenzymes, which help with fat metabolism and the synthesis of neurotransmitters, which maintain DNA synthesis, nerve cells, and other important functions.
Some examples of protein you can add to your diet are: eggs at breakfast instead of cereal, tempeh or chicken on a salad, salmon (wild caught) or organic tofu with dinner. Protein is your best friend when you have adrenal fatigue =)
Sodium is one of the best foods for adrenal fatigue since and is critical for adrenal function. Sodium levels are usually low when adrenals are depleted. When my adrenal fatigue was really bad I was adding SO much salt to my food and I could barely taste it! Hubby tried my veggies and almost gagged, lol!
If you feel lightheaded when you get out of bed in the morning or when you get out of a hot shower, you might have low blood pressure, which is a common side effect of adrenal insufficiency. You want to make sure you add good quality salt to your diet to help manage those symptoms.
It’s important to know, however, that not all salts are created equal! I prefer real salt or Himalayan salt compared to regular table salt, since they have an abundance of trace minerals that are beneficial for the body.
Eating fat does NOT make your at. We need fat for our bodies to function properly! We need dietary cholesterol to manufacture horses effectively (including the hormones that the adrenal glands produce).
Use coconut oil to cook your food, eat avocado with your eggs or toss some on a salad, and up your intake of fatty fish like salmon (wild caught only).
Adding these foods to heal adrenal fatigue will help you recover faster and feel better! If you want more information about adrenal fatigue, my story, and symptoms of adrenal fatigue, check out this post.
Sources: Drlam.com, womentowomen.com, goodfoodeating.com, adrenalfatiguesolution.com
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