How Food Affects Adrenal Fatigue

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What we eat and when we eat is a key component in healing adrenal fatigue. Here are some food tips for your adrenal fatigue recovery journey. #alittlerandr #adrenalfatigue #stress #abuse #chronicfatigue

“The battle is real” – as my friend says.

And when it comes to Adrenal Fatigue and food, it is a tough battle wage.

I don’t know what it’s like for others, but for me it was a vicious cycle. Giving into fatigue led to mindless eating, and mindless eating usually meant unhealthy “comfort” foods” that would put my body in a relaxed state that only fed the fatigue. And so the cycle went.

The fact is that much of our diet causes chronic inflammation to our organs and arteries. Inflammation puts stress on our bodies, which causes strain for our already over-taxed adrenals.

How Food Affects Adrenal Fatigue

The trick is to stop listening to our emotions that want to be soothed with chips, cookies, and burgers, and go for the foods that will help heal our bodies, reduce inflammation and boost our metabolism.

Before we get into the dos and don’ts, I just want to say that I am trying my best to follow this plan. I’m not there yet, but I am much better than I used to be. I eat far fewer carbs, far more protein, far less junk food and sugar…but I could eat more leafy greens.

Nix the caffeine

One of the very first things you must do to help good adrenal function is to stop the caffeine habit. Caffeine is a stimulant. It agitates your body and causes your adrenal glands to work needlessly. Replace caffeinated drinks with water and herbal teas.

Cut the carbs

While one needs carbs in their diet, we can all agree that our society consumes far too many carbs and far too few leafy greens. Carbs cause our blood sugar to spike, and in moderation this is okay. But proteins help our energy levels to work at a slow, even pace. To help your adrenal glands function better, switch to a lifestyle of lower carbs, higher protein and a large daily dose of leafy green vegetables.

**Update! In February 2017 I began a Ketogenic lifestyle and it has been crucial in my healing process. Find my Keto articles and recipes here.**

Gut-healthy foods

To help with good digestion, begin to add foods into your diet that are rich with probiotics. Natural yogurt, homemade sauerkraut, kefir and other fermented foods. These foods promote good health in the body, which aids the body in warding off viruses. By doing so, it cuts down on the stress your body would otherwise face.

Other foods you should eat

Colored vegetables


Ground flax

Brown rice




Fresh/raw seeds and nuts

Black beans


** Update 2018 – This list has been edited since writing it. I have crossed out the carb-heavy foods as I truly believe that only whole-food carbs can be advantageous for adrenal fatigue sufferers. Leave behind the grains and sugar, and reach for a sweet potato!**

Food You Should Avoid

Sugary fruits

Refined grains



Starchy foods


Two More Food Tips:

1. Food allergies and/or sensitivities put a lot of extra strain on the body. Many times we don’t realize that we have a food allergies or sensitivities until we’ve eliminated those foods from our diet.

I am lactose intolerant, and I’ve noticed that anytime I have food with milk or cream in it, my body suddenly feels horrible. An easy way to determine a food allergy or sensitivity is to do an elimination diet. Once you’ve eliminated all foods that typically cause a reaction, introducing them back into your diet one-by-one will help you determine whether you need to avoid a certain food altogether. Typical allergies or sensitivities are: dairy, eggs, gluten, nightshades, and nuts.

2. Candida is an abundance of yeast in the body that can cause fungal infections. The result is a body that falls prey to viruses and an assortment of symptoms very similar – and connected to – adrenal fatigue. Following a Candida diet, that restores your friendly bacteria and stops the yeast overgrowth, will help to reduce stress in the body.

Here are more articles on Adrenal Fatigue & Health

What Is Adrenal Fatigue

Stress and Adrenal Fatigue

Supplements That Can Help Adrenal Fatigue

How Food Affects Adrenal Fatigue

16 Ways Stay-at-Home Moms Can Get More Steps

12 Things Women Can Do to Avoid Becoming Fatigued

5 Decisions to Make on a Bad Day with Chronic Illness

Why I Began the Ketogenic Diet

The Acceptable Addiction

My Version of the Singing Canary

How I’ve Lost 40 Lbs and Kept It Off

4 Tools I’ve Used to Lose Weight

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  1. This is a great series… I am so glad you are doing it…. it is something that would be better if someone gets a “heads up” before the problem gets too severe. Thank you for helping people to do that, so hopefully they won’t have to try to fix it as we are doing, after things have gotten pretty bad.

    1. thank you so much! Yes – that is exactly why I wrote this series…to help get the word out so people will pay attention to the initial signals from their bodies before it gets out of hand.

  2. I think I may be battling a little adrenal fatigue right now. I’m trying to change the way I eat and supplement so I enjoyed reading this. I also pinned it so I can reference it again later.

  3. Hi Rosilind, I recently read “The Adrenal Reset Diet,” Dr. Alan Christianson. Here is some information about it if you or your readers are interested: And yes, according to Dr, Christianson, “coffee inhibits cortisol reduction” and some people are more sensitive to it. I’ve also read that when you’re giving up something like coffee, to say “I DON’T drink coffee” instead of saying “I can’t drink coffee,” Anyway, thanks so much for the article. I feel that so many foods and beverages on the market today are simply over-rated that are quite gimmicky and aren’t contributing to anyone’s health. 🙂

  4. As usual, enjoyed reading your comments on this topic. I was interested in your list of foods. You have several on the list that have been problematic for me: bagged brown rice (unless I boil and rinse multiple times),canned black beans, and other types of canned beans, oatmeal, flake type and steel cut type,l (better if I boil and rinse several times),

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