If you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue syndrome, you know how hard it can be on your body and emotions. Below, you’ll find tips on how to recover and feel like yourself again!
What is adrenal fatigue syndrome?
The adrenal glands are responsible for all sorts of functions in your body:
- they regulate stress (cortisol) and reproductive hormones
- they regulate blood sugar and blood pressure
- & they regulate your sleep/wake cycle.
When the adrenals become stressed due to poor diet, poor sleep habits, or high stress levels, they struggle to maintain all the functions they are responsible for, and adrenal fatigue syndrome begins to set in.
What are the signs of adrenal fatigue?
- abnormal fatigue
- blood sugar roller coaster
- excessive crankiness
- weight gain or loss
- insomnia or other sleep disturbances
- lack of interest in sex
- hair loss
You may find yourself feeling excessively tired. You may wake up starving and spacey in the mornings, and find that your patience wears thin quickly.
How do you cure adrenal fatigue?
If you know you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue syndrome, you can make a plan of action. Here are some tips:
#1- eat a balanced diet
Eating a clean, paleo-style diet can help with adrenal fatigue. However, beware that female stress and reproductive hormones need a fair amount of carbs to stay stabilized and you may need to increase your good carb intake by way of sweet potatoes, fruit, and the occasional side of rice or quinoa.
Cutting out refined sugars, artificial ingredients, caffeine, and processed fats will help too. Replace those ingredients with natural sweeteners like maple syrup and honey, and up good fats like ghee, avocado oil, butter, and olive oil.
For best results, be sure to cut out gluten entirely until you feel better. Some find that cutting out dairy can help too.
#2- drink sole water
Sole water is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to support your adrenal glands. It’s made from only two ingredients, and packs a huge nutritional punch, as it’s chalk full of minerals.
It’s made by putting one cup of mineral-rich salt (good choice are Real Salt and Himalayan salt) into a quart jar (with a plastic, non-reactive lid), then fill the remaining way with filtered water. Let sit overnight, then take a teaspoon each morning in a glass of water.
Start with a tsp in a full glass of water and slowly work your way up until you find a dose that feels good.
Read all about sole water here.
#3- eat fat bombs
A tasty adrenal fatigue syndrome recovery tool, fat bombs are both incredibly healing and delicious! They’re made by mixing your fat of choice (good options are butter, ghee, and coconut oil) with some raw honey.
You can make fat bombs like these coconut melts, or, in a pinch, you can dig out a spoonful of raw honey, then dip it in a block of softened butter and go to town!
Read in detail about fat bombs here.
#4- eat liver
Not many people love liver, but it is a hugely important food to help heal the adrenal glands. Liver is full of vitamins and minerals, especially b vitamins, which help support energy levels. Please read about how this superfood should be part of your adrenal fatigue syndrome recovery protocol here.
There are a few ways you can get liver into your diet on a daily basis:
- Take liver capsules. This is the easiest way to eat liver every day. Just pop a few high-quality, grassfed liver capsules and you’re good to go. Get them here, or make your own with this tutorial.
- Thaw liver, soak in water with a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, then puree in a blender. Scrape into molds and freeze, then store in a sealed, freezer-safe container. Throw a couple into ground-beef meals, especially those with lots of sauce and spices, and no one will be the wiser!
- Thaw and soak as above, then chop into tiny pieces. Freeze on a tray, then transfer to a sealed freezer-safe container. Pop a handful every day like pills and wash down with a swig of sole water to help mask the taste. (This doesn’t taste bad, really!)
#5- adaptogenic herbs
Adaptogenic herbs are those that adapt to what your body needs. They can be helpful to take in the morning to increase energy, but also at night to help you sleep because they lower cortisol (the stress hormone) levels.
Adaptogens are especially supportive for the adrenals because they help the body deal with stress while supporting its ability to cope with anxiety and fight fatigue.
For calming a stress response, try ashwaghanda. Get it here.
For improving energy levels earlier in the day, try rhodiola rosea. Get it here.
There are lots of adaptogens and they work well when used together. Read more about adaptogenic herbs and how to make your own adoptogen tincture here.
#6- support restful sleep
Not only is is important to be sure you’re getting to bed early (getting to sleep by 10 pm is really important to support you circadian rhythm- the internal clock that helps your body wake, sleep, and maintain energy levels), but you may need some extra help to sleep restfully.
First- you should block out blue light once the sun goes down by installing blue light-blocking apps on your devices, or using tinted glasses like these.
If you need more help, you can use an herbal remedy to help you fall and stay asleep. Some good options include:
- lavender extract- lavender is soothing and relaxing. Get it here.
- passionflower extract- passionflower calms the nervous system. Get it here.
- valerian root capsules- valerian relaxes the muscles and calms the nerves. It is a very stinky herb, so you may prefer capsules vs an extract. Get them here.
Or learn to make your own herbal sleep remedy here.
#7- take high doses of vitamin C
Did you know that vitamin c is found in the highest concentrations in your adrenal glands?
The adrenal glands use vitamin c to produce cortisol, so when your stress levels are high and constant, your body becomes depleted of vitamin c quickly.
Unfortunately, the most natural, food-based vitamin C supplements are not enough to saturate your body with the vitamin C it needs. Instead, you need a more potent form, such as sodium ascorbate.
To get your body fully saturated with vitamin C, try weekly vitamin C “flushes.” Take one teaspoon of vitamin C powder every 15 minutes until your bowels become loose. However many teaspoons it takes is your bowel tolerance, then you can take maintenance doses throughout the day the rest of the week.
Vitamin C flushes can go a long ways in recovering my energy levels. We like this doctor-recommended vitamin C powder.
#8- kick the coffee… but keep using it
Finally, when you’re recovering from adrenal fatigue syndrome, you want to limit your intake of caffeine, which will further stress the adrenals.
However, that doesn’t mean you don’t want to keep coffee around for other purposes.
During adrenal fatigue recovery, you want to be sure you are supporting your detox pathways. Detoxing too quickly uses up the body’s resources and puts stress on the adrenals.
Coffee enemas can help your body flush out toxins quickly. They are really not as scary as they sound, and once you try them, you will feel so great that you’ll get over the “ick” factor.
Is exercise good for adrenal fatigue?
Exercise can actually exacerbate adrenal fatigue syndrome, so it’s important to be gentle with your body. Instead of high-impact, cardio-style exercise, focus on gentle stretching and walking.
How long does it take for adrenal fatigue to heal?
Recovery can take 6-18 months, but incorporating the above tips can help you start feeling better quickly. Stay patient with your body and allow it the rest and care it needs.
What supplements help adrenal fatigue?
To sum up a good supplement protocol, you can try the following:
Liver capsules- get them here.
Adaptogenic herbs- this is a great one to start with or make your own using this tutorial.
Sleep support- try this sleep supplement or use this tutorial to make your own.
Vitamin C- we like this one.
You can recover from adrenal fatigue syndrome
It took me a few months to feel like I was recovering, but now, over six months since my initial crash, I feel so much better, and I have lots of goofy baby hair growing! This hair regrowth, combined with stable energy levels, and a happier wife and mama, lets me know that I’m no longer suffering from the severe adrenal fatigue that was kicking my tail last year.
Give my protocol a try, and you can begin healing from adrenal fatigue syndrome too!