The Adrenal Fatigue Diet Revisited

We regularly receive emails from readers inquiring about the latest in dietary considerations for those recovering from adrenal fatigue syndrome. Whenever I get those requests, I smile because I know that the people sending me the emails “get it.” You see, many people continue to operate under two false assumptions. One, that adrenal fatigue doesn’t exist. This is the prevailing belief in mainstream Western medicine. The second assumption is that diet doesn’t matter. This is a theory promoted by many of the “pill pushers” in the market. Take this pill or that pill and you’ll feel better. Long-term readers of this site know that we reject both of the aforementioned theories. So, for our long-term readers and those new to the site, I’d like to briefly revisit the key elements of the adrenal fatigue recovery diet.

Step one – eat consistently throughout the day. One of my favorite natural practitioners stated the following, “Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Prince and dinner like a Pauper.” The quick conversion of food to energy is a common pattern in those suffering and recovering from adrenal fatigue. Therefore, it is critical that a well-balanced breakfast is consumed, followed by a reasonable lunch and portion controlled dinner. What to include? Read on in step two.

Step two – vegetables, fruit, and protein. One of the common misconceptions is that those recovering from adrenal fatigue should avoid all fruit sources due to high levels of sugar. The research that I’ve studied shows that while avoiding fruit juice is a good strategy, moderate quantities of fruits like cherries, kiwi, apples, and oranges go a long way to supporting the recovery process. Further, think vegetables whenever possible. Particularly, broccoli, carrots, spinach, sprouts, and cabbage are important dietary additions in the adrenal fatigue recovery process.

Step three – protein. My personal favorites are low fat, high protein options like chicken breast or whey protein (in powder form without any additives). Avoid high-fat protein traditionally found in sources like red meat. Protein consumed every two hours will yield energy and help the adrenal fatigue recovery process by curbing the potential craving for sugar and sweets.

Final step – manage your liquid intake. Adequate water consumption, approximately half of your body weight in ounces per day is paramount. Likewise, refraining from caffeine is important. Most of the studies show that individuals used to consuming large amounts of caffeine via coffee find a better natural alternative to green tea.

I hope you enjoyed our adrenal fatigue diet refresher. Keep the questions coming.

To your continued good health.