We are what we eat (or more specifically – what we ate!)
So it’s logical that we can influence our health with the way we nutrient each area of our body – including our adrenal glands.
Before we look at the specific foods to support our adrenals, the best place to begin is by removing any foods that burdens our adrenals including toxins.
This gives our bodies the best chance to absorb and use our nutrients, replenish our adrenal energy and allow our system to return to an effective health-balance.
Foods to avoid
Processed / microwaved foods – which often contain preservatives, giving our digestion extra work to do. Choose items in the fresh sections – around the outside of the supermarket or grocery store; rather than in the isles. Choose home-made wherever possible.
Hydrogenated oils – can cause inflammation, and include vegetable oils like corn, canola and soybean.
Sweeteners – including artificial ones, high-fructose corn syrup, and the obvious ‘foods’ that are laced with sugars, like sweets and sodas. Plus the ‘hidden’ places like breads, cereals, muesli bars, dressings and sauces (stevia and raw honey are possible alternatives)
Caffeine – can tax our adrenals (and slow down their recovery) plus alter our sleep-wake cycle. Ideally best avoided (take before midday if ever).
Foods to feast on
These beauties are easier to digest, have shown healing qualities, are high in nutrients, are low in sugar and many have healthy fats and fiber –
Fats – include coconuts, olives, avocados
Vegetables – cruciferous (include broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts), kelp + seaweed
Nuts + seeds – include walnuts, almonds; plus pumpkin, chia and flax seeds
Salt – include Himalayan
Take away – If you need a quick reference, and you prefer to watch/listen rather than read, check out the vlog ‘Possible signs of adrenal fatigue’
Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is a Lifestyle Consultant, with over 26 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker and health mentor and Health + LifeStyle Brand Ambassador. She lives in NZ and Indonesia with her husband Chris, relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.