Adrenal fatigue is the pits! I am speaking from experience here and as someone who has had adrenal fatigue twice and healed it twice (and naturally by the way).
If you've missed our other adrenal health blogs, I will leave links for all of them at the bottom of this blog so be sure to check them out. 🙂
Today's article is focused on the supplements that I used to heal from adrenal fatigue. It is not health advice, simply sharing information to create awareness of what can help one in their own journey. Everything is simply a consideration, an invitation to look closely at the power of nutrition and also tonic herbs.
Supplements I Used to Heal from Adrenal Fatigue
Vitamin C (organic Acerola Cherry):
Vitamin C is incredibly important for nourishing the adrenal glands and in my opinion (and that of many integrative doctors) is not to be skipped when trying to heal.
It is better to obtain vitamin C from whole food bioavailable sources that the body recognises rather than synthetic versions that are often manmade and sourced from GMO corn!
Acerola cherries are one of the highest sources of natural vitamin C and it also contains all the important cofactors. Perfect Acerola is a vital part of my adrenal cocktail and I rarely go a day without it! It gives the skin a radiant, healthy glow as well which is always nice 😊
B Vitamins (from liver):
Consuming liver is one of the best ways to get not just all the B's but many other nutrients for health and healing.
Whilst I do enjoy a liver meal (yeah I am one of those weird people who likes organ meats), I don't eat it as often as I could. I much prefer to take it in supplement form and my preferred way is by taking a high-quality liver capsule such as the Perfect Grass-fed Desiccated Liver Capsules.
Liver is one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet and one cannot truly understand this until they have taken it consistently and then stopped for a period of time. When you don't take it, you certainly notice the difference and it's not for the better!
B vitamins are better (like all nutrients) when sourced natural through whole foods (like liver and properly-prepared organic grains), as our body's best recognise nutrition when it is natural rather than synthetic and manmade in a laboratory!
B vitamins help us to produce energy and when we are low in B's, we are usually low in energy and prone to fatigue and tiredness and when we are tired, we tend to reach for caffeine, sugar or refined carbohydrates to give a quick "fix" but it actually makes us feel worse in the long run!
If you are dependent on any of the above quick fixes, that is ok, just have awareness of it and a willingness to make a change to a healthier option such as taking liver capsules in the morning or adding a scoop to a delicious smoothie (we have a whole book of yummy smoothie that you can find here), I promise you, you can hardly even taste it - especially the 'Cherry Ripe Lover' smoothie on page 20. 🍒
Magnesium (from diet and supplementation):
Magnesium is another crucial nutrient for helping the adrenals and if you are low or deficient, you are most likely going to struggle to heal.
Magnesium is known to help 'ignite' the adrenal glands, plus it plays an important role in enzyme and energy production.
Another way that I like to get more magnesium into my body and cells is through a topical magnesium oil spray that contains MSM. You can find that here and if you'd like to learn more about how to get magnesium into your body or what MSM is, please see our blog 'How to Get Enough Magnesium into Your Body' here.
Not so much of a supplement but rather a food, a high-quality unrefined and micronutrient-dense salt such a Redmond Real Salt®️ can be a wonderful addition to anyone's diet.
Our adrenal glands need salt and to limit salt (unless you have a salt-sensitive condition) can be extremely harmful to ones health, happiness and overall wellbeing.
This is a popular ayuervedic herb because it has the ability to help in many areas of wellbeing and is especially popular in women's health.
It is known to help support the adrenal glands and normalise cortisol (something that most sufferers of this condition have trouble with - can be too much cortisol or too little).
Ashwagandha is also known to help with insomnia, libido, energy and stamina.
When choosing an ashwagandha herbal tonic, be sure to only choose the highest quality, organic ashwagandha supplement such as this one by Evolution Botanicals.
This is not something that was part of my personal healing recovery but it is very popular as a Chinese tonic herb for supporting adrenal function and many other areas of health and wellbeing, such as immune support, in fact it is one of the most immune-nourishing of all the tonic herbs.
I am currently learning about Chinese herbal tonics and keen to learn more about astragalus.
If you would like to purchase a high-quality, organic astragalus powder, you can find it on our website here.
This is another incredible adaptogen and something I have taken (on and off) for years! It got me through some incredibly challenging times and it even calmed me down enough to be on TV (The Hot Seat in fact)!
Rhodiola has been shown to help folks with adrenal issues but also to manage stress and anxiety. It has to be said though, that rhodiola can be stimulatory so it can be a good idea to use it with caution (on and off for short periods of time as I have recently discovered). It is gentle stimulating but not like caffeine.
It really can however (if used properly and respectfully), help a person who is adrenally-fatigued, to get through the day.
Like all the things you put into your body, the most natural and clean products should be top of mind, so if you are looking for a non-GMO, chemical-free Rhodiola supplement, look no further than right here.
Schisandra is a berry and a popular Chinese tonic herb with a wide array of potential health benefits.
When it comes to a life Philosophy that is all about creating the ultimate balance and harmony for the human body, mind and spirit, look no further than Chinese Traditional Medicine that encompasses "the 3 treasures" - Qi (vitality), Jing (essence) and Shen (spirit).
We won't go into depth on this fascinating topic today but plan to share a lot more about this soon...
What we can say (or I can say from firsthand experience), is that Schisandra is incredible and one of my favourite Chinese tonic herbs for sure! I also love Ashwagandha (an Ayurvedic herb) that I mentioned already.
Schisandra is one of the top Chinese tonic herbs to help support the adrenal glands and not only that, it is known to help improve many other areas of wellbeing such as enhancing libido, combatting stress (which we really need as type A/driven personalities)!
I love to add this actually to my morning adrenal cocktail and sometimes also to my smoothies.
This may seem like a lot and I get that. but just take this list as more of a guide than an actual direction or list for you.
I would say that the vitamin C, B vitamins, magnesium and salt are essential and please see my recommendations with respective links below.
If you are to choose just one of these adaptogenic herbs, I would go for either the Ashwagandha or Schisandra but if you feel drawn to Rhodiola or Astragalus, you have to listen to your body's own innate wisdom as what is right for me, may not be right for you?
Keen to Learn More About Adrenal Fatigue and Adrenal Health?
Check out our other bogs on this topic below:
- What are Adrenals and Why are They Important?
- Adrenal Fatigue Is Real!
- Adrenal Cocktail Recipe for Optimal Health
- How I Healed from Adrenal Fatigue
- Exercises for Adrenal Fatigue
- Activities to Avoid When You Have Adrenal Fatigue
I really hope you got something out of this blog today and just remember that you're doing the best you can! Life is not always easy and we are always learning and trying to do our best with what we have in the moment.
If you are feeling really overwhelmed by any of this information, that is certainly not my intention, there is just a lot to know about this topic and it's also about small achievable daily steps, not feeling like you have to have it/be/it/do it all now!
Know you are enough and that even if you aren't well right now, you can start slow and build gently upon things. If all you can afford right now is some OJ, Himalayan salt and cream of tartar you can make a basic adrenal cocktail.
Note: this is not my preferred recipe to nourish the adrenals, hence why I created a better one and in the recipe I explain why we don't use cream of tartar but rather organic baobab powder.
Disclaimer: These are only potential benefits. This article is purely intended for informational purposes and not as advice. One must seek proper professional advice from their trusted health practitioner.