Adrenal Fatigue: Remedies, Supplements and Recovery

Adrenal fatigue remedies and recovery

Adrenal fatigue is often diagnosed in the natural health community based on a specific pattern of symptoms, but often ignored by many doctors and the mainstream medical community. Like thyroid disease, the symptoms are very real to those who have it, but difficult for others to see, so many of those suffering from adrenal fatigue are told that they are just depressed, tired, or making it up.

The adrenal glands are walnut-sized organs that sit on top of the kidneys. Though small, the adrenals are responsible for many important functions in the body. They are vital to cortisol regulation, metabolism, keeping inflammation at bay, and energy levels.

The adrenals secrete stress hormones in fight-or-flight situations when the body needs these increased hormones to survive, but our modern lifestyle can cause the adrenals to over-secrete these hormones and eventually become “fatigued” or “exhausted” from this constant over-firing.

In short, adrenal fatigue is a state where the adrenal glands do not make the correct amount or type of adrenal hormones at the correct time of day. Some sources estimate that over 80% of adults struggle with adrenal fatigue in some form.

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

My doctor explains that there are several stages of adrenal fatigue:

  1. Stage 1- Wired and Tired: Cortisol levels should be naturally elevated in the morning. The first stage of adrenal fatigue is often characterized by elevated cortisol at night (when it should be low), leading to a “wired” feeling at night and difficulty sleeping. People in this stage may also regularly feel “on edge”.
  2. Stage 2- Stressed and Tired: The second stage shows more severe cortisol disruption. People in this stage may have higher cortisol in the morning but it tends to fall quickly after lunch, leading to afternoon fog and tiredness. They may get a second wind at night, but most often wake in the middle of the night and are unable to fall back asleep.
  3. Stage 3- Full Burnout: This stage resembles how a person feels in early pregnancy or with a new baby at home- exhausted all the time no matter how much he/she has slept and completely burned out. Cortisol patterns in stage 3 are completely disrupted or even completely flat and this is especially risky because this stage is associated with higher risk of thyroid disease and autoimmune disease, as well as gut problems.

Adrenal fatigue vs. Addison’s Disease

Though adrenal fatigue is not officially recognized by the mainstream medical community, there is a severe condition called Addison’s disease that is a conventional diagnosis.

Adrenal insufficiency can be primary or secondary. Addison’s disease, the common term for primary adrenal insufficiency, occurs when the adrenal glands are damaged and cannot produce enough of the adrenal hormone cortisol. The adrenal hormone aldosterone may also be lacking. Addison’s disease affects 110 to 144 of every 1 million people in developed countries.1

Secondary adrenal insufficiency occurs when the pituitary gland—a pea-sized gland at the base of the brain—fails to produce enough adrenocorticotropin (ACTH), a hormone that stimulates the adrenal glands to produce the hormone cortisol. If ACTH output is too low, cortisol production drops. Eventually, the adrenal glands can shrink due to lack of ACTH stimulation. Secondary adrenal insufficiency is much more common than Addison’s disease. (source)

Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

Adrenal fatigue is often diagnosed based on symptoms. It can also be diagnosed using a salivary cortisol test that measures cortisol at different times of the day to see if the correct cortisol pattern is happening.

Symptoms commonly associated with the various stages of adrenal fatigue are:

  • The need for stimulants like caffeine to get going in the morning
  • Tiredness when you wake up, no matter how much sleep you got
  • Difficulty falling asleep or waking up
  • Reduced ability to handle stress or feeling stressed more often
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Blood sugar or digestive problems
  • Reduced memory or ability to concentrate
  • Dizziness when standing up too quickly
  • Thyroid problems or low thyroid hormone production
  • Food cravings- especially salt and sugar
  • Decreased immune function- getting sick more often
  • High stress levels or always feeling like there is too much to do (this is also associated with an incurable condition called motherhood 🙂
  • Body aches
  • Depression
  • Irritability

What Leads to Adrenal Fatigue?

In short… a modern lifestyle.

Long answer- there are a lot of things that can lead to adrenal fatigue and our modern lifestyle just happens to include many of them. Emotional stress and trauma can lead to adrenal fatigue, especially if this stress continues over long periods of time.

Other less well-known factors include:

  • Artificial light exposure at night (why I use orange glasses at night)
  • Overuse of caffeine and stimulants
  • Poor sleep patterns
  • A nutrient depleted diet that contains a lot of processed food
  • Environmental pollution exposure (in air, water, home environment, etc)
  • Extended low-level stress from work or family problems

It’s Not a Quick Fix

Unfortunately, adrenal fatigue is not a condition you can take a pill and reverse over night. In fact, because it is typically caused by years of adrenal-depleting factors, it often takes at lease six months (and often years) to reverse, and it must be done by nurturing the body rather than fighting it.

The good news is that even if you aren’t sure that you have adrenal fatigue, the things that help the body recover are generally just good common sense and great for your body anyway, so they are worth a try. Even if you don’t have a medical professional who understands adrenal health near you, you can try the diet and lifestyle factors and see if you notice any improvement.

Since estimates are that 80+% of American adults struggle with adrenal fatigue in some form, it wouldn’t hurt to try:

Adrenal Support Diet

A diet rich in processed grains, sugars and vegetable oils can stress the adrenals, but a careful nutrient-rich diet can go a long way toward supporting adrenal health.

In particular, these foods are considered especially supportive to the adrenals:

  • Healthy fats like coconut oil, ghee, grass fed butter, olives, fatty fish and grass fed meats
  • Natural Salt (and lots of it)- those with adrenal fatigue need the extra salt to help the adrenals recover and natural salts also contain beneficial trace minerals. Since adrenal fatigue reduces the hormone aldosterone, which is responsible for salt regulation in the body, many people feel better when consuming adequate levels of real salt.
  • Protein in the morning– Dr. Kalish recommends 40 grams of protein in the morning to support the adrenals throughout the day
  • Green and Brightly Colored Veggies– Eating lots of green and brightly colored vegetables will provide an array of necessary nutrients and help nourish the adrenals (and the rest of the body)
  • Eating Regular Meals– Those with adrenal fatigue should eat small meals throughout the day and not fast, as this can further stress the adrenals
  • Vitamin C Rich Foods– Vitamin C is vital for adrenal health and many of us do not get enough.

Lifestyle for Adrenal Health

In cases of adrenal problems, lifestyle can be just as important as diet. In fact, it can sometimes be more important!

These steps are typically recommended:

  1. Getting enough sleep each night and being in bed by 10pm each night– Staying up past 10:30 PM will typically cause the adrenals to give you a “second wind” and make it more difficult to sleep. Those struggling with adrenal fatigue need at least 8-10 hours of sleep per night and should also nap when tired if possible.
  2. Address Stress and find a way to reduce the factors that are leading to emotional or mental stress.
  3. Counseling– If stress is caused by emotional trauma in the past, counseling can be helpful.
  4. Hydrate Carefully– Those with adrenal struggles may have depleted minerals and may be mildly dehydrated. To help replenish the body, it can be helpful to add a pinch of salt to water before drinking it.
  5. Don’t Exercise– Sounds counter-intuitive, but those with adrenal struggles can actually do more harm than good by exercising. Of course, mild things like walking or leisure swimming are fine, but most experts recommend avoiding high intensity exercise during the first month or two of recovery. If you’ve ever had trouble losing weight, even when exercising regularly, this might be a problem for you, so you should consider resting for a month or two to see if it helps.

Adrenal Supplements

I took certain supplements under the care of a doctor when I was struggling with adrenal fatigue. Talk to your doctor or healthcare professional before taking any supplements, especially if you have a health condition or are pregnant.

Vitamin C– I already mentioned the importance of Vitamin C, and I needed supplemental Vitamin C to get enough to help my adrenals. I was taking up to 5,000 mg of natural vitamin c each day during my recovery.

B- Vitamins – B-vitamins are also important for adrenal health, especially B5 and B6 as well as B12 and folate.

Vitamin D– Also important for adrenal health. This post has some good information about Vitamin D.

Zinc– The adrenals depend on adequate levels of zinc in the body and many of us are deficient. I focused on eating zinc containing foods like oysters and also took a natural zinc supplement.

Ashwagandha– An adaptogenic herb that is known to help balance the adrenals. I took this during my recovery, but it isn’t recommended during pregnancy or nursing, so check with a doctor first.

Magnesium– Experts estimate that 95% or more of us are magnesium deficient due to depleted soil levels and increased stress. The body uses extra magnesium during times of stress and especially needs added magnesium during times of adrenal fatigue. Since adrenal problems often go hand-in-hand with digestive troubles, I found that topical magnesium spray was much more effective for me than internal magnesium supplements.

Probiotics– Because of the gut and digestive connection, I also benefitted from taking a natural soil-based probiotic (and still take this daily)

If you think you might be suffering from a fatigued adrenal system, give these suggestions a try.

Do you suffer from adrenal fatigue? Have any additional suggestions or recommendations that have helped you?

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  1. How do you use the Magnesium Ease spray?

      • Does this brand of mag spray leave a white residue on your skin or burn?

    • Can the magnesium spray help with psoriasis??

      • Psoriasis can be due to gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO. Gluten is wheat/barley/rye..oats may hurt like gluten with avenin. Mg may help 350 chemical reactions. Vit D3 5000IU and sunlight may help Celiac. Vit C, zinc, fish oil, HCl and enzymes with meals, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/cream/intrinsic factor kind, MTHF, Nature’s plus- Source of life multiple, coenzymated B vitamins far from synthetic kind, coenyzme Q10 and more help me. Best wishes.

  2. What do you mean by “natural salt”? Pink Himalayan salt? Where do I get it?

    • I get my pink Himalayan salt from Costco, $4 for a large grinder.

      • Thanks!

        • Unfortunately the one from Costco has anti caking agents that deplete the nutrients from the salt. Sea salt must not have the anti caking agents and be able to clump. I still have several of the Costco grinders in my pantry too. Now I get the brand real salt. It hadn’t been heated and has no anti caking agents and clumps so I know it’s got all its nutrients. I am also recovering from near adrenal burnout

  3. I definitely suffered from adrenal fatigue following the birth of my second child. He was born with the worst kind of tongue tie and we had so many feeding issues. He had colic, bloody stools, constipation and would not sleep hardly at all-meaning I didn’t either. I had to pump after every nursing session and supplement him because he wasn’t gaining well. I also had a 14month old to take care of. I was so worn out. By the time my new born was about 4months old the adrenal fatigue set in. I thought I was pregnant because my milk supply nearly diminished and I had never felt so tired in my life, no matter how much I rested. I could barely take care of my children at that point and I became underweight and lost half my hair. I was only 20 and felt like an 80year old. I went to the Dr several times to check my thyroid, which they said came back almost normal and that it shouldn’t be bothering me. I cannot even describe how sick and tired I was. That’s when I came upon your blogs and the Weston A. Price foundation blogs and I started an extremely healthy lifestyle. We were already mostly organic, but consumed tons of grains..Anyways, your blog post about “Sole” intrigued me and I tried it for about a week. It completely changed my health. My adrenal fatigue had drastically improved and my thyroid was completely normal at the next check up, when 2 weeks prior it was “slightly off” according to the Dr.

    Anyways, everything on this post has worked for me and I feel fantastic! Thank you! My baby is now over a year and still nursing and has a happy mom who is more rested! 🙂

    • Babies can drain the vitamins/good oils out of a mom and the mom can be Celiac…low in nutrients absorbed due to gluten hurting intestines. Gluten may hurt all the glands..pituitary and more so TSH may not work to show low thyroid. Low thyroid may lower breast milk produced. Gluten and low iron can cause hair loss. Zinc/Se/enough iron/probiotic may help thyroid hormone convert T4 to T3 and iron helps T3 go into the cells. Gluten may make people tired/dizzy/no energy. 100% no gluten for two weeks and I had 1000X more energy and felt 20 years younger. Vitamins/good oils, LDN, detoxing also helped. LDN may help adrenals and heal the gut lining and help the immune system work right. LDN may help block hidden gluten, but the Celiac diet is still needed. Adren-all by Orthomolecular/sustained release Vit C and more help my adrenals. Going to bed before I get over tired helps also. Stress uses up B vitamins and zinc. Coenzymated B vitamins help…synthetic kind may block the receptor sites for the regular kind.

      What I do:

      No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO and vitamins/good oils, LDN and detoxing help me. Vit D3 5000IU, zinc 50mg if detoxing, fish oil 2000mg, 20000mg of evening primrose oil. 2000 mg of lecithin, Phosphatidylserine/DMAE or krill oil, Coenzyme Q10, Rhodiola, Mg citrate 400mg, Vit C, 5000mcg of biotin, Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/intrinsic factor kind, MTHF folate, coenyzme Q10, rhodiola, may help brain/body/thyroid/ and more health issues. Gluten is wheat/barley/rye..oats may act like gluten with avenin. GMO corn/soy/canola oil may hurt. Amour thyroid maybe needed since gluten may made antibodies to the thyroid.

      Sunlight (helps the immune system and helps to heal the gut lining),exercise, organic food, good water..not tap water, cooking by scratch pure food….. no food in a box/bag/premade/label/restaurant which may help avoid hidden gluten. Certified gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten…too much. Nuts not sold in the shell/meat basting/some spices may have hidden gluten and lotion/make up etc. One restaurant cooks special for me…rice/veg/tea/extra mushrooms (no meat since the woks may have MSG/gluten in them).

      EDTA/DMPS IV chelations from an Alternative doctor, 600mg of cilantro, zeolites, organic sulfur, Now brand- Detox support, Far Infrared Sauna and more may help detox. Hair tests show good minerals and heavy metals. Heavy metals can block thyroid and other chemical reactions in the body/brain.

      LDN may help block hidden gluten/heal the gut lining and help the immune system, but the Celiac diet is still needed. 100% no gluten..no hidden or microscopic gluten may help. Cutting back on gluten or cheating by eating gluten hurts the immune system. It may take 1 1/2 months to heal the gut lining after getting hidden gluten.

      Amour thyroid has some T3 and Calcitonin. Synthroid is only T4..may not convert to T3. Zn/Se/enough iron/strong probiotic may help convert T4 to T3 for thyroid.

      • I’m confused. What is LDN? I have celiac disease and this sounds like it could be helpful to me.

        • To Linda. LDN is Low dose Naltrexone 3mg-4.5mg may help block hidden gluten/helps the immune system work right/helps heal the gut lining/helps every cell of the brain/body. LDN is like a miracle. Alternative doctors usually give it. Hidden gluten can destroy people…nuts not in the shell/meat basting/some spices/food in a box/bag/label/certified gluten free/make up/lotions/medicines/Synthroid may have hidden gluten. Microscopic gluten may hurt the gut lining. It may take 1 1/2 months to heal, but LDN may help heal the gut lining fast and prevent it from getting hurt. People can over ride the low dose of LDN so trying to be 100% gluten free is still needed, but it is like a miracle for my health. LDN may cost about $1 a day from a compounding pharmacy. Call a compounding pharmacy to ask who gives LDN in your area of talk to a health food store and ask where an Alternative doctor is located. Best wishes.

          • Thanks so much for the great info! I definitely need to look into this.

    • Oh my goodness I’m not alone. I’m feeding my 2 month old as I speak with my crazy 20 month old in bed. My thyroid is showing up normal but due to lack of sleep I feel like you were feeling. Because of the stress I now have Globus sensation (constant contracted throat muscles). Please if you have any advice! I’m 25 and have never felt so crappy even though I’ve always been so healthy, vegan and a great sleeper. Man I need my sleep. Thank you for any advice!!!

      • Hi, Mg may help muscles relax. Babies drain vitamins/good oils out of a mom. No gluten may help more nutrients absorb in intestines. Zinc/Se/enough iron/probiotic may help T4 convert to T3 for thyroid. Vit D3 5000IU, Vit C, conenzymated B vitamins and more may help. See my other comments about what I do. Best wishes..

    • Rachel H. Hi. Just read your comment, and was wondering what you are referencing about “Sole”?
      Could you give more info, please?
      Thank you!

    • Hi, Thyroid may not have been right after birth. TSH should not be gone by. Free T4 and Free T3 levels may help. Zinc/Se/enough iron/probiotic may help T4 convert to T3. Celiac may cause no energy/hurt thyroid and adrenals and other glands. Colic can be due to gluten. Baby formula maybe 1/2 sugar and GMO corn/soy. Breast feeding is good if the mother is healthy. No gluten may help the intestines absorb more nutrients. Organic is good. Sunlight/exercise/good water/coenyzmated B vitamins/Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/under the tongue kind/Mg/fish oil/Vit C, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic/multiple with coenzymated B vitamins or if synthetic kind..far from food or coenzymated kind since the synthetic will block the real kind. No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils/minerals/LDN/detoxing helps me. My body collapsed after having two babies in a row which drain vitamins/good oils out of me and I didn’t know I was already low in nutrients due to being Celiac. Best wishes.

  4. I was just recently diagnosed with adrenal fatigue through a saliva test. I’m getting better but still working on healing.

  5. Thank you for your commitment to raising a healthy family and sharing all your wisdom with us!
    My question is first I am on the uphill side of recovering from adrenal fatigue. My endo dr wants me to add zinc. You mentioned you took a natural zinc in this post. Would you mind sharing exactly what one it was. I need a form that is easily absorbed and easy on digestion. Sometimes zinc can cause a bit of digestive upset.
    I am still not absorbing zinc from diet and he suggested I supplement till things improve.
    Thanks a bunch!!!

    • Hi, Zinc gave me 5X more energy. Zinc/Se/enough iron/probiotic may help the thyroid work better…help T4 change to T3. Zinc helps the immune system also and many chemical reactions in the body.

    • No gluten (wheat/barley/rye..oats may act like gluten with avenin)/ no GMO corn may help nutrients absorb. Hidden gluten maybe in food with a label/certified gluten free food/nuts not sold in a shell/meat basting/some spices and more. Microscopic gluten may hurt the gut lining. Zinc and other nutrients may absorb once the gut lining is healed, but I still need supplements. LDN may help heal the gut lining. Best wishes.

  6. Would you recommend discontinuing breastfeeding if suffering from adrenal fatigue?

    • Curious about answer. I’m breastfeeding my 8mo, who didn’t sleep longer than 2hrs. I have severe adrenal fatigue, and I feel like I can’t give any more.

      • Bethany! My milk supply is amazing! I started triplex combo 2mo ago and I have enough to feed my 5mo old who is pushing into 9mo clothes and give 4-5oz to my 2 year old in a sippy cup every morning. My body is Balanced and therefore functioning properly.

      • The baby may have adrenal fatigue also. 100% no gluten/hidden gluten may help intestines absorb more nutrients for you and the baby. It may take two weeks for intestines to heal. Gluten may hurt also thyroid/adrenals/all glands. If you take vitamins/good oils it may help the breast milk has more nutrienhts. By breast feeding you may get more nutrients into the baby. Baby formula maybe 1/2 sugar and GMO soy/corn…not healthy and low in vitamins. My breast milk ran out when my thyroid stopped 4 months after my son was born. Adrenal help may increase breast milk. Help your health while breast feeding and it will help the baby. Liposomal glutathione/liposomal Vit C helps me. I also need no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils/minerals…probiotic…LDN…detoxing. Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple with iron/fish oil/Zinc/Mg/HCl and enzymes with meals/Vit D3/healthy cage free/antibiotic free/organic eggs/raw walnuts (open shells to avoid hidden gluten and freeze)/fruit/veg etc. Eat well and gluten free…no labeled food may help. Best wishes.

  7. I suspect I had adrenal fatigue after the birth of my 3rd child. I struggled with milk production big time and was so exhausted and stressed out. One of the biggest improvements I saw was in cutting out processed food- especially anything with carrageenan. If I eat high fat and protein and limit sugar and caffeine I feel SO much better. Awesome info, thanks 🙂 🙂

    • I could not make breast milk when my thyroid went down after having two babies in a row that drained vitamins/good oils out of me. 100% no gluten/hidden gluten helps more nutrients absorb. Gluten may also hurt the thyroid and other glands. Food with a label may have hidden gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO which is enough to hurt. I eat nothing with a label now. Fat helps make hormones and protein helps made cells. Sugar hurts mitochondria. Caffeine stresses out adrenals. That is awesome you are feeling better.

  8. My husband takes the Pure Radiance three times a day, so that is not quite near 5,000 mg. I have heard from multiple sources that our bodies cannot absorb more than 500 mg at a time, though, so this leads me to believe that one would have to take a serving of vitamin c 6 or 7 times a day. Is that what you do, Katie?
    Thank You for this article, as I always like to get any suggestions for adrenal fatigue that I can, so I could help my hubby. Some of my own suggestions would be to make sure you schedule something fun into the week, put yourself first (as best as you can -you have to when you have healing to do) and LAUGHTER! 🙂

    • From a natural food source like Pure Radiance and not from an isolated C, your body should be able to absorb more because it is digested more slowly

      • From what I understand the only problem from too much C is diarrhea. My understanding was that if you don’t have stomach problems you are fine.

      • How do you manage to consume that much vitamin c in one day with the supplement you linked to? Would’t that be like 10 tsp or 41 pills. Couldn’t that upset your stomach, as well as be very expensive if done daily for long periods?

        • Hi, 2000mg of Vit C sustained release 2X a day is what I do. I can’t take 3000 a day for very long or it hurts me. I have had Vit C IV’s 25,000mg sometimes and been ok. Liposomal Vit C may help, but too much may lower nutrients like zinc. It detoxes. Just do what your body can do. Lowering a high oral dose of Vit C fast once caused precancer to get larger. …the immune system went down/did not like the fast change. Best wishes.

  9. Great and thorough post. I am all for topical magnesium, it really helps.

  10. Just read this post last night & say down to a 40g protein breakfast this morning; this was a lot of food for me in one sitting (3 eggs scrambled with arugula & organic zucchini, 1cu yogurt with chia and hemp & sliced peach). Can I do early breakfast & 2nd breakfast, or is it best to eat it in one sitting?

    Autoimmune and adrenal issues run in my family- my sister and I have so, so appreciated your tips. My husband and I have always been natural and minimal lifestyle practitioners… Our “crunchy granola” quotient has increased dramatically since I found your blog. Homemade laundry powder, coconut oil coffees, oil pulling, homade deodorants and toothpaste… It’s good to know there’s a growing community of like-minded people out there :).

  11. When doing the castor oil pac, how often should I do it? My first experience was great. Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

      • Thank you. I am going to do a castor oil pac today.
        I have been doing the OCM for the last few weeks. I have been researching other ingridents for issues I have. What do you think of mixing other essential oils? I have been using the following list on my face and neck.
        Half Castor Oil
        Half Olive Oil
        Then I add several drops each of
        Thyme Oil (anti-inflammatory, tone aged skin, prevent break outs)
        Emu Oil
        Vitamin E Oil
        Hyluronic Acid ( one capsule) to help tighten skin)
        Vitamin C powder (1 tesp)
        I have been using this for 3 days and it seams to be helping my wrinkles around my eyes and saging eye lids. Puffiness under my eyes is also a problem. My mother and older sister also have this issue.
        Am I doing the right thing by mixing?
        Again, thank you again for sharing and inspiring my path to health.

        Respectfully,
        Marlene

  12. How does one get 40 grams of protein at breakfast? Also, how many capsules of Pure Radiance were you taking at a time and how often?
    I just love you and your blogs. You give me hope that I can get well and feel better.

    • I use a gelatin based protein powder and usually a stir fry with vegetables and protein

  13. What specific brand of “natural salt”? The link goes to the home page for Thrive Market and not to a product page.

  14. My wife (and I ) are discovering how closely related the whole gland issues are related. Living with hypoThyroid for many years now, my wife’s TSH levels went from normal (around 1.2) to 25 in less than 6 months. A saliva test showed 3rd stage adrenal fatigue, but nearly every medical profession dismissed adrenal fatigue as a naturopathic invention that could not be validated by scientific tests that are consistently repeatable. Having looked back at my wife’s medical history during that time we discovered several things that could have contributed to not only the Thyroid levels going out of whack, but also the adrenal fatigue.

    1st – several different medications given at different times for different reasons most likely contributed. Suffering from chronic sinusitis and a deviated septum, my wife had sinus surgery. The Dr prescribed Fluticasone Furoate nasal spray for pre and post operative care. Often used as seasonal allergy spray or a treatment for Asthma, this medication was reported in the World Health Organization (WHO Drug Information Vol. 17, No. 4, 2003) as having several reports worldwide of Adrenal Insufficiency. It would appear that some of those reports were due to long exposure at high doses. (What exactly is an imaginary ailment doing in an official WHO report? ? )

    A cortical steroid cream was also prescribed for an entirely different reason at about the same time (which would start to explain the long exposure at high doses for my wife).

    Then there was the surgery where the Dr’s reported a problem waking my wife up. Again a bit of research showed that if surgery is performed when a person is hypoThyroid, there are very serious implications during and after anethesia is used.

    She has been suffering for several months now, even after getting her thyroid levels back to normal, with adrenal fatigue symptoms. There have been some GREAT days mixed with some real lousy days. Sudden unexplained panic attacks, pounding heart beats (although blood pressure and heart heart are well below normal), nausea, fainting spells upon standing, fatigue etc etc. Even something as simple as an application of Benedryll spray for some poison sumac brought on all of the symptoms at once (Thanks Wellness Mama for the Plantain Salve recipe 😉

    I am writing this not as a complaint, but as another explanation of how the symptoms of adrenal fatigue can hit you over the head and hopefully as an encouragement to stick with a recovery program. Scrupuously examine the side effects of your medication, . . even over the counter meds, reduce stress (easier said than done), take time for yourself, eat well and regularly, get support. Good luck

    • HI, She may have Lyme or ticks besides Poison Sumac which can also burn out adrenals. Fluticasone Furoate has Fluorine in it which can block thyroid. Pounding heart/panic attacks etc maybe due to low oxygen in the brain. Low thyroid may cause lower oxygen in the cells. No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils/minerals…probiotic…LDN..detoxing help me. Zinc/Se/enough iron/probiotic may help T4 convert to T3 for thyroid. Iodine/iodide may help push Fluorine out of the body. Best wishes.

    • I just turned 26 and have all the symptoms you mentioned: “Sudden unexplained panic attacks, pounding heart beats (although blood pressure and heart heart are well below normal), nausea, fainting spells upon standing, fatigue etc etc”. Along with that, severe depression as well. I’ve been going to a nutritionist and I see a lot of improvement, but it’s such a long healing process and I wonder if I’ll ever be normal again. But I am encouraged to know of others who are going through the same thing. So many people have AF, but not always to this extent so people often think you’re exaggerating. I hope your wife continues to get better each day and that the bad days become fewer and fewer for her!

      • Lyme/coinfections or gluten/GMO may affect adrenals. Gluten may make antibodies to the thyroid. You need to fix the root cause. I am eating oranges/protein which is helping my adrenals. Vit C/B vitamins and progesterone may help adrenals. Getting rid of Lyme with herbals may help adrenals. AL complex/Far Infrared Sauna/cryptolepis/LDN/eating no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…taking vitamins/good oils/minerals…probiotic…LDN..detoxing help me. Hair tests show heavy metals/good minerals. Lyme may lower Fe/Mn/Mg. Gluten may lower all minerals and raise heavy metals since the liver may not detox well. The Far Infrared Sauna may help get rid of Lyme/yeast/bacteria and detox chemicals/heavy metals. Best wishes.

        What I do. (short version):
        No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO and vitamins/good oils, LDN and detoxing help me. Vit D3 5000IU, zinc 50mg if detoxing, 2000mg fish oil , 20000mg evening primrose oil. 2000 mg lecithin, Phosphatidylserine/DMAE, krill oil, CLA, Coenzyme Q10, Rhodiola, Mg citrate 400mg, Vit C, 5000mcg of biotin, Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/intrinsic factor kind, MTHF folate, coenyzme Q10, rhodiola, may help brain/body/thyroid/depression/immune system and more. Gluten is wheat/barley/rye..oats may act like gluten with avenin. GMO corn/soy/canola oil may hurt. Amour thyroid maybe needed since gluten may made antibodies to the thyroid. Coenzymated B vitamins far from synthetic kind make make me calm.

        Sunlight (helps the immune system and helps to heal the gut lining),exercise, organic food, good water..not tap water, cooking by scratch pure food….. no food in a box/bag/premade/label/restaurant which may help avoid hidden gluten. Certified gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten…too much. Nuts not sold in the shell/meat basting/some spices may have hidden gluten and lotion/make up etc. One restaurant cooks special for me…rice/veg/tea/extra mushrooms (no meat since the woks may have MSG/gluten in them).

        EDTA/DMPS IV chelations from an Alternative doctor, 600mg of cilantro, organic sulfur, Now brand- Detox support, Far Infrared Sauna and more may help detox. Hair tests show good minerals and heavy metals. Heavy metals can block thyroid and other chemical reactions in the body/brain.

        LDN may help block hidden gluten/heal the gut lining and help the immune system, but the Celiac diet is still needed. 100% no gluten..no hidden or microscopic gluten may help. Cutting back on gluten or cheating by eating gluten hurts the immune system. It may take 1 1/2 months to heal the gut lining after getting hidden gluten.

        Amour thyroid has some T3 and Calcitonin. Synthroid is only T4..may not convert to T3. Zn/Se/enough iron/strong probiotic may help convert T4 to T3 for thyroid.

        Alternative doctors/chiropractors/acupuncturists and more may help with health/vitamins etc.

  15. Hi. Thank you for your wonderful post. I have been suffering from adrenal fatigue for awhile now and it is so challenging. Can you explain how you use the powder vitamin c from radiant? All at once? In what amounts? 3 teaspoon fills in juice etc???

  16. Ashwagandha? Can you recommend a brand?

    • Organic India sells great herbal supplements including Ashwagandha.
      Dr. Mercola sells this product as well as some health food stores.

  17. Hi Doug, Adrenals may burn out due to ticks/coinfections. Medicine with F may block thyroid. Anesthesia may destroy Vit B12. Harder to wake up after surgery can be due to low thyroid and adrenals. Steriods may hurt the liver. Gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO may hurt. Gluten may make antibodies to the thyroid. Hidden gluten maybe a problem. LDN may help adrenal and help heal the gut lining and block hidden gluten and help the immune system. Panic attacks can be due to low oxygen…due to low thyroid/heavy metals which can block thyroid/gluten/medicine. Antibiotics may lower Mg and good bacteria in the large intestines. Zinc/Se/enough iron/probiotic may help T4 change to T3. POTs can be due to adrenals/thyroid being low and ticks. Mold may also hurt people. Vitamins/good oils/minerals may help. Far Infrared Sauna may help detox people. Do not go by TSH, but free T4, free T3/reverse T3 for thyroid. She still may not have enough thyroid medicine if heavy metals/Lyme/medicine etc is affecting it. Alternative doctors/chiropractors may help. Hair tests show good minerals/heavy metals. Best wishes.

  18. I love this article! I suffered from adrenal fatigue a few times over the past 5 years or so, with the stress of my insanely fast paced post-grad finance job, and then with working out too hard and being “super fit”. I had no idea it was happening, and it was articles like this that enlightened me. I take a kelp (iodine) and selenium supplement, in addition to magnesium and potassium because my thyroxine was a little low. You have to be careful with how much potassium/iodine you supplement, but with a plant based diet I’ve found the minimum dose isn’t dangerous for me and it’s making me feel much better mentally and physically!

  19. Well I have to say thankyou I’ve read it all I have well suffering from anemia the doc gave me iron tabs waste of time I have problems sleeping don’t go till early hours an then I can’t get up in morning I’m taking magnesium an I have that before bed does anyone know or suffer like me its ruinning my life I’d be grateful for any advice thankyou to all

    • Hi, Iron bisglycinate “soft iron” may not cause constipation. Vit C with iron may help it absorb. Iron from meat may absorb better. Meat also has B vitamins and zinc. Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot or under the tongue kind or spray or cream may help sleep/stress. Stress uses up B vitamins and zinc. Valerian/Osteoprocare before bed may help sleep. Things that raise oxygen..exercise/Vit A 10,000IU, zinc, B vitamins and more may help sleep. B vitamins may help dreams be more happy. Mg citrate 400mg may help. Mg may help 350 chemical reactions in the body. Mg helps potassium absorb. Taking vitamins with food may help…protein. When adrenals are burned out days and nights maybe backwards. People need iron to convert T4 into T3 and get T3 for thyroid into cells. Celiac help may help more nutrients absorb in intestines and help lower inflammation and help sleep. Best wishes.

      Short form of what I do for Celiac:
      No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO and vitamins/good oils, LDN and detoxing help me. Vit D3 5000IU, zinc 50mg if detoxing, fish oil 2000mg, 20000mg of evening primrose oil. 2000 mg of lecithin, Phosphatidylserine/DMAE or krill oil, Coenzyme Q10, Rhodiola, Mg citrate 400mg, Vit C, 5000mcg of biotin, Nature’s Plus- Source of life multiple, HCl and enzymes with meals, dairy free probiotic, Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/spray/under the tongue kind/intrinsic factor kind, MTHF folate, coenyzme Q10, rhodiola, may help brain/body/thyroid/ and more health issues. Gluten is wheat/barley/rye..oats may act like gluten with avenin. GMO corn/soy/canola oil may hurt. Amour thyroid maybe needed since gluten may made antibodies to the thyroid.

      Sunlight (helps the immune system and helps to heal the gut lining),exercise, organic food, good water..not tap water, cooking by scratch pure food….. no food in a box/bag/premade/label/restaurant which may help avoid hidden gluten. Certified gluten free food may have 20ppm of gluten…too much. Nuts not sold in the shell/meat basting/some spices may have hidden gluten and lotion/make up etc. One restaurant cooks special for me…rice/veg/tea/extra mushrooms (no meat since the woks may have MSG/gluten in them).

      EDTA/DMPS IV chelations from an Alternative doctor, 600mg of cilantro, zeolites, organic sulfur, Now brand- Detox support, Far Infrared Sauna and more may help detox. Hair tests show good minerals and heavy metals. Heavy metals can block thyroid and other chemical reactions in the body/brain.

      LDN may help block hidden gluten/heal the gut lining and help the immune system, but the Celiac diet is still needed. 100% no gluten..no hidden or microscopic gluten may help. Cutting back on gluten or cheating by eating gluten hurts the immune system. It may take 1 1/2 months to heal the gut lining after getting hidden gluten.

      Amour thyroid has some T3 and Calcitonin. Synthroid is only T4..may not convert to T3. Zn/Se/enough iron/strong probiotic may help convert T4 to T3 for thyroid.

  20. Rhodiola, Holy Basil, both good herbs for regulating cortisol. Gaia’s stress response blend is good, or a supplement called Cortisol calm. I take one in the morning and one before bed, after my (wonderful) Dr. confirmed that she believed I had adrenal fatigue. After also taking all the supplements you mentioned, I am beginning to feel a little better. She also has had me cut out caffeine completely and sugars as much as possible, as adrenal fatigue has caused my blood sugar to be out of whack and hypoglycemic. Thanks!

    • Hi, Holy Basil may help Lyme and Lyme/coinfections may burn out adrenals. Rhodiola raises oxygen..may help stress which uses up B vitamins and zinc and makes cortisol which blocks thyriod. Yes..low/no sugar may help since blood sugar going up and down may stress out adrenals. I drink tea at the Chinese restaurant..so far ok, but too much caffeine close to bed time may hurt sleep which may raise cortisol. LDN helps my adrenals and Celiac diet..no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils, detoxing. A daily walk in the sunlight may help stress. Orthomolecular- Adren-all may help adrenals and Vit C and sea salt. Thanks for your ideas/help! Happiness…

  21. How would you recommend finding a doctor to test for vitamin/cortisol levels? Do I look under functional doctors or just regular? Thanks!

    • Hi, Genova tests help with vitamins. Hair tests show good minerals/heavy metals. Regular doctor may test cortisol or Alternative doctor or Naturopath. A health food store may recommend doctors/help. Best wishes.

  22. Hi, I’ve recently been diagnosed with primary adrenal insufficiency (Addison’s Disease). The doctors I’ve seen all say it’s autoimmune and the support group I’ve joined said that using alternative medicine with Addison’s is fatal. I certainly don’t want to go there! But I am trying to learn more. All that you’ve said in this article and the comments sound familiar to my health before diagnosis. I just wonder if my disease is reversible. Do you have a natural doctor who helped you with your adrenal fatigue that you could recommend? I live in Taiwan and I’m not sure if I can or how to follow your health advice and recipes, but I’d like to try. And I’m going to see a local MD who is also trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Maybe she can help, but I’d also like to communicate with an American naturopath or even an MD who believes in something other than prescription drugs. Thanks for any thoughts. 🙂

    • For the sake of your health, please do not use any aspect of Chinese traditional medicine to try to cure Addison’s. There are plenty of qualified environmental and integrative doctors that can help you without potentially causing more damage by practicing a baseless theory of medicine. Endocrine disorders are tricky and should be treated by doctors experienced in that area.

    • The brain/body may be low in nutrients due to gluten. Not helping would let the Addison get worse in my opinion. I love Alternative medicine. It saved my life. Medicine hurt me except LDN which helps heal the gut lining from hidden gluten. I need no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils/minerals..probiotic…LDN..detoxing. (See my other comments.) I rebuild/restore my body daily with Alternative medicine. Support group people maybe in the ER daily with predisone/cortisol which may need to be adjusted constantly. If the body is low in nutrients ignoring that lowers health.

  23. How do you use the Ashwagandha? Did you take one of the zinc lozenges per day?

  24. I have been suffering from adrenal fatigue. I tried Ashwagandha but was feeling terrible after taking it for 3 days. I felt so hot, raised temperature, dry mouth, nausea and heart palpitations. I stopped taking it 2 days ago but I’m still feeling funny.

    • Ashwagandha maybe made by soaking it in dairy. I can’t have dairy so have avoided trying it. I have learned by trial and error what helps/hurts. Some things i stopped after trying one capsule. Adren-All by Orthomolecular, Vit C and Amour thyroid/Celiac diet..no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO (see other comments) help me. Hidden gluten may hurt in things with a label. Certified gluten free may have 20ppm of gluten. Nuts not sold in the shell/meat basting/some spices and more may have hidden gluten. Lyme/coinfections may also hurt adrenals. Best wishes.

  25. Any advice for people that work 3rd shift? I work 12 hr. shifts, so I only work 3 days a week, but it’s taking a toll. Unfortunately, at this point, it’s just not something I can get out of doing. Someone has to take care of pts. at night and there has to be a way for people that have to work these hours to stay healthy. Thanks!

  26. Hi Katie,

    Mama Natural shared this article so I stopped by!

    In nearly 100 clients that I have tested, I only have 1 adrenal test that did not show some stage of adrenal fatigue. The supplements recommendations along with the lifestyle things you’ve mentioned are a great start.

    I ended up creating a blend of adaptogenic herbs including ashwaghanda and licorice plus vitamins to support and rebuild the adrenals. Not a sales pitch, this is just what I’ve done.

    The free method that my clients benefit from is incorporating a meditation practice and/or some “forest bathing”, something I talk about all the time, has been proven to heal cortisol imbalances and boost the NK (anti-cancer) cells by 50%!

    Talk about a natural remedy!

    Float tanks would be another great idea.

    Cheers to healthy adrenals!

  27. I am in another bout of adrenals and have been taking Adren-All by Orthomolecular as mentioned a few times in above. Moments HOWEVER theirs has soy, which should be avoided with thyroid issues.

    Is there another Adren-Al supplement you have used without the soy, dairy or gluten that addresses the emotional and physical stressors? I want to take one without the soy.

    Thank you!

    • Adren-all says free of gluten/yeast/artificial colors. I don’t know if it has soy/dairy in it, but it doesn’t say. I took one of these per day, but it seemed like water to me. It has ingredients that should help. but I didn’t notice it help and eventually got other supplements with Licorice/aswagandha/Yam (has progesterone) from Metagenics called Licorice Plus. I am trying some other Adrenal formulas from Amazon. Vit C may help the adrenals and progesterone. By trial and error I will find the best formula for me. Best wishes.

  28. I’m curious if anyone follows straight Paleo to heal from adrenal fatigue or follow the Adrenal Reset Diet that includes healthy carbs –rice or sweet potato at lunch and dinner.

  29. I eat the Celiac diet..no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/good oils/minerals…probiotic..LDN..detoxing. Rice may cross react with gluten. I may have to go Paleo eventually since my intestines are not healed. LDN helps to heal intestines. I currently have Lyme which burned out my adrenals and my hosiptal stay which took away my protocol of thyroid medicine/Vit B12 methylcobalamin shot/bioidentical hormones and vitamins/good oils etc and said I didn’t need it, but I can’t go one day without it so ended up in ICU. I was in the hospital 3 weeks without my protocol. It took me 1 1/2 months to heal my bones and 2 months to heal my brain and body etc after the hospital with my protocol again. Vit C and progesterone may help heal the adrenals. Licorice/ashwaghda and more may help. There are many adrenal formulas on Amazon. Best wishes.

  30. My naturopath put me on adrenal support to assist with PPD. The supplement is by CanPrev and contains Ashwaghda. She said it would be fine for nursing. I’ve been nursing my 7.5 month old exclusively and taking 1-2 pills per day (it should be 4 total but I reduced it). Am I harming my baby if I’m taking this??

  31. That supplement looks ok in ingredients. You may not be able to breast feed without adrenal support. No gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…vitamins/minerals/good oils/probiotic…LDN.. help me. I detox, but not when pregnant or nursing. The dose you would have to decide yourself 1 pill twice a day may help maybe. It is up to you for the dose. Less may cause less breast milk maybe unless you are healing more from adrenal fatigue. I think those ingredients may be ok for a baby. See how your baby is doing. The baby may have had adrenal fatigue also if you did. Best wishes.

  32. WOW!!! I am so glad to have found you, Wellness Mama and all you posters…sharing.
    last Sunday morning I woke up with dizziness, feeling weird, knew something was not right…
    My pulse was 54, my blood pressure was very low (both systolic and diastolic). I thought maybe it was my heart,
    or a clot block in some blood vessel… I did get better, a primary care dr. listened to my heart and didn’t hear anything wrong. I am a little better, BUT, very fatigued and feel like I just want to cry but ‘it’s stuck’ in my throat.
    Globus feeling too. Searched on web for adrenal exhaustion, low pulse, etc. And found out, yes, it is my exhausted adrenals. Now can follow all the good posts… Yay!!! thanks to you all, and Wellness Mama

  33. I’ve been hearing from nutritionists that supplements from grocery stores aren’t good. So is there a source for your list of recommended supplements that are good? I’m not sure how to check that a supplement has all the right “stuff”.

    • JD,

      I have taken 100s of different supplements and none did what they claimed to do. But I can honestly tell you I no longer suffer from adrenal fatigue, am I still healing yes. But the difference is my blood sugar is balanced, inflammation is being reduced and my organs are slowly detoxing in order to allow my body to function properly. Since I was pregnant with my first in 2014 I have felt tired, ALL THE TIME, but no longer have that unquenchable fatigue. My husband and I started Plexus 1 1/2 months ago. It’s a health and wellness company that has designed supplements that are a tool for your body to function properly. I was skeptic at first and so was my husband. I did my research and saw good and bad things out there about it. But I was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I want to scream from the roof tops how amazing Plexus is, and how It has truly changed our Iives. I want to cry tears of joy when I see my hubby’s positive change and I am not cranky and tired all the time anymore. if I could give plexus away to everyone I would! If you want more information feel free to contact me via fb: Dan N Marjorie Houghton. This is real, holistic and not a magic bullet – plexus supplements are a tool for the body to function properly. 🙂

    • Source Naturals/Nature’s Plus/Nature’s Way/Now brand/ Pure/Thorne/Orthomolecular and more are good. I get my supplements on Amazon.com. You can read reviews and compared prices. Yes…brands at grocery stores/Dept stores etc may not be good. Fish oil and other oils/probiotics need refrigeration or freeze. A cheap brand maybe ok, but you need to compare it to a good brand to see the difference. They may want to scare people into not buying supplements. I get the Now brand most often…it is medium priced. Best wishes.

      • https://www.consumerlab.com/ is often recommended as an independent reviewer of supplements. I usually use Amazon reviews (or reviews found on groups like curezone and phoenixrising.me when I’ve seen them) as they are free. If I was planning on taking a specific type of supplement I’d consider paying for consumerlab’s opinion.

  34. I take Plexus (triplex combo with xfactor multivitamin containing aloe) which balances blood sugar, hormones and mood, kills off excess yeast, addresses inflammation and restores gut health. It’s a tool to help your body heal, because when balanced your body can function the way God intended it to. Any questions feel free to look me up on fb ? Dan N Marjorie Houghton! Hope to help people get healthier ??

    And I just love you Katie! I have your cookbook, phone app and follow you on fb! ??

  35. Any thoughts on Red Light Therapy? This was recommended to me by my naturopath.

    • Try the red light therapy…it may help. See the internet about it. I do Far Infrared Sauna which detoxes and speeds up the mitochondria/kills yeast/bacteria etc. I learned by trial and error and research. Let us know what if you like the red light therapy. Best wishes.

  36. RE: Adrenal issues, Dr. Lamson has a book been out for some time, on Adrenal issues… He is very clear and thorough, very knowledgeable, and understanding of what’s happening and what can be done toward healing…

    suggest you google him… find out for yourself…

    BEST to us all on this path, and our beloved ones,
    Marsha
    AND, I feel it is important to have tests to address Lyme co-infections, prevalent these days, and could be an underpinning of what’s going on, and how to work on it… Stephen Buhner, ‘Healing Lyme…’ new edition, 2015.
    much deep understanding of what’s happening, not necessarily enjoyed by layperson, BUT, also gives clear protocols and an excellent integrative forum website… www/buhnerhealslyme.com

  37. Wow! ‘ask (and share) and we receive wonderful help! thank you Sasha and everyone!

    • You are welcome! Best wishes.

  38. I have low blood pressure and it’s due to my adrenal fatigue, but my magnesium is low too according to my labs. Is it safe to take magnesium and if so what kind? Ty!

  39. HI, Mg is seen best on a hair test than a blood test. Coenyzmated B vitamins help Mg absorb which helps K get into the cells. Progesterone helps my blood pressure along with estriol and testosterone. Progesterone helps make cortisol. Best wishes.

  40. I take Mg citrate. Look up Mercola article-Magnesium on the internet. He explains the different kinds. I take 200mg of Mg and coenzymated vitamins in the morning and 400mg of Mg citrate later in the day with the coenyzmated vitamins. I currently have Lyme so I need more Mg. Lyme/antibiotics/gluten cause Mg to be lower.

  41. This may sound odd so please forgive me….I have just discovered the blog in the past month or so and have MANY changes to make.

    Has anyone ever used a reflexologist/massage to help with this issue? I live in Amish Country and about a year ago I was seeing an Amish woman for “treatment” as they call it. Basically a combination of massage/aromatherapy/pressure points. She often told me my adrenal function was out of sync when I saw her.

    In addition to dietary changes, magnesium has anyone ever used this type (or similar) treatment? I may have to call and make another appoinment 🙂

  42. Just want to share my adrenal fatigue was caused by infectious disease. I have Bartonella which is a common co-infection of Lyme. The bacteria infect the adrenals, HPA and Limbic of the brain, lymph nodes, facia and joint tissue, and sometimes the heart. It’s taken months, but I am recovering. I ended up needing a very low dose of hydrocortisone to get my cortisol levels up.

    • Hi, I have Lyme/coinfections. I use herbs since antibiotics hurt me. I use Far Infrared Sauna which helps kill bacteria and now ozone treatments at my acupunturist which raises oxygen which kills infections. AL complex/cryptolepis/Zyto scan/electrodermal testing/LDN/Celiac diet..no gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO…taking vitamins/good oils/minerals/strong probiotic…detoxing helps my immune system. Fixing the Celiac helps the immune system and then the infections can go away. Tests may not work to diagnose Celiac. Cyrex labs may help recently. I take Progesterone that makes cortisol when needed since taking cortisol 3X helped/hurt me. I take estriol/progesterone/testosterone. Progesterone lowers swelling/helps bones/ the immune system/sleep/thyroid/energy and much more. Best wishes.

      • Sasha- I have something that can help you with your Lyme issues, and has helped many others. Are u on fb?

        • Hi, Fb? What is that? Thanks!

        • Facebook? I am on Facebook, but don’t use it to say much/talk usually. I am trying ozone treatments right now and raising progesterone which helps the immune system instead of trying to take cortisol. Progesterone can make cortisol if needed. Thanks for any suggestions on this site. Happiness…

          • Add me as ur friend and then we can exchange info in personal messaging ?

            Dan N Marjorie Houghton!

            All your treatments are great but it’s much easier and very effective what I will share with u! ? Holistic too love it!

  43. Anyone have the opposite effect when taking Magnesium? Oil, pills or even espsom salt baths make me jittery, anxious and unable to sleep that night. Do you know why that may happen either?

    • Hair tests show good mineral levels like Mg and heavy metals. You can check your Mg level. Heavy metals may block chemical reactions. Detoxing heavy metals with a far Infrared Sauna helps me. Mg citrate may help constipation. Mg chloride may not absorb well. Epsom salt has Mg sulfate which may help in other ways. You can look up the different kinds of Mg to see what they help the most. B vitamins may keep a person awake at night. B vitamins are needed to make Mg work which makes potassium work. Low oxygen in the brain may cause depression/anxiety/no sleep/obsessing/panic/suicidal thoughts. Amour thyroid and EDTA IV chelations etc. help raise oxygen in me so I can sleep. Best wishes.

      http://search.mercola.com/results.aspx?q=Magnesium%20articles

  44. Something to consider that has overlapping symptoms to adrenal fatigue. Hemachromatosis; high iron levels, a genetic condition. I had severe adrenal fatigue, then menopause which aggravated the adrenal fatigue. I also have restless leg syndrome. Had some blood work done which revealed high ferritin levels (not a standard iron level test). hemachromatosis in the US is 1 out of 200. In Ireland and Scotland, 1 in 4 people. Since I stopped periods I have been slowly being poisoned by high iron levels. symptoms are low energy, fatigue, depression, anger/frustration, low stamina, muscle weakness; but really these can be different with each individual. Not many physicians check for Hemachromatosis but should. The body begins to store iron in all the organs which begins slow breakdown. Google for more info.

    • Alternative doctors check ferritin levels…first time I had it checked. I am low in iron due to Lyme/coinfections. My nails are pale. I had to take a multiple vitamin with iron and extra iron also, but it is not helping. i can’t eat meat due to the fat clogging my blood vessels. Some people use an iron pan. I eat mostly raw food. Celiac is high in low sunlight/far from the equator countries. Celiac has gluten hurting intestines so less minerals/nutrients/good oils absorb. Restless leg can be due to low Mg and low thyroid due to gluten making antibodies to the thyroid. Gluten may hurt the adrenals and all glands. Hair tests are awesome to show minerals levels and heavy metals. Heavy metals may build up in Celiac people since their liver is not working well. Heavy metals may block zinc and other minerals from working right. Yes…at menopause some people maybe higher in iron and some men maybe high in iron if they eat a lot of red meat. . Some people donate blood or throw it away after an EDTA IV chelation IV to lower their iron levels. Iron may cause free radicals. Tests may not work to diagnose Celiac.

  45. I have glanced through and read what I could. Trouble concentrating and focusing. Is there a go-to supplement for adrenal support? I have been taking a a good one from amazon, (Mega Food, Adrenal Strength) I’m just wondering if there is an equal to or better that is not so expensive. TIA

  46. Ashwagandha lowers cortisol and I need to raise cortisol with licorice etc. The rest of the supplement looks good. This is for stage 1 not stage 3 adrenal fatigue due to the Ashwagandha. You can try separate ingredients in this and see if that help. Eating organic oranges helps me compared to Vit C in a supplement. This is the one I prefer: http://amzn.to/2jxDYCQ

    • This is the exact supp I am taking. My cortisol levels are to low also.

      • HI, This supplement with the Ashwagandha would lower the cortisol more. I stopped all adrenal supplements thinking the adrenal extracts and Ashwangandha etc are hurting me. Rhodiola is good and organic oranges/coenzymated B vitamins. Licorice root helps cortisol last longer, but maybe only 75mg dose. Just try one ingredient at a time to see how it helps maybe. LDN and gluten/dairy/soy/sugar/GMO free/grain free etc. help my adrenals also and eating no food with a label. Eating pure organic food helps me and sunlight/Vit D3 5000IU. Vit B12 methylcobalamin with intrinsic factor helps my stress. No/low sugar/progesterone helps my adrenals. Protein powder gives me energy…Nature’s plus kind. I have Lyme..ozone helps and herbs. Most adrenal supplements are for stage one and try to lower cortisol so I may need to avoid all adrenal supplements except a few ingredient now. Best wishes.

        • Thank you Shasha!