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General Rules for Adrenal Fatigue

Below are some general rules to follow and things to avoid to help you recover from adrenal fatigue.

Do These Things

  • Be in bed before 10:00 PM.
  • Sleep in until 9:00 AM whenever possible.
  • Look for things that make you laugh.
  • Eliminate the energy robbers (things in your life that drain your energy).
  • Make your lifestyle a healing one.
  • Do something pleasurable every day.
  • Notice at least one small, everyday thing that you are grateful for each day.
  • Take your dietary supplements regularly.
  • Move your body and breathe deeply.
  • Believe in your ability to recover.
  • Use your mind as a powerful healing tool.
  • Keep a journal – jot down your experiences each day.
  • Eat the foods your body needs.
  • Learn which foods make you feel bad (keep a list) and avoid them.
  • Try having a glass of water in the morning containing ½ to 1 teaspoon of
    salt stirred in until dissolved.*
  • If you are to have fruit, have something with salt before or after the fruit and
    chew very well.
  • Combine starchy carbohydrates, protein and fats at every meal.
  • Eat an abundance of whole foods – those foods which are eaten like nature
    grows them.
  • Eat lots of colored vegetables.
  • Chew your food well.
  • Take the power and responsibility of your health into your own hands.
  • Make whatever lifestyle changes you need to make to regain your health.
  • Laugh several times per day.
  • Enjoy your recovery.
  • Take 1,000 mg. of Vitamin C complex with 200 mg. magnesium and
    pantothenic acid at approximately 2:00 PM every day along with a small
    snack in order to help avoid the 3:00 to 4:00 PM low.

* If this makes you feel better, continue doing it. Note: on mornings when you exercise fully, you
may not want as much salt. Be mindful of your cravings for salt and potassium containing foods
during the day. These desires may serve as rough indicators of adrenal function during the day.

Avoid These Things

  • Getting overtired
  • Caffeine, sugar, alcohol, and white flour products
  • Coffee, even decaf
  • Staying up past 11:00 PM
  • Pushing yourself
  • Energy suckers (people, places and things that make you feel worse or discourage your recovery)
  • Being harsh or negative with yourself
  • Feeling sorry for yourself
  • Foods you are addicted to
  • Foods you suspect an allergy or sensitive to
  • Foods that make you feel worse, cloud your thinking or pull you down in
    any way
  • Never skip breakfast.
  • Avoid fruit in the morning.
  • Never eat starchy carbohydrates (breads, pastas) by themselves.
  • Do not eat foods that adversely affect you in any way, no matter how good
    they taste or how much you crave them.