Supplements, vitamins and minerals play an important role in navigating adrenal fatigue and often are a powerful missing puzzle piece!
Here’s the caveat: Supplements are A puzzle piece, but *not* the only one! I don’t want you to approach supplements as a magic pill or an excuse to let stress rule your days, but rather want you to understand the powerful role these can play in your journey.
Why do I need supplements?
- Our food supply today is not as nutrient dense as it once was due to poor soil quality, long transportation distances, harvesting before ripe, pesticides, toxins and more.
- Stress is one of the biggest ways of nutrient depletion, so when your body is in a stressed state, your nutrients are used up faster.
- Supplements are *often* needed to help restore balance!
Supplements provide targeted support to heal our adrenal glands, encourage balance and restore our bodies nutrient stores.
More resources on adrenal fatigue:
- The Adrenal Collective
- Video: How to recover from adrenal fatigue and regain your energy in 3 steps
- Free Guide: 10 Simple Steps to Overcome Adrenal Fatigue Naturally
- 5 ways to support your adrenals after baby
- Video: What is adrenal fatigue: stress, symptoms, science
Adrenal Fatigue Solutions: Supplements, Vitamins and Minerals You Need
*This list is by no means extensive or all inclusive, but it is a good starting point.*
Even natural solutions have caveats and often depending on the current state of health and healing, certain supplements are not advised! It is very important to work with a skilled professional and consult your doctor before starting any protocol.
Vitamin C is essential for the adrenal cascade as it is used within the adrenal cortex (where hormones are made to mediate the stress response)! In periods of stress, vitamin C is used up more rapidly to make cortisol and the stress hormones. Vitamin C can help minimize the effects of stress and help a person bounce back from stressful situations more quickly. Because Vitamin C is water-soluble (meaning you eliminate what you don’t need), during times of intensity or stress or when working to diminish adrenal fatigue, I recommend increasing!
Not all supplements are created equally, and this is very true of Vitamin C. You need both bioflavonoids to help your body metabolize and use the ascorbic acid—bioflavonoids is what makes vitamin C affective!
My top pick: Pure Radiance C
Sodium // Celtic Sea Salt
One job of the adrenal glands is to regulate blood pressure and electrolyte balance—low blood pressure, muscle weakness, electrolyte imbalance and dehydration are common with adrenal fatigue.
Typically in a state of adrenal fatigue you crave salt and salty foods to replenish your sodium stores! This is the body’s innate way of signaling that the adrenals need more minerals to regulate! Celtic sea salt is my top choice because it is rich in minerals and has the right electrolyte balance so that you don’t dehydrate yourself when drinking water, another issue with adrenal fatigue!
My top pick: Celtic Sea Salt, kelp/seaweed, olives, Swiss chard
B Complex Vitamins
Sometimes labeled the “anti-stress vitamins,” the B vitamins have countless different roles including cell metabolism and protecting the central nervous system. The B vitamins are used in all processes of the adrenal cascade, thus essential for fully functioning adrenals. When your body is stressed, cell metabolism speeds up to meet the stress, thus burning through more nutrients. A deficiency in B complex vitamins can cause exhaustion, hypothyroidism, adrenal insufficiency, headaches, mood swings, difficulty concentrating and more.
The B Vitamins need to be consumed in the correct ration, which is why they are often referred to as the B Complex Vitamins in supplements—it is important to work with a skilled practitioner, like myself, to find the right fit for you!
Adaptogens do just that—they encourage the body to adapt to incoming stress and changes in the environment, either producing a calming effect or a stimulating effect depending on the circumstances. They are ‘non-specific’ and thus can affect many different systems—mind and body.
My top adaptogens for adrenal fatigue:
Ashwaghanda is a calming adaptogen traditionally used to help insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, exhaustion, adrenal fatigue, autoimmune conditions, and thyroid dysfunction. This adaptogen has the unique ability to calm when needed or stimulate when needed, which it is why it is a favorite among the adaptogens.
Cordyceps are a type of fungus closely associated with medicinal, nutritionally beneficial mushrooms and have long been prized in Chinese medicine. This adaptogen has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, helps the body fight stress or fatigue, boosts stamina, and improves liver detoxification.
Reshi are strong anti-inflammatory mushrooms that can boost your mental and emotional clarity, support immunity, improve sleep, decrease overwhelm and encourage your cells to function more effectively.
Rhodiola Rosea, also known as “golden root” grows in the arctic, high-altitude areas of Europe and Asia and can help increase energy, lower cortisol, and improve brain function and athletic performance/stamina. This adaptogen is fabulous for helping combat modern day stress such as fatigue, adrenal dysfunction, low energy, depression, mental fog, and difficulty concentrating.
Full Spectrum CBD Oil
CBD oil works to keep the endocannabinoid system in balance—this system is responsible for many functions like sleep, immunity, pain, and more. CBD oil has been highly effective for me, in addition to my complete adrenal support protocol, and was the missing puzzle piece for sleep for me! CBD like other works to restore balance from a foundational perspective—full spectrum CBD is key to maximize the benefit. I am so thankful for this tool! Finding a company that was properly and passionately educating, not just pushing a product, wasn’t easy, which is why I am so thankful for Equilibria!
My top pick: Equilibria CBD Oil (use code “flourish” for 15% off).
There you go—my top supplements, vitamins and minerals for adrenal fatigue! At times, the healing process may seem overwhelming, but take it step by step, day by day! Your body is beautifully designed to heal, it just needs the right tools to navigate the healing process successfully and efficiently.
Caroline Potter, NTP and Flourish do not treat, diagnose or cure, or offer medical advice. Please always consult with your doctor or health care professional before starting any supplement, vitamin or mineral protocol.