Adrenal Fatigue: Natural Remedies

If you have consistent low energy, especially upon standing, and have been unable to find a medical cause, you may want to check the possibility of adrenal fatigue.

Your adrenal glands not only give you bursts of energy for your “fight or flight” mode, but are responsible for increasing the flow of blood when you need to put out energy, such as just standing up from a lying or sitting position. With adrenal fatigue, which is common after long periods of extreme stress or for people with easily stressed personalities, the adrenal glands are unable to produce adequate quantities of its hormones, particularly cortisol.(1) Unfortunately, it is an often overlooked medical condition.

We had a friend who had passed out upon standing up and thereafter was consistently having difficulty just getting the energy to stand.  The lack of blood to his head was causing dizziness and lightheadedness.  He went through 6 months of medical testing at the hospital with no conclusive results.

In only 5 minutes, you can easily do a self test with a home blood pressure kit to see if you have adrenal fatigue.

Finally, a different doctor did the Ragland’s blood pressure test on him and in less than 5 minutes discovered the cause to be adrenal fatigue.  With the Ragland test, you take your blood pressure while lying down and resting.  Then, stand up and immediately take your blood pressure again. The systolic pressure (the first number) should go up about 10 points.  If it stays the same or drops, you probably have adrenal fatigue. (2)

Here are some lifestyle factors that contribute to adrenal fatigue.

As I mentioned, an easily stressed personality overworks the adrenals, but these common lifestyle factors also contribute to it, provided by (3):

  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor food choices (white flour, low fiber, sugar, few vegetables or fruit, lack of raw food, etc.)
  • Using sweet or salty food and sweetened or caffeinated drinks as stimulants when tired
  • Staying up late even though tired
  • Feeling/acting powerless
  • Constantly driving yourself
  • Trying to be perfect
  • Staying in no win situations
  • Too few of enjoyable and rejuvenating activities

Adrenal Fatigue from prolonged emotional stress and/or other stressful lifestyle habits, as listed above, is likely to produce the following symptoms:

  • Impaired cognitive performance
  • Low thyroid function
  • Blood sugar imbalances, such as hyperglycemia
  • Decreased bone density
  • Sleep disruption
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lowered immune function
  • Slow wound healing
  • Increased abdominal fat, which has a stronger correlation to heart attacks, strokes, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL), lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL). (4)
  • Brain fog, cloudy-headedness and mild depression
  • Fatigue – especially morning and mid-afternoon fatigue
  • Lowered immune function
  • Inflammation

Both Supplements and Lifestyle changes are necessary to repair adrenal function and recover from adrenal fatigue.

These supplement suggestions are from a combination of health sites. See the footnotes below.


Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid) – B5 is a key building block for the adrenals. 1500 mg a day can restock adrenal reserves and alleviate symptoms.
Licorice Root – This prevents the body from breaking down the adrenal hormones too quickly.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids – 2,000-4,000 mg/day sustained release
Vitamin # with tocopherols –  800 IU’s a day
Magnesium Citrate – 400-1200 mg in the powdered form
Proline – 500 mg daily to rebuild weak connective tissues. There is a correlation between weak connective tissues and adrenal insufficiency.
Dessicated Adrenal Gland – This is extremely important to adrenal repair as it provides raw materials to rebuild as well as contains adrenal hormones.
Sea Salt – 1/8  to 1/2 t. in 8 oz of water upon rising and at least a half-hour before you have the lowest energy of the day. (5)


Be proactive and make Lifestyle Changes to restore your adrenal health and energy.

Dr. Wilson of Adrenal encourages taking control of your life:

Optimal adrenal health is one of the major keys to the enjoyment of life. If you have adrenal fatigue, you can fully live life again by making the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to treat your disorder. (6)

Physicians from make a similar beneficial challenge:

Remember, you may feel too tired to make changes now, but by moving forward in stages, you’ll build the strength you need to stay with it. You will love how you feel when you do! (7)

Here are Lifestyle Changes recommended by Dr. Wilson and others as footnoted.

  • Sleeping until 9 a.m. as often as possible
  • Eat breakfast within 1 hour of waking, no later than 10 am and lunch between 11-noon. (9)
  • Avoid eating fruit at breakfast.  See list of fruits to be avoided by those with adrenal fatigue in footnote (10).
  • Lying down during your work breaks around 10 am and between 3-5 pm.
  • Eat a nutritious snack between 2-3 pm to get you through the natural dip in cortisol around 3-4 pm (9)
  • Eat a light dinner 5-6 pm. (9)
  • Laughing
  • Exercising
  • Minimizing stress
  • Taking negative people out of your life
  • Eating regular meals
  • Chewing well, at least 30 times per mouthful
  • Doing something fun each day
  • Combining unrefined (whole grain) carbohydrates with protein and oils
  • For best blood sugar levels, combine fat, protein and complex carbohydrates (like whole grains) at every meal and snack
  • Avoid hydrogenated fats, caffeine, chocolate, white carbohydrates, and  junk food
  • Eating five to six servings of vegetables each day
  • Early bedtimes (8)

You can make the easy changes suggested by these experts in adrenal fatigue and have the energy you need to get back to a more enjoyable life!

Dr. Wilson states that if you are committed to your treatment plan, you can expect adrenal fatigue to heal in 6 to 9 months for minor adrenal fatigue, 12 to 18 months for moderate fatigue, and up to 24 months for severe adrenal fatigue. (11)

1.  Definition of adrenal fatigue
2.  Ragland’s Blood Pressure Test  for Adrenal Fatigue (self test)
3.  Contributing lifestyle factors
4. Adrenal fatigue symtoms  at Adrenal Fatigue Quiz and Cortisol and Adrenal Function
5.  Adrenal supplements list from Heal with Hope and Natural Cure Remedy.
6. Dr. Wilson’s quote
7. quote
8. Lifestyle changes  list from Heal with Hope and Project Aware.
9. Dietary Changes from
10. List of acceptable fruits and fruits to be avoided during adrenal fatigue.
11. Recovery estimates from

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