Healing from adrenal fatigue is no small feat. It requires a complete lifestyle transformation. If you want to know how to reverse adrenal fatigue, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve healed from adrenal fatigue 5 times (after each one of my kids), and in this article, I’m telling you exactly how I did it and how you can, too. 

What is Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is the all-too-common “mystery” diagnosis that more and more women are experiencing. Adrenal fatigue or adrenal dysfunction is caused by chronic stress, dysregulated cortisol levels, and HPA axis dysregulation. 

When you are chronically stressed or burnt out, your body’s stress system (HPA axis) downregulates your adrenal glands, which regulate stress hormones (among many other things!). 

When this happens, you can feel tired, moody, unclear, unmotivated, and entirely unlike you.  

Key Symptoms of adrenal fatigue 

There are 10 key symptoms of adrenal fatigue. If you resonate with these symptoms below, then all I can say is I’m glad you clicked on this article. Keep reading to learn how you can start healing. 

  • You’re still tired even after a full night’s sleep 
  • You crave salty foods
  • You experience an afternoon slump daily 
  • No sex drive or low sex drive 
  • Inability to handle stress
  • Slow healing time 
  • Mood struggle 
  • Increased PMS symptoms 
  • Dependence on stimulants 
  • Lack of mental clarity 

How to Reverse Adrenal Fatigue 

Stress Management 

Stress is at the root of adrenal fatigue—physical, mental, emotional, chemical, and environmental. Stress doesn’t only account for relationship problems and too-long-to-do lists. Stress also means inflammatory foods, chemicals in drinking water, endocrine disruptors in cosmetics, etc. 

When you have adrenal fatigue, you also have a hormone imbalance. Getting hormones in check is essential for healing. We want to focus on a couple of different hormones here as a foundation: cortisol, your stress hormone, and estrogen, a sex hormone. 

First up: cortisol. Our stress hormone is essential for survival, but too much or too little and we feel crazy and burnt out. We can help regulate cortisol levels by practicing breathing exercises (left nostril breathing or 5:7 ratio breathing are some of my favorites), meditation, grounding outside, journaling, and taking a bath with essential oils. 

Second: estrogen. When estrogen levels are out of whack due to estrogen-mimicking chemicals, it increases stress in the body wreaking havoc on mood, libido, beauty, and more. You must take time to swap out conventional cosmetic products with non-toxic ones. It’s also important to avoid conventional agriculture products sprayed with pesticides or injected with hormones. 

Sleep 

Up next, sleep. Prioritizing your Z’s is essential for healing from adrenal fatigue. When I was on my healing journey, I got sleep in wherever and whenever possible. My motto is, you gotta do what you gotta do—and sleeping is what you’ve got to do. 

Oftentimes, women suffering from adrenal fatigue can’t get a full night’s rest. Whether it’s insomnia or waking up every hour, your body is not reaching the deep delta wave state where it’s able to flush toxins from the brain and body. 

You can help regulate your REM cycle by practicing sungazing when you stare at the sun during sunrise or sunset for a couple of seconds to a couple of minutes. 

You can also prioritize sleep by shutting down electronics at sunset or putting on a good-quality pair of blue light glasses after sunset. 

If it resonates with you, drink a calming tea (chamomile or passionvine) before bed to help you drift off. A good magnesium supplement is also a great option to help relax the body and help you stay asleep throughout the night. 

If possible, go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning. Once you get your sleep down, the rest comes much easier. 

Hydration 

80% of people are chronically dehydrated and don’t even know it! Dehydration is the number one cause of exhaustion. In our coaching business, we’ve seen dehydration as a root cause of fatigue over and over again. 

If you crave salty foods (a key sign of adrenal fatigue) it’s also a sign of dehydration. For the adrenals and your endocrine system to function properly, adequate electrolytes are essential. 

For proper hydration, drink half of your body weight in ounces of good water per day. Yes, the quality of your water matters! Most water is either full of chemicals and pharmaceuticals and/or lacking in the mineral department. I love to wake up in the morning and drink warm water with lemon and pink salt. Throughout the day, I’m obsessed with our Hydration Superfood Energy powder. It’s a delicious strawberry-kiwi flavor and packed with B vitamins and superfoods for energy, gentle detoxification, and ultimate cellular rejuvenation. 

Nutrition 

Food is medicine! I know you’ve heard it, but I want you to live it. Treat your meals like medicine, and your adrenals will love you for it. The adrenal fatigue diet requires a couple of things:

  • Foods that support blood sugar balance
  • Consistent eating 
  • Whole foods over processed 
  • Elimination of trigger foods to support gut health 
  • An addition of foods for good gut health and, in turn, the immune system 
  • Eliminate caffeine and coffee if possible! If not, do not drink it on an empty stomach. 

I did a whole podcast episode on the best diet for adrenal recovery. Listen to it here. I’ll break it down a bit below. 

How to stabilize blood sugar:
  • Eat within one hour of waking up in the morning 
  • Make sure to have balanced meals with complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and healthy protein 
  • Support optimal hydration
The Best Foods for Adrenal Fatigue 
  • Bone broths for gut health 
  • Avocados 
  • Sweet potatoes 
  • Low glycemic fruits, berries 
  • Dark leafy greens 
  • Nettles tea 
  • And other hormone balancing food like bell peppers, kale, pumpkin seeds, brazil nuts, seaweed 

Supplements 

Unfortunately, we can’t get all of our vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from our food anymore. Our soil is not the same as it was when our Grandparents were around, and with the continuation of pesticides, herbicides, and monocropping, our soil is depleted more than ever. It’s not only extremely sad to think about, but it’s also terrible for our insides! 

Conventional foods wreak havoc on our gut microflora, which means that we need to supplement with collagen and probiotics to improve gut health and gut lining integrity. 

Supplementing with Adaptogens like reishi, ashwagandha, and schisandra found in our Beauty Collagen Complex and Organic Immunity Greens is essential for helping tamp down stress and support adrenals. Our Hydration Superfood Energy is also packed with B vitamins and superfoods, as I previously mentioned, which we need for proper adrenal function. 

Beyond that, everyone is super unique and requires a personalized nutrition and supplementation plan. Because I went through it, I know this to be fact! That’s why we’re providing lab testing and customized nutrition and supplementation plans in our Group Coaching Program. Get on the waitlist here

I know how hard it is to be on this journey of healing—especially without a support group. I want to help women in the same place as I was. If you feel like a watered-down version of yourself and fear if you will ever feel vibrant and alive again, I want you to know that I’ve been there. It is possible to feel like the best version of yourself, and I hope to help you on that journey. I can’t wait to meet you. 

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  1. Thank you. I am 71 years old, have been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, have poor sleep, live with brain fog most of the day. I am working with the WILDFIT program (which eliminates all sugar including fruit). I have ordered your live well bundle and signed up for coaching. I am desperate to have some energy.
    Thank you.
    Blessings,
    Leslie Orendorf