Adrenal Recovery Challenge ~ Week 5: Dietary Supplements
Dietary supplements for improving adrenal function
Dietary supplements play a very important role in healing from adrenal fatigue. People struggling with adrenal fatigue often have a difficult time digesting food and assimilating nutrients from the foods they eat. This means that dietary supplements are vital. While I am not a healthcare provider, there are some supplements that are widely accepted as incredibly helpful in restoring healthy adrenal function and should be safe to take in most cases.
One thing I forgot to mention in my previous article regarding the adrenal diet was bone broth. But that’s ok because bone broth has so many nutritional benefits, it really functions more like a powerful supplement. If you don’t add any other dietary supplements, be sure to at least include bone broth in your plan. These are just a few of the benefits of regularly consuming bone broth.
Collagen is a special form of protein found in the bone, marrow, and cartilage of vertebrate animals. It has amazing immune-boosting properties. It can soothe the digestive tract, and regular consumption can even ease acid reflux and other digestive difficulties. Cooking the bones until they are soft releases the collagen into the broth.
As the broth continues to cook, the collagen breaks down to produce gelatin. Gelatin further helps the digestive tract by encouraging good gut bacteria. It also appears to heal the gut lining, which can help heal not only adrenal fatigue but also related auto-immune diseases.
Amino acids are vital to overall health. However, illnesses such as adrenal fatigue often limit the body’s ability to produce these acids. The acids are bountiful in bone broth and help the body by improving sleep and memory, improving metabolism, and building muscle.
Vitamin C is probably the most vital supplement for proper adrenal function. Try to find a Vitamin C complex that also contains bioflavonoids. These allow your body to properly metabolize Vitamin C. When rebuilding the adrenals, you want to give your body a steady supply of Vitamin C. It is ok to take more than the recommended dose. In fact, you should take as much as your body will tolerate without leading to digestive distress. The best way to find out what this amount is for you is to simply test it. In other words, if you get to a point where you’re having digestive distress, take a bit less.
Since vitamin C is water-soluble, it gets used up quickly, and the excess gets excreted from your body. This means you need to take it several times throughout the day, particularly during moments of stress. This gives your adrenal glands the tools they need to deal with daily challenges.
This has been the supplement that I can’t do without. When I don’t take magnesium, I get heart palpitations at night when I go to bed. I’ve never been what you would call anxious, but this felt very much like an anxiety attack to me. My midwife suggested magnesium, and the effects were almost instantaneous. Do NOT neglect your magnesium.
Vitamin B Complex
These vitamins alongside magnesium are the “Energy Vitamins”. You need the entire B complex to support the adrenal hormone cascade (cortisol, adrenaline, aldosterone, estrogen, and testosterone). Additionally, B vitamins are important for our nervous system and are critical for energy production and utilization. Taking a double dose has been beneficial for me on days when I need to run errands, especially during these hot summer months!
Other important supplements
Other nutrients especially important for adrenal recovery include Vitamins D &E, as well as minerals such as sodium and chromium. Digestive aids such as probiotics and digestive enzymes are also beneficial because sometimes adrenal fatigue can lead to low acid production. Without the ability to sufficiently break down foods, we set ourselves up for vitamin, mineral, and amino acid deficiencies.
Sign up for the challenge!
If you haven’t already, please sign up for the Adrenal Recovery Challenge. In this week’s newsletter, I plan to share with you some of the specific supplements I have found to be helpful, as well as recipes for both chicken & beef bone broth. My recipes are quite versatile, and with minor tweaking can be used in a variety of cuisines. Tell me which supplements you have trouble getting enough of and your tips for remembering to take them! 🙂 And don’t forget to invite your friends to join you on the Adrenal Recovery Challenge by sharing on Facebook, Twitter, etc. They can jump in at any time. Have a wonderful week!
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