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Don’t Do This If You Have Adrenal Fatigue

  • Victor 

Adrenal Fatigue can be one of most frustrating aliments you can face. When I went experienced adrenal fatigue a decade ago, I thought I would never feel myself again. Once I realized I was making a few crucial mistakes in my healing protocol and made some changes, I was able to rapidly heal myself. Theres are some of the mistakes I was making and that I commonly see in my clients when they are working on fixing their adrenal fatigue. If you are struggling with adrenal fatigue, try to follow all the guidelines outline below. It really will make a difference in how quickly you can recover.

1 | Train Don’t Drain

Exercise is a stress on the body so depending on the severity of your adrenal fatigue, you may need to rethink your exercise program. If you have severe adrenal fatigue, walking and stretching is probably all your body can handle at first.

Cardio needs to be very low intensity to ensure that it doesn’t have a negative impact on blood sugar management. If you need to workout regularly to maintain your sanity, try to workout or exercise in a way that leaves you feeling great.

Personally, I love to workout and had to figure out a way to train without putting my self into a hole. When is comes to lifting, try doing to 1 or 2 movements after a warm up and ensure you don’t do so much that you end up putting your hormones out of whack more than they already are. Leave the gym feeling amazing not dragging.

2 | Gluten & Dairy

For some reason this seems to be the hardest nutritional rule to stick to simply because it is in everything. By far, the number one thing I see people get lazy about, is the adrenal fatigue eating plan. Gluten and dairy are two of the most common allergens and can wreak havoc on the gut. When trying to fix your adrenal fatigue, you need to not touch any gluten and dairy in order to heal. 

Remember, if you have significant adrenal fatigue, you also have leaky gut. Leaky gut is damage to the GI lining that allows particles of food to pass into the blood stream. Those particles create an autoimmune response in the body and further tax your adrenals.

3 | Going To Bed Late

When you are struggling with adrenal fatigue it is easy to become an insomniac. One of the major issues associated with adrenal fatigue is inverted cortisol. Cortisol is a stress hormone which is produced by the adrenal glands and should at its highest when you wake up in the morning. When you have adrenal fatigue cortisol tends to be inverted and most individuals tend to feel best between 6pm and 10pm so it is critical to get to bed before 10 to start to establish your circadian rhythm. 

4 | Caffeine

if you have severe adrenal fatigue you likely have leaky gut and are not getting energy from the food you eat. This leads to increasing consumption of stimulants in order to have enough energy to get anything done. The problem is that it creates a vicious cycle.

If you have adrenal fatigue stay away from coffee and shift to green tea. Yes, green tea has some caffeine but nowhere near the same amount and has a significant amount of antioxidants which will help you recover quicker. 

5 | Antacids

One of the biggest complaints associated with adrenal fatigue is GI issues that cause individuals to feel gassy, bloated, and burping after meals. If you go to a doctor, they will generally prescribe an antacid, but this is actually the opposite of what you want to do to recover.

The truth is that when you have adrenal fatigue, you don’t have enough acid to digest your food which is why you’re burping all the time.

An antacid will only bring down the acid levels in you gut even further and decrease the breakdown of your food. Instead, consume apple cider vinegar and water before meals to help you better digest your food. You can also take some HCL in capsule form before meals to aid in digesting your food. 

In addition, when you have adrenal fatigue, you tend to be on chronic high alert (either subconsciously or consciously). The result of being in this state is that the body never prepares for the food you are sending down.

By taking time to prepare your own foods, smell them, and cook them, it allows your body to relax and get hungry.

6 | Steroids

Another symptom of adrenal fatigue is always feeling sore or having trouble recovering from exercise. Again, doctors will try to cover up the issue with medication and may offer you a steroid such as prednisone, but I encourage you to resist.

Prednisone is incredibly powerful and the euphoria of being pain free is short lived. While the steroid may mask the current issue, it will only further tax your body and create more issues in the long run. Plus, as you go into the taper phase, most individuals will experience high levels of anxiety as the body tries to adjust and this will just complicate the current emotional rollercoaster that you probably already feel. 

7 | Hormone Replacement

As a general rule, when cortisol is high testosterone will be low, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that your hormones are out of whack when you have adrenal fatigue.

As tempting as it may be to start taking testosterone supplements, this too will avoid getting to the root issue and will create its own problems down the road.

When is comes to testosterone it’s not how much you have often but how much you can use. Diet, exercise, and living life in alignment are more powerful than you can imagine!

Instead, try to limit the body burdens that are dropping your Testosterone such as processed foods, EMF, stressful relationships, alcohol, and poor sleep. 


I know how hard it is to implement all of these things but I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to heal your body from all these angles and not just mask your symptoms with medication. If you need help, start with our free download, do the adrenal reboot course, or reach out for some coaching.

To regaining your health & happiness! ~ Victor

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