Diet and Adrenal Fatigue
Diet plays a crucial role in adrenal fatigue, whether it’s a poor diet causing adrenal fatigue or a good diet assisting in recovery. Three dietary components, when to eat, what to eat and how to eat, all play a major role in healing adrenal fatigue.
When to Eat
It is absolutely imperative that people with adrenal fatigue eat before 10am. Not eating soon enough after waking is the worst dietary mistake you can make if you suffer from poor adrenal function. If you do not feel like eating in the morning, a nutritious snack is better than nothing, but a meal of good quality protein and fat is best. If you do not have a good meal before 10am, your body will be playing catch-up for the rest of the day, which is very stressful for the adrenals.
An early lunch, slightly before noon, is ideal as your body will have quickly used up the energy from breakfast. A good snack, high in protein and fats, should also be consumed between 2-3pm to sustain the cortisol dip that usually occurs between 3-4pm.
Dinner should be consumed between 5-6pm and a few bites of a high quality protein and fat combination should be eaten just before bed to prevent any sleep disturbances that may occur during the night.
Additionally, those suffering from adrenal fatigue should not skip meals or follow any intermittent fasting protocols. Skipping meals only stresses the adrenals more and therefore worsens symptoms.