A lot of recent studies over the last few years connecting the gut and brain and almost to all health conditions. But we almost never think of the gut when the symptoms we’re dealing with are tiredness or moodiness or anxiety. And we don’t always connect it to adrenal fatigue.
The relationship between gut health and adrenal health is a cycle. Gut imbalances hugely impact our adrenal health, in turn, adrenal fatigue contributes to gut issues. This vicious cycle leads to more hormonal and neurotransmitter imbalance, immune system and thyroid dysfunction, and more.
Restore Gut Health and Heal Adrenals
You can support your adrenals by eating a light, balanced meal every 90 minutes to two hours. This grazing technique works because the frequent meals keep your blood sugar steady throughout the day; and as long as your glucose isn’t dropping, your adrenal glands don’t have to interfere. Giving your adrenal glands lots of rest allows them to devote energy to healing and restoring themselves.
Good adrenal snacks will consist of foods that contain potassium, sodium, and natural sugar. This wonderful combination helps stabilize blood sugar levels which lessens the release of cortisol and adrenaline especially when eaten frequently as mentioned before. Here are a few combinations I suggest trying:
✅Celery sticks and apple slices dipped in almond butter>
✅Cucumber slices with avocado and lime juice on top
✅Carrot sticks dipped in guacamole (made from avocado, onion, sea salt, tomato, cilantro, lime juice, and optional cayenne pepper)
✅A handful of trail mix (pumpkin seeds, walnuts, raisins, pecans, dried cherries etc.)
✅Fruit and veggie salad (made from chopped lettuce, pears, chopped apples, chopped carrot and a dressing made from avocado, raw honey, lemon, tahini, garlic, fresh herbs, and olive oil)
Other Examples of adrenal-supportive meals include:
✅ A date (potassium), two celery sticks (sodium), an apple (sugar)
✅ Half an avocado (potassium), spinach (sodium), an orange (sugar)
✅ A sweet potato (potassium), parsley (sodium), lemon squeezed on kale (sugar)
Other foods that support adrenal health include sprouts, asparagus, wild blueberries, bananas, garlic, broccoli, kale, raspberries, blackberries, romaine lettuce, and red-skinned apples. These foods help strengthen the nervous system, reduce inflammation, ease stress, and provide critical nutrients for adrenal function.
These examples are not substituting breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but they help keep your blood sugar steady between those bigger meals.
At first, some of these snack ideas might come off as boring or bland, but they are actually quite satisfying. The more they are eaten, the more they are craved. Quite simply, you’ll feel the benefits of the foods and will eventually find them more satisfying.