Adrenal Fatigue, Too Much Fruit, & Low Sodium Levels

April 30, 2017

If you have adrenal fatigue, you need to be very careful about balancing the sodium- potassium-sugar content of your food. I found this out the hard way.

To help with my health challenges, I switched to a mostly plant-based diet after reading the Medical Medium books. The goal was to ingest as many health-giving foods as possible and that meant A LOT of fruit and veggies. I was eating raw fruit, making fruit & veggie smoothies, and even started juicing boatloads of fruits and veggies.

Some days I felt great, most days I still felt run down. And a few days, I was fully run down, could not get out of bed. Initially I thought those were detoxing symptoms.

After much research, I realized that I was taxing my body with too much potassium and sugar while not enough sodium. Sodium helps adrenals.

The solution is to increase my sea salt intake, which I do by adding some to my drinking water.

Here are some recommendations I found:

Dr. Kelly Brogan
She recommends everyone needs to add a little sea salt to their drinking water for health reasons. This is not specific to adrenal fatigue.

Ratio: 1/2tsp in 80 ounces of water

Dr. Carolyn Dean
1/4tsp in 16 ounces of water

Dr. James L Wilson
1/4 to 1/2tsp in every glass of drinking water

You will probably find that the lightly salted water actually tastes better than regular water if your adrenals are low because the salted water is more beneficial to your body. If you are feeling especially draggy or fatigued, add more salt to the water. If you have an aversion to salted water, then you probably need less salt or no salt in the water. Too much salt in the water will make you nauseated so adjust according to taste.

Bulletproof Exec
1/2tsp in a large glass of water in the morning

3tsp in first 32 ounces of water for a morning flush
1.5tsp in 32oz water as a non-flush dose

What to eat on adrenal fatigue – Dr James L Wilson

People with adrenal fatigue and blood sugar problems should go lightly on fruits, especially in the morning. Fruits contain a significant amount of fructose and potassium, which is a detrimental combination for those with exhausted adrenals.

Adrenal Fatigue – Medical Medium

Ideally your meals should contain a balance of potassium, sodium, and natural sugar (i.e. from fruits, which contain critical nutrients, not table sugar!)