Adrenal Fatigue

On this Adrenal Fatigue protocol page you will find a generalized approach to treating adrenal issues.  Since the body is complex and people often have multiple stressors impacting them at once, there are few one-size-fits-all approaches to restoring adrenal function.  With that said, the advice below is a good place to start for anyone looking to support optimal adrenal health.  For those who are looking for a more custom protocol, please contact our office directly 208-322-7755 to speak individually with a doctor about your unique health challenges.

Recommended Eating Habits for Adrenal Fatigue:

The goal with the supplements and diet advice is to balance your blood sugar by eating frequently throughout the day. This means you must eat every 2 hours – always snacking on low-glycemic food options and making sure to NEVER let yourself feel hunger. The only time of the day it is appropriate to be hungry is when we are waking up from sleeping (12 hours of fasting). The rest of our day should include time for eating and snacking throughout. Just know that when you leave your house for the day, for an errand, etc. you should always leave with some food and water. This way you are never caught unprepared.

There are many popular diets today – paleo, GAPS, SCD, vegetarian, vegan, etc. I personally prefer a modified paleo diet – organic meat, vegetables, nuts/seeds, healthy fats, and small amounts of rice or gluten-free grains. But everyone is different and there is no single diet that works for everyone! Regardless of what type of diet a person chooses, to support hypoglycemia three rules must be followed:

  1. Eat frequently throughout the day.
  2. Avoid excess fruits, sugars, and carbohydrates that spike blood sugar leading to crashes.
  3. Make sure to eat protein and healthy fats like coconut oil, olive oil and avocado with every meal.

If you want a good “paleo-style” diet to follow, I recommend you use this Modified Elimination Diet as your guide.  I have made notes in red that I always share with patients in my office. You may view and print my notes and diet recommendations below:

Modified Elimination Diet

Different products are designed to address different parts of the adrenal fatigue pattern. Its important to remember that not everyone has the same symptoms of adrenal fatigue – symptoms vary widely and so the products and tools we use to address them also vary.

For Fatigued Adrenal Glands and Low Sex Hormones –
Adrenogen – take 1 tablet 3x day w/ food.  Provides bovine adrenal extract to improve adrenal function and sex hormone levels.

For Mild and Acute Stress –
Nusera – chew 1-2 per day for acute, stressful moments.

For Moderate Stress, including dizzyness, craving salt, and painful joints/muscles –
Licorice Plus – 1-4 per day herbal support that will increase cortisol naturally and improve blood flow; helps prevent dizziness and increases tolerance to stress.
Cortico B5/B6 – Take 1 am w/ food, 1 noon w/ food. High doses of B5 and B6 and Vitamin C necessary to produce Coenzyme A (CoA), a key energy molecule; also helps with adrenal hormones and supports healthy response to stress and low blood sugar.
Biosom – Take 1-6 dosages per day. Dissolve 20 seconds then swallow. Liposomal DHEA which helps combat low sex hormone levels and improve resistance to stress and immune health.

Overactive HPA Axis, when feeling mentally wired and worried –
Serenagen – 2 tablets per day. Powerful blend of Chinese herbs which are demonstrated to calm and sooth excessive tension, esp. on the heart.
Tran-Q – 1 tablet 3x per day. A classic herbal stress management formula designed to promote relaxation in individuals who feel overwhelmed and physically tense.

Underactive HPA Axis, when feeling mentally fatigued and tired –
Exhilarin – 2 tablets per day. Designed in the tradition of Ayurvedic medicine to increase stress tolerance and help maintain mental acuity.
Adreset – 2 capsules 2x per day. Designed to build resilience and enhance stamina in individuals who are feeling weak and fatigued due to stress.


All supplements in this nutritional protocol can be purchased online through Dr. Rostenberg’s online pharmacy. Getting the supplements shipped to your door is very easy. Just follow the instructions below:

These supplements are available from our Metagenics web store and we extend a 20% discount plus free shipping to all new patients who order online. We also give you free shipping and 10% off all recurring orders. You will find our prices are competitive with other outlets.

Just click on “Create an Account” in the top right corner to get started. The practitioner code is RedMountain.

Metagenics batch tests every single raw ingredient. Meaning, they test every batch, every time before it is processed into a supplement. I’m not aware of any other company that puts that kind of expense and effort into product quality.

For more videos and learning about gut health and methylation I recommend:

Gut Origin of Methylation Problems


MTHFR and the Stress-Gut Connection

Yours in Health,

Dr. Rostenberg

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