Adrenal Fatigue Supplements: What and When to Take

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH

Be careful when choosing adrenal fatigue supplements, there are many different kinds from many different makersAdrenal Fatigue supplements are a powerful tool in the fight to keep our bodies strong and healthy. Let’s take a look at if and how Adrenal Fatigue supplements may fit into an Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome recovery program.

Medical technology and knowledge has come a long way since the early 20th century, alleviating many deadly and acute afflictions. But gaps still remain in our knowledge and many chronic conditions, cancers, genetic defects, and other disorders remain unsolved and uncured. It is between these gaps that medical science is too slow, and where alternative treatment modalities have filled people’s needs. Inspired by time tested medical and health traditions from outside the occidental world such as China and India, alternative health practices address many problems that western medicine has yet to even consider. Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome is one such condition that has yet to gain recognition, much less be addressed or treated by conventional medicine.

So what are some of the ways alternative medicine can help us? Meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, and regular relaxing sessions are a few ways of keeping the body in balance and allowing the natural self-repair and healing pathways to function. Using oil pulling, chelation therapy with activated charcoal, and coffee enemas are another tactic to draw out toxic and harmful substances from the body. Nutritional supplements are another method of attacking ailments by bolstering the body’s strength and reserves to fight back and recover health. All these are powerful tools that help the body as an interconnected whole. So the question is, are they all appropriate for Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome? The answer is simple, yes and no.

Adrenal fatigue supplements must be taken properly and in combination with other lifestyle adjustments for optimal recoveryThese tools are all very helpful in cases where the body has the ability to mount a defense against ailments. Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome actually hampers the body’s ability to do this, and in the late stages where the condition is quite advanced, the body is actually in such an impaired state of function. The internal processes that normally would be bolstered by nutritional supplementation, are quite retarded and dysfunctional. The body’s internal milieu is quite congested and wound up, unable to be cleansed out by the natural detoxification pathways. Introducing excessive nutritional supplementation into this environment is like trying to add fuel to a broken down car. It doesn’t fix anything, and in fact, it can trigger paradoxical reactions as the minerals, vitamins, metabolic catalysts, and other raw materials cannot be effectively utilized and gum up the body even more. Adrenal Fatigue supplements are important tools for recovery, but only if administered at the right dose at the right time.

Taking Adrenal Fatigue Supplements

So is there any case where we should take supplements for Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome? Yes, but it comes with a large caveat. As explained, there is a time not to take nutritional supplements, but on the flip side, there is a time where Adrenal Fatigue supplements are definitely very beneficial. In late stage Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome, it is important to start the recovery process in a gradual and gentle manner without aggressive detox or nutritional supplement regimes. Once the body has truly started on its way to recovery in which the natural housekeeping functions of the body remain weak but have actually began to function, this is the time to slowly and gently begin to add nutritional supplements.

But how do we know when this is and what kind of supplements should be taken? How would we know if we are on the right track as far as recovering from Adrenal Fatigue?

When taking adrenal fatigue supplements, make sure your body is in the right stateThis is a question that differs for every sufferer of Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome. Everyone’s body is different; only by carefully monitoring and reading what the body tells us at each stage of recovery can we determine when and how much of what supplement to take. For this component of recovery, it is important to consult an experienced professional who is familiar with Adrenal Fatigue Syndrome and how to conduct a proper recovery. So nutritional supplements are definitely a very potent tool in the recovery toolbox for AFS, but extreme care must be taken to avoid making mistakes that can actually end up stressing the body and worsening the condition.

Adrenal fatigue can come about as reactive symptom that results from the congestion of the neuroendometabolic (NEM) stress response system. A structure that can be seen as a complex web linking the systems of the body with specific organs to form a network of defences that are responsible for the regulation of day to day stress. One of the six key responses of the NEM’s model, is the response of detoxification against stressful influences and unwanted environmental toxins. The body has a natural ability to clear itself of potentially harmful by-products, and when this function is back logged, the immune system faces complications. Which then brings about the emergence of supplement intolerance. It is therefore vital, that you allow the body to recover itself, so that its natural defences, the NEM’s network can operate naturally before consumption of supplements.

Be careful when choosing adrenal fatigue supplements, there are many different kinds from many different makers