I believe my college-aged son has signs of adrenal fatigue.
Q. Dear Terry, “I believe my college-aged son has signs of adrenal fatigue. He recently had some bloodwork done that showed he was deficient in many of the B vitamins, vitamin D and iodine. What else do you recommend for adrenal issues?” — Tim C., Gainesville, FL
A. Dear Tim, College students often have hectic schedules, so it’s not uncommon to hear that adrenal fatigue may be an issue.
First thing in the morning, I would have your son mix ½ teaspoon of Celtic Sea Salt in 8 to 12 ounces of water and drink. He should do this every morning because in order for the adrenals to repair, sodium is a critical factor. However, only high quality sea salt should be used, avoid white salt and even white sea salt.
Being deficient in B vitamins can make it difficult to produce many of the adrenal hormones. I would recommend taking Vitamin B6 in its biologically active form, pyrixodal-5-phosphate, 10 mg twice per day. He should also take pantothenic acid, as calcium pantothenate, 100 mg twice per day.
Two other powerful ingredients for adrenal hormonal support are DHEA and pregnenolone. These are two adrenal hormones that are also precursors for many other hormones. I would take 15 mg of pregnenolone and 10 mg of DHEA, twice per day.
To help keep the adrenal hormones active longer, I recommend licorice root extract and rehmannia. These two herbs help support the liver and restore adrenal function. I would take 125 mg of licorice extract and 75 mg of rehmannia, twice per day.
Vitamin C is also incredibly important because the adrenal glands are the only place in the body that vitamin C is temporarily stored. He should take 200 mg twice per day.
Lastly, I would take freeze dried adrenal extract. Adrenal extract can help supply some of the nutrients that the adrenal glands need to repair and strengthen. I would take 450 mg twice per day.
Dietary changes may also be necessary to get the adrenal glands healthy. I think the most beneficial diet for adrenal issues is the ketogenic diet. To learn more about this diet, go to www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com.
Additionally, I would consider adding ashwagandha and rhodiola. These are called adaptogenic herbs, meaning they bring the body back to balance. They help the body adapt to stresses, whether physical, emotional or due to a hectic schedule.
Terry . . . Naturally