You have likely heard the term “Adrenal Fatigue” but what is it? Do you have it? If so, how do you treat it?

what is adrenal fatigue

In my over 40 years of coaching women to phenomenal health, I have rarely met a woman who has not had at least a little bit of adrenal fatigue that causes the following host of symptoms.
Take a quick inventory. Are you struggling with any of these issues?Difficulty losing weight

  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Fatigue
  • Low libido
  • Hot flashes/night sweats**
  • Inability to cope well with stress**
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Depression or mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • PMS
  • Cravings for salt** or sugar
  • A feeling of shakiness or irritability when hungry**
  • Asthma**
  • Eczema
  • Rheumatoid arthritis**, joint pain
  • Frequent colds and flu
  • Hay fever and other allergies**
  • Dark circles under your eyes
  • You feel worse after exercising**
  • Water retention
  • Need caffeine to get you going in the AM**


adrenal glands

Everyone has two little adrenal glands that sit on top of their kidneys. It is their job to enable your body to deal with ALL STRESS.  Not just emotional stress but physical, chemical and nutritional stresses as well.

ANY STRESS, real or perceived, causes a release of adrenal hormones and which is why I refer to your adrenal glands as your ‘stress glands’.

adrenal stressors

Each stress response should be followed by a rest period and lots of nourishment so the adrenals can recover. It is not happening.

Women (and men too) are not only busier, but more stressed than ever and are generally not nourishing themselves properly.

Lack of downtime coupled with a lack of nutrients means the adrenal glands do not get a chance to recoup and rejuvenate as they are designed to do. This eventually leads to adrenal fatigue which is the root cause of a HUGE number of health problems (as listed above).

Of course, the adrenal glands can still function, just not at their optimal level. Proper health and hormone balance depends on the adrenal glands functioning optimally.


how tired are your adrenal glands

Mild, Moderate, Severe or Fried?

You can get a general idea based on how many symptoms you have from the list above.  The more symptoms you have the more tired your adrenal glands are but if you have even one of the symptoms marked with the asterisks (**) then you have adrenal fatigue and need to rejuvenate your adrenal glands with both rest and proper nourishment.

You can complete a more detailed questionnaire for free here…


Barring other health issues, when your adrenal glands are functioning optimally, you should be able to:

adrenal rejuvenation

    • Go to sleep with ease and wake up refreshed
    • Have steady energy levels throughout the day
    • Adapt to the normal stressors of life
    • Experience joyful and happy moods
    • Maintain excellent focus, concentration and recall
    • Choose salty or sugary food, rather than be a slave to them
    • Fight infections and ward off colds and flu
    • Rely on a healthy libido
    • Get up and go without the need for caffeine
    • Be pain free
    • Maintain normal blood pressure and water balance.


I always suggest starting with a basic adrenal program. I used to manufacture a product called the Total Health Pack and now that I am retired, I have written instructions on how you can make your own.  It is critical to feed your body the Essential Daily Nutrients (which is what you will be taking by creating your own Total Health Pack) so that your adrenal glands have all the nutrients they need to repair.

The Vitamin Shop in Victoria, BC can provide you with all the supplements you need to repair your adrenal glands. The details for your Daily Essential Nutrients are here (with direct product links to the Vitamin Shop).

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For Mild Adrenal Fatigue

After Breakfast

  • 1 Total Health Pack/Daily Essential Nutrients (one multivitamin/mineral, 1 vitamin E, 1 MSM, 1 omega 3, 1 green tea and 1,000 mg of buffered vitamin C known as calcium ascorbate).
  • 1,000 mg of B5 (Synergistic Pantothenic Acid)

Before Bed

  • 1 to 5 caps Magnesium Citrate with L-Taurine

If you are unfamiliar with taking magnesium, I would highly recommend reading my free Magnesium Usage Guide found here….

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For Moderate to Severe Adrenal Fatigue

After Breakfast

  • 1 Total Health Pack/Daily Essential Nutrients (one multivitamin/mineral, 1 vitamin E, 1 MSM, 1 omega 3, 1 green tea and 1,000 mg of buffered vitamin C known as calcium ascorbate).
  • 1,000 mg of B5 (Synergistic Pantothenic Acid)

After Lunch

(It is best to repeat the Daily Essential Nutrients, but you can cut back and only take the bare bones essentials to support the pantothenic acid which would be as follows)

  • 1 multivitamin/mineral
  • 1,000 mg of buffered vitamin C
  • 1,000 mg of synergistic B5 (pantothenic acid)

Before Bed

  • 1 to 5 caps Magnesium Citrate with L-Taurine


Daily Essential Nutrients (The Total Health Pack)

1.Nu-Life THE ULTIMATE ONE – WOMEN 50+ ( **for women of any age.

2.Sisu Ester-C – Bonus Size ( **capsules or tablets, your dosage needs to be a minimum of 1,000 mg

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3.Natural Factors Vitamin E 400 IU (


5.New Roots Herbal MSM (

6.New Roots Herbal Wild Omega 3 (


7.New Roots Herbal Magnesium Citrate Plus L-Taurine (

8.B5 (pantothenic acid)

New Roots Herbal Vitamin B5 Synergistic (

How to take vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): This vitamin always needs to be accompanied by B vitamins, Vitamin C and trace minerals (which are in the Total Health Pack/Daily Essential Nutrients) and should be taken once a day for mild adrenal fatigue and twice a day for moderate to severe adrenal fatigue. 

The severity of your adrenal exhaustion and the amount of stress currently in your life will be just two of the factors that determine how long you will need to be rejuvenating your adrenal glands.  The minimum amount of time it will take is 90 days and as long as one year.  Some of my clients find they need this program PLUS some additional adrenal targeted supplements to fully restore their adrenal function.  


The best explanation and further guidance on Adrenal Support can be found in my book “Get off the PMS and Perimenopausal Roller Coaster, Learn 9 Natural Fast Track Solutions to Balanced Hormones”.  (And you don’t have to hormone issues to get massive value from this book). 

Get Off The PMS & Perimenopausal Roller Coaster: Learn 9 Natural Fast Track Solutions To Balanced Hormones: Eastwood RNCP, Brenda: 9780991881802: Books –

It will explain the many nutrients you can employ to further enhance your results.  These quality products can be found at the Victoria Vitamin Shop.  This free guide will make your shopping experience so much easier.

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  • GABA
  • Passionflower
  • Holy Basil
  • Licorice Root
  • Wild Yam
  • Adrenal Concentrate


1. Book by Brenda Eastwood, RNCP “Get off the PMS and Perimenopausal Roller Coaster, Learn 9 Natural Fast Track Solutions to Balanced Hormones” gives you a complete overview of your hormones in one handy little book. Easy to read and convenient to refer to repeatedly through all stages of life. Purchase here..

Get Off The PMS & Perimenopausal Roller Coaster: Learn 9 Natural Fast Track Solutions To Balanced Hormones: Eastwood RNCP, Brenda: 9780991881802: Books –

2. Book “Adrenal Fatigue, The 21st Century Stress Syndrome” by James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., Ph.D. He says….. “The hormones secreted by your adrenals influence all of the major physiological processes in your body. They closely affect the utilization of carbohydrates and fats, the conversion of fats and proteins into energy, the distribution of stored fat (especially around your waist and at the sides of your face), normal blood sugar regulation, and proper gastrointestinal function.

The protective activity of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant hormones secreted by the adrenals helps to minimize negative and allergic reactions to alcohol, drugs, foods and environmental allergens. 

After mid-life (menopause in women), the adrenal glands gradually become the major source of the sex hormones circulating throughout the body in both men and women. These hormones themselves have a whole host of physical, emotional and psychological effects, from the level of your sex drive to the tendency to gain weight. 

Every athlete knows that muscular strength and stamina are acutely affected by the adrenal hormones, more commonly known as steroids.

Even your propensity to develop certain kinds of diseases and your ability to respond to chronic illness is influenced significantly by the adrenal glands. The more chronic the illness, the more critical the adrenal response becomes. 

You cannot live without your adrenal hormones and, as you can see from this brief overview, how well you live depends a great deal on how well your adrenal glands function.


Adrenal fatigue is something that we ALL need to be aware of at all times.  It can happen from an unexpected run of stress or a turn of events.  It happened to me when I had 5 family members pass away within an 18-month period and at the same time was launching new programs for my clients and looking after the day-to-day part of running a business, not to mention a small home renovation in that mix.

It was all too much, and my adrenal glands slowly got more and more exhausted until I hit severe adrenal fatigue.

I didn’t even recognize my own symptoms at first.  Even though I was exhausted each night, I couldn’t sleep properly and so that added to the exhaustion. Of course, I woke up tired too. I was catching every cold that blew in the wind and it would take a long time to get rid of it. I was moody, I gained weight and even though I was doing all the right things I couldn’t lose an ounce.  The hay fever that I had eliminated came back with a vengeance and I lost my sex drive.

I seriously did not understand what the heck was going on.  I was so embarrassed. How could this brilliant woman (that is me, in case you are wondering), who specializes in women’s health, be in such bad shape herself?

Fortunately, I had a nutritionist working for me at the time and she basically held up the mirror for me to see.   That’s when the lightbulb went on and I realized that I had succumbed to the very thing that I taught about at all my seminars, and it was the issue that I have successfully coached hundreds of women to overcome.  At this point I recognized my issue, I knew exactly what was happening and what to do.

I had severe adrenal fatigue.

Now the teacher needed to be the student.  I followed my own advice and although it didn’t happen overnight, my adrenals did recover and are in great shape now.

I have all the energy I need but I am mindful of not doing too much. My immune system is strong and life is back on track with my husband.

Besides the adrenal nutrients that I used to rejuvenate my adrenal glands, along with the 5 Critical Lifestyle Strategies I live by and preach to my clients (you’ll see these below), I followed these two hard and fast rules of adrenal recovery.

Rule number one: Restoring adrenal health is not a quick fix.  They can and will function optimally again, but you need to be consistent and give it time.  It will take a minimum of 3 months to restore your adrenal health even if you are only suffering from mild adrenal fatigue.  It can take several years if you have reached the point of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. 

Rule number two: You will need to reduce the stress in your life so that you can give your adrenal glands a chance to recover.  Otherwise, you are going to be constantly running up a down escalator. No number of supplements will make you feel better if you don’t follow this rule.    Read that again!

adrenal recovery

I became an expert in adrenal recovery. And what I know about restoring life to tired adrenal glands could literally fill a book, that is why I have dedicated an entire chapter to adrenal recovery in my hormone book.  


(For More Details Go HERE)

  1. Drink ½ ounce of purified water per pound of body weight daily.
  2. Eat 2 cups of vegetables daily, not including lettuce, potato, peas, corn and mushrooms. You can eat them; they just don’t count.
  3. Reduce caffeine intake to no more than 16 ounces of organic coffee per day.  Zero to 8 ounces is preferable.
  4. Have four to five sugar free days per week.
  5. Find exercise you enjoy, that energizes you and get movement at least 4 times per week but don’t over do it.  Over exercising can make adrenal fatigue much worse.



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Copyright Brenda Eastwood, RNCP 2023 – Dramatic Results for Adrenal Fatigue!