Food and Herbs for Adrenal Dysfunction

Ep 62
In this week’s episode of ReInvent Healthcare, we talk about food, herbs, and supplements that are great for balancing and maintaining our clients’ health. We also go over why it is important to assess our clients’ diet so we can coach them on what to eat to support good adrenal function.


The Importance of a Balanced Breakfast
A typical high carbohydrate breakfast that consists of bacon, eggs, pancakes, and toast puts a lot of stress on the adrenals. If people are in a state of adrenal dysfunction, they need a balanced breakfast to “break their fast”. A good breakfast would have something “green”, a good source of protein, good omega-3 fats, or something with probiotics.

Important Vitamins for Adrenals
Vitamin C is important for cortisol and other adrenal hormones. It is also an antioxidant that protects the adrenals from damage. Vitamin B5 is needed to convert cholesterol to pregnenolone and is helpful for those under long periods of stress with adrenal dysfunction.

Mushrooms to Support Adrenals
Cordyceps are adaptogenic mushrooms that help the body maintain consistent energy levels and help the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which increases cellular oxygen absorption to alleviate adrenal fatigue.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.