Can Adrenal Support Help Your Gut?

In my experience healing the gut is the most important step in recovering from adrenal fatigue, second only to diet and lifestyle. But, can supporting the adrenal glands actually have a positive impact on gut healing? Let’s discuss if adrenal support can help with healing your gut.

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Adrenal Support and Gut Health

Dr. Michael Ruscio: Hi, this is Dr. Ruscio. And let’s discuss this concept. I should first mention that in my experience the most common reason that people are unable to recover from adrenal fatigue or improve their adrenal health is because of an overlooked and unaddressed problem in the gut.

So second to the obvious dietary and lifestyle improvements we should all be making to improve our adrenal health, second to that, the most common reason for people not seeing their adrenal function improve is because of an overlooked problem in the gut. So this is a very important orientating piece.

Now, adrenal fatigue typically looks like any one or combination of a number of symptoms—fatigue, having no drive, having poor motivation, having poor sleep, having low sex drive, having sugar cravings. These are all some very typical signs of adrenal fatigue. And also, I should mention dizziness when standing up quickly; that’s another one. So those are some of the common symptoms that you may experience one or a combination of that indicate adrenal fatigue.

And, again, you may have heard about adrenal support, which can be helpful. But remember, it’s important to always make sure that you’ve addressed any gut issue along with adrenal support because that can thwart the ability of adrenal support to help.

Now, to the end point of improving your gut health, can adrenal support actually help improve the health of your gut? Very interestingly, it looks like the answer to that is “yes” according to a study that was recently published Trusted SourcePubMedGo to source that showed an adrenal herb known as ginseng, which is a typical herb used in herbal adrenal support formulas, actually showed the ability to increase healthy bacteria like lactobacillus and bifidobacterium in the gut.

So what this means is that adrenal support may be a very helpful part of a gut-healing program. And remember that adrenal support should be done always along with addressing any problems in the gut because that can be a very typical cause of non-responsiveness to adrenal support.

So in recap, if you’re suffering with adrenal fatigue or the symptoms of adrenal fatigue, then adrenal support can be a great idea, both to help with supporting the adrenals but also to help heal the gut.

And remember that you should always be looking into an underlying problem in the gut to help you maximize your response to adrenal support and to help you be able to recover your adrenal health in the long term. I will put a couple recommendations [see below] for adrenal supports that I have found helpful along with the transcript for this video. And hopefully, this will help you get healthy and get back to your life. Okay, thanks.

Adaptogenic Herbs

Certain herbs, such as ginseng, rhodiola, ashwanga, and cordyceps, are know to support adrenal function. They are a nice option in that they adapt to your body’s specific needs.

Adrenal Gladulars

Glandulars refer to raw animal tissue extracts typically derived from bovine or porcine tissue. These extracts contain all of the nutritional fundamentals, cofactors, and hormones present in the organ. These extracts are used to replenish and eventually normalize adrenal function. These supplements should be discontinued once they’ve done their job repairing adrenal function and should not be used for extended periods of time

Dr. Ruscio’s Adrenal Protocol

Product

Dose Times w/ Food Notes Description

Adrenal Support

2

1–2

N/A

Do not take past 6 p.m. or may interfere with sleep

Herbal and bovine adrenal support

Phyto ADR—Pure Encapsulations

2

1–2

N

Do not take past 6 p.m. or may interfere with sleep

Herbal adrenal support

Adrenal—Pure Encapsulations

2

1–2

N

Do not take past 6 p.m. or may interfere with sleep

Bovine adrenal extract

Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only. You should consult with your doctor before using any of these products.

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What do you think? I would like to hear your thoughts or experience with this.

Discussion

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16 thoughts on “Can Adrenal Support Help Your Gut?

  1. Hi Dr Ruscio. I wondered if my 4 year old son suffers from SIBO? Since having a sickness bug at the age of 1 and half years old, he has suffered with bouts of constipation, distention, feeling of sickness, sometimes not wanting to eat. Ive been told at the hospital that he has constipation that at the time made him lactose intolerant, which he has now overcome, however he still suffers from constipation and i give him a childrens laxative called movicol which helps him go to the toilet, I thought recently that he may have a problem with motility, peristalsis of the gut, As the underlying problem has never really been found. I really would like some help and advice if possible. Many thanks,

    1. Hi Gina,
      It certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea to test him for SIBO and other GI pathogens/imbalances (candida, H. Pylori, Blasto, etc…). If you haven’t tried a paleo type diet or a low FODMAP diet – that would be a good idea too. Also, of course probiotics 🙂
      Hope this helps!

  2. Hi Dr Ruscio. I wondered if my 4 year old son suffers from SIBO? Since having a sickness bug at the age of 1 and half years old, he has suffered with bouts of constipation, distention, feeling of sickness, sometimes not wanting to eat. Ive been told at the hospital that he has constipation that at the time made him lactose intolerant, which he has now overcome, however he still suffers from constipation and i give him a childrens laxative called movicol which helps him go to the toilet, I thought recently that he may have a problem with motility, peristalsis of the gut, As the underlying problem has never really been found. I really would like some help and advice if possible. Many thanks,

    1. Hi Gina,
      It certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea to test him for SIBO and other GI pathogens/imbalances (candida, H. Pylori, Blasto, etc…). If you haven’t tried a paleo type diet or a low FODMAP diet – that would be a good idea too. Also, of course probiotics 🙂
      Hope this helps!

  3. Thank you again for more great information! In the study you linked regarding Ginseng, they used Red Ginseng. I have both Korean and Siberian ginseng here in my home “supplement center” 😉 Do you think either or both of those would also be helpful for adrenal support or improvement of microbiota? I have trouble sleeping and often end up dizzy, with low blood pressure . . .

  4. Hey Dr. Ruscio, thanks for this video. It’s so interesting how adrenals and the gut (and seemingly everything else) are connected. You’re currently treating me for SIBO and yeast but also supporting my adrenals with sublingual Pregnenolone and DHEA…just curious if adrenal supplementation is tailored individually (as all treatment is) since my supplements are different than what you’ve listed above.
    Thanks for all of your help!

    1. Hi Brooke,
      Great question. I use Preg/D often when I suspect malabsorption and this is one of my favorite adrenal supports, but I don’t think people should be using it on their own which is why its not in this do-it-yourself protocol 🙂

  5. Thank you again for more great information! In the study you linked regarding Ginseng, they used Red Ginseng. I have both Korean and Siberian ginseng here in my home “supplement center” 😉 Do you think either or both of those would also be helpful for adrenal support or improvement of microbiota? I have trouble sleeping and often end up dizzy, with low blood pressure . . .

  6. Hey Dr. Ruscio, thanks for this video. It’s so interesting how adrenals and the gut (and seemingly everything else) are connected. You’re currently treating me for SIBO and yeast but also supporting my adrenals with sublingual Pregnenolone and DHEA…just curious if adrenal supplementation is tailored individually (as all treatment is) since my supplements are different than what you’ve listed above.
    Thanks for all of your help!

    1. Hi Brooke,
      Great question. I use Preg/D often when I suspect malabsorption and this is one of my favorite adrenal supports, but I don’t think people should be using it on their own which is why its not in this do-it-yourself protocol 🙂

  7. The only thing that helps me is adrenal extract. The best I’ve used was from Thorne but they discontinued it.
    Now I either use Pure Encapsulations Adrenal or Nutricology Immoplex which also has Thymus, Pancreas and Spleen.
    I’ve tried multiple brands of Ashwaghanda but it always just makes me feel strange. Rhodiola as well

  8. The only thing that helps me is adrenal extract. The best I’ve used was from Thorne but they discontinued it.
    Now I either use Pure Encapsulations Adrenal or Nutricology Immoplex which also has Thymus, Pancreas and Spleen.
    I’ve tried multiple brands of Ashwaghanda but it always just makes me feel strange. Rhodiola as well

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