Some people with Addison’s disease who are aldosterone deficient can benefit from following a diet rich in sodium. A health care provider or a dietitian can give specific recommendations on appropriate sodium sources and daily sodium guidelines if necessary.
Corticosteroid treatment is linked to an increased risk of osteoporosis—a condition in which the bones become less dense and more likely to fracture. People who take corticosteroids should protect their bone health by consuming enough dietary calcium and vitamin D. A health care provider or a dietitian can give specific recommendations on appropriate daily calcium intake based upon age and suggest the best types of calcium supplements, if necessary.
Eating a the right food can be a tremendous
help to those with Addison’s.
Foods rich in vitamin C in the everyday diet can help the body adapt to stress much better, thus saving he adrenal glands from further damage.
Top 10 Vitamin C Foods List
- Oranges 1 large: 82 mg (over 100% DV)
- Red peppers ½ cup chopped, raw: 95 mg (over 100% DV)
- Kale 1 cup: 80 mg (134% DV)
- Brussels sprouts ½ cup cooked: 48 mg (80% DV)
- Broccoli ½ cup cooked: 51 mg (107% DV)
- Strawberries ½ cup: 42 mg (70% DV)
- Grapefruit ½ cup: 43 mg (71% DV)
- Guava 1 fruit: 125 mg (over 100% DV)
- Kiwi 1 piece: 64 mg (33% DV)
- Green peppers ½ c chopped, raw: 60 mg (100% DV)
In order to stimulate the production of neurotransmitters and steroid hormones, it is a good idea to consume foods that contain B vitamins like cheese, eggs, fish, shellfish.
Top 10 Vitamin B12 Foods
- Beef liver 3 oz: 18 mcg (over 100% DV)
- Sardines 3 oz: 7.6 mcg (over 100% DV)
- Beef (grass-fed) 3 oz: 1.5 mcg (25% DV)
- Tuna 3 oz: 2.5 mcg (41% DV)
- Raw cheese 1.5 oz: 1.5 mcg (25% DV)
- Cottage cheese 1 cup: 1.4 mcg (23% DV)
- Lamb 3 oz: 2.07 mcg (35% DV)
- Raw Milk 1 cup: 1.1 mcg (18% DV)
- Eggs 1 large: 0.44 mcg (7% DV)
- Salmon 3 oz: 1.1 mcg (18% DV)
Zinc supports the immune system. Seeds, nuts, seafood, spinach, mushrooms and beans are all rich in zinc.
Top 10 Foods High in Zinc
Consume two to three servings of these zinc foods daily to support optimal zinc levels.
- Lamb: 3 ounces: 6.7 milligrams (45 percent DV)
- Pumpkin Seeds: 1 cup: 6.6 milligrams (44 percent DV)
- Grass-Fed Beef: 100 grams: 4.5 milligrams (30 percent DV)
- Chickpeas (Garbanzo Beans): 1 cup: 2.5 milligras (17 percent DV)
- Cocoa Powder: 1 ounce: 1.9 milligrams (13 percent DV)
- Cashews: 1 ounce: 1.6 milligrams (11 percent DV)
- Kefir or Yogurt: 1 cup: 1.4 milligrams (10 percent DV) (values vary)
- Mushrooms: 1 cup: 1.4 milligrams (9 percent DV)
- Spinach: 1 cup: 1.4 milligrams (9 percent DV)
- Chicken: 100 grams: 1 milligram (7 percent DV)
Magnesium calms the nervous system.
Top 10 Magnesium Rich Foods
Green leafy vegetables aren’t the only foods rich in magnesium and chlorophyll. Here are the top 10 foods high in magnesium that you will want to add into your diet.
(Men RDA 400 milligrams and Women RDA 310 milligrams a day)
- Spinach — 1 cup: 157 milligrams (40% DV)
- Chard — 1 cup: 154 milligrams (38% DV)
- Pumpkin seeds — 1/8 cup: 92 milligrams (23% DV)
- Yogurt or Kefir — 1 cup: 50 milligrams (13% DV)
- Almonds — 1 ounce: 80 milligrams (20% DV)
- Black Beans — ½ cup: 60 milligrams (15% DV)
- Avocado — 1 medium: 58 milligrams (15% DV)
- Figs — ½ cup: 50 milligrams (13% DV)
- Dark Chocolate — 1 square: 95 milligrams (24% DV)
- Banana — 1 medium: 32 milligrams (8% DV)
Other foods that are also high in magnesium include: salmon, coriander, cashews, goat cheese and artichokes.
By increasing the amount of sodium taken per day, it is possible to keep the blood pressure normal. You may want to try Himalayan pink salt.
Easy to Digest Proteins
Get your protein from chicken, turkey, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, quinoa and nutritional yeast.
Stay Away from Sugar and Carbs
Consuming foods with lots of refined sugar can exacerbate many of the symptom’s of Addison’s.
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