Hey sweet readers,
Many of you may be familiar with the classic "Adrenal Cocktail".
It's a concotion drank by many Adrenal Fatigue (AF) sufferers at the recommended dose of 1-3 times daily.
Some swear by it, while others find the sugar content of the juice to be too much.
FoR THE RECORD, The classic adrenal cocktail is composed of:
- 4oz of orange juice (for vitamin C)
- 1/4 tsp of Cream of Tartar (for potassium)
- 1/4 tsp sea salt (for sodium and other minerals)
Have you tried ThE CLASSIC ADRENAL COCKTAIL? Comment below and let Us know what it's done for you!
As a nutritionist specializing in adrenal and hormone loving nutrition, I'm a big fan of NUTRIENT DENSITY.
Depleted people (ie. people with adrenal insufficiency) need smart nutrition to help build their bodies back up.
When I was recovering from adrenal fatigue, I felt I could do better than drinking orange juice 2-3 times a day. It just didn't feel right to me, considering how CRUCIAL blood sugar regulation is to supporting healthy hormones. Instead, I sipped on versions of the cocktails below and since then, I have perfected the recipes to optimize nourishment, energy and all the adrenal loving goodness.
Check out the recipes here:
#1. The HYAF CLASSIC ADRENAL COCKTAIL
Combine the following:
- 2 cups warm organic nettle tea (or water)
- 1 tbsp aloe vera gel or juice
- juice from 1/2 a lemon
- 5 grams of L-glutamine powder
- 1 tsp of manuka honey or coconut nectar (optional)
Okay, so I know this is a bit more work than the classic cocktail, but let me tell you why it's worth it.
Firstly, nettle leaves are loaded with vitamins and minerals, they are especially high in adrenal feeding vitamin C and magnesium.
Gram for gram, stinging nettle has over 4x more vitamin C than oranges.
Nettle is also rich in non-heme iron, so if you are of of the AF sufferers with low iron, this is a great option for you to consume regularly to help bring your levels up in a very gentle way.
The addition of aloe vera helps quench inflammation and brings more minerals to the game, minerals like selenium, zinc, magnesium, and potassium.
The amino acid L-glutamine will love up your gut, helping to repair the loose junctions in the intestine that contribute to leaky gut. It's also a protein source, helping to contribute to blood sugar balance, reduce cravings and limit muscle wasting ( a common problem for AF sufferers).
A FEW TID BITS ABOUT NETTLE:
Tip for brewing nettle tea:
** When making nettle tea, I recommend steeping overnight and making large batches at a time for easy sipping over the next few days. ( I use a french press, but you could use a large jar instead).
Add a splash of apple cider vinegar when steeping to help pull the minerals from the tea leaves to the tea itself. The leaves are so nutritious you can steep them twice**
A LIL' DISCLAIMER: Mineral balance and fluid dysregulation can be a challenge for AF sufferers.
When it comes to water retention and edema, I want you to remember that water follows salt.
If you are prone to water retention issues then it's likely your sodium levels are on the high side. Reducing salt in the diet can help reduce this.
Nettle is a natural diuretic (a diuretic increases the amount of fluid excreted from the body), which means that this nettle based cocktail can help offer supportive relief from edema and potentially reduce blood pressure. HOWEVER, on the opposite side of the spectrum, incorporating sea salt to the diet you can help maintain fluid regulation IF you find that you urinate frequently and are having trouble with electrolyte balance and hydration. This is because frequent urination can be a source of electrolyte and mineral loss for many AF sufferers.
Despite how nourishing nettle is for the body and for the adrenals, there is such thing as too much of a good thing. This is especially so, if you are already finding your urine output is high.
For best results, if using nettle, sip on this cocktail a few times weekly rather than daily.
As always, please check with your doctor before incorporating new herbs into your routine, especially if you are on medications. If you're hesitant about using nettle, you can get still experience massive benefits from this cocktail by substituting in warm water instead. :)
#2. The FABULOUS GOLDEN TONIC
Combine the following:
- 2 cups warm or hot water
- 1/4 tsp ginger powder
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- a pinch of ground black pepper
- 1 tsp acerola cherry powder, camu camu powder or 2000g of vitamin c powder (optional)
- 1 tbsp collagen protein powder
- 1 tsp coconut oil or MCT oil
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
For best consistency, I recommend blending this.
This one is so nice and warming, perfect if you're feeling a little chilly or if you feel like your immune system needs some attention.
This tonic is beautifully balanced and I have to say, it's pretty darn easy on the eyes.. (and the mouth too-- it's so yummy)!
It packs a powerful anti-inflammatory punch with the addition of turmeric, cinnamon and ginger. The addition of black pepper and coconut (or MCT oil) help increase the effectiveness of the turmeric and cinnamon. This is because they are fat soluble herbs and work best when combined with a bit of fat. The black pepper increases the efficacy of the turmeric by 2000%, ya.. significant, right?
The collagen provides a nice source of protein to keep your blood sugar balanced and cravings at bay, while also providing more TLC to your intestinal health.
Try drinking ONE OF these first thing in the morning in place of coffee and let us know what happens by posting below.