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. :)