Having suffered from lethargy secondary to adrenal fatigue, there is nothing quite worse. Its like day in day our first trimester of pregnancy, and it’s unrelenting. The second trimester isn’t coming. The fatigue just lingers. Trying to keep your eyes open, eyelids burning from sheer exhaustion, it isn’t fun. I discovered this handy little cocktail a few years ago, and recently remembered why I loved it so much as trusty support to our detox protocol through Advanced TRS. If you need a caffeine-free energy boost, look no further – keep reading!
Like most of my anatomical-based posts, I like to give you a quick crash course into what the organ is, and how it works, its function and what happens when the proverbial wheels fall off. This post will be no different, so let’s dive in.
Your adrenals sit on top of your kidneys, and like your kidneys, you have two adrenal glands. They are divided into two distinct parts: the Adrenal Cortex and the Adrenal Medulla.
The adrenal cortex—the outer part of the gland—produces hormones that are vital to life, such as cortisol (which helps regulate metabolism and helps your body respond to stress) and aldosterone (which helps control blood pressure).
The adrenal medulla—the inner part of the gland—produces nonessential (that is, you don’t need them to live) hormones, such as adrenaline (which helps your body react to stress).
Collectively, the adrenal hormones produced by these little beans are: adrenaline, noradrenaline, cortisol and aldosterone
What is Adrenal Fatigue?
So I mentioned adrenal fatigue above. Sadly, this diagnosis isn’t overly recognised in the main-stream area, but integrative practitioners are very supportive and skilled at treating adrenal fatigue with the right supplements, and it was some skilled integrative practitioners that introduced me to this cocktail, but what actually is “Adrenal Fatigue”
The term itself is an umbrella a variety of symptoms such as:
- Body aches
- Low blood pressure
- Sleep disturbances
- Digestive issues.
It is believed that adrenal fatigue occurs when the adrenal glands are ‘burnt out’ from producing hormones in response to stress, such as adrenaline. Medical diagnoses such as Addison’s disease can prevent your adrenal glands from making enough hormones. The symptoms of Addison’s disease include fatigue, body aches, unexplained weight loss, low blood pressure, lightheadedness, loss of body hair and skin discolouration. Addison’s disease is recognised by doctors and can be detected through blood tests that show insufficient hormone levels. On the other hand, these tests are often normal in adrenal fatigue.
Abnormal adrenaline and cortisol levels can result in mood disorders, sleep disturbances, reduced resistance to disease, and changes in circulation. These side-effects are unpleasant, but often not intolerable which often leads to an adrenal-nightmare resulting in severe insufficiency and the cycle continues. To compensate, the body makes DHEA almost on the constant, instead of intermittently. Usually, in a healthy state, DHEA helps assist the body to recover from illness and short-term stress – but in cases of this adrenal-spiral, it is constantly needed, produced and depleted.
Over time, the adrenal glands become seriously “exhaustipated”.
Usually, the first effect being their waning ability to produce sufficient and needed DHEA. As levels of this restorative hormone fall, cortisol and adrenaline levels begin to fluctuate as well, as the adrenal glands attempt to fill increasingly impossible orders for more support
So what can you do to “love-on” your Adrenals?
The simplest, daily way I have found to support my adrenals is through the famous Adrenal Cocktail originally crafted by Susan Blackard, NP, ND, PhD at the Rejuvenation Health Center in Springfield, MO. I love how this tastes, how I feel and how refreshing it is especially through the hotter, summer months.
As a general rule, any “Adrenal Cocktail” recipe should deliver approximately:
375mg of Potassium
460mg of Sodium
60mg of Wholefood Vitamin C
What do I need?
120ml of Fresh Squeezed (Non-Heat Treated is Ideal) Orange Juice
Fresh squeezed is best, but not essential. The Vitamin-C Complex within OJ makes sure that the minerals noted below to get to the Liver to then nourish the Adrenals.
1/4 tsp of Cream of Tartar
This is an excellent source of Potassium, or you can use Potassium Bicarbonate.
1/4 tsp of Pink Himalayan Salt
This is an excellent source of Sodium & 90+ other trace minerals.
If you are using store-bought OJ, I like to add a teaspoon of Wild C Wholefood C supplement (Read more about supplementing your detox, here) as well into the mix to ensure I am getting ample Vit C to support my adrenals and nourish them. You can purchase Wild C here.
When to take it:
Now, the important thing is that you have this adrenal cocktail first thing in the morning. You see, your cortisol levels are already at their highest in the morning, so if you can combat them with this adrenal cocktail, you’re going to get a lot more benefit first thing so your body is receptive to it than you would, say later in the day.
Why does it work?
As I said, I have personally used this in times of extreme stress, and just the day-to-day. Let’s unpack the ingredients and learn how they help support your adrenals when combined with Orange Juice/Vitmain C
Cream of Tartar
If you are like me, you possibly have an abundance of these bottles in the pantry. You know, that one obscure ingredient in a recipe that you think “Oh, I don’t have any of that”. Buy a jar.. lo and behold, you have 10 in your pantry. Facepalm. What you might not know is that it’s exceptionally rich in potassium and that potassium from the cream of tartar is going to react with the vitamin C in the orange juice, which is going to lower cortisol levels. You see, vitamin C has been shown time and time again to reduce those cortisol levels. If we can lower the cortisol levels, then we can lower the impact on the adrenal gland, give it a little bit of a rest.
Himalayan pink salt
Now, there’s one more thing you’re going to add to that cocktail. You’re going to add the Himalayan pink salt. The reason you’re going to add the Himalayan pink salt is that when you have adrenal fatigue, what happens is your body starts excreting a lot of the natural sodium that you need through your urine. So, when your adrenals are taxed, your body is less efficient at modulating the potassium, the sodium, and the magnesium that it needs to function. So, by adding Himalayan pink salt, you take some of the stress off of the adrenal gland, off of the kidneys, and give them a chance to recover a little bit.
And you are away! I absolutely love how I feel after using this, waking up with energy is AWESOME.
Please let me know how you go with this and comment below how you are feeling since starting!
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