Fight or flight? Our adrenal glands are in charge of how we react to certain situations. But more importantly, chronic stress can really burn us out by taxing our adrenals too much, too often. These little glands, located above the kidneys, regulate our sympathetic nervous system, which directly and indirectly control so many of our bodily systems.
One simple thing you can do to nourish your adrenals is to drink the adrenal cocktail every day. But what is it and why does it help?
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What do our adrenals do?
The adrenal glands regulate our stress hormones, which are responsible for controlling vital processes such as blood pressure stabilization, glucose usage, converting food to a usable form of energy, inflammatory reactions and immune response to pathogens.
As mothers, we tend to be busy with many things, worried about at least a few things, and neglecting ourselves to care for others. It is incredibly stressful for our bodies in general, and our adrenals in particular. As we have more children, our bodies become more depleted of minerals and vitamins necessary for good health. I’ve noticed many women say they suddenly hit a point of exhaustion that no longer seems like normal motherhood tiredness. They are getting sick more often, their digestion becomes inefficient, and their bodies just seem to be crapping out on them.
This is often due to adrenal fatigue, where the adrenal glands no longer respond to stress in the right way. This is a vicious cycle, where the hormones are affected, which in turn affects the adrenals, which in turn affects the hormones! It’s a bit of a chicken or egg dilemma.
We don’t actually need to answer the question, though…it doesn’t matter if the chicken or the egg came first because the solution is the same. Enter the adrenal cocktail.
What the heck is in this adrenal cocktail?
Our body works by using vitamins and minerals known as electrolytes to make our cells work as they should. These include potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, chloride, phosphate and bicarbonate.
The adrenal cocktail is really simple to make and it tastes good:
- 4oz orange juice, preferably fresh squeezed organic, but use what you can
- 1/4 tsp cream of tartar (potassium)
- 1/4 tsp natural salt (Himalayan pink, Celtic gray, sea salt, etc. — these provide not only sodium but trace minerals depending on which type of salt you use)
Just combine these together and drink through a straw. The straw picks up anything that doesn’t dissolve very well. I drink mine pretty soon after I make it, which means I don’t really wait long enough for everything to dissolve but the straw gets it all up off the bottom of the glass.
I realize it sounds like a wacky concoction but the cream of tartar has no taste, and the salt combined with the citrus flavor tastes really good. I actually crave it now. You can drink the adrenal cocktail in the morning before you eat and at night before bed, but in my experience, anytime you feel you might need it is fine. It will help balance things so it doesn’t have a specific effect such as waking you up or helping you sleep — it does both depending on what your body needs. I aim for at least once a day, usually mid-morning, but this is largely dependent on the schedule for that day. I do feel it when I get too far into the day without it. It works quickly and is inexpensive but incredibly effective at increasing your quality of life.
What else can I do for my adrenals?
Aside from trying not to stress (haha!), not overdoing it is the best thing you can do for yourself if you are trying to heal your adrenal glands. Our sympathetic nervous system is activated during times of physical stress as well as mental and emotional stress.
Vitamin C is excellent for nourishing the adrenals; try to stick to whole food options like camu camu powder. Magnesium helps immensely. A bath with some magnesium chloride flakes and sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) can be so relaxing as well as restorative for your adrenals.
Has the adrenal cocktail helped you? What else do you take to heal your adrenals? Leave a note in the comments!