Adrenal dysfunction is a very popular topic right now.
I have recently been working with Hayley at Primal Palate to support her on her health journey (you can read about that here). We are making small upgrades and tweaks in her life to try to support her adrenal health and hormone balance and one of the additions to her life is a daily Adrenal Cocktail.
When she posted a picture of her Adrenal Cocktail on Instagram it spread like wildfire. It has affectionately been named the “dreamsicle” and the instagram community has already started upgrading the recipe by adding carrot, tangerine or ginger to the juice as well! The Feisty Kitchen even used her fabulous photography skills to make this look like the most appetizing drink there is!
Here is a little bit of background about this recipe.
I learned about the Adrenal Cocktail from my mentor Christa at The Whole Journey. Her recipe is a slightly modified version of the traditional Adrenal Cocktail (the original recipe is orange juice, cream or tarter & Himalayan pink salt).
When I was in the depleted phase of adrenal dysfunction, this dreamsicle saved me! I drank the Adrenal Cocktail every morning for about a month while I was balancing my hormones. The most notable difference was my energy and the ability to finally regulate my blood sugar. I found that I wasn’t crashing mid afternoon, craving sugar or getting light-headed as much as I used to.
Adrenal Cocktail recipe:
- 4-6 oz OJ (fresh squeezed or cold pressed like Evolution brand)
- 2 Tbsp raw cream (or coconut cream)
- 1 Tbsp Collagen
- Himalayan pink salt as much as you can stand
Blend it up into a delicious creamsicle and drink 1-2 times a day an hour before or after food.
Benefits of the Adrenal Cocktail:
- Fresh squeezed OJ gives liver the glucose it needs to regenerate
- Perfect balance of fat/carb/protein ratio for adrenal health and blood sugar balancing
- Collagen is loaded with the amino acids and building blocks for health
- Himalayan pink salt has 84 essential minerals that the adrenals need to function properly (very different from iodized table salt which can be harmful)
This might not be for everyone.
You always need to consider your personal situation when implementing a dietary or lifestyle change. I have had clients try the cocktail and feel horrible because of an issue with bacterial overgrowth!!
What else can I do?
Drinking a daily creamsicle is just one of the many life changes that I made and by no means a quick fix for your adrenal glands. You can find some other steps to start taking here.
If you have been “diagnosed” with Adrenal Dysfunction (often called adrenal fatigue) don’t stop there. Start digging for the root cause. What caused the imbalance?
Adrenal Dysfunction is an imbalance of hormones. The problem is very rarely actually the adrenal gland itself, but instead there can be a breakdown anywhere in a complex relationship between the Hypothalamus Pituitary Adrenal (HPA) axis. Anything that helps “restore the adrenals” is really just a way of helping to balance hormones and blood sugar, and therefore puts let stress on the thyroid, detoxification and every other function in the body.
In the meantime, while you are doing the deeper work, you can replenish your body with this cocktail.
Do you feel like you need a group for guidance and support on your Adrenal balancing journey?
The Healthy Hormones Group Program starts September 15th!!
This 12 week program will get you access to the hormone and neurotransmitter labs and a customized protocol. With biweekly videos, emails & support in your inbox we will go step by step through how to support your adrenals and balance your hormones.
Photo credit: The Feisty Kitchen – check her out for her fabulous recipes!!