Gut Health and Hormones

Exploring the relationship between gut health and hormones.

Article by Krissy Nevero|September 13, 2023

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Vitamin Sea

Science is now backing what we've intuitively known for centuries.

Article by Divina Helene|July 25, 2023

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3 Ways to Boost Your Immunity Now

We can over-complicate it, but let's not.

Article by Divina Helene|March 27, 2021

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1-Bowl Almond Flour Banana Bread

A recipe that's easy like Sunday morning—and that everyone will love.

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Everything You Need to Know About Intermittent Fasting

The 411 on intermittent fasting and whether or not it's right for you.

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Demystifying the Adrenal Cocktail

Everything you need to know about this trending elixir.

Article by Divina Helene|April 11, 2023

We’ve all heard of the trending adrenal cocktail by now—but what is it exactly? And is the trend worth the hype? Let’s demystify this and find out once and for all:

What is an adrenal cocktail? An adrenal cocktail is a non-alcoholic elixir that aims to balance key vitamins and minerals in the body, replenishing fatigued adrenal glands and, therefore, supporting the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. While specific ingredients and recipes may vary, it always includes Vitamin C, potassium, and sea salt.

What are the adrenal glands? The adrenal glands (you have two of them) are located just above the kidneys and regulate key hormones, namely cortisol, aldosterone, and adrenaline, which help regulate various processes like energy production, metabolism, and stress response.

What is adrenal fatigue? Adrenal fatigue occurs when chronic or severe stress effects the body’s ability to make the hormones needed to handle the stress. The adrenals can no longer produce sufficient levels of cortisol to keep up with the demand and become overwhelmed in the process. Because cortisol production is a top priority, other hormones begin to take a hit, and imbalances ensue.

What do vitamins and minerals have to do with it? Balanced minerals equal balanced hormones equal happy cells. Happy, hydrated cells require a particular ratio of sodium to potassium (1:16), and most Americans don’t get enough potassium. Because of this transport process imbalance, too much sodium leaves the cells with water, leaving the cells dehydrated and even dysfunctional. The adrenal glands use up more Vitamin C when under chronic or severe stress, depleting the body of this essential vitamin, which can leave you prone to oxidative stress and compromised immune function. Sea salt contains vital trace minerals and electrolytes like magnesium that help with energy levels, blood pressure regulation, and adrenal function. It really elevates the taste, too.

Who is the adrenal cocktail for? The adrenal cocktail is an easy way to support and nourish the adrenal glands and is chock-full of essential vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. It’s an ideal drink for anyone, especially those feeling sluggish or fatigued in the afternoons or is suffering with daily stress.

When should I drink my adrenal cocktail? It’s best to drink your adrenal cocktail when mineral levels begin to dip naturally, around 10AM and 2PM. If you have blood sugar management issues, it may be best to consume your adrenal cocktail 15-20 minutes after eating to help blunt a potential sugar spike. As with anything new, start slowly with one adrenal cocktail per day and see how you feel before introducing a second glass.

How do I make an adrenal cocktail? An adrenal cocktail is made using a source of Vitamin C, potassium, and sea salt. This could be orange juice (Vitamin C), cream of tartar (potassium), and Celtic sea salt (sea salt). You could also purchase an adrenal cocktail mix—just make sure it’s clean, with no added sugars, flavors, or additives. I like Jigsaw Health’s Adrenal Cocktail + Whole Food Vitamin C because it’s simple—and very clean. I add one scoop to a glass of spring water with a splash of pineapple juice and a squeeze of lemon. Be sure to mix well.

Favorite Recipes:

Tangy Orange:

1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice + 1/4 tsp cream of tartar + 1/4 tsp sea salt + splash of plain sparkling water

Tropical Paradise:

1 cup coconut water + 1/2 cup pineapple juice + 1/2 cup lime juice + 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt

Optional add-ins:

grass-fed collagen / coconut cream / protein powder

So what do you think? Will you give the adrenal cocktail a try? Try one of our favorite recipes above and be sure to report back to us.

Cheers to happy and healthy adrenals!

Elevate Your Smoothie

If you think a smoothie is just a bunch of blended fruit, you're doing it wrong.

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A Goddess State of Mind

Peel back the layers and discover your Divine Feminine.

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Best Whole Foods Market Beauty & Body Care Products

The big beauty and body care sale is happening now at Whole Foods and here's what to stock up on.

Article by Divina Helene|May 10, 2023

I prefer to shop small and keep things local but some sales are just too good to miss. It’s nice to know that Whole Foods does support many small and local businesses, like Penngrove’s own Soap Cauldron, home of Three Sisters Apothecary and Humboldt’s Ohana Organics. These are some of the many wonderful products on sale during Whole Foods’ big Body Care Sale (which saves you 33% with Prime, or 25% without).

Here’s some products I love and am stocking up on while I can (sale ends May 16th):

Three Sisters Apothecary  (I use these barsoaps to wash my face, too!)

Whole Foods Organic Jojoba Oil

Whole Foods Organic Sweet Almond Oil

Whole Foods Organic Rose Hip Oil

Desert Essence Prebiotic Toothpaste with Perilla Seed (Fluoride-Free, Carrageenan-Free, SLS-Free)

Dr. Tung’s Stainless Steel Tongue Cleaner

Ohana Organics Scrub Butters

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Egyptian Magic All-Purpose Skin Cream

Natra Care Pads & Liners

Heritage Store Rosewater

Organyc Skincare Cotton Balls & Cotton Swabs

Evan Healy Pomegranate Vitality Serum

Evan Healy Whipped Patchouli Vanilla Shea Butter Moisturizer

SaltWorks Ultra Epsom Bath Salt

EO Handsoaps

What are some of your favorite Whole Foods beauty and body care finds? Tell me in a message!

Fall in Love with Giving Thanks

A conscious shift in perspective for long-lasting benefits.

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Setting Healthy Boundaries

Protect your peace this Holiday season and beyond.

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