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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!

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Eat, Drink, and Be Merry—Without the Guilt

It's hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is just around the corner! As a Holistic Nutritionist and clean-living advocate, I have a few tips to share with you about enjoying the upcoming Holiday—guilt free.

Article by Divina Helene|November 20, 2020

With Thanksgiving ringing in our Holiday season next week, I thought I would offer up a bit of advice on enjoying the Holiday season without the guilt that often accompanies large Holidays.

First of all, let’s be clear: there is a difference between eating mindfully and eating obsessively. One allows you to deviate from your usual healthy, well-rounded diet here and there without harboring any guilt or shame, while the other is so restrictive that you’re almost setting yourself up for disappointment.

It’s imperative to approach your general diet mindfully so as to diminish the possibility of developing an obsessive and unhealthy relationship with food and eating. Eating mindfully means that while you may eat a healthy, well-balanced diet most of the time, you’ve granted yourself the permission to indulge and enjoy food and drink outside of your usually well-balanced diet when the mood strikes and knowing that you won’t feel guilty about it—knowing that you’ll get back to your usual diet soon—knowing it’s not a big deal and that you didn’t “fall off the wagon”.

As we approach the Thanksgiving Holiday, it’s helpful to focus on what we can add to our plates as opposed to what we should leave off or restrict ourselves from (remember, mindful over obsessive). Don’t skimp on the nutritious and filling good stuff like protein, greens and veggies. Drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially between alcoholic beverages and all-day grazing, to keep yourself hydrated and less-likely to overeat (thirst can be mistaken for hunger, you know). Offer to make a favorite side-dish to share to keep your options vast. And lastly, don’t be afraid to indulge and stray from the usual. This is what it means to be a mindful eater, so let’s eat drink, and be merry! Happy Thanksgiving.

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