In today’s day and age, stress and burnout are no strangers. We often find ourselves burning the candle at both ends, juggling busy lives that push our physical and emotional limits.
Adrenal burnout hormonal imbalance caused by extreme stress that can lead to various symptoms such as:
- Low energy
- Brain fog
- Weight gain
- Slow metabolism
- Low blood pressure
- Feeling wired but tired
- Not feeling like yourself
Good Stress vs. Bad Stress
Stress can come in many shapes and forms. Occasional spurts of acute stress are necessary and can be healthy for us in things like exercise or cold exposure.
But when it comes to long-term chronic stress, it can wreak havoc on the body.
Chronic stress can result from turbulent and draining emotional relationships like a breakup or an ongoing disagreement with a family member. You can become burned out from an overburdening job, deadlines, or an unappreciative boss.
It can also occur from eating foods you’re intolerant to, excessive alcohol intake, and lack of exercise that creates long-lasting inflammation in the body.
Or it could be caused by exercising, mold exposure, pandemic burnout, or even losing someone you love. Whatever the root cause, we know that the body is not invincible and will eventually surrender to overbearing stress and begin to show symptoms.
How Does Adrenal Burnout Happen?
Your adrenal glands are two small organs that sit right above your kidneys. They are responsible for secreting your stress hormones in response to stress, chronic or acutely. Unfortunately, when your body is in a constant state of stress, the adrenal glands and thyroid begin to malfunction, causing the body’s delicate array of hormones to go off course.
Adrenal burnout can happen slowly and begin to show up in phases. Your body begins to deplete essential minerals like magnesium, causing the body to function less optimally.
Healthy magnesium levels within the body are crucial for managing stress, thyroid function, and creating energy.
Adrenal burnout symptoms can also come in the form of hair loss, very low energy, low libido, imbalanced hormones, severe PMS, imbalanced blood sugar, anxiousness, and lousy sleep, to name a few.
Our nervous system and stress response are a complex yet fragile symphony of processes happening within our bodies.
Why You Should Make An Adrenal Cocktail
The adrenal cocktail is composed of key ingredients to help support the optimal function of the adrenal glands with specific nutrients and minerals.
Whole Food Vitamin C
The main ingredient in this mix is whole food vitamin C in the form of freshly squeezed orange and lime juice and acerola cherry. Vitamin C is a complex vitamin best absorbed in food form, with many other cofactors aiding in ascorbic acids’ ability to uptake in the body.
The adrenal glands contain the highest concentration of vitamin C in the body’s organs and are necessary for their optimal function.
We added organic ginger powder for a zing of flavor and it’s warming and anti-inflammatory properties.
Natural Electrolytes From Salt, Coconut Water
The other key ingredients we included were electrolytes and minerals in the form of coconut water, salt, and magnesium. When our bodies are stressed, our mineral stores can become depleted quickly.
Salt and minerals help the body retain hydration, have muscles function properly, improve nervous system function, thyroid function, immune response, etc.
Adrenal Cocktail Recipe
2 large oranges
1 tsp of salt and/or magnesium powder
1 tsp of acerola cherry powder
1/2 tsp ginger powder
1 tbsp of collagen (optional)
2 cups of coconut water or water
Stevia or honey (optional)
1. In a bowl or mason jar, squeeze or press all the juice from the citrus and discard the rinds.
2. Add the rest of the ingredients together.
3. Either add to a blender to combine ingredients or shake together in a mason jar with a lid. Make sure all ingredients are combined smoothly
4. Pour over ice and enjoy! Note: This recipe is quite salty, like a typical electrolyte drink. Feel free to reduce salt, increase juice, or add a healthy sweetener to adjust to the desired taste.
As you can see, using a few simple yet effective ingredients can be easy to use to help the body combat stress, have a healthy period and fight fatigue and replenish the system.
Have fun with this recipe and add fruit or a healthy sweetener like honey if it feels good. Whether you are healing adrenal fatigue or preventing it in the first place, this citrusy cocktail will have you feeling good!