I've learned of a great new morning energy drink (no it's not coffee!) It's called the adrenal cocktail.
Do you need coffee or other stimulants to get you going? If you crave sugar or salt, feel burnt out, get lightheaded when standing, have a wired yet tired feeling at night, need sunglasses in the day because the sun is too bright and hurts your eyes, have trouble waking up in the morning even after a full night's rest, feel more awake after 6pm, have had situations of prolonged stress, or just have a general sense of unwellness/exhaustion, you may have signs of adrenal fatigue.
The early stage of adrenal fatigue is called hyperadrenia where your body is constantly in "fight or flight" and pumping out cortisol throughout the day and at night. Eventually, your body gets tired of this constant stress response and no longer can pump out the correct amount of cortisol or pumps it out at the wrong time (hypoadrenia). If you find yourself in this latter stage, incorporating this adrenal cocktail into your daily routine may be right for you.
I will go into adrenal fatigue more in a later post since it is a complex thing to explain with many factors going into it. However, in a nutshell, your adrenals balance the salt/potassium ratio and when your adrenals are off, this balance may be off. Typically with hypoadrenia your body cannot retain the salt needed to properly function and many of the symptoms you may be experiencing may be due to lack of sodium and your electrolytes being off. Adrenals also do well on vitamin C (but the naturally occurring kind with bioflavanoids - not synthetic vitamin C from a lab).
Therefore, this cocktail is the perfect mix for you in the morning! There are many variations on the internet of this cocktail recipe so find the one that speaks to you. This is the one I have been using:
- 1 serving Baobab or Camu Camu powder (or other natural source of whole-food Vitamin C)
- 1/4 teaspoon of Real Salt or Himalayan Salt or
- splash of OJ
- Filtered, fresh water
- 1 serving of grassfed collagen powder
For further reading on Adrenal Fatigue, Dr. James L. Wilson has a great book which you can find on my recommended reading page. I will post more about adrenal fatigue in later posts.