Adrenal Healing Cocktail + What is Adrenal Fatigue?
- Published on: 29 April, 2015
- Last update: 10 August, 2017
Thanks to @gingernewtrition on Instagram, I have been indulging in one of these adrenal healing ‘creamsicles’ every morning and loving it.
What are our adrenals?
Our tiny adrenal glands sit atop our kidneys. You may feel a sensation of pressure/pain in this area or in your lower back in times of stress. That’s because the adrenal glands are there to respond to stress & produce over 50 hormones; cortisol and aldosterone are two you may have heard of.
The adrenal glands also produce adrenaline, estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, pregnenelone and DHEA. Important stuff!
These adrenals are meant to activate our fight-or-flight response by secreting cortisol, increasing the amount of glucose or sugar in the blood, raising blood pressure, and promoting increased energy production. If our adrenals are constantly stressed out (and thus secreting stress hormones), these responses happen far too often and you start to feel burnt out.
What is adrenal fatigue?
“Adrenal fatigue” comes about from social or emotional stress, as well as physical stress: pollutants, poor food choices, poor digestion, blood sugar irregularities (cravings and crashes!), chronic illnesses, microbes, and parasites.
Most diets are low in nutrients required by the adrenals. These include B-complex vitamins, vitamins A, C and E, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium and other trace elements. The reasons for this begins with how food is grown in our country and the pesticide/chemical usage that has damaged the land. Most food is grown on nutrient depleted soil. Processing and refining further deplete nutrients.
According to Dr. Lawrence Wilson, M.D.,
Many children today are born with weak adrenals due to their parents’ nutritional deficiencies. This is not a genetic problem. Instead, it is due to the nutritional imbalances of the mother, in particular. These are passed through the placenta to the unborn child.
For example, if the mother is zinc-deficient, as most are, the baby is born low in zinc and often high in copper, cadmium or other minerals that substitute for zinc to a degree. Fortunately, this means the problem can be corrected, though it is better to prevent it, of course. By age three or four, these children are in burnout. They are often sick, depressed and have difficulty in school. Some of these children react to the situation by becoming hyperactive, compulsive, obsessive or by developing various other behavior problems.
Adrenal insufficiency can also arise from trauma or shock, similar to the way that abuse and living in fear can take a huge toll on the kidney and adrenals. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the kidneys (and surrounding glands) correspond with the emotion fear.
According to Dr. Wilson, as an example of this, President John F. Kennedy developed Addison’s disease when his small patrol boat was suddenly rammed by a Japanese destroyer on a dark night during World War II. Most of the crew were killed instantly. He survived, but the shock damaged his body and he developed Addison’s disease as a result.
And last but not least, as I mentioned, microbes and parasites play a huge role in taxing the adrenals. This is the part that modern medicine always leaves out: chronic, underlying, undiagnosed infections. Chronic infections may originate in infected teeth or gums, though they can be located anywhere in the body (such as parasites in the intestines). To learn more you can read about how chronic infection in the mouth due to a root canal contributed to exhaustion in this story about healing from Lyme Disease.
When your adrenals are exhausted, your body cannot properly: utilize carbs and fats, convert fats & proteins into energy, distribute stored fat (it will tend to accumulate around the waist and at the sides of the face), regulate blood sugar, and much more.
Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue
* decreased tolerance to cold
* poor circulation
* low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia)
* low blood pressure
* apathy or depression
* low stamina
* low self-esteem due to low energy output
* joint aches and pains
* low levels of gastric hydrochloric acid
* tendency to constipation
* muscle weakness
* need for excessive amounts of sleep
* fears, due to low energy and secondary copper toxicity
* lowered resistance to infection
* subnormal body temperature
Adrenal Healing Cocktail
* 6 oz OJ (fresh squeezed if you can or cold pressed)
* 2 Tbsp raw coconut cream OR raw grass-fed cream (do NOT use pasteurized cream from the store, only from a raw milk farm: realmilk.com)
* 1 Tbsp collagen (I use Vital Proteins grass-fed collagen peptides. Vegetable based collagen has a very low absorption rate and is impossible to find, so Megan suggests using hemp protein if you are vegan to get some amino acids in the elixir)
* Himalayan pink salt, as much as you can stand
Blend it up into a delicious creamsicle!
Benefits of the adrenal cocktail:
✅Fresh squeezed OJ gives the liver the glucose it need to regenerate
✅Perfectly balanced fat/carb/protein ratio for adrenal health and blood sugar balancing
✅Enough fat and protein to keep the juice from spiking your blood sugar
✅Collagen is loaded with the amino acids and building blocks for healing
✅Himalayan pink salt has 84 essential minerals that the adrenals need to function properly
Collagen makes up 90% of bones, 70% of the protein that makes up skin and 30% of the living body! Dietary collagen firms the skin, reduces wrinkles, and strengthens the hair, toenails & fingernails. It’s incredible for joints & arthritis. Best of all, it heals the gut lining and fights candida overgrowth. Collagen is 68% effective at preventing candida from sticking to the intestinal lining (Klotz & Smith, 1995), where it tears holes and causes ‘leaky gut.’