What if I told you there is a cocktail that could make you feel better? This cocktail provides energy while helping to offset stress and even infections. And it’s also something you can easily and cheaply make yourself.
Do I have your attention? Well, before describing how to make it, it’s important to understand your body and a bit of biochemistry.
The adrenal gland is located just above the kidneys and is vital for regulating different hormone levels including cortisol, aldosterone and, of course, adrenaline. These hormones control the body’s energy levels, including the ability to increase your blood pressure or heart rate to respond to stressful situations. An imbalance in any of your adrenal gland hormone levels can cause everything to fall out of place, possibly making you tired or simply not feeling your best. For instance, a blood pressure drop due to lack of the aldosterone hormone can even result in brain fog, inhibiting concentration on academic studies and simple day-to-day tasks. So, it is really important to manage these hormone levels.
The path to balanced hormone levels starts with balanced minerals in your body. Sodium and potassium are the two most important elements for maintaining the hormone aldosterone. In each of our cells, there is a sodium-potassium ion pump. This active transport process is responsible for maintaining equilibrium inside the cell, importing potassium and exporting sodium. The ideal intracellular sodium-to-potassium ratio is 1:16. But the problem is that the average American diet consists of more sodium than potassium. The human body needs 3,500 milligrams to 4,700 milligrams of potassium every day. However, according to a study by The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the average American only consumes about half of that. Without the proper amount of potassium, the sodium-potassium ion pumps of each cell cannot function properly. To maintain the 1:16 ratio, the cell pumps additional sodium out of the cell, taking water with it because sodium ions must chemically bond to water molecules to be transported.
This overcompensation process leaves the cell dehydrated, sodium deficient and decreases the adrenal function. Due to electrolyte depletion, not enough aldosterone is produced, resulting in fatigue. Some try to fix the fatigue with caffeine or sugars or even a nap, but in actuality, the proper fix is simply to improve your mineral balance.
Typically, between the hours of 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and/or between 2 p.m to 3 p.m., our bodies naturally start to run out of the adrenal gland’s hormones, and more is needed. However, if our body has no ingredients, in this case minerals, to make more energizing hormones, we instead start to wind down. By consuming an “adrenal cocktail” at these times, the adrenal gland will receive the right amount of sodium and potassium to release hormones of the adrenal gland, like aldosterone, to get those cells pumping.
Adrenal Cocktail Recipe:
4 ounces Orange Juice
1/4 teaspoon Celtic Sea Salt
1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar
The orange juice contains vitamin C, which can help heal damage caused by stress on the body. This type of stress includes physical stress, such as that caused by an injury. Organic orange juice contains more vitamin C than its non-organic counterpart because it is less processed.
Celtic Sea Salt is recommended over table salt because it does not contain extra additives, such as iodine in table salt. Also, sea salt contains trace minerals which add to our needed electrolyte values.
Cream of Tartar is the common name for potassium bitartrate. It is a white powdery substance that is soluble in water and acid, meaning it’s perfect for dissolving in the citrus juice. When making the cocktail, it’s important to mix and shake it thoroughly so the potassium doesn’t just drift to the bottom of the cup.
Not long after drinking this cocktail, you will feel rejuvenated as you will have fixed your fatigue the right way! Also, you can spend your money on something other than coffee, kombucha and yerba mate.
Start your new year right by drinking an adrenal cocktail twice a day. Of course, not any cocktail, but the amazing adrenal cocktail!