Have you ever tried an adrenal cocktail? Unfortunately, they are not as common as most cocktails, but way better for you.
An adrenal cocktail is simply a cocktail that provides the necessary vitamins and minerals to support your adrenal glands. To understand the importance of drinking an adrenal cocktail, you should first understand why you should pay attention to your adrenal glands – what is it, what it does, and what happens to our body once our adrenal glands have problems.
The Stress of Adrenal Glands
Our adrenal glands are glands that are located above our kidneys. It regulates our stress and other hormones such as cortisol, adrenaline, and aldosterone.
Adrenal glands are known for managing our body’s stress response, but our adrenal gland’s role goes beyond stress response and our “fight-or-flight” response: it also manages other key physiological processes such as glucose usage, blood pressure regulation, and immune responses.
Maintaining hormonal balance within the adrenal glands is vital for our adrenal gland’s system to function properly. Once hormonal imbalances happen, this is where we experience problems such as brain fog, fatigue, body aches, unexplained weight loss, etc. In short, distressed and imbalanced adrenal glands (also called “adrenal fatigue” when the distress is too much) will cause us more stress whereas a healthy adrenal gland will help us properly deal with stress and will properly function the way it needs to.
Now, the question is, how do you promote hormonal balance within the adrenal glands?
Promoting hormonal balance within your adrenal glands starts with feeding your body with balanced amounts of vitamins and minerals.
When we get stressed, we deplete our body of vitamins and minerals that it needs to function properly – of course, this includes depletion of nutrients for our adrenal glands. As we get more stressed, our depletion of nutrients worsens, too.
In the case of our adrenal glands, when we experience chronic stress plus loss of nutrients due to depletion, in the long run, it will cause what is called adrenal fatigue. This is a condition where our adrenal glands don’t work properly anymore. When this happens, we will feel more tired, we get sick more often, and our digestion goes downhill.
As mentioned earlier, to heal our adrenal glands and promote hormonal balance within them, we must begin by providing our body with sufficient vitamins and minerals. For these purposes, sodium and potassium are two key minerals needed to get the job done.
It is not only important to get these minerals, but make sure that we get them in sufficient amounts and ratios. In the case of sodium and potassium, our ideal ratio of sodium-to-potassium is 1:16. However, according to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the average American only consumes half of the potassium it needs – which is 3,500mg to 4,700mg.
When this ratio is disturbed, our body pumps out additional sodium out of our cells to compensate for the imbalanced ratio. In the process, water is also pumped out as it is needed when transporting sodium. This leaves our cells lacking in sodium, dehydrated due to excessive pumping of water, and decreased performance of an adrenal function.
How Adrenal Cocktail Helps Your Adrenal Glands
Enter the adrenal cocktail: a cocktail that, as we mentioned at the start, supports our adrenal glands by providing the vitamins and minerals it needs to heal and function properly.
The key to adrenal cocktail’s power lies in its ingredients and nutritional content. Here are the typical ingredients and nutrients included in an adrenal cocktail:
Do you know that your adrenal glands demand a lot of vitamin C? This is because your adrenal glands need a lot of vitamin C when producing cortisol and other stress-response hormones whenever you face a stressful situation.
When our body is low in vitamin C and your adrenal glands need it, they produce more cortisol just to get your attention. However, if you don’t supply it with the vitamin C it needs, the cortisol it releases will simply whack your body out! This explains why many adrenal cocktails are mainly made from oranges!
Collagen is a building block for many parts of our body including the hair, nails, muscles, bones, and most notably, our skin. It also contains amino acids which are beneficial for our health.
When choosing a collagen supplement brand, be sure that it is grass-fed and of high quality. Otherwise, you are simply shortchanging yourself.
Sea salt, especially the Himalayan pink salt, is rich in key minerals that our adrenal glands will need including potassium, sodium, and magnesium. All in all, Himalayan pink salts are packed with 84 minerals that will support your adrenal glands’ needs.
Cream of Tartar
Cream of tartar, or potassium bitartrate, is a white powdered substance that can be dissolved in water. This means that you can use this for your adrenal cocktail to get your potassium needs.
How to Make An Adrenal Cocktail
Now that we’ve discussed what is an adrenal cocktail and it’s important for your body, especially your adrenal glands, let’s go to the light and fun part: making it!
If you are new to adrenal cocktails, you might think that making it is expensive and perhaps, even complicated. However, making an adrenal cocktail is often both cheap and just simple to do.
Here is an example recipe of an adrenal cocktail:
- 5oz of freshly squeezed orange juice or 100% store-bought orange juice
- scoop of collagen
- ¼ Himalayan pink salt or any sea salt available to you (if you’re using other types of sea salt, be sure to check its quality and nutritional content)
- ¼ cream of tartar
Simply mix these three and you’re ready to go! If you’re wondering where the collagen is – well, some use collagen while others don’t; it depends on your preference and/or availability of ingredients. But the key ingredients here are orange (vitamin C), Himalayan pink salt (sodium and other minerals), and cream of tartar (potassium). Feel free to explore other recipes as you see fit!
vitamins and minerals to support your adrenal gland
- 1/2 cup orange juice (fresh squeezed if possible)
- 2 tbsp full fat coconut milk or cream of tartar
- 1 scoop collagan peptides
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
Add all of the ingredients to a cup and stir until consistent throughout.
When to Drink An Adrenal Cocktail
For best results, drink an adrenal cocktail daily. As per the time of the day, you can drink it anytime – morning, before going to bed, while you’re on the go, etc. Drink it as it best suits your routine and schedule.
Give this adrenal cocktail a try and let me know how it goes! Feel free to shoot me an email or a message on Instagram if you have any questions. Also, I recently joined TikTok and I’m obsessed with making videos. So if you’re on the platform, feel free to check it out.
P.S. If you’re interested in learning more about hormone health, check out a few of my other articles on hormone health here:
- Stress And Your Hormones: 6 Hormones That Your Body Releases Under Stress
- Post-Birth Control Syndrome: 10 Symptoms & How To Heal From It
- Gut Health And Hormones: The Relationship That You Should Know About
- Post-Birth Control Syndrome: 10 Symptoms & How To Heal From It
- Cycle Syncing: Improving Your Health By Getting To Know Your Menstrual Cycle
Love this, I definitely think I need one of these. Are they safe for pregnant women?
Thanks Liz! Definitely – pregnancy can add underlying stress so this can be extra helpful.
This was so informative! I’m pinning it–I’ll definitely give it a go!
Yay!! LMK how you like it.
Wow, I had no idea how important our adrenal glands are at supporting our health and the way we process stress! I’m going to start making this cocktail but can you recommend a good collagen I can order!
That’s so good to hear 🙂 Some brands I would recommend are Vital Proteins, Ancient Nutrition, Great Lakes gelatin collagen hydrolysate, or Further Food. 🙂
In such rough times, this for sure is an amazing drink to try.
Yes! Definitely a good one if you are experiencing stress 🙂
I’ve never given much thought to my adrenal glands, but I’m realizing I probably should! This drink is both useful and yummy.
I didn’t until mine became very dysfunctional a few years back! But this is kind of an easy way to help keep them in check 🙂
I’ve never heard of this before but have noticed collagen being an ingredient in many new health recipes. Can’t wait to try it now that I know why!
Yay so good to hear! I love collagen because it’s such an easy way to get in extra protein!
Such a simple and tasty way to stay healthy!
Thanks Brianna! So glad you enjoyed it 🙂