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  • Writer's pictureJodi Forestell CHN. NNCP

One of The Best Ways To Love Your Adrenals

Updated: May 1, 2023

In today’s world, we are constantly on the go, a steady state of “busy-ness” is the norm, and we’re always running from one responsibility to the next - literally! 🏃‍♀️

There seems to be this cultural attitude that being as busy as possible all the time is something to be proud of and a sign of our worth. And the price of being ‘busy’ is: we don’t sleep, are exhausted, have digestive issues, gain weight, have brain fog, mood swings, our libido decreases and anxiety is at an all time high.

Sound familiar? 🙎‍♀️

If so, read on because I have a simple and yummy way for you to start your day to nourish your adrenal glands so you can start feeling like your amazing self again. 🍹

Adrenal Glands

Your adrenal glands are two little power packs perched at the top of your kidneys. They make sure you can adapt to stress and maintain optimal energy levels, and they weigh barely a few ounces. Even though the adrenals are very little, they have a huge impact on your everyday life and they take a hard hit during stressful times that demand our mental, emotional and physical energy.

Cortisol

The adrenal glands release cortisol which is a crucial hormone needed when the body is responding to stress. This is why it’s called the ‘stress-hormone’ and if there is one work-horse hormone in the body, it’s cortisol. While stress is unavoidable and it’s normal to experience daily stress and even good for us to a degree, it needs to be kept in check.

Stress

Stress comes in many forms: physical, mental, emotional, chemical. If you don’t know where your stress is coming from, or even realize that you have stress in your life, then you can’t address it and move it through your body which is extremely important for your general health and your adrenal glands.

Because here is the thing with stress...your adrenal glands don’t know the difference between sitting in a traffic jam, watching the news, chemicals from cleaners or being chased by a saber tooth tiger🏃‍♀️🐅....they only know the stress. It is all the same to them.

When you're chronically stressed, your cortisol levels stay elevated and don't come back down and recover, this is what throws off the delicate balance of your body and this is where the problems start. Your body is only prioritizing keeping you alive, it’s not worried about digesting food, sleeping or making a baby. It’s job is to literally just keep you alive…that’s it.

Factors that contribute to overworked adrenals are nutrient deficiencies, poor regulation of blood sugar, circadian rhythm disruption, environmental toxins and gut imbalances.

All of the above are things I work with my clients inside the Nourish & Thrive Formula 🌱 to bring their cortisol down, balance back to their hormones, and nourish their taxed adrenal glands.

What Can I Do?

There are many actions you can take to reduce your stress and improve your health and energy levels. Ideally, if you think stress is starting to burn you out, stress reduction is key. And while it may feel like you're caught in a vicious cycle of stress, sleep deprivation, poor nutrition and mood swings, it is possible to break free of this pattern. There are many ways you can reduce your stress and nourish your adrenal glands. Soft interventions are things you can start to do today that are simple and sustainable to bring lasting effects for a healthier, happier you.

Loving our Adrenals

Our adrenal glands take care of us 24-7 so let's return the love and give them all the support we can. Nutrition and lifestyle are crucial components to reset your adrenals, and you can start nourishing them today with a yummy and easy daily practice that incorporates 3 nutrients: Vitamin C, sodium and potassium. When these are combined together, I call this the Adrenal Cocktail.

Vitamin C is a broad spectrum vitamin, meaning it does MANY things for your body, and it is critical for adrenal health. To put it simply, the more stress you are under, the more Vitamin C you will burn up. It’s a water soluble vitamin so you will go through it very quickly and it needs to be replenished daily. The adrenals are big users of Vitamin C.

Sodium & Potassium. While we are all told to reduce our sodium/salt intake, it’s still important that you get enough sodium in your diet and it should come from a good quality sea salt. Again, the more stressed we are, the more sodium we end up losing from our cells, which causes our cells to dump out potassium as well.

That delicate balance of sodium and potassium affects the symptoms that we experience with adrenal fatigue. Mineral balance is VERY important. Adding a bit of sea salt to your food will help to balance out your electrolytes and minimize some of your symptoms.

Adrenal Cocktail Recipe

Start your day (before your coffee/tea) with the adrenal cocktail and have it again between 2-3pm if you need it.

See the recipes below and choose what best suits you and please let me know how it goes.

The key when making this drink is to make sure you have all three components in your glass. Vitamin C + salt + potassium. Play with it and make it your own. (Below is what I do).


OPTION #1

250-500ml of water

1 packet of ENER-C sugar free Orange (Note: any vitamin C powder will work as long as it is sugar-free and doesn’t contain a lot of extra ‘stuff’)

1/2 tsp sea salt

1/3 cup coconut water

OPTION #2

250-500ml of water

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/3 cup coconut water

Juice from ½ fresh squeezed lemon

Vitamin C capsule supplement- Ester-C form (take as per RDA and directions on bottle).

Learn More

Want to learn more about how to nourish your adrenal glands and bring your body back into balance so you can feel like your awesome self again?

Send me a message or click the link below to see of you qualify for a FREE Discovery Call with me HERE

I’ll help you to get clarity around what the problem is, what is holding you back and how to move forward. We’ll get clear on…


-Your magic goal when it comes to your health and why you want it

-Any obstacles and challenges that are getting in the way and derailing your success

-Any self sabotage that is happening

-And a plan of action to move you forward to start feeling well again


In health,

-jodi



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