Life has been busy in the last couple of weeks and I am back relying on coffee to get me through. It starts with one to get through a super-busy-running-running day which feels me feeling depleted the following day and I reach for the coffee again and then again…..after a week I am back to not sleeping through the night, my anxiety level is through the roof and I can feel my muffin top expanding. I love good coffee but have relied so often on it’s empty energy buzz that it has drained my adrenal glands and become my nemesis.
Never fear for I have the antidote here!
The adrenal glands love vitamin C as it is absolutely essential for catecholamine synthesis which is the production of norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, cortisol, testosterone and aldosterone. It also seems to regulate our levels of these hormones and neurotransmitters when our stress levels spike. The Standard American Diet just does not contain enough vitamin C rich vegetables so a smoothie is a great way to boost your intake.
This smoothie contains red cabbage and citrus fruits for a hefty dose of vitamin C, whilst the beet, cabbage and cucumber support liver function as it clears excess hormone from the bloodstream.
I add a good pinch of Himalayan sea salt to the blender reduced aldosterone as a result of adrenal failure can cause the kidneys to fail to absorb salt from fluid ready fro excretion and can affect salt levels on a cellular level. Clients I meet who have adrenal failure are usually craving the taste of salt in the diet and find it fortifying to the body. The salt also adds a delicious piquancy to the fruity/vegetable flavour.
- 1/2 medium beet
- 1/4 large English cucumber
- 1 orange juiced
- 1/8 wedge of a medium red cabbage (about 1 cup chopped)
- 1 carrot
- 1 lime juiced
- 1" grated ginger
- 1 large pinch Himalayan sea salt
- 1/2 cup filtered water
- 1 kiwi (optional)
- Put all ingredients into a blender and liquify until smooth.
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