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by Lauren Davies August 14, 2023 3 min read

The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system and play an essential role in how our body responds to stress and also in maintaining energy balance. There are three key hormones that help to control energy levels and respond to stress: cortisol, aldosterone, and adrenaline. They are regulated by the adrenal glands and require essential nutrients that act as fuel for them to be able to function effectively.

If our bodies are under prolonged stress, over-activation of the stress response can place a higher demand on nutrient stores and tire the adrenals impairing their function. This is where nurturing the adrenals with a boost of key nutrients, electrolytes, and minerals in a delicious drink like the adrenal cocktail may provide natural and effective support.

Nurturing Nutrients for Adrenal Health

There are essential vitamins and minerals the adrenal glands require that play a crucial role in hormone production, hormone regulation and overall adrenal health. Understanding the relationship between sodium, potassium, and adrenal health is key to supporting the body's stress response. The Adrenal Cocktail provides three key components:

  • Vitamin C: A potent antioxidant that protects cells from free radical damage and supports adrenal function by helping to produce and regulate cortisol, the primary stress hormone. It also is required for the activation of neurotransmitters and carnitine for energy production. It is easily depleted under chronic stress and as an essential nutrient, it means we need to obtain it from our dietary intake. Rich sources include citrus fruits, strawberries, bell peppers, and broccoli
  • Sodium (Salt): A primary electrolyte that plays a crucial role in regulating fluid balance, nerve transmission and muscle function. Aldosterone, produced by the adrenal glands helps regulate sodium levels in the body by increasing reabsorption by the kidneys. Many processed and packaged foods are high in sodium as salt is added during processing. Prioritize whole, unprocessed food sources of sodium, including celery, beets, carrots, poultry, beef, saltwater fish and use natural sources of sodium like sea salt or Himalayan salt in cooking
  • Potassium: Another key electrolyte in the body, crucial for maintaining fluid balance, nerve impulses and muscle contractions. It works with sodium (salt) to support overall cellular function and regulate heart rhythm. Aldosterone also helps regulate potassium levels by excreting excessive potassium through the urine to maintain the balance of sodium and potassium in the body. Rich dietary sources include bananas, oranges, potatoes, spinach, coconut water, and avocados

Adrenal Cocktail Recipe

The adrenal cocktail works to build up the nutrients the body needs to make hormones by combining key vitamins and minerals. You only need three common ingredients you're likely to have on hand:


  • 4oz organic fresh orange juice
  • 4oz coconut water
  • 1/4tsp sea salt
  • Ice blocks (optional)


Simply place all ingredients in a blender and mix well to create a delicious drink you can enjoy any time of day!

Bonus Tip:

You could also add a scoop of vanilla all-in-one protein powder to create a balanced adrenal cocktail breakfast smoothie. It's hydrating, supports stress and delivers absorbable nutrients. Plus, it tastes delicious!

Adrenal Cocktail Recipe Benefits

Three simple ingredients for three effective benefits:

  • Electrolyte Balance: Sea salt
  • Potassium Repletion: Coconut water
  • Vitamin C Boost: Oranges

Chronic stress can take its toll and impair optimal adrenal function, leaving you feeling burnt out... and over time may lead to more serious health issues. Incorporating nutrient-rich foods as part of a balanced diet to help butter the effects of stress can support the adrenal system. Incorporate this simple recipe, with just three ingredients, that are easily absorbable allowing your body to use them effectively. A great way to support your body naturally that you can start today.

If you're under high levels of stress, chances are your adrenal glands are taking strain, and it could lead to burnout. Take a listen to this podcast for 7 warning signs you're wearing out your adrenals and where to start to take back control.

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