After having Harrison I was constantly exhausted and most of time I felt like my brain was in a constant fog. I kept getting brought back to the idea of healing your adrenals and changed my diet to get back to eating whole foods and incorporate things that would help my system return to normal.
Adrenal Smoothies kept popping up in my search to get back to pre postpartum life. Not even the weight side of things, just feeling right.
I didn't feel right, sad, tired, zero energy. Something had to give, and luckily food can be an answer. I'm a firm believer that nutrition can heal.
This has even become my go-to for when I feel sick. It has everything I need to start feeling better, and it tastes better than just taking Vitamin C pills.
Here's what I include in my little Adrenal Smoothie (I also use it as a Cold Buster) on an average smoothie making day:
Coconut Oil - this healthy medium chain fatty acid speeds up your metabolism, helps protect the liver from free radicals, aids in natural detoxification, helps with chronic inflammation, supports the immune system, & helps balance blood sugar. I just kinda sorta love coconut oil.
Orange Juice - Vitamin C, gives the liver the glucose it needs to regenerate, & high in folate
Turmeric - anti-inflammatory
Full Fat Coconut Milk - for the healthy fat
Himalayan Pink Salt - contains 84 essential trace minerals that the adrenals and nervous system need to function well. It is also alkaline-forming so it helps support the body’s natural detoxification process.
Collagen - amino acids, great for joints and digestion, supports skin health, and supports balanced hormones
Now for the recipe -
Adrenal & Cold Buster Smoothie
6 oz orange juice (I like to use high pulp, you can juice your own as well)
2 oz full fat coconut milk (I like the organic So Delicious Culinary Coconut Milk)
1 scoop of Collagen Peptides
1 tsp coconut oil
dash of tumeric
up to 1/4 tsp Himalayan Pink Salt (I tend to just do a dash, I use it throughout the day)
1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
enough ice to get the consistency you like
Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
For an additional boost I even added some juiced beets and carrots from the garden. Beets are rich in nitrates & are shown to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure.