I have one job* right now: keep my adrenals happy. They’re in a pretty gnarly mood right now, so it’s taking some cajoling. This adrenal power smoothie is a great support to my efforts!
*Okay, that’s such a big fat lie… modern-day moms have a bajillion different jobs and feel like they are to execute them all flawlessly in perfect synchronicity. (I’m sure that couldn’t have contributed to my adrenal fatigue at all. Ahem.)
Adrenal fatigue (AF) has been gaining a lot of attention lately in alternative/natural health circles, and rightfully so. It’s a massively under-diagnosed epidemic, especially for women.
I have found this AF road to be pretty winding and confusing at times – there’s a lot of talk about adrenal and thyroid health out there, but it can be difficult to get a hold of the big picture.
Because I’m the type of person who needs to see the bird’s eye view of something before fully understanding the smaller details, I have been piecing together an overall framework for my own recovery plan. At the same time, I have also been incorporating the individual parts of that plan (like this smoothie) into my life.
I plan to share the full framework of my healing process with you all, but for today, I am sharing another important piece of the puzzle.
I created this Happy Adrenal Power Smoothie to offer daily support to the healing process. Each ingredient is carefully chosen for a specific purpose:
Happy Adrenal Power Smoothie
For the vitamin C, which plays a vital role in adrenal gland function. (source) I use the full fruit instead of just juice to keep the beneficial fiber.
For the healthy fat component. (Always buy the full-fat version! I buy this brand at my local grocery store. I’ve also seen this brand sold in cartons to to avoid BPA.)
Those with adrenal fatigue are often deficient in sodium – an essential mineral for human health. (I use and adore Redmond’s Real Salt – my favorite source for unrefined sea salt with its beautiful flecks of natural minerals to help sustain health. Redmond is the only brand I’ve used for eight years and counting.)
Related: Why I Supplement My Diet with Extra Salt On Purpose (Yes, Really!)
Virgin coconut oil
For its proven anti-stress and antioxidant effects, among other benefits. (source)
Grass-fed gelatin or collagen
For joint care and digestion benefits. (This brand or this brand are good choices.)
For its powerful anti-inflammatory properties. (source)
These ingredients all combine into a happy adrenal smoothie powerhouse.
Because when the adrenals ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. Or something like that. Gnarly adrenals: meet happy smoothie. May your union be daily, and your healing power be exponential.
Happy Adrenal Power Smoothie
- 1 orange peeled
- 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk should be nice and creamy
- 1/4 tsp Redmond Real Salt or more if you can stand it
- 1 T virgin coconut oil
- 1 tsp collagen
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend thoroughly.
I’m sorry, but this is an artery paralyzing heart disease promoting smoothie. There’s not one speck of peer reviewed science that says all that saturated fat is healthy. Not a speck.
I have recently been buying real Turmeric from a local Vietnamese Store (Little Saigon). I cut it up into small slices, put it on a screen and dry in the sun for 2 days. Then I powder it in a blender. It makes the kitchens smell so great and the natural oils are just not found in the store bought powder. It is so much better I cannot express how much you need to try this. I also grind my own clove for pumpkin pie and clove as well as fresh clove and fresh powdered cinnamon tea.
All infor points to requiring black pepper or pepperine to absorb the turmeric properly.. you are wasting it if not absorbing it into your body
Been drinking Dandyblend for my coffee. I havn’t had coffee for over a year now.
Don’t miss it either.
where do you buy dandy blend?
I am in a similar situation. I know I have thyroid disorder and adrenal fatigue, but I have no health coverage and cannot afford a naturopath. My daughters (15 & 12) have obesity (15 yo only), adrenal fatigue, thyroid disorder, and the 12 year old has to home school because of a 2.5 year long battle with what we took 2 years of test and trial (she has insurance) and 8 doctors to discover as mono, Hashimoto’s and leaky gut. I’m currently attempting the Trim Healthy Mama plan which can be very good for thyroid dysfunction (lots of collagen, no sugar, light use of gentle grains, healthy fats, etc). I’m constantly on the look out for additional things that could help us. I’m going to try this smoothie, I normally have to have coffee to function (1 cup in the am with sugavida, collagen, vanilla and a splash of half and half) I’m hoping it will help. Do you have other suggestions of things to try yet, or are you still trying to figure this out too?
I’m still working on figuring out how to cut my one daily cup of coffee. My system is pretty sensitive right now, and I get migraines if I don’t have it before noon. I’ll be sure to blog about it when I finally figure it out! Sending you lots of love and healing vibes as you champion your family’s health. Sounds like you’re doing a great job so far. xo
Hi. I tried this and it tastes really good. This is my first day to try. How long does it usually take for this smoothie to work? I look forward to making this every morning. Thank you for putting it ou there for pthers.
This smoothie alone won’t “work” – it’s more of a tool (one of many) that you should use to address adrenal fatigue. I’ve written several other posts about adrenal fatigue that you can find if you type in “adrenal fatigue” in the search at the top right corner of this site. 🙂
Have you tried decaffeinated swish water blend coffee? I used that to help me quit caffeine andnavoid migrains andnnow ive finslly mostly stopped that too. Coffee is a really tough habit to kick
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Does it actually taste good? It sounds REALLLLY coconutty…
Coconut is not my favourite flavour at all, but I can drink this. It’s not the sweetest or most indulgent smoothie, but I wanted the medicinal benefits of the ingredients, so I wasn’t as concerned about that. If you’re not in serious adrenal fatigue, you can add a banana, which takes the flavour up a notch or three. It’s creamy and rich and sweet. (Bananas aren’t recommended for severe adrenal fatigue.)