The Adrenal Cocktail
An adrenal cocktail is a healthy drink that uses certain vitamins and minerals to support what is already too low (as proven by lab work like saliva testing for cortisol, or blood test for aldosterone, or a blood test for potassium or sodium), usually due to having an adrenal problem, which can be common for thyroid patients due to being undiagnosed, or poorly treated with T4-only, or underdosed on NDT or T3.
Or it’s used to support healthy but stressed adrenal function. The recipe has many variations, but often at its base are three ingredients. Here’s an example, though you can modify it:
- 1/2 cup or more Orange Juice (for its Vitamin C)
- 1/4 – 1/2 tsp of Cream of Tartar (for its potassium content–this can go low for some)
- 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp of Sea Salt (for sodium, since one’s levels might be low due to low aldosterone. Himalayan salt is also workable. Both provide some extra minerals in small amounts; processed table salt doesn’t. )
When do I drink it?
It’s totally individual. Once a day has helped some. Others feel more benefit with twice a day. Some drink it at bedtime because they note they sleep better, but it’s up to you.
Is this enough for low cortisol?
No, say patients. Treating low cortisol seems to still require HC (prescription hydrocortisone) for severely low saliva results or over-the-counter ACE (Adrenal Cortex, 50 mg caps) for moderately low, or the CT3M for a natural way to raise the morning low cortisiol.. See the Adrenal Wisdom page. If one needs the strength of HC, study Chapter 6 in the revised STTM book. All the information in Chapter 6 also applies to ACE, though starting doses of 50 mg HC seems to be 3,2,1,1 for women and 4,3,2,1 for men.
But the adrenal cocktail has repeatedly been reported as helping many feel better!
Can I change the orange juice to something else? Can I enhance the drink?
Yes! Some prefer lemon juice, for example. Or cranberry juice. Coconut water is another potential addition, plus adding Vitamin C powder.
Another fun thing to do with the Adrenal Cocktail is add a little cream and a touch of vanilla–the Stop the Thyroid Madness Adrenal Cocktail Dreamy Version. Yummm. (Cream may appear to curdle with the orange juice, but it’s still very drinkable. Some use mini blenders.)
What if I already have high blood pressure?
Since sodium is known to raise blood pressure, patients put very small amounts in this drink if they feel it’s necessary to have the Adrenal Cocktail. They keep track of their blood pressure, as well.
What if the Adrenal Cocktail makes me thirstier?
That may be because you are giving yourself too much sodium for your needs.
Can I drink this if I’m pregnant or nursing?
Female patients have done that without reporting a problem. But as with anything, keep your doctor informed.
What if I have a yeast infection/candida??
This may not be a good idea because of the natural sugar content of orange juice. Sugar is known to feed yeast. Unsweetened cranberry juice sweetened with stevia might be a better choice.
Here’s to ya!! **clink**