Adrenal Supporting Smoothie by Zhané Orr-O'Farrell

Adrenal Supporting Smoothie

FODMAP Friendly, Vegan, Paleo

Recipe and Blog Post by: Zhané Orr-O'Farrell, Health & Nutrition Journalist

 

Packed full of Vitamins C, E, D, Magnesium and Omega 3 Fatty Acids, this Adrenal Supporting Smoothie will replete and recharge your body’s energy stores for the day ahead, making it the perfect breakfast or snack option for anyone suffering from burn-out. 

 

Ingredients: 

½ Avocado

Handful of Macadamias

Handful of Frozen Berries

Handful of Spinach

Yoga Food

½ Cup Canned Coconut Milk

½ Cup Coconut Water

Mint

Squeeze of lemon

Ice

 

How to:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into funky glass Yoga Food glass shaker and enjoy.

 

Responding to stressors of modern life including career and family responsibilities, screen-time, lack of sleep and even excessive exercise, we deplete the body’s energy stores and eventually ‘burn out’, exhausting the body’s adrenal glands.

 

The adrenal glands are responsible for hormone production in the body, meaning that their exhaustion has a crippling effect on the body, causing symptoms of decreased immunity, insomnia, headaches and even unstable emotional activity. 

 

In order to heal and replete the adrenal glands we must fuel the body with nutrient dense, wholefoods rich in protein, healthy fats and complex carbohydrates. It is also important to address the following vitamins and minerals necessary for healthy hormone production and energy sustainability:

 

Vitamin C – Has an anti-inflammatory affect on physical stress onset my excessive physical exercise and mitigates rising levels of physiological stress over time. Found here in: berries, spinach, avocado, mint and lemon juice.

 

Vitamin Bs – Stimulate the adrenal glands in order to reduce particular feelings of fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances, nausea and abdominal discomfort and maintain blood sugar levels for sustained energy throughout the day. Found here in: avocado and spinach. 

 

Magnesium - Essential to the production of the enzymes and the energy necessary for the adrenal cascade. Found here in: spinach, avocado, macadamias.

 

Omega 3 – Healthy fats help to sustain the body’s brain activity and satisfy hunger until the next meal or snack (as suggested by the adrenal fatigue diet). Found here in: spinach, coconut milk.