Okay, we’ve covered immunity and good gut flora to help fight adrenal fatigue, so let’s get to sleep solutions and the importance of trace minerals. Now, I am not a doctor, I can’t diagnose anyone or anything, but I will continue to share what we do in these situations. Sound good?
Cortisol is suppose to be high in the morning (to give us energy) and taper off at night (so we can sleep). But if you are continually stressed or overtraining, your cortisol will stay high. This can cause some pretty restless nights because your hormones and adrenals are in overdrive.
And if your adrenals are working in overdrive from producing too much cortisol, then they need extra vitamin and mineral support in order to keep electrolytes balanced. Just think of this way, in constant stress, your adrenals are being sucked dry. The adrenals cannot continue to produce the needed minerals and hormones without support, therefore the body feels tired and depleted, because it is.
This is why good SLEEP and Natural SALT (sea salt with trace minerals like sodium, magnesium, iodine, etc.) are needed to RESTORE those adrenals. To bring them back to life! To FEED them!
Extra sleep can help lower cortisol, getting your body out of the “adrenal resistance” stage. Well, seeing that the Kiwi was having a hard time sleeping to begin with, we had to make a special “sleep solution” to get him to sleep.
- 4oz. Tart Cherry Juice for serotonin
- 6oz water
- 1-2 scoops Whey protein – slow release protein digestion and to keep blood sugar regulated
- 2 tablespoon 100% unsweetened Cocoa for antioxidants and flavor
- 2 droplets full (around 2 mL) Valerian Liquid extract – Herb to calm the nervous system
This solution was recommend by Dr. Stacy Sims, our friend and brilliant Sport Dietitian over at OSMO nutrition. You take this drink 30 minutes before bed, and it actually tastes pretty good!
Now that we’ve got the sleep solution covered, let’s talk about the salt. We always add sea salt to our meals, but more is definitely needed in this situation (restoring trace minerals as mentioned above). What’s our solution? Simple, ½ teaspoon of sea salt or pink salt in a glass of purified water.
Sounds gross, but I add a little lemon and orange juice to it and let the salt drink sit overnight. Then we drink it first thing next morning. I notice a huge difference in energy when we add in our salt drinks. It’s like my adrenals are doing a little happy dance because of the trace minerals being replenished! But warning, too much salt can stimulate digestion, so I wouldn’t recommend drinking too soon before a workout, haha!
Well, that’s it for today. Friday I have a rice cake recipe, which of course will go nicely with our carb intake insulin release talk, right?
Do you have any special sleep remedies? Are you getting your Adrenal Support?
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