Immunity Boosting Tangy Broccoli Slaw Salad with Berries
Let’s talk adrenal fatigue, mental/emotional stress, and athletic performance. In fact, let’s talk about it all week, shall we? I know, don’t get too excited now (enter sarcasm). But you’ll understand why I want to focus on this in a minute.
You see, these crazy Cotter’s have been there. In fact, I’ve heard a crazy statistic that about 80% of Americans have been there too, meaning they’ve had adrenal fatigue. Makes sense though, our lives are jam packed, over stimulated, and malnourished.
“Four most common reasons for adrenal fatigue and dysfunction are intense emotional stress, poor diet, chronic inflammation, and underactive thyroid.”
Which leads me to this past week. The Kiwi was feeling a but “off” from certain mental and emotional stress. Low energy, lack of sleep, weird cravings, anxious, etc. We knew his training and recovery were spot on, so mental/emotional stress was our only other culprit.
Well, this is definitely not good when you have time trials coming up. So we adjusted a few things.
- Immunity– Increase probiotics and good fats (to increase fat soluble vitamin absorption)
- Trace Minerals and natural Adrenal support supplements
- Sleep – I make a sleep solution that he takes every night.
- Carb Intake– more specifically to regulate blood sugar levels.
This week I’ll talk about them all, sound good?
First up –> IMMUNITY!
It’s double time! Meaning, when we see signs of adrenal fatigue, we double up on probiotics.
Probiotics are a great supplement to feed our gut bacteria that keep our immune system going strong. There are several good supplements out there (like colostrum), but most people often forget that cultured food has probiotics too. Cultured food is basically fermented food, such as kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir, yogurt, and kombucha tea.
Here’s one of my favorite dishes to add kefir yogurt to. Use it as a light lunch, side dish, or snack. It’s even great to make for a potluck dinner. A creamy salad that keeps everyone nourished and satisfied!
1 12oz bag broccoli slaw/kale salad mix (can also use small broccoli florets shredded with kales, etc.)
½ cup cooked nitrate free bacon, crumbled (vegans can use tempeh bacon or salted chopped nuts)
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/4 cup raisins or craisins
1/4 cup pumpkin or sunflower seeds (roasted)
2 tbsp. balsamic or red wine vinegar
3/4 cup plain kefir yogurt (coconut kefir for vegans)
2 tsp chili pepper flakes
1/4 cup blueberries
1/2 tsp turmeric or curry powder (optional)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Place broccoli slaw in mixing bowl. Add in your kefir yogurt and vinegar. Mix well. Then add seasonings. Mix again. Finally, add the remaining fixins, berries, seeds, bacon, onion, etc. Mix and chill in fridge until ready to serve. Also great to mix into wraps. Serves 3-4.
A few other probiotic uses and ways we are focusing on to boost immunity.
Adaptogens –Organic Astragalus Root Powder, Organic Reishi Powder, Organic Cordyceps Powder, Organic Rhodiola Powder Extract. These herbs have been used in Chinese medicine for years! Often to strengthen human function and reduce fatigue
Alright, day one of adrenal fatigue talk is done. And please know, this is what has worked for us. We’ve been focusing on this routine for the past 10 days and it has worked well! Every person has a different way of treating certain health “set backs.”
But, like everyone else, all we need is a little patience and TLC when these things spring up! Yes?
Favorite immunity boosting recipe?
Cheers to a Marvelous IMMUNITY boosting Monday!