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What Is an Adrenal Cocktail?

A hormone supportive elixir or cocktail is a medicinal mixture that contributes to different systems in the body to support hormone balance. It's important to note that elixirs are a bonus item, meaning if you are not eating enough and in balanced amounts, they likely will not be helpful. Food first, always!



The purpose of this adrenal cocktail is to provide support via important electrolytes sodium and potassium, which are much better absorbed together as well as whole food vitamin C. By giving your adrenals what they need to thrive, it helps your body respond properly to stress.


When we reach a point of burnout, we not only make less cortisol (leaving us fatigued), but we also have depleted mineral levels. Replenishing those minerals, especially sodium, potassium, and magnesium, promotes overall health and hormone balance in the body. Here are FOUR different adrenal cocktail recipes you can experiment with at home.

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Blood Sugar Dysregulation and Mineral Balance

 

The majority of conversations surrounding blood sugar issues like diabetes, hypoglycemia, and insulin resistance are focused on macronutrients.  The immediate reaction is to ask about the dietary balance of carbs, proteins, and fats, which can be partially misguided.  Balanced meals are an essential part of blood sugar balance and a crucial component of adrenal and thyroid health.  However, if someone is dealing with many spikes and dips in their blood glucose, we have to fight the temptation always to assume that their macronutrient ratio is off due to carbohydrate consumption.  Yes, eating carbs does cause your blood sugar to rise, and depending on the person, it may lead to a severe drop.  For this reason, low-carb diets have exploded in popularity over the last decade, slowly phasing out the fear of fat ignited by physiologist Ancel Keys in the 1950s and replacing it with a deep-seated disdain for anything that turns to glucose in the...

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A Supportive Community & Connection Heals

 

While I think we have to address the way we eat, I believe that having support and a community behind you is often left out of the equation.  You have probably experienced the health-promoting effects of your closest relationships already.  Every time your partner makes you laugh, or your best friend patiently listens to you unload about your latest drama, or your mom gives you a giant hug—your healing speeds up just a tad.  Even connecting with our pets can help boost our health by increasing how much oxytocin the body releases.  This creates a feeling of happiness.  My little Moosey man (tiny dog in my stories on IG) is sitting on my lap right now, making working on a Sunday much more enjoyable.

 

 

 

What Does Science Say About Being in a Community?

According to several studies (and my own experience), the “secret” to healing is a strong community.  Yep, you read that right; studies show that having a social...

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Rethinking Your Prenatal: Essential Nutrients For Pregnancy

There's a lot of information out there regarding prenatal nutrition. Similar to information regarding hormone health, it's all conflicting, which leads to confusion. I feel the same about both--women should be educated on how their bodies work and what their nutrient requirements are, and then make the best decision for themselves. 

I think one of the best places to start when it comes to misunderstood nutrients during pregnancy is magnesium and copper. Our magnesium needs are higher in the first and second trimester than the third because of the amount of oxygen in utero. This shift from an anerobic (low oxygen) to aerobic (normal oxygen) state from the first to third trimesters, leads to a decrease in magnesium requirements and an increase in copper requirements. We use copper with oxygen to help the body make energy, so it makes sense that a higher oxygen state in the third trimester would mean we need more copper. 



First Trimester:

This is when oxygen is low--creating...

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The Power of Protein

 

There is a lot of talk about how important carbohydrates are for hormone health, which is true, but we can't forget about protein.  The truth is, without quality protein to balance out carbohydrates, they aren't as powerful to the body.  When we aren't pairing protein and carbohydrates together, it's like we are taking out a loan for energy for the body.  We are asking our bodies to use a backup energy source all of the time, which is only meant to be used in small amounts.  When we pair protein and carb together, we provide our bodies with the nutrients they need to thrive.  That's why today, we are focusing on utilizing the power of protein for healthy hormones.

 

 

 

Why is protein so important for hormone health? 

Protein has A LOT of uses in the body.  The five below are the main functions of protein related to hormone health but are not exhaustive for everything we use amino acids for in the body. 

 

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Copper Toxicity Misconceptions & Solutions

 

I often talk about the importance of copper concerning hormones, but I’ve been getting frequent questions surrounding copper toxicity over the last couple of years.  Copper toxicity has become a hot topic ever since women have begun responding negatively to the copper IUD.  I understand the concern about excess unavailable copper; however, copper isn’t all harmful.  Copper is the key to healthy metabolism and helps our bodies produce ATP (energy).  When we don’t have adequate copper, our metabolism slows, which leads to period problems.

I want you to know that copper is not harmful and that both low copper and high copper levels are not suitable for our bodies.  When we have elevated copper levels, whether in our blood or on a hair mineral analysis, our bodies still can’t use it.  The reason is that it is biologically unavailable.  For this reason, both high and low copper can show up in similar ways.  To better...

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Vitamin A: An Essential Nutrient for Healthy Hormones

 

Many health experts talk about vitamin D and vitamin B12, but what about vitamin A? Struggling with low energy and low vitamin D levels? Vitamin A is needed to absorb and convert vitamin D in the first place properly. We also need vitamin A for our metabolism to work correctly and to convert thyroid hormone. Most health information out there misses the mark and has people focusing on surface-level things vs. actually getting to the root. A lack of education around the importance of vitamin A (as well as magnesium, copper, and minerals in general) is a huge reason. Let's dig in! 


 

 

Vitamin A & Vitamin D

Our vitamin A status has a significant impact on our vitamin D levels. This is one of many reasons I think vitamin D supplementation is way oversimplified (more on this in the future). For our bodies to properly use vitamin D, we need vitamin A to activate our cells' vitamin D receptors. Suppose you're taking thousands of IUs of vitamin D and haven't seen...

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Vitamin E: The Real Hormone Balancing Supplement

 

I receive quite a few requests from supplement companies asking me to collaborate with them.  Before agreeing, I look at their website and research what is in their product.  More often than not, I’m left disappointed.  There is an insane amount of supplements out there that claim to promote hormone balance.  Usually, they are chock full of synthetic ingredients like B vitamins, zinc, ascorbic acid, and herbs such as Vitex, Dong Qui, ashwagandha, etc.  Wondering what my beef is with these ingredients?  I’ll tell you.  They don’t come close to answering why you have a hormone imbalance in the first place, and they often create more imbalances long term—leaving you questioning why you are even taking these supplements since you aren’t feeling any better.  I’m here to tell you that vitamin E supplements are what I have found to be beneficial for hormone balance.

 

 

 Roles of Vitamin E in...

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Supporting Healthy Hair & Healing Hair Loss

 

As with most things related to women’s health, the topic of hair loss is complicated.  Rarely is there a sole reason for hair loss.  For example, hypothyroidism and inadequate thyroid hormone levels are among the most common causes of hair loss.  Does the underlying question then become what is causing the hypothyroidism?  More often than not, it is not merely one cause.  There are a few things to consider, such as the individual’s nutrition, lifestyle, and stress level.  Are they eating enough?  Are they consuming enough nutrient-dense foods?  Do they have a nutrient deficiency that isn’t being met by their current diet?  How stressed are they?  Cortisol, a stress hormone, directly blocks the conversion of thyroid hormone.  When it comes to supporting healthy hair and healing hair loss, we have to consider several different areas.

 

 

 Energy Intake and Hair Loss

Hair loss is scary. ...

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How to Eat More Nutrient Dense Foods

 

If you've been getting my Feminine Periodical, reading my blogs, or following me on social media for a while now, then you know that I am a bit obsessed with minerals.  I do hair mineral testing with all of my clients, and you can always find me cuddled up with a research article on minerals (mainly copper, magnesium, and iron).  Why am I so obsessed with minerals?  Because they activate thousands of reactions in the body.  In college, I learned about enzymes and how they are the catalyst for different chemical processes.  Those enzymes are primarily made up of amino acids from animal proteins.  This shows you how vital animal protein is, but what turns on those enzymes and allows them to work correctly?  You guessed it, minerals! 

When we have low levels of minerals in the body, these reactions slow down and work at a fraction of what they usually do.  This leads to the body compensating and not functioning at 100%. What causes a...

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