The majority of clients I work with via Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis have both low tissue sodium and potassium. It is often in the case of adrenal suppression, a pattern I see all the time with high tissue calcium, and is essentially a very slow metabolic rate of oxidation. Usually, these people crave salt like crazy, and with good reason.
This adrenal suppression results in sodium and potassium being continuously excreted into the urine in large amounts, draining intracellular stores of these important minerals, even though our bodies are desperately seeking additional sources of these two essential minerals. Sodium is needed for stomach acid production, protein digestion, for facilitating the transfer of glucose and amino acids into the cells of all our organs and tissues, except fat cells. Potassium is essential for thyroid hormone function and helps maintain cell membrane electrical potential.
The balance between these four macrominerals, calcium/magnesium/sodium/potassium, inside or outside the cells, is CRITICAL to life and health and is maintained by this electrical potential at the cell membrane.
Just a thought, but if our bodies are 72% water and 28% minerals, shouldn’t all our fluid intake have a similar ratio?
With this issue of low sodium and potassium (aka adrenal fatigue) being so prevalent, I find myself recommending my favorite quick way to get people some energy. It’s a simple recipe of 8 ounces of coconut water with 1 teaspoon of sole (an ionic salt solution you can make by simply dissolving 1 cup of good quality Celtic sea salt or Himalayan pink salt in about a quart of water. Let it sit overnight and it’s ready to use the next day). This drink has a good mixture of trace minerals. The coconut water contains a nice hit of potassium and the added sole helps to get all the trace mineral including sodium and chloride. The combo pairs well together.
I recommend trying that combo either first thing in the morning to get you going or mid-afternoon when most people have a bit of an afternoon slump or crash.
But, that is not the recipe I really wanted to share with you today.
My energy cocktail is the one I want to highlight today. It’s loaded with minerals, namely potassium. [ By the way: Did you know we need around 4700 mg of potassium daily?]
This ‘cocktail’ of mine is COLD and some of my lower body temperature friends may find it hard to drink, so feel free to try it without the ice.
I’ve used it in the past on days when I really need a boost in the late afternoon as I transition from my work to my kids getting home and all the drama that ensues until bedtime. It’s super simple to whip up and I’ll bet $50 you will get a lift from it.
- 8 ounces coconut water (I like Harvest Bay)
- 8 ounces ice
- 1-2 Tbsp. cold soluble gelatin
- 1 Tbsp organic blackstrap molasses (if that's too strong for you cut it back a bit)
- 1 tsp. Camu Camu powder
- ⅛ tsp. Himalayan pink salt
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend well. Pour into 2 glasses and share or drink the whole cocktail yourself. Try turning it into a smoothie instead and use frozen banana in place of the ice and about a ⅓ cup cooked kale if you like.
This recipe supplies you with a big hit of potassium (for energy), a nice hit of magnesium, vitamin C, and bioflavonoids, protein from the gelatin and other minerals too. This is especially good for those with low potassium/sodium/magnesium, adrenal exhaustion, hypothyroid or under stress. (Isn’t that just about everyone these days? )
This won’t be like a shot of expresso, but it will supply you with some stamina. It might even bring you out of a brain fog slump. Or, help you from getting anxious or stressed.
Let me know if you try this cocktail and how it made you feel – I’d love to hear from you!
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