Adrenal cocktail, electrolytes, and an abundance of visitors

Adrenal cocktail ingredients

I was woken up very early this morning — it was barely light — to the horses galloping back and forth like savages on crack cocaine. They’re usually fairly calm at night, so I knew something was up. I looked out of the window to see what was causing the commotion, to discover this little minx, no bigger than a large dog, staring into the bedroom window:

The night visitor at sunrise

He was not easy to catch, despite the halter and trailing lead rope, but I eventually managed with a bucket of oats and my fluent pony chat. After a couple of early morning phone calls, I managed to track down the owner who said that he must have broken out of his field overnight, and that it would have been quite an adventure for him, as he’d never seen ‘big horses’ before!

Barn owls and turtle doves

The baby barn owls are enormous and flying around the attic of our grange as if they owned the place, which I suppose they do now. The parents seem to have done a runner, or flyer, because they appear to be being fed by our four pigeons. Unfortunately they’re not easy to photograph because they get agitated and buzz the camera.

There are also two baby turtle doves nesting in the wisteria on our terrace. Ten years ago, Léo found an abandoned turtle dove under one of our oak trees. He took great care of her until she grew strong enough to fly away. When she left, I was so sad that I imagined her coming back to see us every year. Maybe this is her? Maybe she has happy memories of eating couscous, and drinking almond milk on our terrace, under the wisteria, which is why she decided to entrust us with her babies? I’m sure that’s it.

Baby turtle doves in their nest

I drink a big glass of electrolytes every morning before eating to set me up for the day. This morning, after all the running around and pony coercion, I took a double measure.

Essential electrolytes

Electrolytes are minerals that carry an electric charge when dissolved in liquid. The main electrolytes, found in blood, lymph, urine and sweat, are: potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphate, chloride and bicarbonates.

The electric charge electrolytes provide is vital for proper functions in the body. These include nerve and muscle function, cardiac rate and rhythm, moving nutrients and waste as well as regulating blood pressure. Electrolytes also maintain optimal fluid balance in the body and proper pH levels in the tissues and bodily fluids. Our bodies are about 60% water, so this is of utmost importance.

Symptoms of an electrolyte imbalance include fatigue, headache, nausea, muscle cramps or spasms, heart arrythmia, changing blood pressure, numbness or tingling in the fingers or toes, irritability and confusion.

There are many variations of this ‘cocktail’. For example you could use fresh orange juice instead of lemon juice and maybe add some magnesium powder. It is great taken first thing in the morning, but also as a pick-me-up in the late afternoon.

Recipe for adrenal cocktail (serves 1)

  • 1/2 lemon, freshly squeezed
  • Glass of Coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or Himalyan salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartare

Combine the ingredients and drink!


  • kristenann

    Thank you for explaining what electrolytes are~ I’ve always wondered about them! I remember asking my herb mentor in class about them, and he just kept telling me where to get them and other class members chimed in on where to get them as well, and I never could get an answer on what they were. I had forgotten all about that frustrating exchange until reading your post, otherwise I might have googled it at some point in the intervening 25 years :). All your visitors don’t surprise me a bit~ you guys must radiate ‘animal sanctuary” b/c the word is clearly out.

    • The Healthy Epicurean

      It’s true we tend to bandy the term electrolytes about, without always understanding just how important they are! Our vet says it’s Club Med for animals here! The baby turtle doves are now out of the nest and have taken over our terrace dining table!

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