Morning Drink Recipe: Weight Loss and Adrenal Fatigue: Thomas DeLauer

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Morning Drink Recipe: Weight Loss and Adrenal Fatigue: Thomas DeLauer

Coconut Cranberry Smoothie


– Coconut Water/Milk
– Cranberries
– Pink Himalayan Sea Salt
– Cream of tartar
– Maca Root (powder)

Coconut Water or Coconut Milk

One side effect of adrenal fatigue is high blood pressure

A 2005 study found that when subjects were given coconut water for two weeks, their systolic blood pressure was 71% lower and their diastolic blood pressure was 29% lower than those who drank plain water.

The high potassium content of coconut water has led researchers to investigate the potential benefits for reducing cardiovascular disease risk.


It is the high levels of the specific substance proanthocyanidins (PACs) that are found in cranberries that helps the body’s immune function to ward off illness and disease.

Proanthocyanidins refers to a larger class of polyphenols – these powerful polyphenols are able to nurture the lining of the gut, where a large majority of the immune system is actually located.

Because cranberries can ward off harmful bacteria from accumulating and growing in the gut lining, healthy immune-boosting bacteria are able to thrive and create a powerful defense against sickness.

The polyphenols may help prevent the build-up of plaque on vessel walls, and the antioxidant components of cranberries are also linked to a reduction in blood pressure.

Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

It supplies an astonishing 84 unique trace minerals. There are 21 trace minerals that are widely agreed upon to be necessary for the body’s metabolic processes

Himalayan salt is mined from 200 million year-old seabeds; it is completely free of the heavy metals and other toxins that show up in sea salts harvested from today’s oceans.

When the adrenal glands are fatigued, they fail to produce adequate amounts of several hormones, including aldosterone.

Lack of aldosterone can disrupt the sodium balance at a cellular level. This can actually increase your needs for natural sodium and helps explain the salt cravings many people with adrenal fatigue experience (could explain why certain people favor salty foods more than others). (3)

Cream of Tartar

Cream of tartar, also called potassium hydrogen tartrate, is an acidic natural by-product of winemaking.

Adrenal fatigue can cause hypertension, or high blood pressure, and can lead to heart attack and strokes.

If you do suffer from low potassium, however, cream of tartar is a simple fix, packed with 16,500 mg of potassium in a mere 100 grams of cream of tartar (4)

Secret Ingredient: Maca Root (powder)

Clinical trials have shown that maca has positive effects on energy, stamina, and mood. Maintaining positive energy levels is related to having lower levels of anxiety and depression, both of which maca has been shown to positively help achieve.

Maca root is an adaptogen herb, which means that it helps only where it is needed. For instance, if your body is overproducing a hormone, it regulates it back to normal and if your body under-produces a hormone, it helps raise the level until it is balanced.

The adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system and are managed by the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands. When someone is suffering from adrenal fatigue, their adrenal glands are unbalanced causing excessive tiredness and horrible stress.

Maca root, when used consistently, has the power to nourish and stimulate the hypothalamus and the pituitary glands which in turn brings balance to the adrenal glands


1) Electrolytes & The Adrenals – Metabolic Healing. (n.d.). Retrieved from

2) How Potassium Can Help Control High Blood Pressure. (n.d.). Retrieved from

3) Heal Your Adrenals With Himalayan Salt | Synchro. (n.d.). Retrieved from

4) Cream Of Tartar Benefits: Mix With Orange Juice And See What Happens. (n.d.). Retrieved from

5) Maca Root & Adrenal Fatigue | LIVESTRONG.COM. (n.d.). Retrieved from


Dsnrbec says:

Wouldn’t an electrolyte powder accomplish the same thing without kicking you out of ketosis?

Juan Bahlet says:

Could just eat them cranberries

Alan Bejarano says:

Thomas, is coconut oil diluted on water good as well? I cannot get pure coconut water that easy (most of them are filled with added sugar)

ryan moeller says:

Still hoping to see some video’s for Type 1 Diabetics!! Love the video’s you put out! Keep up the great work brother.

Alexander Johnson says:

I guess you can blend the whole thing and the cranberries will give it a much nicer taste…

Ellie Bee says:

Yes but I am doing keto diet so coconut water doesn’t fit my macros

JRNFit123 says:

Kicking the coffee habit?  Do I have to? That’s a tough one! But this was another great video!

moviedude22 says:

Gonna get me some coconut water

Jorge Reynaud says:

great stuff! thanks Thomas.. i have been following a doctor that deciphered the bad effects of drinking too much water (alone).. it demineralizes the body and our bodies retain it like you said, bloating also our cells and depleting their energy.. long story short, this dude claims our bodies need salt to stay hydrated and to promote electrical conductivity in our blood stream and cells.. also, baking soda to alcalinize and lemon and honey to finally complete the formula and achieve a super balanced ph in our blood streams (since acidity harbors disease).. according to his many years studies drinking lots of pure water brings about fibromyalgia in our bodies.. thus making these formulas lifetime habits and advising to quit pure water forever.. anyway you both have ingredients and ideas in common.. i recommend this philosophy to you however this doc broadcasts in spanish.. You may find it in English though not sure.. I’ve tried it for good 2 months now and feel amazing.. keep up the good work!

Joe Chang says:

Great information, but enough with the pointless “beautiful people” shots!

Joshua Bush says:

1:54 she definitely didn’t take a bite of that Apple!

Dima Reus says:

Can you make a vid on how to detox from caffeine effectively or just any stimulants in general, how to safely take caffeine and still sleep

David L. Griffin says:

Experience tells me the “medical profession” wants us in the dark anyway.  They want general public “wondering what they are saying” so they can change the definition or interpretation as it pleases them so they keep the suspense high.  If one gets outside their instructed/insured realm they become intimidated and start trying to blame the body, patient, and nutrition because it/they are not responding as prescribed.

Keep up the great videos and make nutrition and good health understandable!

Vita man says:

Big arms I wish I can get arms like them.

m4xfl4xst4r says:

Adrenal fatigue isn’t a medical condition. Just Google it or go to the National Institutes of Health web site and search.

I like your site and all, but there’s a yellow flag on the field with this one.

Pondo65 says:

I didn’t see anyone else ask this question . I am doing intermittent fasting (16 hours fasting with 8 hours eating). Will this drink negate the fasting if I drink this in the morning? if so, can I drink this during my 8 hours of non-fasting? Also since I am attempting to keep my carbs below 20 grams per day, is there a better low carb substitute for the coconut water? Thanks for your time and help.

Shan Saith says:


Yahav Esh says:

Could you please do a video about modified corn starch in a keto diet?
As deep as possible with the bio-science please…

Scott Steacy says:

more beautiful people shots please lol

Janine Johnson says:

Can I use something other than cranberries? I can only find a bag of dried craisins with added sugar where I live 🙁

Unrestricted Flow says:

As far as sodium/potassium is concerned, what would be a good approach for someone who has Hyper Aldosteronism, in an effort to regulate hormones and reduce blood pressure?

TiMalice2009 says:

Great kitchen.

Alex Dufano says:

Hey man your videos are great. As a physical therapist I’ve been watching your videos to get a nutritional aspect and you do a great job keeping everyone informed. I was wondering for ketosis what you honestly think about protein requirements/recommendations because I know there is some confusion with people wanting to retain/build muscle as well as lose weight and not getting kicked out of keto simultaneously. There are so many different recommendations for gram per pound and was wondering what your take on this was?


Dear Thomas, how do you respond to people – many of whom are doctors – who deny the very existence of adrenal fatigue?

Jannine Murray says:

another great video!

Buddy says:

I don’t know why I keep following weight loss tips when I am lean and trying to put on muscle.

Tihomir Stoyanoff says:

I really think that a healthy person cannot develop adrenal fatigue just from stress or overtraining. Maybe you have unhealthy gut bacteria that causes more stress, viruses, infections, heavy metals, genetic mutations Those things cause chronic inflamation, blood sugar imbalance, thyroid problems, and put stress on the body which results in adrenal fatigue. The adrenal are NOT the cause. What do you think Thomas DeLauer ?

moviedude22 says:

Does maca increase testosterone?

chr7s77 says:

why not just use non sweetened cranberry juice?

Richard Kidd says:

Great video Thomas. I’ve taken maca in the past and it really dehydrates me – about 24 hours after I take it I feel terrible. Any ideas on how to better tolerate it?

Scott Steacy says:

so if I’m taking things to increase my testosterone above a normal level will an adaptogen bring it back down to normal level. example i take little more trt then prescribed should I stay away from maca?

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