Your adrenals are two glads located above your kidneys (back side). They make the stress hormone cortisol. During periods of high stress (like back to school, work, family drama etc) the adrenals are working hard to deal with stress. Over time, the adrenals get tired and you may experience adrenal fatigue or burnout.
- low energy
- difficulty concentrating
- difficulty waking up in the morning
- craving salty foods
- low blood pressure
- low sex drive
- weight gain
A great way to nourish your kidneys is through diet. Specifically bone broth soup. In Chinese medicine it’s important to have a proper balance if yin and yang. Bone broth is great at nourishing yin and chi (vital force) as well as the Kidneys. Since the adrenals are part of the Kidney system in Chinese medicine, eating bone broth soup will also benefit the adrenals and will improve the immune system.
Here’s the recipe:
To a pressure cooker add:
- 2 medium or 1 large leek – thoroughly washed and chopped fine
- 4 small or 2 medium carrots chopped in small chunks
- 2 lbs of grass fed beef bones or chicken bones. (Eating grass-fed beef is better for your health because it is higher in the anti-inflammatory omega 3 and the cow’s are healthier eating a diet that is meant for their health, unlike corn fed beef)
- 1 tsp of apple cider or rice vinegar
- 1 onion chopped in strips
- 3-4 garlic cloves crushed
- 1 tbsp of fish sauce (optional)
- Salt to season (I used Herbamare salt)
- 2 L of water
Put all of the ingredients in the pressure cooker and turn the heat to high. Once you hear it steaming, it has reached the top temperature. Turn the heat to low and let it sit on the stove for 1-3 hrs. Then release the pressure before opening the pot.
Add some cooked sprouted rice, quinoa or even some beans or lentils to the soup if you wish.
I recommend eating this soup as often as possible through the fall and winter. Stay warm and enjoy!