Healing Adrenal Cocktail ~ My Version of the “Singing Canary”

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This adrenal cocktail, modeled after the "Singing Canary" drink, is loaded with ingredients to support your adrenals and overall health.

Have you heard of the Singing Canary?

No?  Well, it's not a bird–you'll see what I mean.

Many of you know that I have battled adrenal fatigue for many years. And with our stressed-out and hurried lifestyles, the adrenals of many are on the fritz.

I'm doing worlds better now than years ago, but I still want to do more and continue to support my body using different means.  I will be sharing more what I am doing in the future, but today I want to share something that has been a blessing to me — an Adrenal Cocktail, which is my version of Trim Healthy Mama's Singing Canary; great for battling adrenal fatigue.

I heard about this drink a long time ago, but never tried it.  Finally, when I did try it, I felt that it was exacerbating or causing insomnia. I tried it again and thought that it happened again.

I don't give up easily, however :).  So I ended up reintroducing it into my diet and the insomnia didn't recur.  So something else must have been going on.

I love having this adrenal cocktail as an alternative to water, and really am happy knowing about all of the healthful ingredients that I am putting into my diet whenever I drink it.

This week, in particular, I've had extra stress that you can read about on Instagram.  Let's just say I'm a little “laid up”.  Not fun :(.

The “Singing Canary”

The original recipe comes from the gals behind Trim Healthy Mama. It's an eating plan that's taking the world by storm.  I don't adhere to all aspects of it, but there is some really sound science behind it and the results of this plan are typically phenomenal in the way of weight loss and an overall improvement of health.  If we could all eat healthier, just think of the impact on so many things…our health, our families, our nation….our world.

The original Singing Canary was good, but I felt that it needed some more “something” to counter the turmeric taste for me–call me a wimp, that's OK by me :). So I monkeyed around with some spices and found a combination that works well and adds some extra health benefits to boot.

Plus, the original recipe called for the addition of lemon essential oil as an optional add-on. I'm not comfortable with internal use of essential oils without consulting with a practitioner or aromatherapist.   However, if you really do wish to add the lemon essential oil to your drink, and have consulted with someone appropriately, you may. (If you are curious about the essential oils that I have chosen to use, you can go here to read my series on The “Best” Essential Oils or go here to the end of the series.)

I consulted with an aromatherapist about this situation and she recommended only using 1-2 drops of essential oils a drink of this size with the coconut oil amount in the drink. The coconut oil acts as essential oil emulsifier but you still do need to be cautious with the amount that you use.

I call this drink an Adrenal Cocktail, but there are so many good things in it for everyone.

Adrenal Fatigue

A quick note about adrenal fatigue.  Some people say it's a real condition and others say it isn't.  You can take this Adrenal Fatigue Test to see if you might have this condition.

Regardless of what you think about the condition, it's a fact that we are over-worked and over-stressed.  We are pushing ourselves to the limit and our bodies are taxed with too many toxins.

Bottom Line–our bodies need help.

So whether you think you have a diagnosable condition or not, do yourself a favor and support your body with this adrenal cocktail.

This adrenal cocktail, modeled after the "Singing Canary" drink, is loaded with ingredients to support your adrenals and overall health.

Benefits of Ingredients in the “Singing Canary” Adrenal Cocktail


This is, of course a basic thing we should be drinking anyhow, but it's important.  Just please make sure that your water is purified.  I have used loads of water filtration systems over the years.  You can see the information in this post on water filtration and see what I am using now.


Lemons contain vitamin C, citric acid, flavonoids, copper, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, fiber.  They also have potassium–more than apples or grapes.  Potassium is known to be beneficial for your heart.

Lemons also help your body stay more alkaline. Read about lemons and adrenal health in this post on foods for adrenal fatigue.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is one of the main vitamins hosted by the adrenals.  It's a huge support for these glands.

Note that I reference sodium ascorbate in my recipe. The reason for that is that there have been reported concerns regarding the ingestion of ascorbic acid.  Additionally, sodium ascorbate is not acidic so you will not be endangering your tooth enamel with this portion of the drink.  See my DIY Swim Spray for more information on the difference.


Turmeric has so many health benefits that it's hard to know where to start. One important way that turmeric helps with adrenal health, however, is by helping the body detox.  Toxins are a stress on the body and any time that you can remove stressors from the body, you help your adrenals.

Turmeric reduces histamine levels which reduce stress on the body. (source)


A real unprocessed salt contains minerals which are known to be depleted in those with adrenal issues.  Salt is also mentioned in this post on foods for adrenal fatigue.


Ginger has anti-inflammatory effects that, as mentioned above, will assist the adrenals by reducing the stress load on the body.  (source)


Nutmeg is known for its ability to boost the immune system, detox the body, and more. (source)


Cinnamon is a well-known anti-inflammatory.  (source)  There have been numerous studies on it showing it's affects on the body such as to reverse stressors and regulating hormones. (source)


Cloves have also been shown to be beneficial in mitigating stress on the body. (source)  If you like, feel free to add more to this recipe based on this information :)!


Vanilla, though it is mostly known for the lovely flavor that it adds to baked goods, has health benefits of its own, including anti-inflammatory properties. (source)

Protein Powder

Protein is crucial for adrenal health.  In this post on foods for adrenal fatigue, animal protein is mentioned due to the B vitamins that it includes. However, protein is important no matter where it comes from.  If you can tolerate it, you can use whey or egg protein powder in this adrenal cocktail.

I personally love Miessence's vegan protein powder since it's allergen-free and the amino acids are perfectly balanced in it to mimic the amino acid profile of animal protein.  Just one 25 gram serving provides almost 2/3 of the daily Essential Amino Acid requirement for a typical adult.  It's pricey but I find this product to be superior to anything on the market and anyone can get discounts just by being a customer.

If using another vegan protein powder, I highly recommend using an organically sourced powder. The reason is that many of the ingredients in vegan protein powders are crops that many pesticides are used on.

Coconut Oil

Fats are crucial for adrenal health.

Many people (like me) have avoided fats in the hope of losing weight. However, your body needs fats for your endocrine system to work well.  So adding even just a small amount of fat to this drink is a plus.

You don't want to drink this drink all at once (not that you could) because your body can only absorb so much vitamin C at once.

Make this “Singing Canary” adrenal cocktail in the morning and sip on it all day long.

This adrenal fatigue tonic, modeled after the "Singing Canary" drink, is loaded with ingredients to support your adrenals and overall health.

This adrenal cocktail, modeled after the "Singing Canary" drink, is loaded with ingredients to support your adrenals and overall health.

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Adrenal Cocktail ~ My Version of "Singing Canary" Recipe
Recipe type: Beverage, DIY Food
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Sugar-Free, Grain-Free, Low-Carb, Vegan, Paleo
Serves: 1 large serving
Prep time:
Total time:
This adrenal fatigue cocktail, modeled after the "Singing Canary" drink, is loaded with ingredients to support your adrenals and overall health.
  1. Peel the rind off the lemon(s) using a sharp knife. Leave as much of the white pith as possible as it has loads of nutritional benefits. I used the whole lemon, minus the seeds, if using organic lemons.
  2. Slice each lemon into quarters. Remove the seeds, and place the lemon pieces into your blender. Add water and all of the remaining ingredients besides the ice cubes. Blend well.
  3. Place the blended mixture into a quart jar. Add ice cubes and more water to fill the jar to the top. Put a tight lid on the jar and shake before drinking.
You might find that the drink is still a little too "bitter" due to the turmeric. I recommend starting with ½ tsp of turmeric and increasing from there if desired. After making the drink, if you find it to be too bitter, you can add more stevia and/or vanilla to taste.

Enjoy the drink and all the health benefits it affords.

Notes on Essential Oils


Do you have adrenal fatigue?
What have you found that helps?

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  1. Is it recommended to drink during pregnancy? 🙂

    • Hi there. I have seen recommendations both ways on this. It appears that some say it could cause contractions. Other places are saying it’s great. Some are saying it’s good only as a seasoning. So I’m asking around but I would recommend you doing your own research and talking to your practitioner before using this. Thanks for reading.

  2. I thought you might like to know that salt cuts bitterness as well. I find turmeric to be “earthy” but the lemon rind is bitter and I just keep adding salt til it’s right. I haven’t found sweetener to be as effective as salt.

  3. Patty in Colorado says:

    Hi there,, I just noticed that you talked about not using “Ascorbic Acid” and your link goes right to “Ascorbic Acid”. Did you mean to link to something else?

  4. Do you drink this daily or a few times a week?

  5. NorthernGirl says:

    The spice hunters brand of turmeric tested the best. That’s the one to buy. I made this today. Taste good. My coconut oils turned solid in the cold water and I ended up dipping it off the top with a spoon. Lol. But very good sipper. I hope it helps with a flare up I am having.

    • Thanks for sharing that. I’m using one that they do metal testing on and have started looking for other options. The MCT oil will not solidify as it’s liquid at room and cold temps. Hope it helps – may I ask what you are dealing with?

  6. Hi,
    This looks wonderful but I was wondering about the serving size of this. How big is the serving size? Is the recipe for one serving and do you drink it all in one day? Also, would it be okay to make up multiple batches at once and keep it ready in the fridge or would that cause it to loose effectiveness? Thanks!

    • Hi. I just updated the post to make it more clear. This is for one day – to sip throughout. I don’t think it would lose effectiveness really but it’s best to consume fresh vegetables and fruits as early as possible especially after processing so I would keep that in mind about the lemon plus anything with water as a base can grow bacteria so you don’t want to keep it that long.

      • So, is this something that you have everyday or everyday for a period of time, say, two weeks, or once a week? Thanks 🙂

        • I have never looked into a maximum dosage for turmeric but I don’t see any concerns about using this every day or long term. This is not medical advice of course :).

          • regarding turmeric, I’ve seen “studies” which I have no originating post for of course, that say that turmeric has been tested against Ibuprofen for inflammation and pain in joints and it works slightly better, so I have been taking a tsp a day in two doses for over five years. the article I read said that a tsp a day was the recommended dose. I use capsules. what I take in my drinks are in addition to this because I don’t use the drinks on a daily basis. it’s considered to be healthier than ibuprofen I’m sure. LOL

  7. You mention vanilla in the post, but don’t have it listed in the ingredients. Please let us know if you use scraped beans or extract and the amount. I hope you feel better soon. Thanks!

  8. Jessica Collins says:

    The coconut oil is the emulsifier. Therefore ould not be an issue to substitute essential oil for the lemon.

  9. Hi! Love your site and use a lot of your recipes!! I was wondering since I am sensitive to corn and super sensitive to xanthan gums ( most bother me but this one is the worst for me). The xanthan gum in the vegan protein powder does not bother/irritate your digestive track? Do you have any tips, tricks, hints how to deal with it? It’s in almost every product I see so I’m always making my own!! Thanks!!

    • Hi there. Thanks for the kind words! I haven’t found that it’s an issue for me – does it matter what the source of the xanthan gum is? I know that Miessence is very very particular about sourcing. I have reached out to them about this to see how it’s sourced and grown.

  10. In your notes:
    Talk about sodium ascorbate….what does this mean?

    • Ugh. Carol, thanks. I am laid up with this knee injury and had my son check the post for me, but he must have missed that. Or maybe we both did. I was reminding myself to talk about the difference b/c sodium ascorbate and ascorbic acid, which I ended up addressing in the post. Thanks for the comment :).

  11. This looks like a really yummy and super healthy drink. We have used the pure radiance vitamin c whole food product for our family for awhile and we really like it. However, it would take over 4tsps of the product to get your 2000mg in at a serving cost of about $2.27. I’m struggling with whole dilemma of trying to get 2000+mg of vitamin c in Whole Foods and supplements but it’s super expensive. What is your understanding of using ascorbic acid versus whole food vitamin c? I have read a lot of pros and cons on this subject and can’t decide which is the best option to choose. Perhaps it’s another topic for another blog post? LOL You do such a great job at looking at these subjects thoroughly. I glean so much! Thanks, Adrienne!

    • Hi Amy. I had a similar product to the Synergy one years ago. I liked it but it did clump up very easily. Wow – that is pricey. Hmmmmm…..I personally use sodium ascorbate as I heard some negatives about ascorbic acid. I haven’t looked into it deeply. I was thinking that perhaps you could use less of the whole food product b/c it is more bioavailable, but now I am reading this and it looks like that isn’t / might not be the case. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3847730/

      Wow. This is very confusing. I really guess I do have to look at this more. I have heard some companies claim way more bioavailability from whole foods and that would be my preference but I would need to see some studies. Thanks for the compliment. It’s a lot to sort out!

  12. Shirley Sorrell says:

    I am concerned with the tumeric and what I have read recently about the ground (dirt) toxicity where it is grown. There have been cautions, especially concerning certain brands, that would appear to outweigh the benefits. In fact, I have stopped tumeric altogether, until I feel more viable information is available. Would like to see some
    concrete study on this for specifics. Hopefully there will be more in the news.

    • I read about that — the lead issue, correct?

      I think you have to go w/ a company that you know does heavy metal testing. Is that what you are referring to?

    • NorthernGirl says:

      It is very gross if you read the reports. But the spice hunters brand tested the best. It just happened to be the one I grabbed at the store. I’m thinking it’s with it to try if the sipper helps me.

  13. I thought you had to heat spices especially Turmeric to get the benifits from it..and add black pepper so the body can absorb it…??

    • Good question. I haven’t studied this as much as I would like, but from what I have read, it seems that there are several things going on here. First of all, it’s unstable when cooked too much. Secondly, adding black pepper is only one way to make it more bioavailable. Other options are to add oil (which this recipe does) and eat w/ quercetin, which lemons are fairly high in. So I would have to really dig into this but seems like this drink is a pretty good balanced way to make it more bioavailable without ruining the molecules with overheating.

    • Hi again, Nicole. I just read an article today that mentioned that any studies of pepper w/ curcumin were done on curcumin only and not w/ turmeric so that it’s possible that the whole food is absorbed better than the curcumin alone. Thought you would like to know.

  14. I’m very sick & my 14 yr old daughter just made 4 me. I love this tonic & will drink often?

    • So wonderful!!! I’m drinking right along with you! Hope you feel better. My husband appears to be coming down w/ something so I think I’ll have my son make one for him since I’m laid up and my knee is acting up.

  15. I dehydrate the peels of organic lemons for high vitamin C. Trying to figure out how much 2000mg would measure out to in teaspoons. I’m thinking of just throwing a whole teaspoon and working from there. Thoughts?

    • I’m reading 7.7 mg for 1 T lemon peel, which is fresh. So you would have to think maybe 7.7 for 1 tsp ish of dried lemon peel. So you would need a lot of lemon peel to get 2000 so either supplement or do with less. Great idea!

  16. Could you please specify measures for ginger & nutmeg? Is it teaspoons? Do you use fresh ginger or the powdered type? Thank you!

  17. Could you use oranges/fresh orange juice instead of lemons and get a similar benefit? I’m not a huge fan of lemons in general.