Host Dana Laake and her special guest Dr. Erin Stokes will be discussing chronic stress and high cortisol levels.
Dr. Erin Stokes, ND received her naturopathic degree from Bastyr Universityin 2001. The focus of her practice at Lotus Naturopathic Clinic in Boulder, Colorado is postpartum health and wellness. She truly enjoys educating others, and has taught Western Pathology and Psychology of Healing at Southwest Acupuncture College. Dr. Stokes is the Director of Education at MegaFood.
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Are you in a stressful job? Or have you been going through a particularly stressful time in your life? Your adrenals can take a beating when this is the case, and a host of other problems can occur when your adrenals become fatigued.
The main purpose of your adrenals is to enable your body to deal with stress from every possible source, ranging from injury and disease, to work and relationship problems. They largely determine the energy of your body’s responses to every change in your internal and external environment. Whether they signal attack, retreat or surrender, every cell responds accordingly, and you feel the results. It is through the actions of the adrenal hormones that your body is able to mobilize its resources to escape or fight off danger (stress) and survive.
It is also your adrenal glands’ job to keep your body’s reactions to stress in balance, so that they are appropriate and not harmful. For example, the adrenal hormone cortisol helps to minimize negative and allergic reactions (such as swelling and inflammation) to alcohol, drugs, foods, environmental allergens, cancer, infection, and autoimmune disorders. Continue reading “Support for Your Adrenals”
According to a study by researchers at Centers for Disease Control (CDC), women who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) start their day with unusually low levels of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone. The study used saliva samples taken as soon as the women awoke, 30 minutes later and an hour later, when cortisol levels typically reach their highest level of the day. The study showed that women who suffer from CFS have a low “fight or flight” response.
One theory for this is that accumulated stress over these women’s lifetimes has had a negative effect on their stress response. This study offers clues into what causes CFS, how to diagnose and treat it, and why women are four times more likely than men to have it. They did not find a similar relationship among men.
Strengthening your adrenals is important in helping regulate cortisol levels.
Here are some tips to help support your adrenals: Continue reading “Morning Cortisol Levels Clue to Chronic Fatigue”