Have any of these symptoms?
- weight gain
- brain fog
- mood swings
- hair loss
- skin problems
- poor immune function
- intolerance to cold
- craving salt or carbohydrates
“Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life, but when you’re unable to cope with the stress, your mind and body may pay the price.”
Stress: Win Control Over the Stress in Your Life (2008)
Stress is and can be a major underlying factor in many chronic illnesses, from chronic fatigue syndrome, to food and environmental immune reactions, to PTSD and traumatic brain injury. Envision chronic stress as being caused by our “fight or flight” response, which triggers adrenaline and cortisol to help us deal with stressors.
Initially, that response is normal – in fact, it is likely that response that allowed us to survive the rigors of nature for millenia. But now, we have seemingly lost the ability to “turn off” that response. Daily life, with constant noise, hectic schedules, and the “busy” work we are all inundated with, has seemingly triggered a chronic survival response, heightening our overall stress levels.
When these inappropriate hormonal stress responses are indicated…it is necessary to consider stress reduction through diet and lifestyle modification. Nutritional supplementation may further support adrenal gland activity and enhance the restoration of the physical barriers in the gut.
Cortisol and DHEA are steroids that help your body manage stress. They also serve as modulators of thyroid function and affect carb/protein/fat metabolism. When levels of cortisol and DHEA change, it may be a sign of significant variations in adrenal function…impacting energy, emotions, and even immunity.
Stress of lifestyle can lead to consistently increased cortisol and low levels of DHEA. Which can be damaging to the brain and other tissues. Appropriate therapies can bring these levels back to normal.
What to Do?
If you have tried and failed with diet and lifestyle modification, get tested! It is easy and affordable. A simple non-invasive timed salivary specimen is given to monitor the activity of the adrenal glands and its ability to respond to stress. It gives a baseline from which to work and is a measure that upon re-testing will change as our programming is completed.