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Cortisol

HPA Axis Dysregulation with a Side of Holy Basil

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No question about it, this is a fast paced world. The expectations to multitask, handle traffic, respond to floods of emails, work full time, deal with family stressors, manage finances and perhaps cope with health issues happen simultaneously. Today’s world is a recipe for cooking up abnormal cortisol levels.

Whether a real life stressor or a perceived stressor, the body physiologically reacts the same by producing excess cortisol, the classic chemical fight or flight response. Over time, this chronic stress leads to a dysregulation in the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal axis, otherwise known as read more…

VIDEO: Hormone and Neurotransmitter Combo Testing

Many of the same symptoms that are affected by hormones are also affected by neurotransmitters. For example, estrogen stimulates dopamine and seratonin, and the stress response stimulates the secretion of cortisol, but also epinephrine. Testing hormones and neurotransmitters at the same time can give a more complete picture of what may be happening in the bocy and contributing to symptoms. Watch this informational video from Labrix Clinical Services for more.

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Help Your Patients Cut the Cord on Anxiety

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keyboard-114439_1280Anxiety is a normal response to stress and can be beneficial in many situations. Worries and doubts are a natural part of life, but for many people this stress response can become so excessive as to become unmanageable, to the point where it colors and defines day to day living. It is estimated that approximately 18 % of the US adult population experience a diagnosed anxiety disorder, defined as constant and overwhelming worry and fear. Women are 60% more likely to experience anxiety over their lifetime than men, and symptoms of anxiety and depression read more…

Cortisol: Friend or Foe? The First in a Series of Stress Management Strategies

From our content partners Labrix Clinical Services

 

Cortisol has two primary functions:

  • “Proactive” – where it promotes the coordination of circadian events such as the sleep/wake cycle and food intake
  • “Reactive” – where it facilitates the ability to cope with, adapt to, and recover from stress.

 

In the proactive mode, cortisol is released by the adrenal glands in a diurnal pattern, with the highest level of cortisol, the cortisol awakening response (CAR), released 30 minutes after awakening. From there, in a healthy cortisol response pattern, the levels steadily decline throughout the day, until they reach a nadir at read more…

Cortisol: Friend or Foe? The Second in a Series of Stress Management Strategies

From our content partners at Labrix Clinical Services.

Part 1 of this 2 part stress management series introduced the concept that successful treatment plans for adrenal support extend beyond herbal and supplement regimens to include the removal of occult sources of stress and incorporation of tangible stress management techniques. Because many identifiable sources of stress cannot always be removed or decreased, implementing stress management techniques as a means to control and reduce tension that may occur as a result of stress may be a more practical approach for many people. While some techniques may be appropriate to use during read more…

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