Did you listen to my recent podcast interview with Dr. Kelly Ruef from DUTCH test?
In the eyes of an FDN Practitioner, Cortisol and DHEA must be in balance.
Cortisol dominance, over time, leads to a catabolic state where the body is breaking down.
Metabolic Chaos® ensues.
The Metabolic Chaos® cascade can reach far downstream into other areas that seem totally unrelated to adrenal output.
Since every person is different, has different weak links in metabolism, the reach goes far and wide and can result in a loss of resilience
in a person and almost any presentation or list of health complaints.
An FDN surely asks a person, “What is it about the way you look or feel that you want to change?” these complaints are the motivating factor for the client when it comes to following a healing program.
Yet, an FDN Practitioner knows that these symptoms are just signs of Metabolic Chaos® upstream.
Our job is to look upstream for the true “healing opportunities.”
After reviewing over 10,000 labs on thousands of people, I determined that the most common and most significant opportunities were within the Hormone, Immune, Digestion and Detoxification Systems.
It took years to recognize this pattern and still something was missing.
Only after discovering the secrets to a proper diet did the ideas of Energy Production and autonomic balance within the Nervous system come in to play.
Reed Davis, founder of FDNP Program
Test and not guess what are your HIDDEN internal sources of CHRONIC stress (leaky faucet) to collect clues to your random symptoms creating METABOLIC CHAOS.
The DUTCH test will provide us clues if you have hyper adrenal function or hypo adrenal function then correlate results to your other functional labs as HTMA, Gut test, food zoomers and comprehensive blood chemistry assessment.
Then we work on lifestyle habits as you can’t out supplement poor lifestyle habits – as well as you can’t out exercise poor nutrition habits!
The WHOLESTIC Method coaching program was developed (by me) for a reason…to transform the WHOLE athlete from the inside out.
Example article: FDN Progression of HPA Axis Dysfunction and Cortisol Dysregulation Chart Color
Tips to Manage Stress By Using Stress Reduction Techniques:
“Chronic stress continuously releases stress hormone cortisol and this can have negative impacts not just on your brain but on your heart, blood vessels, digestive system, lungs and sensory organs.
The elevated level of cortisol can affect your heart rate breathing, pain, muscle tension and even your sleep and appetite and can be harmful to your mental and physical health. Most stress reduction techniques helps to lower excess cortisol, the stress hormone.
Here are proven stress reduction techniques.
One of the best ways to reduce stress and gain control on your thought is through meditation . Meditation reduces cortisol by increasing the level of serotonin and endorphins (Feel-good brain chemicals). Studies show that daily meditation or healing prayers even for 15-20 can promote significant reduction in the cortisol level.
2. Deep Breathing Exercises:
By voluntarily changing our breathing pattern, we can change the message that is sent to the brain through body’s respiratory system . Deep breathing can kick the body’s natural relaxation response by activating parasympathetic nervous system. You can learn deep breathing techniques and practice throughout the day to keep cortisol level in check.
Acupuncture is another trusted techniques practiced in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years which can help to control stress naturally and help reduce other symptoms like poor circulation, sleeping problem, muscle and joint pain etc .
4. Spending Time In Nature:
Spending time outdoors like going for a walk, Seal Beach, can help to lower cortisol, lower blood pressure and promote relaxation . Listening to music or doing things that you like most like playing a sport, gardening, art work etc. can also promote relaxation and help lower cortisol level.
5. Take Supplements:
Fortunately, there are lots of supplements available which can reduce the negative effect of stress . Omega 3 fatty acids have been found effective in lowering cortisol level. Similarly B complex vitamins have been found to support healthy adrenal functioning and reduce elevated cortisol level.
Herbs that effective in combating stress hormone production are known as adaptogens . These herbs are effective in increasing your resilience to emotional, physical, mental and environmental stress by lowering the stress hormone cortisol along with stimulating the function of adrenal glands naturally. The best adaptogenic herbs that are effective in reducing cortisol are: Ashwagandha, Holy basil, Ginkgo, Rhodiola Rosea and Ginseng. These herbs work with body to maintain stress hormone level.
7. Cut Cortisol By Massage Therapy:
A relaxing body massage can keep cortisol under control, reduce stress by stimulating the production of dopamine and serotonin (The feel good hormone)
8. Use Essential Oils:
Essential oils are known to fight stress and balance hormones . The essential oil like lavender, bergamot, frankincense have been shown to lower cortisol, improve immunity, promote good sleep and reduce inflammation. There are several ways to use them. You can diffuse the, massage the body by mixing with carrier oil, use in bath soaks etc.