Adrenal adaptogens are one of the most commonly prescribed supplements by functional medicine practitioners due to the impact of chronic stress on the majority of sick patients. Stress breaks your body down in every way imaginable so mitigating the negative effects of stress is priority number one in most patients.
I’ve been using adrenal adaptogens in my practice for over 15 years now and I’d like to share my favorite adrenal adaptogens that may help you feel better. Adrenal adaptogens can cause negative reactions in some patients so do not take any of these without proper evaluation from a healthcare practitioner to avoid side effects.
In this episode of The Dr. Hedberg Show I interview Dr. Carrie Jones of Precision Analytical on hormone balancing and testing. We cover a lot of detail about reproductive and adrenal hormones including testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, DHEA and more. Dr. Jones explains the causes of elevated and decreased hormone levels and some strategies on balancing these issues. We also discuss the best way to test hormones including the DUTCH test which is my favorite hormone test offered by Precision Analytical.
Dr. Carrie Jones, ND, MPH is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women’s health and hormones. She graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM), School of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed her 2-year residency in women’s health, hormones and endocrinology. Later she graduated from Grand Canyon University’s Master of Public Health program with a goal of doing more international education. She was adjunct faculty for many years teaching gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility and has been the Medical Director for 2 large integrative clinics in Portland. She is the Medical Director for Precision Analytical, Inc, creators of the DUTCH hormone test.
In this episode of The Dr. Hedberg Show, I interview Sara Lewis in a discussion about the health benefits of yoga.
If you struggle with pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety, insomnia, gut issues, or have adverse childhood experiences, this is one episode you should really listen to.
Sara spent 25 years providing program management expertise to international public health projects in South America, Eastern Europe, Africa and South Asia. The work included directing, managing and planning projects in maternal, newborn, child health and nutrition. After her career in public health, Sara began a second career as a Holistic Health Coach and Yoga Instructor. As a Health Coach, she helps clients discover the benefits of using food as medicine and making small lifestyle changes that have big impacts. She has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching since 2014. Her passion for cooking and food led her to yoga when she began studying the connection between mindfulness and stress eating. Sara teaches both vinyasa flow and yin/restorative classes. Her yin classes include pranayama (breath work) and deep relaxation. When she’s not on the mat or working with clients, Sara can be found in the kitchen fermenting foods, experimenting with locally sourced ingredients from the farmers market or out exploring the hills of Western NC on a bicycle.
A fair number of the patients I see are already eating a healthy diet but they’re still not feeling well. Once we delve deep into their history and their lives, it becomes very clear that stress is at the bedrock of their illness. It’s extremely frustrating to be eating well all the time but still experiencing symptoms.
We know that stress shuts down digestion including suppression of stomach acid, bile flow, and pancreatic function. All of these are necessary for healthy digestion but if we’re stressed while we are eating, that healthy food we’re putting into our bodies won’t get digested properly and it may have some more interesting effects on the body.
In this episode of The Dr. Hedberg Show, I interviewed writer and thyroid advocate Rachel Hill of The Invisible Hypothyroidism. We discussed Hashimoto’s disease, hypothyroidism, and many connections to these illnesses.
Rachel suffers from thyroid issues herself so we can learn a lot from her about her personal experiences. I urge everyone to listen or read and connect with her through her website and social media which I have linked to at the end of the transcript.
The thyroid-adrenal-pancreas axis is one of the most important connections in understanding and healing your thyroid. In addition to gastrointestinal and blood sugar disorders, adrenal gland dysfunction is one of the most commonly seen imbalance in today’s society. Adrenal gland imbalances are also one of the major factors that cause thyroid hormone imbalance. Stress from work, relationships, electronics, poor diet choices such as consumption of refined carbohydrates and trans fats, infections, and environmental toxins all contribute to adrenal disorders. Let’s discuss the thyroid-adrenal-pancreas axis in detail so you can understand this complex connection Read more
“Adrenal fatigue” doesn’t technically exist despite what many people have read on the internet. Adrenal fatigue is a term used by many alternative healthcare practitioners but there is no evidence that it is actually a condition. I’ll use the term “adrenal fatigue” however throughout this article to simply describe a hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis that is out of balance.
Adrenal fatigue basically means that your adrenal glands are out of balance with the brain and aren’t producing healthy levels of the hormones cortisol, DHEA and aldosterone. Additionally, your adrenals may be over-producing or under-producing adrenaline (norepinephrine & epinephrine). When you first become stressed the adrenals will pump out a lot of cortisol and adrenaline but over time they become out of balance from prolonged stress. Read more
Read the transcript to this webinar about How to Overcome Adrenal Fatigue below:
Okay, well, welcome everyone. This is Dr. Nikolas Hedberg and tonight we’re going to be talking about how to restore your adrenal glands. We’ve been doing these monthly webinars for quite a while now and they seem to be getting a good response. I’m just trying to put out as much educational material as possible. I know we’re all very busy, so why don’t we go ahead and just jump right in? Read more